talking to college coaches

The 10 things you need to know to be successful

The 10 things you need to know to communicate with a college coach in season

1. Timing is Key 

Understanding the coach's schedule is crucial. Coaches are typically swamped during the season with practices, games, and travel. Try to reach out during less hectic times, such as early mornings or during their office hours. Avoid contacting them on game days or immediately before or after a big competition.

2. Be Patient

Coaches may not always respond promptly due to their busy schedules. Be patient and give them the time they need to get back to you. Avoid sending multiple follow-up messages in quick succession, as this can be overwhelming.

3. Show Genuine Interest

When reaching out to a coach, express your genuine interest in their program. Mention specific details about the team's performance, recent accomplishments, or aspects of their coaching style that resonate with you. This shows that you've done your homework and are genuinely interested in joining their program.

4. Keep it Concise

In your initial messages, keep things concise and to the point. Introduce yourself, state your interest, and ask if they would be willing to have a conversation. Avoid sending lengthy emails or messages that may be difficult for the coach to read during their busy season.

5. Respect Their Priorities

Understand that the coach's top priority during the season is their current team. Respect their commitment to their current athletes and avoid making demands that could interfere with their coaching responsibilities.

6. Showcase Your Performance

If you've had recent standout performances or achievements in your sport, don't hesitate to mention them. Coaches appreciate recruits who can bring value to their team. Share relevant stats, awards, or accomplishments that highlight your potential contribution.

7. Be Flexible with Scheduling

When requesting a conversation or visit, be flexible with scheduling. Offer multiple options that work for you and inquire about the coach's availability. Flexibility demonstrates your willingness to accommodate their busy schedule.

8. Listen Actively

During conversations with coaches, actively listen to their insights and feedback. Show that you value their perspective by asking questions and seeking advice. Demonstrating a willingness to learn and grow is attractive to coaches.

9. Follow Up with Gratitude

After any interaction with a coach, send a follow-up message expressing your gratitude for their time and insights. It's a simple gesture, but it goes a long way in building a positive relationship.

10. Stay Positive and Professional

Maintain a positive and professional demeanour throughout your communication with coaches. Avoid negative comments about other programs or coaches, and always be respectful, even if things don't work out as you hoped.

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