20 effective and inexpensive ways to recruit young football players


Many youth football leagues do not allow recruiting of players, in other leagues it is necessary for survival. Recruiting players cannot be ignored, it is the lifeblood of your team.

Most of us don’t have big recruiting budgets to do big newspaper ads.

Here are some inexpensive “guerrilla marketing” recruiting methods you can use:

Flyers to the Schools- (Chapter 4 of the book shows you how to get around school rules that block this tactic)

Punt Pass and Kick Contest – We had the half-time winners of our local professional indoor soccer team competing.

School Assemblies – Much Easier Than You Think

Highlights shows from the school lunch room – with a portable DVD player

Other Sporting Sports Events – Distribute Flyers

School open house kiosks

Church Bulletin Announcements

Press Releases

Newspaper articles

Radio interviews

“Works Event” TV coverage

Players “Bounties” – Give your players $ 5 for each application or entry to a pizza.

Church or school carnival / festival kiosks

Saturday grocery store board or flyer



Parades – Your team parades in uniform and distributes flyers

School trophy presentations

School team match jersey days

Our organization has grown from 1 team to 16 in just 5 years using these methods. We published only one very expensive journal during this period (it gave us little feedback).

Details on how to make it all work, including free press releases and radio interviews, can be found in Chapter 4 of the book and include examples from our flyers. The website for our Nebraska junior football team is

The website was developed for free by a talented volunteer.

Copyright 2007 Cisar Mangement Services Reprints are permitted if the resource box and links are kept intact.

Source by Dave Cisar


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