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Title: College Sports

  • College Sports

  • Not meant to intimidate
  • Know what to expect
  • Be prepared
  • Expectations of college sports at all levels
  • Get help and ask questions

Observations of College Sports
  • Playing in college is not the end, but a
    continuation of the playing experience.
  • College varsity sports require 20-30 hours per
    week for practice, games and travel.
  • The players are better, bigger, faster, stronger
    and more committed than in high school or club
  • Play because you love to. No other reason
    (except possibly ) will sustain you through the

  • Division 1 and Division 2
  • Scholarships available
  • Must register with NCAA clearinghouse
  • 5 official visits
  • Unlimited unofficial visits
  • Division 3
  • Because you love it

  • Know the type of school you want
  • Size
  • Course of study
  • Location
  • Environment
  • Know the type of coach that you want to play for.
  • Pick the school first. Coaches leave

Self Evaluation
  • Know your capabilities
  • Know the team that youre recruiting
  • Know how you help the team
  • Know your academic fit at the school

Rules of Engagement
  • You are selling
  • Communication is your responsibility
  • Make it easy for the coach to see you
  • Following up is critical to success
  • Make decisions
  • Make a plan

  • Coaches recruit in the off-season
  • Basketball Spring and Fall
  • Football Winter and Spring
  • Baseball Softball Summer, Fall, Winter
  • Soccer Winter and Spring
  • Initiate contact in your Junior year
  • D1 and D2 have strict communication guidelines

NCAA Process
  • Only required for D1 and D2
  • Register with NCAA Clearinghouse
  • Send SATs, Transcripts, Amateur certification and
    other personal information

  • The coaches perspective
  • What can you do for me and my team?
  • Why should I give you more time than I already
  • Can you meet the academic standards?
  • Your letter is 1 of 100
  • Value the coaches time and attention
  • Take the initiative and be responsive
  • Be prepared to ask and answer questions
  • Know what you want the coach to remember
  • Make a good impression EVERY time

Selling Process
  • Email or write an introduction and resume,
  • Get a meeting/visit the campus
  • Maintain a dialog
  • Send game schedule and invite the coach
  • Update progress/results of your season
  • Play and be seen
  • Evaluation/Campus visit
  • Academics (Admissions interview)
  • Athletics (overnight)
  • Ask for commitment
  • Make your commitment as soon as you can
  • Notify all active coaches of your decision

  • Coaches want players with
  • Fire, confidence, motivation, maturity AND skills
  • They want to know that YOU want to be at their
    school and on their team.
  • If the coach does not respond
  • Its your problem
  • Pick up the phone, send an email, get to his
    secretary but do something if you really care to
    attend that school.
  • Players talk with coaches. Period
  • Parents dont call or email coaches.  It annoys
  • All communication should be through the
  • Coaches want to see motivation from the player.

Organize Communication
  • Have a list of schools you want to pursue
  • Keep track of what youve sent and when
  • Track coaches responses
  • Planner and Calendar

Be Seen
  • Play in regional or national tournaments with
    your club teams
  • AAU Basketball
  • Blue Chip Tournaments
  • MAPLE Soccer
  • USA Baseball / ASA Softball
  • Showcase camps
  • Tell the coach, in writing where, when and for
    whom youll be playing
  • Send video

The Interview
  • You are in a sales meeting
  • Send documents and tape ahead of time
  • Bring copies of everything (resume, transcript,
  • Have references make introductions before you
  • Current players recent alumni from the team are
    great references
  • Influential club directors
  • Coaches from other colleges
  • The first interview should not be your most
  • Practice where the outcome is not critical.
  • Treat it seriously, you may have been wrong.
  • Read the meeting
  • The meeting tone will change perceptibly to all
    business. Be ready
  • The coach forms impressions from the first moment
  • Coaches questions be prepared
  • Why do you want to come to this school and play
    for this team?
  • Can you play here? (ie What can you do for me?)

The Interview
  • Team questions
  • How many players will be added to the team?
  • What kind of ball does the team play? (running? ½
    court? small ball, long ball, aggressive base
    running, big pitching staff w/ specialists?)
  • What kind of off-season training and facilities
    are available (strength and conditioning,
  • When can I come to see the team play?
  • Where does specialized equipment come from
    (catchers gear, bats, and cleats).  If the kids
    have to supply them, what regulations apply to
    the gear at the collegiate level?  Can it be
    purchased through the school?
  • School/Academic Questions
  • Practice and travel vs classwork. How do the
    athletes keep up?
  • How much time on the road?  What days of the

  • Athletic
  • High School coaches (all sports)
  • Club coaches
  • Opposing coaches
  • Academic
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Guidance
  • Community

Documents and Correspondence
  • Introductory Letter
  • Athletic Resume
  • Web Site
  • Transcript
  • Injury letter 1
  • Injury letter 2
  • Follow up Letter
  • Reference Letters
  • Video

Coaches Packet
  • NCAA web site