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Communicating with Coaches

Q: When a coach tells you to call them on a weekly basis, what does that mean?

Q: When a coach tells you to call them on a weekly basis, what does that mean?

A: The amount of personal attention that a college coach shows you is a sign of their interest level. If they want to talk to you on a weekly basis—that’s a pretty good sign. If they asked you to call them, are you a sophomore […]

Q: A reporter wants to interview me for a recruiting blog, what will they ask me? What should I say?

Q: A reporter wants to interview me for a recruiting blog, what will they ask me? What should I say?

A: Here are a few tips for dealing with the media… – Understand that whatever you say may be printed! If you don’t want it going public, don’t say it to the reporter. If you are learning towards a certain school, if you want to […]

Q: Does it mean a school will offer you a scholarship if they are sending you letters and emails?

Q: Does it mean a school will offer you a scholarship if they are sending you letters and emails?

A: No, letters are sent to players that are on the coach staff’s ‘Watch List.’ As we’ve discussed, there are several reasons why players may be added to this list—but this list changes weekly and is, especially early in the process for juniors, just a […]

Q: I’m ready to send my info to colleges – what should I write in the letters to coaches?

Q: I’m ready to send my info to colleges – what should I write in the letters to coaches?

A: The #1 Rule to getting coaches to notice you is that they MUST see you play—either on person or on tape—to have any legitimate interest in recruiting you. So before you send college coaches’ letters or emails, get your highlights and game film together […]

Q: When a team sends you a questionnaire, what does that mean? Will they recruit me?

Q: When a team sends you a questionnaire, what does that mean? Will they recruit me?

A: If a coach has sent you a questionnaire (one that you did not request), that’s a good first sign. Coaches send questionnaires to players they’ve heard SOMETHING about. You may have been recommended by your coach, attended a local/national combine and had good measureables […]

Q: If you get mail from schools because of PSAT, is that their only interest?

Q: If you get mail from schools because of PSAT, is that their only interest?

A: Most likely – is the envelope from the Admissions Office or the Athletic Department? When coaches are recruiting you, they will normally have a preprinted return address that marks it from the specific sport. If it’s not coming from that sport office or the […]

Q: When emailing a school, who should I send it to – the head coach, recruiting coordinator, position coach?

Q: When emailing a school, who should I send it to – the head coach, recruiting coordinator, position coach?

A: Each coaching staff splits recruiting responsibilities, normally by location, position or grad year. For this reason, it is a big time and energy-saver to begin the process by contacting the coach who is responsible for recruiting your hometown or position. Once the recruiting coach […]

Q: When is the best time to contact NCAA coaches?

Q: When is the best time to contact NCAA coaches?

A: A few answers to this question… Best time of day: Between 11am-2pm (local time) on their office phone. College coaches may not be in their office the whole time, but most coaches will be in their office at some point during this window—eating lunch, […]

Q: Where do players send their film to be evaluated? Can they send it to college coaches directly?

Q: Where do players send their film to be evaluated? Can they send it to college coaches directly?

A: Yes! Each coaching staff splits recruiting responsibilities, normally by location, position or grad year. For this reason, it is a big time and energy-saver to begin the process by contacting the coach who is responsible for recruiting your hometown or position. Once the recruiting […]

Q: Can poor character displayed on social media really hurt an athlete’s chance of being recruited? Do coaches really care?

Q: Can poor character displayed on social media really hurt an athlete’s chance of being recruited? Do coaches really care?

A: As a prospective college athlete understand that not only are you being evaluated by your skills, size, speed and grades, your character is also under the microscope. It’s not just about what you put out there in your words, it’s also very telling who […]