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(Written by Louis Rossi for NJSI.NET) Sincere devotion to a sport is the trademark of a true athlete; a competitor that spares no expense when it comes to developing their craft. Dedication at that level requires an immense commitment on the part of an athlete – be it a professional playing before millions on a national stage, or a first year junior varsity try-out hoping they’re good enough to make the cut. It is for these reasons that those fortunate enough to make that cut and continue on to the bigger stages professional athletics has to offer ever make it out of the locker room.
Commitment is a word you’ll hear often in sports. Commitment on a play, a committed performance, a committed comeback – you get the idea. You rarely hear it refer to athletes when they aren’t in the game. How often have you heard the NFL broadcasters talk about the star quarterback’s time spent off the field, doing everything he could to learn from his mistakes and continue his winning streak? Almost never, but why is that? Because it goes unsaid; those players that we watch every week have been committed, dedicated players for years – learning, every step of the way.
While Jennifer Ross doesn’t play in front of millions on a weekly basis, her commitment is just as outstanding and genuine. It is rare to see a player just three-years into a sport make every conceivable effort to immerse themselves in it.
Here are a couple of nice videos presented by Kudda, which has thousands of free youth sports coaching videos. Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried explains some of the things he looks for in a recruit, while Johns Hopkins Head Coach Janine Tucker explains her views as well.
Early Decision and Early Action deadlines are fast approaching for many universities and colleges. Just a quick heads up for you high school seniors out there. You may think you have plenty of time but you do not. Some schools have a November 1st deadline and those need to be post marked by today. Some are as late as December 15th. If you have not done so, you better get moving. Your parents and high school guidance counselor are ready and willing to help, but you still need to just do it. Here are some things to double check and make sure: 1) your teachers and guidance counselor mailed in their recommendations and your high school has sent your transcripts for early schools; 2) you sent scores (AP scores, SAT scores, ACT scores) to all early schools; you SIGNED your application; 4) you included payment; 5) you track your package so you see when it arrives. In fact, we would recommend using only UPS or Federal Express and NOT the US Post Office; and 6) you make copies of the common application and other application materials in case it’s lost in the mail.
If you still are a sophomore or junior, I suggest you get someone to supplement your school’s guidance counselor so you can start planning NOW. We used Mimi Doe and Michelle Hernandez Consulting. They were a tremendous help in assisting us plan the summer of senior year and have all our kids applications done before the start of senior year. Two kids and 22 applications filed by the end of September and we already have started to hear back from schools with rolling admissions. It’s a great relief to get those early acceptance letters in the mail!!!
If you are an athlete, you better start thinking about creating a recruiting video during your junior year. When you start visiting schools and meeting with coaches, many are going to ask for a copy of your video. College coaches just do not have the resources to come and see everyone play so a recruiting video is the ony resource that will enable them to evaluate your abilities. You do not have to use us, but use somebody other than an aunt, uncle or friend who may or may not know how to use their video camera and, ABOVE ALL, start the process during your junior year. It could be the difference between getting and not getting a scholarship, but more importantly it could be the difference between getting into your stretch school or not. Think education first, sports second!
West Orange, NJ Friday 19 September 2008: The Seton Hall Pirates defeated West Morris Central 3-0 in a boys varsity soccer game played at the Kelly Athletic Complex.
Millburn, NJ (Written by Lou Rossi for NJSI): As you can see from his video below, Roger McGlynn is a force to be reckoned with on the Lacrosse field. His power and speed do justice to his ability to survey the playing ground and determine where his presence is best allocated, allotting his team a valuable, versatile player, that effects the game from the moment he arrives at the field. Roger’s presence is not only felt on the Lacrosse field, however: Roger is a dual-sport athlete that excels as both a team leader and star performer; he is also a talented musician, stellar student, and a devoted contributor to his community.