The Power of Response

Once a student receives a questionnaire, the ball is in their court. If they do not respond, their name might be removed from that coach’s mailing list. Bigger name programs might get an 80% response to questionnaires while lesser-known programs may get as little as 10% return. Coaches assume that a student-athlete who ignores a request for information is not interested in the program. Because their mailing lists are huge, they embrace this lack of response as an opportunity to narrow the pool of candidates. By responding to all mailings, an athlete will keep their options open. Remember that every coach sends letters to hundreds, if not thousands, of other student-athletes on the recruiting list, and will likely only continue to correspond with those who show interest.

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