It’s esports recruiting LAN season and Stay Plugged In has you covered on everything you need to know to prepare for these recruiting events.
These recruiting events are a great opportunity for you to introduce yourself to college coaches as well as learn about a variety of esports programs.
Prepare your elevator pitch
Be prepared to talk about yourself and come with questions for the coaches.
You will need to be able to communicate your skills and experience with your game, your education, and speak about what makes you a good recruit.
Practice writing a 60-second elevator pitch to say at an esports recruiting LAN. Take some time to write about these key points:
Communicate your skills
Talk about how long you have been playing the game, the role or heroes you play in the game, and if you have any experience playing on teams or in tournaments. Consider talking about how many hours you put into the game and how you’re refining your skills.
Talk about yourself as a student
Talk about your GPA, what extracurricular activities you participate in, any honors or AP classes you take, and any other notable accomplishments or activities.
Discuss what you are looking for in a program
Are you looking to get involved with the community? Are you looking for a lot of play time? How involved do you want to be?
Talk about yourself as a recruit
What sets you apart from other recruits and what makes you shine?
Consider things like:
Level of involvement
Finally, write down what you plan to say and practice it with a parent, a coach, or a teacher.
Come with Questions
An esports recruiting LAN is a 2-way street. College recruiters are there to learn about you and you are there to learn about them.
Ask them questions about:
Other academic scholarships and grants they can offer you
What you can expect as a student in the program
Program / school culture
Know what you’re looking for
Consider what major offerings you are interested in, how far away you want to be from home, and what extracurriculars you want to get involved in.
Additionally, consider what’s important to you. Do you want a lot of playing time? Do you want to build close relationships with people across multiple esports titles? Do you want to be involved with community events and serving your community? Culture fit is extremely important.
Keep an open mind
Even if you may not be interested in a school at first glance, keep an open mind and learn about as many programs as you can!
Asking questions will also help you narrow down your search.
Talking to coaches and putting yourself out there can be nerve-wracking.
Realize that coaches are just people too. They understand the nervousness that comes with College Fairs and recruiting events.
Being nervous is normal and Stay Plugged In is here to help you find success.