Top Questions to Ask College Coach

How many players have you committed to my recruiting class? And how many are you hoping to commit? You need to make sure that the soccer programs you are pursuing are still recruiting prospects for your class. Keep in mind that although a soccer program may be done recruiting scholarship players, there may still be openings on the roster for recruited walk-ons.

How do my scores (GPA, SAT) weigh up to the general admittance requirements of your college? You don’t want to waste your time talking with a coach if you don’t have a chance of being admitted to his/her school. Some colleges/universities allow athletic programs to admit students with lower scores than the average student while some do not. Coaches can request (and often do) a pre-admittance read of your transcript/scores to determine if you are likely to be admitted to the school.

Does the school have the major I want or are there a variety of potential majors? Some prospects are entertaining schools because of the strength of the athletic program and a chance to play in the professional ranks. The majority of prospects, however, are combining academic pursuits and athletic performance. Make sure the school offers either the program you require or a degree that facilities your needs. Keep in mind that nationwide, approximately 50% of college students change majors at least once before college graduation. Make sure the school has a great variety of majors just in case.

How many of your seniors are graduating this year and what are their positions? How about juniors? Knowing this information will help you understand the likelihood of playing in your first two years. For example, if you are a forward and the school is graduating forwards in the next two years, you may have a high likelihood of playing straightaway. On the other hand, if program is not graduating forwards, you may find yourself on the bench or redshirted? Check out the program’s roster online and see for yourself.

What is your program’s style of play and how do you see me fitting in? It’s important to know if your abilities fit into the schools style of play. Prospects should know if you are going to play in a similar role or are the college coaches expecting you to play in a different role or position. You may want to also ask if the system of play may change in the near future. Also, you may be able to stream some live games off the athletic program’s website. Many athletic programs offer live streaming for free. This is a great way to see firsthand if you could fit into their style of play.

Which events will you recruit this season/year? By knowing the coach’s schedule, you can make sure to get all your information (resume, club name & squad number, game times, etc.) to the coaches ahead of time. You may even be able to influence your club manager or coach to register for a particular event where this coach will be present.

Would you like me to send you updates to our schedule before and during the events, if you are recruiting the event? In the weeks leading up to an event, coaches are preparing the recruiting schedule for the event. That means that prospects have to get the schedules, squad numbers, times of games and field locations to the coach early. Do not overwhelm the coach, but make sure that you get the information to the coach in a timely fashion. If you send your information to the coach the last few days before the event, the likelihood that you get onto the recruiting schedule is not good. You can send a coach update emails from the venue of your games and confirm that you will be playing in the next game.

What is your graduation rate for your program? A low graduation rate might reflect a high rate of transfers or a lack of student support services. Be wary of a program with a high rate of transfers, as this may be an indication that players are unhappy with the program.

How do you decide if a player is to be redshirted during the course of a season? Some players are recruited because the coaches see the prospect playing minutes straightaway. Some players show potential and the coaches feel they will offer more in the years to come. Some coaches decide at the start of the year who will redshirt the season, while others wait until the season is under way. Redshirting is sometimes a good idea as prospects may play more towards the latter end of their playing careers.

How are financial aid, academic aid and scholarship aid earned and/or distributed among recruits and the team? Financial aid packages can consist of athletic scholarships, academic scholarships, and/or need-based financial aid. It is important to understanding how this will come together and whether these numbers may change over the four years. Some programs will increase soccer scholarships if the player performs well during the four years.

Sample Email to Coaches

Email has become the preferred method for introducing yourself to college coaches. Just having talent, playing for a travel team and attending showcases does not guarantee you will get discovered. Using email and some hard work, you can ensure college coaches know who you are and how to contact you.

The recruiting process is starting earlier than ever. In an effort to lock up the most talented recruits, the top colleges are recruiting and offering scholarships to athletes in the 8th and 9th grade. NCAA rules prohibit coaches from initiating contact with a recruit before their junior year of high school, but, they can talk to you if you if you contact them first.

Email is just an introduction

The email you send to a coach should serve as just an introduction. You want to show the coach you have researched their program, have the potential to be a college athlete and a give them a schedule of where they can watch you.

Guidelines for Emailing Coaches

Personalize each email – If you don’t take the time to personalize the email to the coach, they won’t take the time to respond. College coaches receive hundreds of emails each week. They can tell when an athlete has taken the time to write them a personalized email and when someone is using a form letter, just changing the name of the coach and school.

Include the contact information for your coaches – If you are emailing a college coach before they are allowed to respond to your email, they need the contact information for your coaches so they can let them know they are interested. Here is how it works, you email the college coach, and if they are interested, they will contact your coach and let your coach know when to call them so you can talk.

Just your basic athletic and academic information – Coaches don’t expect you to be a college ready athlete when you email them; they just need to see that you have potential. Include your basic info, there is no need to detail every award or stat from the last few years.

Let them know where you will be competing – Second to your contact information, coaches need to know where/when they can watch you in person. Coaches bring a list of athletes they want to watch at a tournament or showcase; they don’t go there hoping to discover talent. They need to know where you are playing so they can add you to their list of players to watch.

Template for Emailing College Coaches

Dear [Coach’s Name],

My name is [Your Name], I am part of the class of [Your Graduating Class] at [Your High School] in [Your Hometown and State]. I am interested in [The Name of The University] and learning more about your program.

[Include information here about the research you did into their program]

I play [List your position or best events here and the name of your team]. Some of my best accomplishments to date are [list your top two or three best times, awards or recognitions]. You can view my complete online profile here [Link to your online profile if you have one]. Here is a link to my highlight tape [link to your online highlight tape]. Please feel free to contact my coach(s) [List the email and phone number for your high school and/or club team coach]. Here is my schedule:

Date               Location                  Name of Event                   My Team Name

7/15/2016      New York, NY            NYC CUP  Showcase             Top Rated All-Stars

[List your GPA and test scores here if you have taken them]. [Talk about what you like about the academic reputations of the school].

I will be following up this email with a phone call. I look forward to hearing back from you and learning more about your program.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

[Email]

[Phone]

[Address]

Use This Checklist Before You Send Your Email

Have a professional sounding email address – Creating a new email account is free; there is no excuse for emailing a coach using your baller420@aol.com email address. Make it something simple with just your name and graduating class johndoe2015@gmail.com.

The title needs to make the coach want to open it – Include your name, position and graduating class in the email. Coaches appreciate being able to tell what the email is about in the title.

Do proper research – You should know things like if there are athletes from your hometown on the roster, how many upper classman at your position, the team’s record and the athletic background of the athletes currently on the team.

Collect the coach’s email and phone number – There are several ways to get a coaches email address. You can use our free recruiting profile or go to the athletic website and look for the staff directory.

Spell Check and use proper grammar – This is not the time to use “text speak”. Have someone read the email before you send it.

Follow up your email with a phone call – The phone is the best way to get a hold of a coach, you should follow up you email with a phone call.

Recruiting Realities

Recruiting Realities has been developed to provide student athletes and their families with an educational resource about the collegiate athletic recruiting process. In order to participate in college athletics at any level, all student-athletes have to be evaluated by coaches and/or recruiters. If you (the student-athlete) are not rated as one of the top 300-500 hundred players in your sport, position or event in the world, you need to realize the competition for athletic related-aid has become so intense that student-athletes now need to market themselves.

Free Seminars:

Mark your calendars for these upcoming 2016 student-athlete seminars at a high school near you!

February 2016

  •  Effingham High School – Effingham, IL
    2/22 Mon – 7PM | More Info
  •  Mt. Zion High School – Mountain Zion, IL
    2/23 Tues – 7PM | More Info
  •  Highland High School – Highland, IL
    2/24 Wed – 1PM | More Info
  •  Lane Tech College Prep High School – Chicago, IL
    2/29 Mon – 7PM | More Info

March 2016

  •  Praire Ridge High School – Crystal Lake, IL
    3/1 Tues – 7PM | More Info
  •  Hampshire High School – Hampshire, IL
    3/2 Wed – 7PM | More Info
  •  Plainfield South High School – Plainfield, IL
    3/3 Thurs – 7PM
  •  Ludlow High School – Ludlow, MA
    3/7 Mon – 7PM | More Info
  •  Quabbin Regional High School – Barre, MA
    3/8 Tues – 7PM | More Info
  •  ConVal Regional High School – Peterborough, NH
    3/9 Wed – 7PM | More Info
  •  Bridgehampton School District – Bridgehampton, NY
    3/14 Mon – 7PM | More Info
  •  Nutley High School – Nutley, NJ
    3/15 Tues – 7PM | More Info
  •  Dos Pueblos High School – Goleta, CA
    3/21 Mon – 7PM
  •  Notre Dame High School – Sherman Oaks, CA
    3/22 Tues – 7PM
  •  West High School – Torrance, CA
    3/23 Wed – 7PM
  •  Auburn High School – Auburn, MA
    3/28 Mon – 7PM
  •  Nipmuc Regional High School – Upton, MA
    3/29 Tues – 7PM
  •  North Smithfield High School – North Smithfield, RI
    3/30 Wed – 7PM
  •  Bourne High School – Bourne, MA
    3/31 Thurs – 7PM

April 2016

  •  Santana High School – Santee, CA
    4/13 Mon – 7PM | More Info
  •  Ceasar Rodney High School – Camden, DE
    4/18 Mon – 7PM | More Info
  •  Wayne Valley High School – Wayne, NJ
    4/19 Tues – 7PM | More Info
  •  Governor Mifflin High School – Reading, PA
    4/20 Thurs – 7PM | More Info
  •  Scotch-Plains-Fanwood High School – Scotch Plains, NJ
    4/21 Thurs – 7PM | More Info
  •  BC Denver Basketball – Broomfield
    4/26 Tues – 7PM
  •  Coal Ridge High School – New Castle, CO
    4/27 Wed – 7PM | More Info
  •  Battle Mountain High School – Edwards, CO
    4/28 Thurs – 1PM | More Info

May 2016

  •  Anchor Bay High School (Macomb Area Conference) – Fair Haven, MI
    5/3 Tues – 7PM | More Info
  •  Chippewa Valley School (Macomb Area Conference) – Clinton Twp., MI
    5/4 Wed – 7PM | More Info
  •  Eisenhower High School (Macomb Area Conference) – Shelby Township, MI
    5/5 Thurs – 7PM | More Info
  •  Mount Carmel High School – Chicago, IL
    5/10 Tues – 7PM | More Info
  •  Metea Valley – Aurora, IL
    5/11 Wed – 7PM | More Info
  •  Woodstock North High School – Woodstock, IL
    5/12 Thurs – 7:30PM
  •  Plainwell Community Schools (Plainwell Performing Arts Center) – Plainwell, MI
    5/16 Mon – 7PM | More Info
  •  Pioneer High School – Ann Arbor, MI
    5/17 Tues – 7PM | More Info
  •  Brighton High School – Brighton, MI
    5/19 Thurs – 7PM | More Info

Scholarships

More than 150,000 college athletes receive $2.7 billion in athletics scholarships each year from NCAA member colleges and universities.

SCHOLARSHIP & FINANCIAL AID SEARCH:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid – www.fasfa.ed.gov

FastWeb – Scholarship and College Search – www.fastweb.com

FinAid – Student Guide to Financial Aid – www.finaid.org

Free Education Guide – www.freeeducationguide.com

Financial planning for college – www.studentloannetwork.com