Recruiting is a fierce competition, both from an athlete’s perspective and a coaches perspective. Everyone is always looking for ways to get an edge and standout. Chances are, if you’re not the next up and coming superstar, you’re among the horde of student-athletes trying to get the attention of the coaches at your desired school. Here’s a few ways to stand out from the pack.
Reach out as early as possible
Reaching out via email or phone can help put you on a coaches radar even if you do so as a freshman. The coach may not respond or show any reaction to the initial time you reach out, but if you build up a year or two of communication, your name will be hard to forget. Now this doesn’t mean contacting the coach every week, because that looks desperate and can be annoying. But reaching out every few months or so is a good start.
Being Prompt in responding
If you’re fortunate to have the coaches you’re interested in return that interest, it’s always best to respond as quickly and thoroughly as possible. There’s no benefit in keeping a coach waiting unless you don’t immediately have the answer to their question. And even in cases like that, a simple “I don’t currently have the answer to your question but I will let you know as soon as I figure it out” can go a long way.
Simply put, Coaches don’t have time for players with attitude. Showing that you’re not a problem kid and that you have good manners can go a long way.
Staying on top of your grades and Admissions
Having the GPA and test scores to get into your school or schools of choice makes Coaches a lot more likely to recruit you. If they don’t have to fight with admissions, that makes their already hectic life easier. Doing your own research into the GPA and standardized testing minimums of a school can help you select schools where you’ll be a great fit not only athletically, but academically as well.