One of the keys to successfully navigating the college recruiting process is good communication between you, your coaches, and college coaches.

Before you write an email or jump onto a phone call with a college coach, it’s best to develop a game plan with your coaches to keep everyone on the same page. Not only will this help you stay organized and relieve any stress, it will help you find more opportunities at the next level.

1) Research the school

Research colleges with your parents and coaches. When looking into schools, take into account athletics, academics, tuition, location, etc. to determine if it’s a good fit for you. Doing this research beforehand allows you to know what you want out of a school and prepares you to have those discussions with college coaches.

2) Research the coaching staff

Before heading into a conversation with college coaches, take the time to learn about them personally. This includes researching the rest of their coaching staff, program history, roster makeup, etc. This will show them that you’ve done your homework and you’re interested in more than just a roster spot.

3) Be prepared with your own questions

Don’t be afraid to ask college coaches questions and make it a two-way conversation. What’s their coaching philosophies? What traits do they look for in student-athletes? What type of offense or defense do they run? What does it take to earn a scholarship at their school? If it helps you feel more prepared, you can always write out questions you want to ask before a phone call or in-person meeting.

4) Proofread before you press send

The three most common ways you’ll communicate with college coaches is via Email/Text/DM, Phone Calls, and In-Person. Before you communicate with a college coach, here are some tips to help you prepare:

Emails/Text/DM

  • Typically, the most common way you’ll communicate with college coaches is via email, text, and/or DM on social media. One of the pros of communicating this way is that you can carefully put together messages and replies. Be sure to double and triple check your grammar and punctuation before you press send. Coaches often look at your messages as an indication of your writing abilities. Check your inboxes regularly so you don’t miss any messages and you can reply in a timely fashion.

Phone Calls

  • Phone calls are a great way for you to show off your personality. While it may be intimidating to speak with a coach on the phone, you can have your notes, research, and questions right in front of you during the call. If possible, find yourself a quiet place with no distractions and good service. Always be respectful and interested.

In-Person

  • Whether you’re visiting campus or a college coach is watching your game, it is important to be yourself so they can get to know your personality. Be sure you make eye contact, speak slowly and clearly, have good posture, and that your clothes or uniform are put together properly. Remember, you’re showing college coaches how you would fit into their program.

5) Know the recruiting calendar

The rules about when and how colleges are able to contact you are different for each sport, so be sure you are familiar with the NCAA, NJCAA, and NAIA rules for your sport. During a dead period or quiet period, colleges are still able to reach out to your coaches, so utilize this resource by connecting with your coaches and keeping them up to date on your progress.

Check out our support page for a breakdown of communication rules for each sport.

Regular communication with your coaches and college coaches will help you stay organized and find opportunities at the next level.