These days there are a lot of people involved with working with our kids. In high school sports now athletes have personal trainers, they've got position coaches, they've got nutritionists. None of it is bad, but I think there is a couple of things that are important.
One, keep the coaches involved. Keep the high school coach involved. It's your son, I understand, but that coach is sometimes in a position where somebody off the field is telling him to do thing, and the high school coach is trying to tell him to do another thing, and it hurts everybody.
Research these people. Understand that some of them do it for money, strictly for money, and others do it because it's a part of their profession and their professional addict [??].
Research who you're working with. Who have they worked with in the past, word of mouth, the internet. Be careful of people who prey on athletes, and have a good pitch, and can convince them that they're going to help them get to the next level.
I think as a parent, one of the best things that we can do to help our athletes understand if they need a nutritionist, and who to use. If they need a personal trainer, and who to use. If they need a position coach, and who to use is to do some research.
If we have made the decision and I think talk to your coach, trust me. Talk to the high school coach. They have a lot of stock, a lot of skin in this game, and want to help your athlete.
So, when you decide " I need to get extra help", great right? Research, internet. There's so much information you can get. Word of mouth, talk to clients that have worked with the coach. Do your own research, due diligence to find out if this person is a professional at what they do and they know what they're talking about, and can make a difference, or if they are doing it because it's a way to make a buck.
There are a lot of third parties in this, and some of them have more interest in making money, and building they're own name then helping you become the best high school football player you can be.
Get some advise. Keep your high school coach in the mix, and you guys will make the best decision for your son.