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.  


Jill Hicks has an advising business that helps parents and gymnasts navigate the college recruiting process. If you would like a FREE consultation you can go to www.jhicksconsulting.com for more information.

Yul Moldauer Calls 2018 World Championships 'Biggest' Event Of His Life

NORMAN, Oklahoma — Yul Moldauer has been part of some big events. He enters his senior year at Oklahoma with seven individual NCAA titles, which is tied for most in college gymnastics history, and three national championships. He has also medaled at the USA Championships and the World Championships.

Brenna Dowell, Oklahoma Aim To Bounce Back After 'Shocking' UCLA Defeat

The end seemed inevitable. 

When the University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team entered the 2018 NCAA Super Six, they were the odds-on favorite to win their fourth national championship since 2014 and third in a row.

USA Gymnastics Names Biles, Hurd & 4 More To 2018 World Championships Team

Interview: Riley McCusker - Day 2, 2018 US Championships

The 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships are less than two weeks away from starting in Doha, Qatar, and USA Gymnastics has just announced the six gymnasts who will be representing the red, white, and blue in the year's biggest international competition. A seventh alternate gymnast will be named in Qatar.

Simone Biles Spearheads The Women's Worlds Event Finals Contenders

Although Doha 2018 marks the first world championships of the quad with a team competition, this year's event finals will still be one to watch, especially with the return of reigning Olympic all-around, vault, and floor champion Simone Biles.

Roster: U.S. Women's 2018 World Team Selection Camp

Following the 2018 World Championships nominative roster release by the International Gymnastics Federation, USA Gymnastics posted the gymnasts who will attend the 2018 U.S. Women’s World Team Selection Camp.

USA's Nominative Team For The 2018 World Championships

The nominative registrations are in for the 2018 World Championships, and the USA's team consists of Simone Biles, Morgan Hurd, Riley McCusker, Grace McCallum, and Kara Eaker, with Shilese Jones as the alternate.

Great Britain Names 2018 World Championships Team

Press release via British Gymnastics:

Ellie Downie, Becky Downie, Kelly Simm, Georgia-Mae Fenton and Alice Kinsella will be the Great Britain women’s team for the forthcoming artistic gymnastics World Championships.

Corinne Bunagan To Represent Philippines At Worlds

Interview: Philippine Senior Elite Corinne Bunagan, ENA Gymnastics

For the first time in three years, the Philippines will be represented in the biggest gymnastics competition of the year. New Jersey native Corinne Bunagan of ENA Paramus will compete at the 2018 World Championships in Doha next month. She received the opportunity after proving herself to be a reliable competitor at the 2018 Asian Games.

U.S. Men's Team Announced For 2018 World Gymnastics Championships

USA Gymnastics has announced the men's team for the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. Sam Mikulak, Akash Modi, Yul Moldauer, Colin Van Wicklen, and Alec Yoder make up the five person team with Allan Bower as the traveling alternate.

Led By Hunter Dula, Utah Adds Top JO Talent For 2019 NCAA Gymnastics Season

Now that first official practices are underway at many schools, we’re continuing our series on the new additions to NCAA gymnastics team rosters, highlighting the Utah Utes today. Similar to LSU, the team have only lost two key competitors to graduations, Tiffani Lewis and Maddy Stover. Lewis was an important competitor for the team on vault, bars, and floor, while Stover was one of the team’s top beam workers.