Athletic Recruiting Coach Communication

Why September 1 is an Important Day in Your Recruiting


September 1 isn’t just any old day. Sure, it usually marks the start of fall and pumpkin spice latte season, but in recruiting, it has even more significance. According to the NCAA recruiting rules, Division I college coaches can start actively recruiting athletes September 1 of their junior year of high school for most sports.

This is great news for recruits, as the communication floodgates are now open. College coaches can personally start reaching out to high school juniors through

  • Emails
  • Letters
  • Texts
  • Phone calls (except for DI football)
  • Social media, like DMs and friend requests

Plus, off-campus contact is allowed. Bottom line? The NCAA says Division I coaches can actively recruit now. But more likely than not, these coaches have already been in contact with the high school coach or club coach of their potential prospects.

So, what does this mean for you?

If you haven’t heard from DI coaches yet, don’t worry. There’s still time in your recruiting. Your first move is to research the schools you’re interested in, and then send a personalized email to the college coach or recruiting staff.

Check out our sample introductory email to help get you started.

Dear Coach Smith,

I’ve been following your team for a few years now, and was really impressed by your team’s performance in the championship game last year—congratulations! I wanted to connect with you because I would love to be part of this competitive environment as a college athlete.

My name is Jane Doe and I’m a 6’2” forward at Generic High School in Chicago, IL. I was honored by being been named the Gatorade Player of the Year earlier this year. I currently start on my AAU basketball team and am a four-year varsity starter for my high school team. I think that my work ethic and talent would be a great match for your program.

For the rest of my athletic stats, highlight video, academic stats and personal statement, please visit my online profile at: [link to NCSA profile].

I will be competing in an AAU tournament near you on Sept. 20, 2017, with my first game at 1p.m. CT. I would really appreciate it if you would could see me compete in person.

Thank you!

Jane Doe
Senior | Forward | 6’2”
Generic High School, Chicago, IL
Online profile:
Phone number: 555-555-1234

If you’d like more help getting in touch with college coaches, give us a call at 866-495-5172. Our recruiting force has been through the process thousands of times and is excited to help you find your best college match!

About the author
Kelly Mantick

Kelly Mantick is a writer at NCSA Next College Student Athlete.