#1 “They figured that Timmy’s coaches would be on the phone daily marketing him to college coaches all over the country who would want Timmy to play for their school.”
Correction: The biggest mistake a recruit can make is to rely on their coach for recruiting. It’s not your coach’s responsibility, it’s yours. If you are lucky your coach will lend a helping hand but don’t count on it being there.
#2 “Timmy’s mom did most of the work and then when finished she put together an email to send to these coaches.”
Correction: I always hear about Mom’s and Dad’s doing their kids recruiting for them. Again, it’s not Mom and Dad’s responsibility, it’s yours! Coaches don’t enjoy hearing from Mommy and Daddy, they want to hear directly from you because you are the person that COULD be playing for them. You need to step up and start working for something you want!
#3 “Check out my son, he’s the greatest football player ever! www.Timmy’sYouTubeHighlightTape.com”
Correction: Quite possibly the worst title an email can have. It screams “I don’t have a clue who you are, what you can offer me, what I’m doing, I’m immature,” and much more. Email titles should list the Athlete’s name, height, weight, position, & GPA. If it fits add it some accomplishment as well
Ex. Timmy Sims, 6’1 205lbs, LB/TE, 3.86GPA, 2x 1st Team All-Conference Honors
This title is intriguing, I want to open the email and learn about this young man.
#4 “Timmy’s Mom copied every contact address she could find online into the email and sent it out.”
Correction: College coaches aren’t very positive towards mass email send outs. It tells them you are lazy and you didn’t care enough to learn about them or their program; why should they want to learn about you? Coaches enjoy responding to athletes who have clearly thought out why they have a particular interest in the school is it academics, a major offered, coaching staff, location, etc.?
#5 “With his mother’s help again they decided to give it another try sending out the same email to the same list of coaches…”
Correction: If responses weren’t good the first time doesn’t it make sense to change the method? Timmy’s first send out was clearly unsuccessful which meant he should have scrapped it, done some research about better ways to contact coaches , and followed a new plan of action.