The math is undeniable: the chance of getting a college roster spot is about 1 in 4 or 25%(*). Maybe a bit lower or higher, but not by much. Not impossible, but challenging. Sure, if you're a state champion in California, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc., getting college attention isn't difficult. But, what if you're not a state champ from a premier state? What then?
Certainly, there are many ways to get a college program's attention. Video is great, but as a first step probably too aggressive because it requires a significant time investment on the college coach's side. In my experience, college coaches are very busy and get inundated with video clips. Perhaps your high school coach (or a well regarded alumnus) will recommend your wrestler to a college coach. That can work, too. Is it sufficient? No, just a door opener.
A great middle ground between a door opening introduction and video highlight reel is a career report, showing all of your wrestler's stats aggregated over their high school career and presented in a one page, easy-to-read (and email) format. Yep, that would be a really effective way to get a coach's attention. Just ask your high school coach for your child's career report. Go ahead, I'll wait.
Oh, they don't have one. But, they have some of it written down here and there. And, some of his/her matches are Flo or Trackwrestling. There's a tournament website to check out. Just go find all those pieces and get busy with a spreadsheet. Shouldn't take more than a weekend or two. You can do it!
A Better Way
Forget what I said above. Even if you have boundless energy and time, it's a pain. Most coaches can't produce a career report for their wrestlers. It's a shame because (1) it short-changes the kids who might want to compete in college and (2) it's easy to do. In this day and age, there's no credible reason for a coach to not have career reports for all wrestlers. Yet, that's the state of the sport.
Fortunately, you have an option and if you attend all your child's wrestling matches, the incremental time and effort is minimal. Use our app, Takedown Scoring and Stats, to score all of your child's wrestling matches! You don't need to score the whole team, just score your own child. Partner with another parent so you can enjoy watching your child's match while they do the scoring, and do the same for them. If you do this, then at any time, you can create this career report in a second:
Email this informative career report to a college coach as a followup to an introduction or initial conversation. In this way, you become an effective advocate for your wrestler and move the college wrestling discussion to the next step without spending a bunch of time chasing down match results.
In addition, Takedown offers a comprehensive set of advanced stat reports that are easily shared by email or text messaging. For more details, see this post Reports 101. Use these reports if a coach asks for more detail.
So, if you want to help your wrestler compete at the next level, score their matches with Takedown and get that career report out to college coaches when the time is right.
(*) Here's the math:
~250,000 HS wrestlers, 65,000 seniors.
Say 10% of the seniors, or 6,500, want to compete at the next level.
~300 college programs, 30 athletes per roster, yields 9,000 slots, roughly.
25% of roster slots open each year due to graduation, 2,250 slots.
Assume, worst case, 500 slots are locked up by state champions or placers.
That leaves 1,750 slots for 6,500 candidates or ~27%.
Lots of rounding and assuming here, so perhaps it isn't 27%.
But, it's probably close enough.