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Cal South E-News | August 2010 COLLEGE PLANNING

August 23, 2010

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Emailing Coaches the RIGHT Way

Communicating with coaches in the right way is one of the most important parts of the recruiting process. You need to do everything in your power to have successful contact with coaches via emails and phone calls. Your first contact with a coach should always be in the form of an email, to introduce yourself to that coach. It may seem like an easy task, but the majority of student-athletes really have no idea how to do this correctly.

First, you must always start your email with a proper introduction of "Dear Coach Jones" or "Hi, Coach Jones." This is an easy way to personalize an email to coaches. When a coach sees no introduction or even just "Hi Coach," they will think that you sent the same email over and over to coaches. You need to personalize each email you send to a coach in order for it to have a positive impact.

Your emails must always have a main point as well. You can't state your name and interest in the school and close by saying, "I hope to hear from you soon." Again, you must have a main objective in each email you send. If you are contacting them to introduce yourself, you will have to do just that. State your interest in the school and why you are interested in their school and soccer program. Tell them a little about yourself and why you would be a good fit for their team and school. Ask the coach a question or two as well. This is an important step in any email to a coach, because it will promote a response back to you.

If you are responding to a contact (camp invite, questionnaire, etc.), thank the coach for their contact and ask a couple of questions. Some good examples of questions are:

  • What are your needs for the class of (your grad class)?
  • Have you had a chance to evaluate me yet?
  • Where do I fit on your list of recruits?
  • When are you looking to have your recruiting done by for the class of (your grad class)?

One of the most overlooked aspects of student-athletes emailing coaches is proofreading. No matter how strong of a writer you are, you cannot skip this step. Your grammar and spelling should be impeccable. If this is an area in which you struggle, ask for help. Ask one of your parents or high school coaches to proofread your email before you send it to a coach. If your email is filled with spelling errors, is unclear or doesn't get to the point, the coach reading it is not going to be impressed and will often cross you off their list. When you don't take the time to put together a clean email, it might imply to the coach that you aren't serious about their program or school. Remember that you are trying to impress the coach, so you should spend a little extra time on these emails.

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 .