4 Tips For Communicating With College Coaches
One of the keys to successfully navigating the recruiting process is good communication between you, your coaches, and college coaches.
Before you write an email or jump on the phone with a college coach, it’s best to develop a game plan with your coaches to keep everyone on the same page. Not only will this help you stay organized and relieve any stress, it will help you find more opportunities at the next level.
1) Research the school
Research colleges with your parents and coaches. When looking into schools, take into account a variety of factors to determine if it’s a good fit for you. Knowing this information beforehand allows you to know what you want out of a school and prepares you to have those discussions with college coaches.
2) Research the coaching staff
Before heading into a conversation with college coaches, take the time to learn about them personally. This includes researching the rest of their coaching staff, program history, roster makeup, and personal history. This will show them that you’ve done your homework and you’re interested in more than just a roster spot — that you’re interested in fostering a relationship with them.
3) Be prepared with your own questions
Don’t be afraid to ask college coaches questions and make it a two-way conversation. What is their coaching philosophy? What traits do they look for in student-athletes? What type of offense or defense do they run? What does it take to earn a scholarship at their school? You can always write out questions you want to ask before a phone call or in-person meeting.
4) Proofread before you press send
The three most common ways you’ll communicate with college coaches is via Email/Text/DM, Phone Calls, and In-Person. Before you communicate with a college coach, here are some tips to help you prepare
- Typically, the most common way you’ll communicate with college coaches is via email, text, and/or direct messages on social media. One of the benefits of communicating this way is that you can carefully craft your messages and replies. Be sure to double (and triple) check your grammar and punctuation before you press send. Coaches often look at your messages as an indication of your writing abilities and attention to detail. Check your inboxes regularly so you don’t miss any messages and you can reply in a timely fashion.
- Phone calls are a great way for you to show off your personality. While it may be intimidating to speak with a coach on the phone, you can have your notes, research, and questions right in front of you during the call. If possible, find yourself a quiet place with no distractions and good cell service.
- Whether you’re visiting campus or a college coach is watching your game, it is important to be yourself so they can get to know your personality. Be sure to make eye contact, speak slowly and clearly, have good posture, and that your clothes or uniform are put together properly. Remember, you’re showing college coaches how you would fit into their program.
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