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Cal South E-News | May 2010 COLLEGE PLANNING

May 20, 2010

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Tips From College Coaches

NCSA has recently surveyed college coaches to find out additional information about what they look for in recruits. Every coach is different, but many coaches are looking for the same thing in a recruit. Here are some important questions and responses you should be aware of and keep in mind when speaking with coaches:

What sort of questions do you really like to hear from recruits?

I like to hear questions that are specific about our program: How many players do you play in game? What are the characteristics of your best players on the team? If we've seen you play? Where do I fit into your program?

What turns you off when you are recruiting a student-athlete?

First impressions are very important, so when reading an email that is generic or copied to other coaches, I delete it. Every school and coach is different, so find something special about the coach or program and let us know why you are contacting us; make yourself stand out from the rest. Also, parents need to let their daughters and sons do the talking. I want to learn the player's personality and can't get an idea if the parent rules every conversation.

What do you look for in recruits?

Technical skill and quality decision making - the big difference between youth and college ball is the speed of play, that is, how fast you make your decisions. Without a good technical base, you can´t execute what you see and think, and if your decision-making is poor, it´s very difficult to learn to make good decisions, and then execute them quickly.

However, more important than that is work ethic. No matter how good a player is, if she isn´t willing to give their best, and work to improve every training session, every match, every week, every season, I´m not interested. Mediocrity isn´t a failure of performance, but a failure of will; I´m just not interested in mediocrity.

Coaches pay attention to every detail when it comes to prospective student-athletes. Pay attention to those details each time you come into contact with a college coach and do everything in your power to make good first impressions.

To read more responses from college coaches, please go to our blog at. www.ncsasports.org.and select "college soccer."

About NCSA :
NCSA, the "Official Scouting Organization and Provider of Recruiting Education" for Cal South, is the premier source for matching high school student-athletes with colleges and universities across the country. For more information about the NCSA, visit. www.ncsasports.org .