Know, Accept, Perfect, Improve

Well, we’re now into April and college baseball conference play is in full swing.  As a fan, this becomes one of the most fun times of the year. But for some players, this can be the time of year that will put you in an emotional rollercoaster. All season long, college teams have worked to establish that tight […]

Tips to Make Your Season Successful

The arrival of preseason also means that the best time of year is right around the corner.   Now is the time that is most crucial for players to become routine regimented, both on the field and in the classroom.   Whether you are a high school or college athlete, your first priority is always […]

How NOT to approach the transfer process

Here are two recent examples of how NOT to approach the transfer process: In one case, the parent of a student-athlete sent out e-mails to other schools stating that their child was considering a transfer from School A.  Some of these schools sent “permission to contact” request forms to School A to speak to this […]

Informed Athlete’s Guide to Campus Visits

Informed Athlete’s Guide to Campus Visits gives important advice and information that will help you make a more informed decision about which school to select.

Informed Athlete’s Transfer Guide

Informed Athlete’s Transfer Guide provides comprehensive information and step-by-step instructions in layman’s terms that will help you navigate through the transfer process to a NCAA or NAIA institution.

Advice about Fall Drills

So fall drills have started, and lo and behold, the coach/coaches aren’t quite what they seemed to be when they were recruiting you to their school. Unfortunately, this seems to happen fairly often.  I was a fortunate one that did not have horror stories to tell once I stepped on campus.  A few of my […]

Finding the competitive style that works for you – Be your own guy!

This summer has been a fun one for me as a baseball fan and Mizzou Baseball alum, as I’ve had two former teammates make their major league debuts in the 2013 season. In addition to the already established Aaron Crow with Kansas City Royals, Nick Tepesch has been up all season with the Texas Rangers, […]

How to approach an exit meeting with your coach

With the end of the season approaching, and having already arrived for some teams, a hot topic among all players and parents will be exit meetings with the coaching staff. This is the time where each player will meet with the coaching staff (in my experience, the head coach, but may differ for other teams) […]

What you should do if you don’t sign an NLI

The National Letter of Intent Signing Day for many sports was Wednesday, February 5th.  I’d like to congratulate those of you who have the opportunity to sign with the school of your choice.  I know all of you (and your parents) have put in a lot of time, money, and effort to have this dream […]

National Letter of Intent Reminders

Congratulations to those prospects who have committed to a school and will have the opportunity to sign a National Letter of Intent with their NCAA Division I or II future school during the upcoming signing period.  Here are some NLI general reminders and points to keep in mind: Signing the National Letter of Intent commits the […]

Important Advice for Recruits

While I usually tend to speak on athlete preparation and approach issues, I’d like to take this time to offer advice for all prospective student-athletes and parents, based on some experiences that I’ve had working with initial eligibility in a college athletics compliance department.  In my current job as the Recruiting and Education Graduate Assistant […]

What to do if your Freshman Wants to Transfer

Recently, I’ve had consulting calls with parents of student-athletes who are in the first month or so of their freshman year at their chosen college, but they are unhappy and want to transfer.  That’s a tough situation for parents, because you want to support your child, but at the same time, you may be feeling […]

Notice about NCAA Eligibility Center

Rick Allen, Founder of Informed Athlete talks about the NCAA Eligibility Center’s increase in pricing on September 1st. If you have questions related to eligibility, recruiting or transfer situations, Informed Athlete can help! Call 913-766-1235 or email

NCAA Rule Changes Effective June 2012

For high school athletes who just finished their sophomore year, here are some important NCAA rule changes effective June 15, 2012: In the sport of NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball, coaches will be permitted to make unlimited calls or send unlimited texts to prospects (or their parents or legal guardians) as early as the June […]

Advice for College Athletes Regarding Transfer Situations

Spring sports are ending and some college athletes are considering, or have already decided, to transfer to another school for next year. Sometimes it is their choice, and sometimes they are encouraged to leave during their exit meeting with their coach. If an athlete is planning to transfer to an NCAA Division I or II […]