Yes, you do have a mental recruiting budget. You may not realize that you are already over budget and you have been that way for quite some time. I wish that I could give you the magical formula as to how you should maintain this budget. The truth is that there is no way to give percentages to the process for every individual. I could go on and on with a huge list, but I won’t. You can make your own. Here are a few of my opinions as to why the mental recruiting budget is so strained.
Merriam-Webster defines a budget as a statement of the financial position of an administration (as of a nation) for a definite period of TIME based on estimates of expenditures during the period and proposals for financing them
1. Not tracking previous expenses (wasted time)
This has nothing to do with money and everything to do with time. Your time is a precious commodity, but it is spent chasing the newest uniform, sneakers, and the branded name. This is the time that you cannot get back. You are now stressed out. Do you really know what you spent?
2. Not setting realistic goals
Some parents get overwhelmed by the recruiting process. It’s now time to figure out how we can land a scholarship with a big time school. You are not accepting low major offers. How about setting your mental recruiting budget for what you can actually achieve? Hmmm, does the student-athlete have the grades to match the athletic ability? Is your bottom line to high? Some forget what the actual goal is. You have to make adjustments for not tracking previous expenses.
3. Not having a plan B, C, or D
A school that was interested went in another direction and you put all your hopes into one school because they said that they really wanted you. Welcome to the business of college athletics. Selling yourself short can hurt you as well. On the off chance that you cannot get in at a 4-year school, are you ready to play at the JUCO level? A JUCO can be just what you need to build your budget. Oh, you don’t want to play JUCO? Your athletic career is done because you only had an “A” plan. Always plan for what ifs. Every budget should have a contingency plan.
4. Not choosing a budget system that works for you
Oooooooooh, so you thought you could do what somebody else did last year because you are being compared to that person. Ok, here is where it get’s interesting. You played in all the tournaments and received a lot of praise, but when it came down to it, the process was still different for you because the landscape in the recruiting process changed. Your budget accounted for last year’s interest. It does not work that way.
You have to plan wisely. The recruiting process can take a toll on your finances and mental well-being. No two budgets are alike but you have to put yours into play and not someone else’s. Are you mentally ready to take on the recruiting process? Hmmm, some people who get recruited use a recruiting service, but you just did not know it! Add Woods Recruiting to your mental budget and maintain your focus.