September 1 is a game-changer for a lot of upperclassmen athletes. Find out why and see 5 tips for connecting with coaches if you aren’t already.
- Senior football players – Division I college coaches can now call you once per week
- Juniors in all sports – Division I coaches can now send you emails, letters, and accept your Facebook requests
This means any coaches that want to recruit you will be able to see your Facebook page. So make sure there’s nothing on there you wouldn’t want them to see. Will you get in touch with coaches, or will you spend the day watching your friends’ news feeds blow up? Will coaches send you emails, or will you sit there waiting for your phone to vibrate?
If you aren’t expecting any calls, letters, or emails – here’s how you can change that (UPDATED 8/30/2012)
If you aren’t communicating with any coaches yet, here are 5 tips to start connecting with them:
1. Use Recruit-Match to identify at least 20 schools that are a good fit for your athletic and academic abilities, including “reach” schools (maybe you could be accepted and play there), “safety” schools (you could easily be accepted and play there) and some in between.
2. Call or write letters to every one of those school. Keep a log of when you contact the coaches and when they wrote back to you. This will help you gauge how proactive you are being with your recruiting and how interested coaches are in you.
3. Make sure to respond as soon as possible to any coaches that contact you back. Don’t assume that a letter means you will be recruited – this is just a first step.
4. Keep all coaches you are in contact with updated about your athletic, academic, and recruiting situation – if you grow an inch, your profile should grow an inch (a coach looks differently at player that’s 6′ instead of 5′ 11″); if your grades come up, let those coaches know; if you’re getting offers from other schools, let those coaches know that you are in demand.
5. Always be developing your relationships with coaches, and never neglect them. If they write you, call. If they call you, ask for an official or unofficial visit. Even if you are not sure whether you want to go to a school that is reaching out to you, communicate with them anyway. It’s good to keep your options open, and you never know when a school might be a great fit when you didn’t expect it to be. Don’t go by the name.
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