The Call

Research

Prepare and ask questions

Do a background search on the coach and the University

checklist of things to do before making an appointment

  • Getting prepared for recruiting calls is a very exciting time for an aspiring young athlete.
  • However, choosing the right college can be an extremely tricky process and may certainly seem daunting, particularly when there are so many diverse options available.
  • To get prepared for recruiting calls, there are several steps that can be taken to insure a positive, and perhaps legal, experience.

NCAA Regulations:

  • The primary governing body of college sports, the NCAA, must follow statutes and policies regarding high school recruits.

  • One of these dictates that for most sports, college coaches may not call or visit a recruit until July 1st, after their junior year.

  • Coaches may send brochures to the high school, but direct contact is not allowed.

  • Conversely, however, there is no limit to when or how often an athlete can contact the coach.

  • Some programmes will encourage prospective student-athletes to be proactive and take the initiative before the university itself is permitted to formally contact them.

  • This will help athletes gauge the potential interest of a school in their talents, so that when the recruiting window is open, they will have some conception of what to expect.

     

Research:

As with seeking a job, ideally, a great deal of background research will occur prior to receiving any recruiting calls. Coaches will be much more impressed with a recruit who already has some working knowledge of both the school and the athletic programme that they are trying to get into.

First impressions

  • Are always crucial, and many high school athletes are woefully unprepared and uneducated regarding these matters.

  • To get prepared for recruiting calls, it is very important, at the very least, to know how the programme has fared in past years, if there are any notable alumni, and if the coach himself has garnered any specific honours or awards

  • Also, attempt to know exactly what kind of programme each school offers. Facts such as roster size, NCAA Division (I, II, or III), and athletic conference are all readily accessible via the internet for any serious programme.

  • This will give you an idea of how competitive a team is and perhaps a loose idea of the atmosphere you can expect in the locker room.

Next up:

The Negotiation

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