In today’s world of communication, or should I say lack of communication, many athletes rely on texting, emails, and even Facebook messages, to communicate with college coaches so many of today’s youth struggle with what to say when it comes to meeting a college coach face to face.
There are 4 sure fire statements that will place you firmly onto a Coach’s blacklist:
“I am interested in your school!”
Whilst the majority of the time, this statement is said with the most genuine of intentions, what this really says to a college coach is “I don’t know anything about your school…” Being vague in this situation can be a silent killer, by not stating the schools name, and not stating why you are interested you are showing a college coach that you have not taken the time to research into their school. A far better statement would be “I am very interested in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as not only does it have a great soccer program, but it has an exceptional business program which is important to me as I would like to obtain a degree in Marketing.”
“I think I would be a great addition to your team”
Not only can this be misinterpreted as slightly arrogant, why would you be a great addition to the team? Have you taken the time to look on the school’s roster to see which positions are graduating this year? If you look on the roster and there are already 5 defenders that are sophomores, perhaps you will need to consider changing your approach or be willing to try out playing a new position.
“I am very passionate about the sport”
Again, vagueness is the silent killer here. All athletes that are looking to go on to the collegiate level should be passionate about their respective sport, you may as well have stated that the sky is blue – thank you Captain Obvious! If you are truly passionate about soccer, tell them why! What is your history with the world’s sport and where did you love for soccer come from?
“I am looking for a scholarship”
If you are talking about scholarships in your first conversation with coaches, it is a red flag. Whether it is the truth or not, when you mention a scholarship in the first conversation with a coach, they are going to think you are primarily interested in a scholarship and not their team. The majority of college athletes aren’t on scholarship. Most coaches have very limited scholarship money and they need to know that an athlete is contacting them with interest in being a college athlete first, committed team member second and scholarship athlete third. Everyone knows getting a scholarship is great and is important, but it doesn’t need to be talked about in your first email.