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Getting YOUR Coach to Help You Get Recruited

If you have a high school or club coach that is willing to help you through the recruiting process, consider yourself lucky.

Many coaches don’t want to, or don’t know how to, help their athletes get noticed by college coaches.  Some reasons they don’t want to?  It takes too much time, and doesn’t directly effect their team’s performance.  Therefore, there isn’t a direct benefit to them other than seeing one of their athletes go on and play at the next level.  They may also not know how to help you get to the next level:  They aren’t familiar with the recruiting rules, ways to expose their top athletes to coaches who are searching for prospects, or what caliber of athlete would qualify at what college division level.

For the lucky few that have smart, proactive coaches in their corner, the benefits are huge:  You have someone who can be a good source of contact with college coaches, who often respect the evaluation of a respected high school or club coach and will put their recommended athletes at the top of their recruiting lists.

That can make a big difference when it comes to separating yourself from the crowded list of potential college prospects fighting for the attention of a college program.  In the end, I’ve seen the actions of a savvy high school coach make big differences in how their prospects are treated by college coaches who are out searching for talent.

If you want your high school or club coach to help you get recruited, there are a couple of things I strongly recommend you do to help your chances of playing at the next level.  Print these tips out or forward them to your coach, and get them on board in helping you reach the next level:

  • Tell them exactly what your goals are.  It’s critical that they understand that you don’t have hear only from the best of the best college programs, but that you are open to consider any opportunities that might be out there.  Coaches sometimes will only get excited at the prospect of one of their athletes going to a “top school” in their sport.  If they take this approach, not many of their athletes (if any) will play college sports.  Make sure they understand that you want as many contacts as possible, so that you can choose the school and the coach that is the best fit for you.  Make sure you communicate that clearly to your coach at the start of the process.
  • Ask them what college coaches they have good contact with, and if they would get in touch with them about you.  By doing this, you’ll find out if they have any real relationships with college coaches.  If they do, great!  They can help you get in touch with them and seeing if there are opportunities at those schools.  If they don’t, then you know that you may have to go through other sources to get contacts for your college scholarship search.  Make sure you see if your coach can help use their contacts to further your chances of playing at the next level.
  • Ask them to write a letter or reference for you.  Have them send it to you electronically so that you can e-mail it or print it for college coaches.  Make sure they list what they like about having you as an athlete, what your strong points are, and what areas you need to improve in.  The more information the better.  A letter like this won’t guarantee you a scholarship, but it will be an extra measure of proof that you are working hard to improve your performance and working with your coach to make that happen.

Those are three quick ways to ensure that your coach is doing everything they can for you as you get ready to pursue college scholarship opportunities.  They’re proven, they work, and they can make a big difference in your end results.  By the way, if they haven’t already, make sure they fill out our free high school coach recruiting form on the NCSA website.  That’s how a lot of contacts get started with college coaches.

One other thing I want to point out to you is that it isn’t your coach’s “job” to get you recruited.  Don’t expect them to give up their personal lives to spend hours and hours devoting time to your college search.  The main responsibility for contacting coaches falls on your shoulders.  This is your future, and you need to take ownership of the task and make sure you are getting in front of as many coaches as possible.  Your coach can help you make that happen, but it isn’t their responsibility to make it happen.

My advice to you is this:  Pick one of those three tips I just listed and go to your coach immediately and ask them for their help.  That’s the easiest – and fastest – way to get your coach involved in the recruiting process and start seeing results.

Chris Krause, Founder and President

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4 Comments

  • I HAVE A SON THAT IS 7 YEARS OLD, I KNOW HE IS STILL TOO YOUNG BUT HIS SKILLS ARE VERY ADVANCED FOR A 7 YEAR OLD, AND HE DOES WORK OUT WITH A BASKETBALL SKILL TRAINER. MY QUESTION IS HOW YOUNG CAN THEY BE TO TRY AND GET HIM LOOKED AT BY YOU OR BY SOMEONE ELSE SO HE CAN GET ON THE RADAR OF SOME COACHES? AND ALSO WHAT WOULD BE A GREAT BASKETBALL CAMP TO GET HIM GOING TOO? I WOULD ALSO ADD THAT I AM NOT THAT DAD WHO THINKS HIS SON CAN MAKE IN THE NBA, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO GET HIM A COLLEGE SCHLORSHIP AT ANY SCHOOL.

    THANK YOU

  • George, to be honest with you, you sound exactly like one of those stereotypical dads that try to live there lives through the actions of their kids. You need to relax and let your child be a kid. If you start him too young then he’ll burn out and just not want to play basketball anymore. I had a friend that played baseball ever since he was 5, he recieved 1st team All-State 3 consecutive years. However the summer before his senior year he decided that he was tired of playing. He did end up going to college, but he chose not to play baseball.
    What I’m trying to say is, don’t push your son to the point that he loses his love for the game and thinks of it more as the only way he can get to college. There are plenty of academic and local scholarships available. Just ease up a bit, he’ll appreciate, and you won’t be as stressed. Good luck to your son though, I hope he does great things!

  • THIS ARTICLE NEEDS TO BE PRINTED, PUBLISHED AND SENT TO EVERY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE IN THE COUNTRY AND TO EVERY ATHLETE’S PARENT!!!!!

  • Hello.

    I am very interested to play soccer and get recruited by any college. I play Soccer at a high level. I am already ready for it, but I don’t know how to get that opportunity. Calling a Colleage Coach is not an easy thing. I am stuying at Miami College, career computer engineering, or computer system.
    but the love of my life is soccer. I want to start right now. I am 20 years old, I guess I am still young with many doors waiting to be opened for me out there.
    I used to play in a soccer team, now I am playing to keep growing on performance at the field. I play many kind of soccer, I mean indoors and outdoors.
    all I need is someone out there tell me how can I start or who I have to contact to get more information. All I want is to keep going and grow, I know I can make it, I fill am on my way and that I can be even better. I have many skills. I consider myself a good athlete and I want to grow even more no matter what, all I love is this sport more than nothing. I would like to hear from someone that knows more than me about getting enrolled and recruited by any college or univercity men soccer coach. Please your voice will be very good for me to listen if you know about the field. My parents know about it, I told them and ofcourse they are with me.
    I can get a coach to help me, but we don’t know how. Still I don’t put my arms down, and look the way to have success on my main goal. Parents don’t have much time to write for me, but they wish to do it. still , they are with me no matter what and chear for me and prey always, but I have to done this myself is something I needed to. Please if you can be of help, I am here. waiting for you! Thank You! I hope to listen from you as soon as possible.
    P:S: I hear in Miami FIU Univerc..Have a soccer team, since I am in Miami. First place to look out a coach is FIU. others college still good, I can hear any, but first is the place I am closed to.
    I do want to play and show the passion I have for this sport. Thanks again. Good Luck!