Recruiting 101: Direct Phone Calls to College Coaches


We have discussed several ways of connecting with college coaches: writing emails, unofficial visits, and summer camps. The last option is to make direct phone calls to the coach.

I realize this can be intimidating for the younger recruit. I developed a few things below to think about as you prepare your calls. Also, remember the college coaches cannot call you until your junior year of high school and I always recommend that you send them an email with your introduction information before you make the direct phone call.  

Tips for direct phone calls

1. Be purposeful when you make your call and write out a script before you get started

2. The first phone call is to introduce yourself, your level of gym, the year you graduate, and the club you attend

3. Always leave a voicemail if the coach does not answer

4. Be excited and positive about their team and university

5. Leave them with something positive and personal about yourself

6. Be prepared for them to ask you a few questions

7. They will probably want your coach's contact information

8. Start making calls to college coaches in your freshman year if you are a good match for a school

9. You can locate office phone numbers by going to the athletic department staff directory

10. Research the college academics and athletics before you make any calls

JH Consulting is an advising service for parents and gymnasts to help them through the gymnastics recruiting process.  Jill has 20 years of college coaching experience.  She has advised gymnasts to Division 1, 2 and 3 schools and teams.  You can see her information by going to  She also offers a web course called Roadmap To Recruiting with 10 modules designed for the parent and gymnast.

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