#RecruitTips: What does filling out an online questionnaire do?

#RecruitTips: What does filling out an online questionnaire do?

Depending on if a coach sent you the link or not, filling out an online questionnaire is just an early step in the process.

LINK: Before the Offer – 20 Signs a College Coach is Interested

If a coach sent you the link and asked you to fill it out… that’s a good, early sign. It likely shows they’ve heard or seen something good about you from prep coaches or scouting services. By sending out the link, they are looking to gather more information on you to help them with their research. Primarily, they’re collecting your contact info so they can send you mail, emails or call you – either now or possibly down the road. They’re also collecting info on your HS/AAU/Club teams and coaches, info about your parents, HT/WT/Stats (unverified), etc. Online questionnaires are usually compatible and are able to be downloaded into massive databases that coaching staffs use throughout the process.

If a coach didn’t send you the link and you fill it out on your own… it’s hard to say. At some schools the information is looked over and at some schools it’s not closely monitored. That’s not to say you will never begin to be recruited from them – but normally only if you are able to send film as well or have one of your prep coaches speak with the college coaches.

Some schools have the budget to mail and email numerous amounts of kids and others only mail potential recruits that they have heard something about from trusted sources. Each staff and budget varies.

Questionnaires – online or on paper – are just a first, early step in the recruiting process.

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