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Q: I’ve emailed at least 20 coaches with little or no response. Should I give up?

By Test Account March 31, 2019 | All Getting Noticed Improvements

A: No. If you really want to play at the collegiate level understand that you may have to reach out to hundreds of programs to reach your dream. But also remember you just need that ONE staff to believe in you – not every school in the country. – When...

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Q: I’m ready to send my info to colleges – what should I write in the letters to coaches?

By Test Account March 30, 2019 | All Communicating with Coaches Getting Noticed

A: The #1 Rule to getting coaches to notice you is that they MUST see you play—either on person or on tape—to have any legitimate interest in recruiting you. So before you send college coaches’ letters or emails, get your highlights and game film together and get them on YouTube...

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Q: When a team sends you a questionnaire, what does that mean? Will they recruit me?

By Test Account March 29, 2019 | All Communicating with Coaches What to Expect: Year-by-Year

A: If a coach has sent you a questionnaire (one that you did not request), that’s a good first sign. Coaches send questionnaires to players they’ve heard SOMETHING about. You may have been recommended by your coach, attended a local/national combine and had good measureables (height, weight, speed) or were...

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Q: If you get mail from schools because of PSAT, is that their only interest?

By Test Account March 28, 2019 | All Communicating with Coaches

A: Most likely – is the envelope from the Admissions Office or the Athletic Department? When coaches are recruiting you, they will normally have a preprinted return address that marks it from the specific sport. If it’s not coming from that sport office or the Athletic Department, it’s not coming...

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Q: When emailing a school, who should I send it to – the head coach, recruiting coordinator, position coach?

By Test Account March 27, 2019 | All Communicating with Coaches

A: Each coaching staff splits recruiting responsibilities, normally by location, position or grad year. For this reason, it is a big time and energy-saver to begin the process by contacting the coach who is responsible for recruiting your hometown or position. Once the recruiting coach has done their research on...

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Q: When is the best time to contact NCAA coaches?

By Test Account March 26, 2019 | All Communicating with Coaches What to Expect: Year-by-Year

A: A few answers to this question… Best time of day: Between 11am-2pm (local time) on their office phone. College coaches may not be in their office the whole time, but most coaches will be in their office at some point during this window—eating lunch, returning phone calls, responding to...

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Q: When is it legal to send emails or videos to a college coach?

By Test Account March 25, 2019 | All Highlight Video Tips NCAA Rules What to Expect: Year-by-Year

A: Any time. High school prospective student-athletes can call or email college coaches at any time at their own expense. The rules only apply to when coaches are able to contact prospective student-athletes or their families. You can reach out to them at any time! Realistically, if you don’t have...

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Q: What do I do if my high school coach isn’t sending out my film?

By Test Account March 24, 2019 | All Getting Noticed Highlight Video Tips

A: Your coaches can help you get your foot in the door, but you can also get the process started without them. Believe it or not, a lot of high school coaches don’t send out much film or help their players be proactive with the recruiting process. At the end...

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Q: Where do players send their film to be evaluated? Can they send it to college coaches directly?

By Test Account March 23, 2019 | All Communicating with Coaches Getting Noticed Highlight Video Tips

A: Yes! Each coaching staff splits recruiting responsibilities, normally by location, position or grad year. For this reason, it is a big time and energy-saver to begin the process by contacting the coach who is responsible for recruiting your hometown or position. Once the recruiting coach has done their research...

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Q: I didn’t have a good junior year, is there any way I can get looks my senior year? Is junior year the most important year?

By 1001Recruit Tips March 22, 2019 | All Getting Noticed What to Expect: Year-by-Year

A: Yes, recruiting can pick up or even begin your senior year. If you have little or no interest after your junior year you have a few options. The most important things to remember if you are in this situation are that you must be willing to do the footwork...

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Q: Can poor character displayed on social media really hurt an athlete’s chance of being recruited? Do coaches really care?

By Test Account March 22, 2019 | All Communicating with Coaches Evaluations Improvements

A: As a prospective college athlete understand that not only are you being evaluated by your skills, size, speed and grades, your character is also under the microscope. It’s not just about what you put out there in your words, it’s also very telling who you are connected to and...

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Q: You talk about scouts in my area, how do I get them to notice me or how do I get my info to them?

By 1001Recruit Tips March 21, 2019 | All Getting Noticed

A: There are scouts in many regions that are scouting local tournaments and players in the area. You are probably aware of the National Top 100 lists for many sports, run by websites and media members. If you happen to be named to such Top 100 ranks, understand that these...

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