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Q: When should I contact a coach about walking on to the team?

Q: When should I contact a coach about walking on to the team?

A: Within many programs, walk-on slots are just as competitive as scholarship spots. Many teams have children of former players, boosters and university staff on their roster as walk-ons. If you think your opportunity will come as a walk-on, it’s best to approach coaches in […]

Q: If I walk-on and am good, can I eventually earn scholarship money and/or get playing time?

Q: If I walk-on and am good, can I eventually earn scholarship money and/or get playing time?

A: Yes, if you are able to provide quality backup minutes to a starter, you will probably earn playing time and possibly a scholarship – but it may take you a few seasons. I’ve worked with walk-ons who saw significant playing time, who earned scholarships […]

Q: How can I become a preferred walk-on?

Q: How can I become a preferred walk-on?

A: Walk-ons make the team in two ways: as a preferred walk-on or through a tryout. Believe it or not, walk-on spots at many schools are just as competitive as scholarship spots—they are very limited! To become a preferred walk-on, coaches need to see you […]

Q: A school is sending mail, coming to see me play or has invited me to camp—how do I go about asking for an Unofficial Visit?

Q: A school is sending mail, coming to see me play or has invited me to camp—how do I go about asking for an Unofficial Visit?

A: As coaches are evaluating prospects and prioritizing their recruits, they want you to do your research and be just as proactive and involved with the process as they are. While college coaches first must be interested in your athletic and academic abilities they love […]

Q: Will colleges give you free tickets to a game for an Unofficial Visit?

Q: Will colleges give you free tickets to a game for an Unofficial Visit?

A: Yes, during an Unofficial Visit, the institution may offer a maximum of three complimentary admissions (issued only through a pass list) to a home athletics event at any facility within a 30-mile radius of a member institution’s main campus, in which the institution’s intercollegiate […]

Q: Are Junior Days invitation only?

Q: Are Junior Days invitation only?

A: Yes, coaches have been putting together their preliminary ‘Watch Lists’ of prospects for each class, even if players are too young to contact or recruit. These are just their base lists, their early lists—used to get the process going for the next recruitable class. […]

Q: I have never been on an Official Visit, what should I expect?

Q: I have never been on an Official Visit, what should I expect?

A: On both Official and Unofficial visits, coaches are trying to both get to know you better and want you get a better understanding of them, what they have to offer and to get to know their coaching staff and players. It’s a two-way street […]

Q: A school invited me to a game and offered to give me a tour of campus—does that mean I’m being recruited?

Q: A school invited me to a game and offered to give me a tour of campus—does that mean I’m being recruited?

A: Yes, if a coach is trying to get you to visit campus, they’ve heard something and have some level of early interest. They’ve heard or seen something about you that interests them and they want to get to know you better, meet you in […]

Q: What exactly should I be looking for on visits?

Q: What exactly should I be looking for on visits?

A: Whether choosing a school as a blue-chip prospect with 50 scholarship offers or as a Division III non-scholarship athlete, the process of choosing a school can be time consuming and overwhelming. It’s important to develop your personal selection criteria that will help you through […]

Q: What’s the difference between an Official Visit and Unofficial Visit?

Q: What’s the difference between an Official Visit and Unofficial Visit?

A: Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents paid for by the college is an “Official Visit.” Visits paid for by college-bound student-athletes or their parents are “Unofficial Visits.” During an Official Visit the college can pay […]