If you think the life of a recruit is time consuming, think of what a college coach will have to endure year after year. A new recruiting class is just around the corner, which is why a serious recruit will have to be on top of their game when reaching out to college coaches for the first time.
How to Prepare
First start off by listing out your top colleges. Find colleges that you think will be a good match for you. Colleges have a lot to offer so make sure that the ones you are interested in are going to be a good fit. How far away do you want to be from home, what type of athletic program are you looking for, and what you will be studying? These are all questions you’ll have to ask in order to find suitable colleges.
The Power of Email
Lucky for you, email is easy to create and easy to send. Email is one of the easiest ways to get in contact with college coaches. Most coaches prefer learning about recruits through the ease of email, especially during the beginning of the recruiting process.
Getting Your Foot in the Door
Get your name out there. Begin to email college coaches early. Start by emailing coaches your basic academic and athletic information. Explain in detail, why you are interested in their program and university. Coaches can quickly spot poor quality emails. They also are not going to be impressed with receiving mass emails. It’s important for recruits to be original and sincere–you only have one chance to make a first impression so make sure that you’re sending a good one.
What to Say in Your Email to College Coaches
If possible ask if you can meet with the coach or a team representative during an unofficial visit.
Taking time and spending your own money to visit the campus and meeting with the coach will show them that you are serious about their program and that you are extremely interested in learning more.
Ask about possible camps and tournaments the coach will be attending or hosting. This will give recruits the opportunity to sign-up early and for them to be evaluated by college coaches they want to play for.
Recruits, who are busy emailing coaches, will need to stay on top of their correspondence. Even if you receive an email back with little to no information, you must send a follow-up email thanking the coach for his time and explain that you will keep him informed of your progress as a student and as an athlete.