Communicating with NCAA Coaches can be intimidating for most student-athletes, however, it is an important part of the recruiting process and making yourself known to coaches. Coaches cannot call, email or text a Student-athlete until Sept. 1 of your Jr. Year. You should be emailing and calling coaches well before that. Hopefully the following tips will help you when speaking with coaches.
Tips for Communicating with Coaches:
- Coaches prefer the athlete initiates the communication - not the parent.
- Coaches prefer to communicate 90% of the time with the athlete. When discussing finances the parents should have communication with the coach.
- Take the initiative - pick up the phone and call. Don’t wait for them to contact you – they are NOT allowed until Sept. 1 of your Jr. Year. The coaches want to speak with you, but they are restricted from initiating the call. If you are still in Gr. 9 or 10, the coach because of their restrictions cannot return your call or email. Leave a message, and continue to call. BE PERSISTENT!!!.
- Prepare what you are going to say prior to calling. Research the schools website so you have some insight to their program.
- Do a mock phone conversation with your parent or coach.
- If you get voicemail, leave a clear message and say you will call back. (remember they cannot return your call). Be specific about when you will call back. Be sure to address the coach by " Coach _______". Be sure to call back.
- Once you make the call and you have the coach on the line, speak clearly, introduce yourself, where you are from and what team/club you play for. If you have sent them your athletic portfolio ask if they have had a chance to look at it.That is a great way to initiate the conversation. Generally, the coach will carry the conversation, but you should have some questions ready. Here are some examples:
* I am interested in studying _________, what is your ________ program like?
* How many Seniors do you have graduating in ______ (the year you will begin)? - or you may have checked this on the website and mention it.
* What role do you see me playing? What position?
* What does a typical daily schedule look like while in season?
* What are your team goals for the next few seasons?
- Sometimes coaches are hard to get a hold of - BE PERSISTENT!