High School Hoops Blog
By Katie Peterson
During the past couple of weeks, I have been on a few basketball recruiting
trips to various colleges, including the University of Rochester, Amherst
College, Dartmouth College and Ithaca College.
Normally, I have stayed one
or two nights in a dorm with a basketball player who is an underclassman. I
have been on tours of each campus either with an admissions person or the
coaching staff. I have also tried to visit classes at each school to get a
sense of the rigor and style that a college professor might offer. Often when
I go on a visit, there are other recruits on campus as well. It is fun to hear
about their experiences and to see who a perspective teammate may be. We go to
classes, eat meals and hang out together with our hosts.
However, at each
school I visit, there are always some activities that are different. At the
University of Rochester, I went to a concert and a movie. At Dartmouth
College, there was a huge bonfire for their Homecoming. At Amherst College, we
all went to a football game. The many traditions that are part of each school
have helped me to know more about each place as I make a decision. The
activities that become part of a visit certainly show me what student life is
like on each different campus.
There are a few other things that I look for
when going on a visit. I want to make sure that the players get along with
each other, and that they all like the coaches. I also want to make sure that
I like the coaches. I want the campus to be unique, and I hope that the food
isn't so bad either (although that's not a deal breaker). Overall, I need to
know that I will completely enjoy my four years of time at the school I choose.
Because I will be playing basketball for four years, I am very interested in
watching the team practice. In fact, I chose to go on visits later in the fall,
after practices officially began (in most schools -- after October 15), so that
I could see the coaches in action. I've noticed that most college coaches put
time up on the clock for each drill, they have a practice plan for every minute
of practice and the girls all work hard for the entire practice.
When I go
on an official visit, there are a few things I bring along. First, a pillow
and sleeping bag, because there are times when I simply sleep on the floor. My
mom and I often argue about what I should wear on a visit (I think that nice
jeans are fine, whereas she wants me to dress up more) and she usually wins...
Making a good impression is important, so when I go on visits, I try to have a
list of questions ready for coaches and players. Some of them are: Do you like
the dorms? What is a typical offense and defense? Do you enjoy traveling? What is the practice schedule? Is there a required study hall or academic
assistance for athletes?
At any school I visit, I really want to enjoy
myself and see myself fitting in. It is important to impress the coaches and
players, and to get the full experience, but I think it is just as important to
be yourself so they can get to know you too. Just remember, whichever school
you choose, the most important thing is that you are completely happy with your
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