So we get this question a lot, and when it comes to transferring high schools there is a right time and a wrong time to do it. Today that’s what we will be discussing in this article- I hope this can help!
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Okay so I am going to start with the wrong time to transfer. So a lot of athletes will jump ship on schools because they are not getting a fair opportunity or their coach “has it out for them”. I’m not going to sit here and pretend like coaching politics isn’t real in high school sports, because it is, but is it really politics? That’s what you have to ask yourself. If you are truly better than your competition, put in more effort than your competition and know your stuff better than the competition… why wouldn’t the coach play you? A lot of times athletes will come to me and complain about a coach and I’ll ask them a series of questions- Have you been showing up to every practice? Do you know your playbook? Are you working hard in the gym with the team? Are you playing special teams? Are you a team first guy? Etc. And I’ve heard EVERY EXCUSE like oh coach I had a doctors appointment so I missed, or “The workouts our team does are not very good so I skip lifting”. Or my favorite one- “the practice was optional so I didn’t go”. These are the things that will make a coach despise you at the high school level. So if you’re doing this and then transfer because the coach is playing favorites- the SAME THING will happen to you at another high school with the level of work ethic you have. If you’re doing everything correct- and are answering yes to all the questions I asked above… and you still aren’t getting your shot then maybe it’s time to transfer. And that’s what we are going to talk about below….
So I feel transferring should happen when you either feel you aren’t truly being treated fairly and you’re doing the little things right like I mentioned above or you don’t see yourself playing until you’re maybe a senior depending on your goals. I personally don’t want any of you to run from competition- because competition does make you better and you will have competition in life everywhere you go. However, if you’re a Junior and another Junior comes in who is better and you won’t play & can’t switch positions- You should probably look at other options. And a lot of old school people will hate that I’m saying this, but at the end of the day you need to do what’s in your best interest for your academic and football career. If you are serious about playing college football….you need game film! You can’t get game film riding the bench. My best advice when it comes to transferring is please do not rush a decision. I believe you should only get one opportunity to transfer so make sure you weigh out all of your options.