Communication is a key part of your recruiting process. It is important to make a good first impression when you send a message to a college coach! Sometimes it can be difficult to send out that first message to a college coach. There are a handful of things to keep in mind when you are reaching out to a college coach.
Keep it short and to the point!
- Coaches receive hundreds of emails from athletes each year, so refrain from telling them your entire sports history.
- This applies to your subject line as well. Make it something short & eye-catching, and add your graduation year!
- Choose one or two major awards or accolades in athletics or academics, and mention it. But don't list every accolade you have ever received - they can see that on your profile!
Include important information about yourself!
- Your Name – you would be surprised how often athletes forget this!
- Your Position – so coaches can determine if they need to fill your position, or not.
- Your Organization and Number – Be specific because your organization or club team most likely has 2-5 teams per age group. Also, include your jersey number so coaches can find you if they want to see you play in person.
- Your Graduation Year – This is VERY important to include in the body of your emails. College coaches are only allowed to contact you after September 1st of your junior year for Division I, and after June 15th of your junior year for Division II. (per NCAA rules).
Keep in mind that YOU can contact a coach as much as you like. You are allowed to have phone calls with college coaches. If you call a coach and they pick up - the coach can speak with you for as long they want since the athlete is the one who made the initial contact.
Make it Personal!
- Coaches recognize blast emails.
- Write a personal email to each coach.
- This shows coaches you are genuinely interested in their program. They will spend more time reviewing your profile to determine whether or not you are a good fit for their program.
Reference the Video on Your Profile!
- Video is an important aspect of an introductory email!
- You may sound great on paper, but coaches need to SEE you play.
- This is why SportsRecruits allows unlimited video uploads.
- Direct coaches to your profile link embedded at the bottom of your email to view your videos.
- No video? Obtaining video should be your #1 priority!
- Make sure you have the correct program and coach name.
- Check for spelling errors.
Click here to see a sample introductory email template! Make sure you are personalizing these emails. Do not copy it word for word.
Reasons To Contact Coaches
Keep in mind you should be reaching out to college coaches throughout your college recruiting process. Below are some other reasons when you should email a college coach.
- Updating coaches on academic accolades - test scores, transcripts, or academic awards.
- Keeping coaches up to date on which events you are attending.
- Updating coaches on any athletic awards or honors.
- Congratulating coaches on their season.
- If you are visiting their campus.
- Whenever you update your highlight reel or skills video.
How the SportsRecruits Messaging System Works
Each message you send automatically includes a direct link to your SportsRecruits profile. Coaches are only one click away from seeing your potential as a student-athlete, so make sure you keep your profile accurate and up to date. Our system tracks when a college coach views your profile, watches your highlight video, skills video, or opens up your transcript!
The SportsRecruits messaging system is an efficient way for you to reach out to college coaches. Our database has every college coach's email address in the nation. You no longer need to dig through college athletic websites to find college coaches contact information. You simply type in the name of the school and a drop down list will appear with the coaches names.
To learn how you should be using the SportsRecruits messaging system check out our article, “How to Use the Messaging System”.
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