Recruiting 101: 10 Things Not To Do When Communicating With A College Coach

Being perfect is not what is expected when you interact with college coaches, but there are some things you may want to avoid:

  1. Do not ask about scholarships in your first email.
  2. Do not be rude to your parents when you are on a visit .
  3. Do not misrepresent your grades or test scores.
  4. On the phone, do not be too quiet or simply give one-word answers, as this can give the appearance of a lack of interest. 
  5. Do not let your parents become over-involved.
  6. Do not take a long time to respond to emails or phone calls from college coaches.
  7. Do not act like you are “too good” for their program.
  8. Do not come unprepared on your visit or in phone calls to college coaches.
  9. Do not act inappropriately on your recruiting visit.
  10. Do not use bland or one-size-fits-all emails with coaches. Research each team!

Do any of these sound familiar? 

If so, you are not alone. Many athletes make these mistakes throughout the recruiting process. College coaches understand you are nervous and even awkward, but you must plan and be prepared with every email, phone call, and visit. Treat it like a business appointment.

Remember that college coaches are often looking at three recruits for every one spot on a team. You are competing for this opportunity. These 10 items may seem obvious when you read them, but don’t let one of them be the reason you are not picked for a team.  


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