Why You Should Contact Coaches
So you or your child has decided that college athletics might be in your future.
Being a collegiate athlete is an elite and prestigious path that both increases the chances of an athletes future employment...
...and more importantly, creates character, discipline and a work ethic that will serve an athlete well for the rest of his or her life.
If you are serious about you or your loved one making it to the next level, then you should be emailing college coaches.
Keep reading to learn:
Why You Are A Needle In A Haystack
You probably know that you are one of many high school athletes aspiring to play in college.
The NCAA says you are roughly 1 of 8 million high school athletes.
If you want to play at the next level, you are hoping to be 1 of the 500,000 NCAA athletes.
That means only 6% of high school athletes are fortunate enough to achieve this dream.
The process of a coach discovering you to play for their team can be as challenging as that coach finding a needle in a haystack.
There are a lot of things you can do to try to improve your odds of getting a coach’s attention: improve your , perform well in school, and play for a club or travel team at tournaments, to name a few.
...But, nothing opens the door to help a coach find you like sending a personal, well crafted email.
There is no easier way to cut past the noise of that busy coach’s life and get them to notice and consider you.
Coaches Have Short Lists
There are several goals you hope to achieve when emailing a coach. Each time you do, you should have a specific goal in mind...
...But by far the most compelling goal is to make a coach’s short list.
All coaches have a short list of players they plan to follow for each recruiting class starting fairly early in the recruiting process.
Being on that short list is very important because it is what coaches use to make critical recruiting decisions.
When coaches decide how to spend their recruiting budget each year and, more specifically, how they allocate their time at club or AAU tournaments, they look at their short list and distribute their time and money to see those players.
Your goal of emailing a coach should be to make a coach’s short list of players if you are interested in playing at their school.
You are more likely to get a coach to visit a tournament you are playing at or attract that coach to your high school game if you are on their short list.
If they do attend a tournament that your are playing at, they will have decided to come watch you play if you have made their short list.
NCAA Communication Rules
You would be right to ask yourself: Is it permitted under NCAA rules to email a coach early in high school?
...after all, you’ve heard talk about open contact periods and no contact periods.
First, these contact rules are only for coaches. The NCAA has zero rules limiting an athlete initiating contact with a coach.
If you don’t believe us, here is the link to the NCAA official rule book. The recruiting section start on page XX.
We asked a DI college basketball coach what would happen if any communication rules were broken and they told us the NCAA would punish the coach and never the athlete.
This means you can always send a coach an email. Just know that due to the rules and your timing that the coach may not be allowed to respond, even if they have read your email.
If you are serious about playing at the next level, you should be emailing coaches at any and all schools you are interested in.