Athletic Recruiting Beyond Athletics Coach Communication

How a Handwritten Letter Will Set You Apart from Other Recruits

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Email, text and messenger are all common forms of written communication in the digital age. They’re quick and easy and usually just an arms’ length away. It’s hard – if not impossible – to keep up with friends and family in the world today without being familiar with one of these electronic messaging platforms. However, the art of letter writing has gotten sidelined with all of these digital forms of communication. You can use this to your advantage in your recruiting.

It’s more personal to send a handwritten note or letter

Our Recruiting Coach department at NCSA works with student-athletes and their families every day of the week, at all times of the day. While most day-to-day communication is done over the phone or computer, there has been a recent initiative to reach out to student-athletes and their families with a handwritten note every now and then. It’s something we encourage the recruits to do with college coaches, as well.

Recruiting Coach Manager Michael Dufek has headed this mission for our NCSA team. Here’s what he has to share:

“It never ceases to amaze me just how moved people can be by receiving a written letter. I encourage everyone to try writing a handwritten letter this week. It is a great way to show someone how much you care about them, takes five minutes to do, and breaks up the day-to-day monotony of writing an email or sending a text. It’s unexpected in today’s world, and will set you apart as a friend, son or daughter, and recruit.”

When is the last time you wrote a letter?

In terms of your recruitment, we recommend following up with a coach or their staff with a thank you note after a visit or a good call. Or to simply further express your interest in their program on a more personal level. Coaches receive hundreds of emails a day, and seeing a handwritten letter will not only break up the email monotony, but make you a more memorable recruit.

In terms of your daily life outside of athletics, a handwritten letter or note to a friend who helped you with your homework, or maybe someone who’s going through a tough time, can be really special. Maybe it’s an unexpected note to your Mom or Dad saying thank you for all they do, or your teacher whose class you really enjoyed this year – the power of a hand-written letter will not go unnoticed.


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About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.