How To Select a Summer Camp for a Student-Athlete

June 14, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Parenting Tips   |   1 Comment»

We have had several college coaches invite our son to attend their camp next summer.  We can only afford to send him to one.  Do you have any recommendations?

-Joan Lessner, Chagrin Falls, OH

College camps are a supplemental income for coaches.  They invite everyone to attend their camps.  Parents and student-athletes are marketed to with such phrases as select, invitational, super, showcase, star, etc. in order to attract as many campers as possible.  The best advice I can give you is to go to your high school coach and ask him which camp, clinic or showcase you should be attending.  Your high school coach is knowledgeable and will direct you to a camp that will teach and develop your skills.  If you are primarily looking to get exposure, make sure you attend an event during the evaluation period for your sport.  To get a look at recruiting calendars for all sports, go to NCAA.ORG.  Parents spend a lot of money on summer activities for their children to give them the best opportunities possible.  There are plenty of options but the key is knowing the rules of the game.    Make use of the most valuable resource available to you … your high school coach.


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