College Recruiting Guidelines
Step 1: Gather You Profile Information
Step 2: Contact Coach via Email
Step 3: Follow Up Phone Call
Step 4: Respond to Correspondence
Step 5: Follow up When Content Changes
Before Contacting a Coach
First thing you need to do is have your important information ready to provide the coach on first contact. This is your “Online Profile” and here is a list of what you will need:
- Your highlight or skills video
- Your best athletic stats—verified, third-party stats from meets or competitions
- Academic information, such as GPA and ACT/SAT scores if applicable
- Contact information for you, your parents and your club/high school coach
- Schedule of where and when you’ll be competing throughout the upcoming season
- Sample Online Profile
When Can I Contact a Coach
Each program and sport is different so understand what the level of play is expected at the school you are looking at. When you feel your skill set is ready to portray to a coach and get them excited about your potential then that is when you need to reach out.
Typically you will reach out before your junior year but that is not a set in stone time frame. If you are an athlete still growing and cultivating your skills then later in your junior year would work for you. Know the college programs you are looking at to determine the right time for you.
Start your communication with an email. Here is a link that shows you how to construct an email that will make you stand out.
When a Coach Can
Coaches can start contacting you June 15th or September 1st of your junior year of high school depending on your sport. Please refer to NCAA Recruiting Rules for specifics in your sport.
However your club or high school coach can reach out to a college coach at anytime on your behalf and let them know when you would be calling them so they can be available to answer the call. If you call a college coach and they pick up the phone, you can talk to them anytime. Coaches are not allowed to call you back if you leave a message, unless it is after the June 15th or September 1st of your junior year.
Follow Up Contact
After your initial email/s to a coach, the next step is a phone call. (calling college coaches) You can call a coach anytime and if they pick up the phone they can speak with you, no matter what age you are. Before your junior year, your high school or club coach can contact the college coach on your behalf and set up a time for you to call.
Keeping the lines of communication going may feel like a daunting task. Coaches get many emails/calls so it is imperative to stay on their radar. Reaching out to coaches when your grades change, winning a big event or new updated video, are all good reasons to keep in contact with a coach.