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HS Selection Spreadsheet

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Dear HS Prospect and Parents: 

Purpose for my outreach

  • Common bond with youth football players
    • I have so much love for youth in general and I want to help them make good decisions regarding their future. 
    • My commitment to Grassroots and my decision to create the league was to help talented young student athletes make the most out of their God Given talent and turn it into college scholarship that can alter their destinies.
    • You all fall into that category right now, and are in the process of evaluating opportunities from many of the top high schools in the area.
    • I have knowledge that will be very powerful for you, and I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t offer it. 

Importance of the Decision

  • As you get older you will hear statements about the importance of decisions.  Four years from now when you are hopefully selecting colleges, I am sure you will be told over and over again, “this is the most important decision that you will ever make in your life.” 
  • I disagree
    • I believe the most important decision that you will ever make, will be whether you decide to develop a close and personal relationship with God, whatever you may call HIM.  That is a discussion for another day.
    • The second most important decision of your life will be the woman you will marry. 
  • Each will have a major impact on your destiny.
  • Decisions are relative, based on scenario.
    • As an 8th grader, the most important decision in your life right now is what high school you are going to attend. 
    • I created this document to help you and your family, make a wise and thoughtful decision that you will reap the benefits from as your high school career matures.
    • In 4 years, you will hopefully have numerous college coaches telling you, “this is the most important decision of your life.”  It will be crucial then, but remember it is all relative to your age and situation.
    • For now, this high school choice is a big one and you need to select wisely. 

Wise Decisions

·         Made by maximizing the facts and minimizing the emotion. 

·         Wise decisions are what separate successful people from unsuccessful people. 

Business decisions

  • Whether you realize it or not right now, selecting a high school is a business decision.
    • If your ultimate objective is to attend college, be drafted into the NFL and sign a contract that will allow you to make enough money to take care of yourself and your family, then selecting the right high school for you is truly a business decision.  The ultimate objective (contract) is business related, unless you would play for free.  In addition, to sign the contract, you need to be in the right college.  To get to the right college, you need to select the right high school.  Each decision builds on the next and they are all connected.
    • If your ultimate objective is to attend college, get a degree which will put you in position to be competitive in the job market and have a career that will allow you to make enough money to take care of yourself and your family, then selecting the right high school for you is truly a business decision.  The ultimate objective (salary) is business related, unless you would work for free.  To increase your chances of getting that good job, you need to go to the right college.  Again, to get to the right college, you need to select the right high school.  Each decision builds on the next and they are all connected.
  • Anytime money is a factor in a decision, then it is a business decision.  It should never be just about the money, but money must be a factor because it takes money to live and support a family.  Money is a factor for you in the long term and the short term, because it costs big money to go to many of the best schools.  The best public schools don’t cost money in the short term, but the long-term implications are what matters for you, so public or private is a business decision.  It is time to begin to think like a young entrepreneur.
  • Business decisions are made by gathering objective facts, laying them all out in front of you, evaluating all the potential scenarios, and drawing conclusions based on the entirety of the data. 
  • You don’t rush the process
  • Minimize the emotion as much as possible.
    • How many times have we liked or even loved a person for a time, then realized something about them that made us not like or love them anymore?  Emotions and feelings change like the wind. 
  • Statements such as, “I like the coach” or “I had fun on the shadow day,” are emotional statements. 
    • Those are factors that need to be included in the mix, but they can’t drive the ship. It is easy to like somebody when they are recruiting you.  It is their job to make you like them.  That doesn’t mean that is who they really are after you sign on the dotted line and you become obligated to them. 

The Importance of Head Coaches

  • Great coaches have mastered the X’s and O’s, but they also have to be great salesmen.
  • The Head Coach and his staff have to be a critical part of your decision, but it can’t be the only part.
  • Prospects are making a selection and buying a product.
  • Coaches are selling a product, which is their school.
  • You have to evaluate the following:
    • Benefits that the school offers you.
    • Benefits that the alumni network of that school can provide for you.
    • The perception of the school both socially and academically.
    • How quickly you will have an opportunity to play?
    • How much exposure you will get?
    • How beneficial is a degree from that school to you in the long run?
  • You can’t get too caught up in liking a coach’s personality, they are selling.  If they don’t sell it well, they don’t continue to be coaches.
  • Coaches are salesmen at the high school and college level.  The college level is even more challenging, but it is never too early to begin to learn the game.  Most of them are good men, but they have a job to do and telling you about the negatives in their programs does not happen often.
  • Coaches do matter a great deal, and they should be a BIG factor.  They just can’t be the only factor.
    • If a program, a school, and an alumni network is that great, it will still be great if a different coach is at the helm, will it not? 
    • The biggest factor with regards to the coach should be as follows
      • How well they can coach? 
      • What is their track record? 
      • Do the players that play for them now and played for them in the past think they actually are as nice as they appeared to be when they were being recruited? 
      • If they have a chance to jump to another school, would they leave or would they stay? 
      • Do they have a track record of honesty and fairness, or are they great salesmen?
  • Main point is that you must minimize the emotion and make as objective a decision as possible. 
  • Remember, emotions change, but facts don’t. 

Taking out the emotions and picking the right school for you

  • The spreadsheet I am including with this document is designed to assist you in the process of minimizing the emotion and focusing on the facts each one of the high schools can’t deny.
  • You guys can’t make a bad choice with your options.
  • The objective is to find the one school that will allow you to be the “most” successful at reaching your ultimate objectives. 
  • Looking for the BEST option for you!
  • They all have different strengths and different weaknesses, but you can be successful at either of them. 
  • This is one of the few times that I will tell you that it is okay to be selfish. 
  • This decision is about you and what is best for you. 
  • It is not about doing something to benefit anything or anybody but you. 
  • Once you make the decision, the only person that will have to live with it is you.
  • It has to be about understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each school and comparing them against what is important for you and to you. 
  • The schools will all tell you their strengths, but they will not share their weaknesses with you. 
  • You have to be able to determine those on your own.  How do you do that?  

Consider including me in your inner circle and using my experience to help you.

  • Who you decide to listen to and take advice from has a tremendous impact on all of the decisions that you will ever make. 
  • A lot of people will offer you advice and try to give you their opinion on what you need to do. 
  • You should listen to the advice of all the people that you respect. 
  • You must understand that not everyone that offers you advice has walked in the shoes that you have walked in and are about to walk in.  You have to evaluate the experience of the advisors when determining how much of the advice you will accept or reject.

Why would you decide to include me in that process?

  • I have truly walked in the shoes that you are in right now.  I have walked the path that you are about to walk.  I have been through it. 
  • I was one of the best youth football players in the DC Metro area just like you are.
  • I was recruited by several of the top high schools, just like you are.
  • I was an All-American, just like you hope to be at whatever school you choose. 
  • I was recruited by every major college in the country, just like you hope to be. 
  • I played major college football at a very high level before I was diagnosed with Leukemia, which most of you probably don’t know.
  • I worked in the sports management business, since I graduated from college.
  • I am successful.
  • There is not one aspect of your life, that you are about to step into or have already gone through that I haven’t done.  

Why do I offer this to you?

  • I have been blessed to have the experiences that I have had and I have been taught to give back.  I give back through my wisdom and knowledge, which is more valuable than money.  If I give you money, when it’s gone it’s gone.  If I give you wisdom, you will know how to make your own money and when it is gone, you can go make some more.
  • My personal mission statement is to be a positive, motivational, and inspirational force in the lives of young people.  That is why I started this league and that is what I live to do.
  • When I was coming through, the great James Brown reached out to me and offered to be a mentor to me. 
  • I feel that now is the time that I need to formally reach out and let you know that I will be here for you for as much or as little as you need me. 
  • All you have to do is ask and I will be there.  

High School Selection Spreadsheet: 

Designed to take the guesswork out of the process.

  • Shows you how to make a business decision that you can be comfortable with.
  • When it is all said and done, you will be able to tell anybody, including the schools that you did not select, why you made your decision. 
  • You will be able to tell them with confidence that you made a decision by evaluating all of the objective criteria, and comparing that to your core values and beliefs. 
  • If you incorporate my methodology into your process, you will have no option other than feeling comfortable, because you will have made a sound decision based on verifiable facts, not emotion. 
  • If you are feeling frustrated and at all confused, filling out this spreadsheet will make the whole process a lot less confusing and much clearer for you. 

Setting up the spreadsheet

  • Across the top of the sheet, include the schools that you like at this point.  In this example, we have 5 schools (A, B, C, D, E) with others that can be added and deleted as needed.
  • Down the left side of the sheet we will together include all of the factors that need to be evaluated in the decision. 
  • I may have to interview you to completely fill out the factors, because they are all different with different kids. 
  • I have only begun to include the basic factors that should be constant to all student athletes.  After we talk, we will be able to add to the list the factors that are specific to you that I may not be aware of. 
  • In addition, when we talk in detail I need to share from my experience some factors that you may not have even considered as a 14 year old; that I as a 50 year old know for a fact will be important to you in your adulthood.  

Grading the schools objectively

  • Once we have all of the factors listed, we will objectively grade each school on those areas.
  • Grading scale is on a 5-point system with 5 being the highest possible score, and 0 being the lowest.
  • The school that you feel is the best for you in that area will get the most points placed in that column.
    • We are starting with 5 schools for example. 
    • The school/schools that have a perfect track record for an attribute will get 5 points placed in that column.
    • The school/schools that are close but not perfect will get a 4, and so on.
    • The school/schools that have a poor track record or no track record in that area may get either 1 point or 0 points if the school does not qualify at all in a particular category. 
    • If there is a tie in your mind for any schools, we will award the same number of points for both of the schools.  Are you with me? 
  • At the end of the process, we will have objectively evaluated each of the schools in all of the areas that matter to you and we will add up the total scores.  The school with the most points will be the school that is most likely best for you based on what is important to you. 

Example of a Spreadsheet

  • Former Class of 2015 Player example
    • I prepared this based on the schools listed and my perspective of the accurate scores.  The actual scores may be different after you have visited the schools, etc.  This is just a hypothetical example of how it works.
    • It is an example of how my spreadsheet would have looked based on the attributes that would have been important to me, if I were going through the process again, having the benefit of all of my knowledge and experience (also including things I know are still important to kids).
    • You and I may have very different preferences regarding what is important, so your numbers may be different in several of the areas. We will add and delete attributes based on what is important to you and your parents.
    • The Different Schools are represented by A – E.
    • You will replace them with the names of the final schools you are interested in. 
    • There are 5 in this example, but you can have as few as 2.
    • This example uses a 5 point scale with the following values:
      • 5 = Excellent
      • 4 = Above Average
      • 3 = Average
      • 2 = Below Average
      • 1 = Poor
    • There can be attributes that end up working out to 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1, but that is not necessarily the case.  If all 5 of the schools have Great Football Reputations than each will great a 5 for every column.
       

Actual Spreadsheet Example:

 

Preliminary Evaluation Factors

A

B

C

D

E

Academics

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Reputation

5

4

4

5

5

Student/Teacher Ratio

1

2

3

5

5

Graduation Rates

4

3

3

5

5

Teacher Average Tenure

1

2

3

5

5

College Matriculation Rate

4

4

4

5

5

Percent of Graduates that Graduate College

3

4

5

5

5

Alumni Connections

5

4

5

4

5

Tutorial/Remediation Programs

5

3

2

2

1

Coaches Academic Monitoring Platform

5

3

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campus/Social

 

 

 

 

 

Campus

4

5

4

3

3

Social Life (Fun)

3

3

3

5

5

Racial Harmony

2

3

4

5

2

Diverse Student Body

1

2

4

2

4

Facilities

4

5

1

3

4

Proximity to Home

1

2

3

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Football Factors

 

 

 

 

 

Football Reputation

5

5

5

2

3

Head Coach Personality

3

4

5

5

3

Head Coach Reputation

5

5

5

3

1

Head Coach Experience

5

5

5

3

1

Head Coach College Connections

5

5

5

3

1

 

         

Head Coach College Influence

4

3

5

1

1

Comfort with Coaching Staff

5

2

2

3

4

Coaching Staff Reputation

5

5

5

3

2

Coaching Staff Consistency

5

5

5

3

2

Adequate # of Assistants

5

5

5

3

2

Recruiting Intensity

2

3

2

5

5

Chance of Pre/Post-Season National Ranking

2

3

5

2

0

Chance of a High Final Post/Sun Ranking

3

4

5

1

1

Press Coverage

5

4

5

1

3

Opportunity to Play Early

2

2

1

5

5

National Exposure

3

4

5

2

1

Playing Position

5

4

3

4

4

NFL Players

3

3

5

1

0

Major D1 Scholarships

4

4

5

1

0

Television Exposure

3

4

5

0

0

Team Needs for Your Services

4

2

1

5

5

Politics Working in Your Favor at School

5

5

5

5

3

Comfort with the Current Players

1

2

3

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Factors

 

 

 

 

 

Tuition Assistance

5

5

3

1

2

Mother’s Favorite

4

3

5

2

1

Father’s Favorite

1

2

3

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

147

147

142

134

117

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Initial Evaluation

  • Keep in mind; this is merely an example of how it works.
  • However, it appears that in this example School A would be deadlocked with School B with 147 points based on the objective factors, with School C coming in a close third. 
  • Remember, this is with unweighted variables though and we must weigh the factors because they are not all of equal importance.  

Weighing the factors properly

  • Here is how we fairly balance the scales and add an emotional component to it if you wish. 
  • We must weigh the factors differently to account for factors that are more important than others. 
    • All attributes are important, or they wouldn’t be on the list. 
    • If an attribute is twice as important we multiply it by 2. 
      • If it is 3 times as important we multiply it times 3 to weight the attributes effectively.
    • For example, if “academic reputation” is one of the factors that is really important to you, we can multiply that attribute by 2 or 3 if you like, depending on the importance. 
    • You will grade the 5 schools based on their academic reputation, with each school getting points, ranging from 0 to 5. 
    • Let’s say you felt academics was the absolute most important and you decided to multiply by a factor of 3.                                 
    • We will then multiply that whole factor by 3 so that the school with a great academic reputation that initially had a 5, would get 15 points for that factor. 
      • A school with an original 3 points, would get 9 points, etc,
    • Do you see where I am going?  We can do that with any factor and we can do it by any multiplication number that we want depending on how important it is to you.
    • Below is an example of how the spreadsheet changes to account for the weighing component (random weights).
    • Weights based on my perception of which factors should be weighted and by how much. 
    • Values are subject to change based on your preference.
       

Actual Weighted Spreadsheet 

Preliminary Evaluation Factors

A

B

C

D

E

Academics

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Reputation (3)

15

12

12

15

15

Student/Teacher Ratio (3)

3

6

9

15

15

Graduation Rates (3)

12

9

9

15

15

Teacher Average Tenure (3)

3

6

9

15

15

College Matriculation Rate (3)

12

12

12

15

15

Percent of Graduates that Graduate College (3)

9

12

15

15

15

Alumni Connections (3)

15

12

15

12

15

Tutorial/Remediation Programs (3)

15

9

6

6

3

Coaches Academic Monitoring Platform (2)

10

6

2

2

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campus/Social

 

 

 

 

 

Campus

4

5

4

3

3

Social Life/Fun (2)

6

6

6

10

10

Racial Harmony (3)

6

9

12

15

6

Diverse Student Body

1

2

4

2

4

Facilities (2)

8

10

2

6

8

Proximity to Home

1

2

3

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Football Factors

 

 

 

 

 

Football Reputation (3)

15

15

15

6

9

Head Coach Personality

3

4

5

5

3

Head Coach Reputation (3)

15

15

15

9

3

Head Coach Experience (2)

10

10

10

6

2

Head Coach College Connections (3)

15

15

15

9

3

 

         

Head Coach College Influence (3)

12

9

15

3

3

Comfort with Coaching Staff

5

2

2

3

4

Coaching Staff Reputation

5

5

5

3

2

Coaching Staff Consistency (2)

10

10

10

6

4

Adequate # of Assistants

5

5

5

3

2

Recruiting Intensity (3)

6

9

6

15

15

Chance of Pre/Post-Season National Ranking

2

3

5

2

0

Chance of a High Final Post/Sun Ranking

3

4

5

1

1

Press Coverage

5

4

5

1

3

Opportunity to Play Early (3)

6

6

3

15

15

National Exposure (2)

6

8

10

4

2

Playing Position (3)

15

12

9

12

12

NFL Players

3

3

5

1

0

Major D1 Scholarships (3)

12

12

15

3

0

Television Exposure

3

4

5

0

0

Team Needs for Your Services (2)

8

4

2

10

10

Politics Working in Your Favor at School (3)

15

15

15

15

9

Comfort with the Current Players

1

2

3

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Factors

 

 

 

 

 

Tuition Assistance (3)

15

15

9

3

6

Mother’s Favorite

4

3

5

2

1

Father’s Favorite

1

2

3

5

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

320

314

322

298

262

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Post Evaluation

  • After evaluating the numbers, you will have a clear picture of the school that is best for you based on what is important to you now and what should be important to you. 
  • It will be objective, but it will include the subjective factors that may be important to you, such as liking the coach, or the campus.
  • In my hypothetical example (which includes things that were important to me at 14, but also attributes that I know at 50 are equally important, if not more), School A & B would have been my choice for the non-weighted spreadsheet, BUT as you can see School C would have beaten out both Schools A & B on the weighted one.  The weighting of certain factors pushed school C ahead of school A & B.
  • When we do your spreadsheets, there will be a school that will have the highest objective score also.  In some cases, your non-weighted winner will be different from the weighted one.  I believe the weighted one is the best indicator.  If the same school comes out on top on both sheets; that is a very strong indicator of what school is best for you. 
  • My choice in this example would have been made on objective criteria, not emotion. 
  • You don’t have to select the school that receives the highest score because it is still your ultimate decision, but you will be able to at least use this as a tremendous tool in your process. 

Let me know if you are interested

  • Please contact me and let me know whether you want me to be involved in this process and also involved with you as a mentor, or advisor, for any area of your life. 
  • Let’s get your actual spreadsheet started. 

Mike’s Contact info:                                                                                                                          

Cell # 240-832-3090                                                              

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