If you want to play sports at the college level (in any division) and find an athletic scholarship you will have to reach out and contact coaches using common sense. Coaches cannot call or email you until the appropriate time of the year, according to the NCAA Recruiting Bylaws. Please understand the likelihood of getting discovered at a camp or combine is not very high.

Here are some of the biggest mistakes a parent or a student-athlete can make when communicating to a college coach:


  • “Coach, can you give me a scholarship?”

  • “How many scholarships does the school give you?”

  • “Are you going to offer me?”

  • “Well, you can pull some strings at admissions to get him more scholarship dollars, right?”

  • “Using “Scholarships Wanted” in an email subject line

  • “Do you have my major?”

  • “How’d the team do last fall?”

  • “Are you a Nike or Adidas school?”

  • “Who do you play?”

  • “Who’s in your conference?”

  • “Coach, I’m playing at [insert showcase or tournament]. Can you come see me play?”

  • “Can you call me back at [insert phone number]?”

  • “What do you look for in a player?”

  • Overall, the coaches clearly stated that recruits should avoid any questions related to scholarships or financial aid in their initial communications with a coach.

  • Families should also steer clear from asking questions that they could just as easily research themselves. Coaches want to recruit athletes who are interested in and knowledgeable about their program.

  • Finally, recruits need to stay away from asking for favors, or asking the coach to do something for them. Especially at the beginning, the recruit should be driving the process, not the other way around.



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