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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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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: 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 | 0 comments

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: 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 | 0 comments

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: I want a certain coach or school to come watch me play, how do I get them to come to my game?

By 1001Recruit Tips March 19, 2019 | All Communicating with Coaches Getting Noticed | 0 comments

A: Coaches need a REASON to come see you as a prospective student-athlete, it’s an investment and they are very selective about how they spend their time and budget. Coaches are investing travel time, flights, hotel stays, nights away from their family, practice time with their players – they need...

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Q: Is it okay to ask a coach where you fit on their list and how they see you competing for the scholarship offer?

By 1001Recruit Tips March 18, 2019 | All Communicating with Coaches Scholarship Offers | 0 comments

A: Sure, in fact you should ask if you have a scholarship offer and are considering committing to them. You should ask coaches what their specific plan is for your development. And remember – competition is not a bad thing, especially if you want to win games and play for...

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Q: I’m at a Junior College and want to transfer to an NCAA school, what do I do?

By 1001recruittips August 12, 2018 | All Communicating with Coaches Getting Noticed Junior Colleges | 0 comments

A: Coaches recruit Junior College players in the same way as they recruit high school players. In fact, many NCAA programs and coaches put quality time into scouting and evaluating Junior College players every season. If you are playing at a Junior College and aren’t hearing from NCAA coaches, you...

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Q: When should I contact a coach about walking on to the team?

By 1001recruittips August 12, 2018 | All Communicating with Coaches Walk-Ons | 0 comments

A: Within many programs, walk-on slots are just as competitive as scholarship spots. Many teams have children of former players, boosters and university staff on their roster as walk-ons. If you think your opportunity will come as a walk-on, it’s best to approach coaches in the same way a scholarship...

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Q: How can I become a preferred walk-on?

By 1001recruittips August 12, 2018 | All Communicating with Coaches Evaluations Walk-Ons | 0 comments

A: Walk-ons make the team in two ways: as a preferred walk-on or through a tryout. Believe it or not, walk-on spots at many schools are just as competitive as scholarship spots—they are very limited! To become a preferred walk-on, coaches need to see you play—either in person, or on...

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