Then one day, the package arrived… an official letter from the recruiting coach, himself! I was starstruck. I sent back the required questionnaire. The ball was rolling. As per the rules, recruits had to patiently wait until that final graduating year before we could even talk to those recruiters. There was no internet, no social media, heck, not even cell phones as you know it. So researching was cumbersome at best. But the recruiting coach monitored my progress and finally in Grade 13, we were officially introduced and had our first conversation.
The excitement was real. That was the year the flood gates opened for Canadian athletes. From my team alone, four of us were in serious talks with American coaches. No question, it was exciting times for me and my parents. We had no idea that my coach was the one who sent letters to NCAA schools. In retrospect, he actually was the first recruiting agency. Because of that initiative, I received letters from many U.S. universities, including Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia and many more… and incredibly, my amazing mom kept every, single recruiting letter in a box which I still have today!
While the process has immensely changed, the recruiting principles have remained intact over the years. I actually have a very amusing story to share on an upcoming webinar about my recruitment. You won’t want to miss this. When you log on, just mention ‘VHS tape’ and prepare to laugh for the next hour!
My name is Dale Ann Melnick, the founder of Six Pack Recruiting Sports. Congratulations on the start of your very exciting, rewarding and awesome journey! I can’t wait to shout out ‘Committed’ with your name!
-Dale Ann Melnick, Founder of SPRS