7 Tips for Talking to College Coaches for the First Time

7 Tips for Talking to College Coaches for the First Time 7 Tips for Talking to College Coaches for the First Time

June 15th is quickly approaching, which represents the time after an athlete's sophomore year when Division I and II college coaches can start contacting athletes through electronic communication and extend verbal scholarship offers. Talking to college coaches for the first time can be intimidating, but we have 7 tips for you to impress every coach you come into contact with!

1. Dress nicely

This doesn't mean you have to wear a gown or tuxedo, but just don't wear sweats. Coaches want to know that you are serious about their school. Even if you are meeting with them on a video call, wear a nice shirt to show your maturity and interest.

2. Research their school

Again, coaches want to know that you are serious about their school. In your meeting, you should talk about things like their previous season, the majors they offer, facilities you are impressed with, or anything else that is specific to their program. 

3. Put your phone away

You never want to look at your phone during a meeting with a coach (unless your meeting is on your phone). Keep your attention fully on the coach at all times and keep the conversation flowing. Looking at your phone during a meeting is a huge red flag for most coaches

4. Be prompt

If you are meeting with a coach in person or on a video call, it is so important to be on time. Better yet, be early. If you are texting or emailing with a coach, be sure to message them back as soon as you can. As an athlete, you are going to have to be on time for so many things, so your coach wants to know that you can handle the time commitment and will take it seriously. 

5. Ask questions

Asking questions proves that you are interested in their program and you want to know more about it. Ask about their coaching style, what the time commitment is like, what to expect as a freshman, and other questions that you can't just look up online

6. Be open-minded

Sometimes, you are going to be communicating with a coach at a program that might not be your number one choice. However, it is so important to remember that sometimes places can surprise you and you might end up liking it better than you think. Also, you want to have multiple options before you need to commit. Your number one choice might not end up being an option for you when it comes down to it. 

7. Take advantage!

If a coach is reaching out to you, it means they are interested. Be proud of that! Again, even if it's not your first choice school, you can still look into the program and get some practice talking to college coaches. 

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