So you’ve read some of our previous articles about the importance of researching colleges and contacting coaches at those schools, and now you are ready to get your name out there to coaches. But, simply sending a plain, generic email out to coaches won’t get you recruited. You want to know how to get college coaches and scouts to notice you, not just read your e-mail.
Research Each Team by Visiting Their University’s Sports Webpage
Go to each university’s website and find out more about their team. How was their season last year? What does their roster look like? Are they a young team or are they a veteran team that has grown and improved over the last few years, but also has many athletes graduating whose spots need to be filled?
Having the ability to talk about a coach’s team will show that coach that you are truly interested in their program, and not just looking for a scholarship from any school. A well thought-out email that says something like: “I noticed you have several athletes graduating that play my position, I am very interested in learning more about your program because I believe I have what it takes to fill their spots,” will get college coaches to notice you much faster than “I want a scholarship to play for your team.”
Look for Athletes From Your Area and Ask Them for Information and Help
Does a school have any athletes that grew up in your area? See if you can contact them and ask them if they would mind talking to you a little bit about their recruiting history and tell you more about their team and coach. Talking to current athletes will help paint a picture of what playing at the school is like. Here’s a way to get in touch with those athletes on social media. You can also ask a coach if any of the athletes on his team are willing to talk to you about the program and if he could help you get in touch with them.
Talk About the Majors/Academic Programs that Interest You at Their School
It’s ok if you don’t know what you want to study in college, a lot of people don’t know in high school, but try to have a better answer than “I don’t know.” Research the academic programs so you can say things like: “I really like your business program because….” or “I don’t know what I want to major in yet and your school offers a great liberal arts program that will help me decide.” Knowing if the academic aspect of a university fits your needs will put you several steps ahead of other recruits that don’t have a clue if a school will match their academic needs.
Ask Informed Questions
Use your research to ask informed questions. The better your questions are, the further you will get with a coach. Asking coaches questions that you could easily answer by a quick internet search won’t get you anywhere. Asking a coach thoughtful question that show you’ve taken the time to put a little thought into what you are saying will get you so much further; it’s the first step on the path to building a relationship with that coach, which is the biggest step in the recruiting process.
Other Resources to Help You Get Noticed by College Coaches and Scouts
- How to Email Coaches
- The Best Time to Contact Coaches
- How to Create a College Recruiting Resume
- Guide to Communicating with College Coaches
- Find the Contact Information for College Coaches