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November 1, 2016

LRT Sports Workshop| Making the Recruiting Process Easier

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Two weeks ago a fellow intern, Barbi, and I travelled from Boston, MA to Fairfield, CT to help the co-founders of LRT with a recruiting seminar. The 30 parents and student-athletes in the audience were eager to learn about the recruiting process and excited to hear what the LRT team had to say.

Keirsten Sires (Founder & CEO) began the seminar by rattling off statistics about high school sports, one being the percentage of athletes that actually go on to play a college sport. She talked about the various divisions of the NCAA—1, 2 and 3—and listed facts about the requirements, rules and regulations that exist at each level. She discussed the LRT website and demonstrated the various tools available on the site, including the coach rating and review section as well as the consulting page. Keirsten finished up her 45-minute lecture with an LRT video, which highlighted interviews with college coaches and former collegiate athletes. The interviewees provided tips on how to navigate the recruiting process and gave examples of their experiences.

After a very informative lecture Keirsten invited the LRT Sports interns up to to answer questions. Barbi, Kate, and myself, sat at the panel to talk about our recruiting experiences and the process. The audience asked tons of great questions about communicating with coaches, the importance of prospect days, showcases, how to build a timeline in terms of building relationships with coaches, visiting schools, and committing. We also answered questions about unofficial and official visits as well as verbal commitments and National Letters of Intent.

The parents and athletes really enjoyed the seminar. We had multiple parents and students come up to us individually after the group lecture and panel, they asked additional questions—most pertaining to specific and more personal recruiting situations. Each audience member walked away with a packet of key statistics and facts about the recruiting process and some even walked away with free LRT Sports swag. Both the audience and the LRT staff had a great time at the seminar and attendees left feeling more confident and more informed about the process.