What about being in contact with coaches? How does that work? Well actually, it works in so many ways that it is hard to detail. Coaches’ personalities and athletes’ personalities combine in lots of ways. There is no one right answer, but there are some guidelines that will help you out.
*Scroll to the bottom to find out how you can get a step by step guide to contact coaches.
You have done your research and picked out several schools that are options. Now contact the coach. It is scary, but get over it and put yourself out there. The worst that can happen is that a coach will tell you no or ignore you. No harm done even if this happens.
You are free to call, text, or email a coach. And I recommend that you do reach out.
Here is my recommendation for your initial contact with the coach. Call the coach and let them know you are interested and will be sending information to them. If you get a voice mail, just leave your name and tell them you will follow up by email. This phone call will increase the likelihood that a coach will respond to you. It shows initiative and a personal interest in their school
You can contact coaches at any time. Any time after the beginning of the sophomore year should be early enough. The sophomore and junior years are the most critical times to be reaching out to coaches. The longer you wait, the more doors will close.
The email should be short. You don’t need to include your life history. Include 3 short paragraphs.
The first one should introduce who you are, where you are from, academic GPA, test scores, club and high school team.
The second paragraph is very important. It should include information that makes it very clear to the coach that this was not a spam email (one to every coach in the country). You would not believe how many emails coaches receive from players that are more like spam than one written by an interested athlete. Include something about the school or program that is very specific (call the school by name) and why you are interested in their team.
The third paragraph should detail what events you will be at and where to find a video (the link) if you have one on YouTube. You should follow up the email by filling out the recruiting questionnaire, found on a team’s homepage, so they are sure you are interested in their school and they have all the information they require.
Prepare a resume that you can send either by mail or as an email attachment. It should include:
- Your name, address, phone number, DOB, email, and eligibility center # if you have one.
- Academics: School, grad year, GPA, ACT/SAT scores
- Position and number for club and high school team
- References: Club and high school coaches’ phone numbers and emails
- Upcoming Tournaments
You will be able to find the coach’s email on the specific sport page or under the athletic directory.
Don’t Neglect the Communication
If you are in contact with a coach, make sure you communicate. Communication should be regular: once every few months if you are a freshman or sophomore, and at least once per month as a junior or senior.
Emails and texts are fine most of the time. Keep them updated with your upcoming schedule, and a tidbit or two of what you are doing.
If a coach contacts you, make sure you return calls, texts, or emails.
Fill out player profiles or questionnaires if they request it or if you see one online.
Failure to hold up your end of the communication will make the coach lose interest. Remember there are a lot of high school players vying for a select number of college roster spots. You are part of a big numbers game. Coaches don’t have time to invest in players who don’t respond.
The Assistant Coach
Is it a bad thing if I am only receiving calls or emails from the assistant? No, not really. The head coach does not have time to do all of the communicating, especially early on, with a recruit.
It is the job of assistant coaches to make early contacts. This frees the head coach to focus on players who have been identified as having interest in their program. It is normal.
You may not speak with the head coach until you actually visit campus. At this point, if the coach is interested in you, communication will likely change. You may begin to hear from both coaches, or primarily from the head coach as it is the head coach’s job to make the final sale and get you to commit to coming.
On the other side, if you are a junior or senior and receive no response from the coach after a couple of tries, move on.
One other important courtesy, if you have been talking to a coach (or even if you have never spoken to them, but they are trying to get in touch with you) and decide against their school, send an email or text letting them know so they don’t keep trying to contact you. They will not be upset. In fact, they will be glad because it saves their time for interested players. And it is common courtesy.
There is more talent available than roster spots. Unless you are a top tier athlete, college coaches will not know you are alive, until you tell them.
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“1st Email to a Coach” Template
One of the most important tools you have is your first email to a coach. It is not complicated, but if you don’t know what to do, how can you fix it?
I have included a simple how to guide to a great email to introduce yourself and a fill in the blank template to get you going quickly.
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