Presented at UWH Symposium, U.S. National Championships, Gainesville Florida, July 2008, by Paul Wittekind
“Recruiting is like breathing; you must do it every day in order to survive.” -Pete Gillen, former Xavier University men’s basketball coach
Advantages of recruiting junior/high school players
- Institutional structure and support (from a high school or a YMCA).
Name recognition of a school or YMCA.
Part of a larger community (i.e., the school’s alumni base).
Access to school’s public relations efforts (i.e., open houses, website).
Young UWH Players at the annual US Juniors Tournament
- Advantage of being a coach/teacher in the building.
- The pool of possible candidates is larger than those teenagers who are active on school or YMCA swim teams; many young people can swim and enjoy swimming.
- The student team members are the team’s best ambassadors and best recruiters.
Difficulties of recruiting junior/high school players
- Conflicts with a student’s commitments to other extra-curricular activities.
- Conflicts with a student’s commitment to a part-time job.
- Lack of knowledge about underwater hockey among young people and their parents.
Requirements of recruiting junior/high school players
- Coaches must be professional and mature.
- The team must promote itself with consistent public relations efforts through the local media to gain name recognition in the wider community.