How can I get myself 'on the radar' of a team?
As a student-athlete, getting recruited must be like a full time job...you cannot sit back & think coaches will come to you!
Communicate with coaches via email and phone calls. If nothing else, introduce yourself & state your interest. Social media is gaining steam as a fine way to reach out as well, but please do not be 'spammy', rude, or unprofessional. With every correspondence, be professional, polite, and mature.
College coaches are limited to how many times they can contact you. But YOU may contact THEM as much as you'd like.
Above all, student-athletes need to remember to be proactive and to continue working to be their very best in the classroom and in the game. Low test scores, poor grades and a bad attitude will get you low exposure, poor opportunities, and ultimately a bad mood.
If I feel that I'm not being recruiting, how can I express interest to a coach or team?
A personal email to a coach is a key step in building a relationship. And yes, first impressions are everything!
Getting those recruiting questionnaires in the mail? Don’t throw them out…fill them out! Use this as a step to express interest.
Again, you must be aggressive in order to get noticed. You cannot sit back and think the college coaches will come to you! Coaches are receiving 1000s of emails, messages, and tweets. Find a creative and interesting way to stand out in your correspondence!
If I'm a 'good enough' athlete why won't the coaches reach out to me?
Sure, they may, but chances of that happening aren't great given that there are over 1 million student athletes playing at almost 15,000 high schools.
With all the info in the world today (online programs, Hudl, YouTube, etc), it's still easy to be overlooked. Coaches are initially looking at the top 1%.
Even with camps, keep in mind that coaches are typically going to view current prospects, not find new ones.
It can't be said enough... be PROACTIVE. A player contacting coaches first, takes control of their recruiting process and will gain the interest.
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