The best part about the SportsRecruits Messaging System is that your messages automatically include a direct link to your personal profile. This means that coaches are only one-click away from seeing your potential as an academic athlete. When a coach views your profile or watches your video, SportsRecruits notifies you who it was. But how do you know what to say in your email?
It is important to make a great first impression in collegiate athletic recruiting and it is difficult to convey your personality and genuine interest through an email. You want to set yourself apart from others and below are some tips to ensure your email captures a coach’s attention.
Keep It Short and To the Point.
Coaches get hundreds of emails from players each year, so refrain from telling them your entire lacrosse history. If you received a noteworthy award(s), mention it, but don’t list every accolade you have ever received. They can see that on your profile!
Include the Essentials
Not everything is important, but college coaches need to know certain things about you, quickly, before they can consider you for their program. You want to include the following:
- Your Name – you would be surprised how often players forget this!
- Your Position – so coaches can determine if they need to fill your position, or not.
- Your Club Team and Number – Be specific because your club program likely has 2-5 teams per age group. Also include your number so coaches will be able to find you easily on the court if they want to see you play in person.
- Your Graduation Year – This is VERY important because coaches are only allowed to contact you after September 1st of your junior year (per NCAA rules). In other words, they can’t write back before this time. However YOU can contact a coach as much as you like. If you call a coach and he / she picks up, the coach can speak with you for as long they want since the player is the one who made the initial contact. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS BY BEING PROACTIVE!
Make It Personal!
It’s easy for coaches to see through a blast email. So do yourself a favor and write a personal email to each coach. This shows coaches you are genuinely interested in their program, and they will spend more time reviewing your information and video. This will also get you thinking about why you would actually want to attend each school.
Probably the most important aspect of an introduction letter is access to video. You may sound great on paper, but a coach won’t make any serious evaluations of you until they can see you play. This is why the SportsRecruits Messaging System is so great! When you send an email through the site, your profile link is automatically embedded, giving coaches one-click access to your video.
Now that you know what to include in your email, see how we applied the tips above in a sample college recruiting email template:
My name is _______________ . I am a 2016 goalie, currently playing club for Ultimate Lacrosse Club, U16 Black out of Orlando, FL. I attend Central High School and last season I was an All-American nominee.
I am beginning to explore my college options and am very interested attending and playing Lacrosse at Sports Recruits University. Sports Recruits University offers everything I am looking for in a college experience i.e. a university close to home, a world renowned business program, and a competitive lacrosse program with a winning tradition. Therefore, I want to introduce myself and give you some information about my athletic and academic backgrounds.
Please click on the link below to access all of my information including contact information, coach’s contact information, lacrosse awards, travel schedule, lacrosse statistics, and academic information. You will also be able to watch my highlight reel and an un-edited game on my SportsRecruits player profile.
I hope you will have the opportunity to watch our team play this season. I believe I have the ability to be a part of your team, and contribute to its future success.
Thank you for your consideration.
Your Phone Number
With this sample college recruiting email template, you’re ready to reach out to a coach! So head on over to the SportsRecruits Message Center and get to work.
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One of the more confusing aspects of the recruiting process can be identifying when and where recruiting is actually happening. On any given weekend, a recruit can find a tournament, showcase or combine to take part in. Many of these events promote “getting seen by college coaches,” with the promise of being ranked and listing the colleges in attendance.
For families with a limited budget, you want to make sure the events you choose to attend are going to give you the best chance to advance your recruiting. Here’s how you can identify where you are most likely to find college coaches evaluating prospects and how to position yourself going into those events.
Understand the Recruiting Calendar and Recruiting Periods
When and where coaches are allowed to evaluate prospects is regulated by the NCAA and NAIA. The rules for each sport are explained in the recruiting calendar that lays out the recruiting periods for coaches. These articles will help you better understand the various recruiting periods.
Evaluations Happen After Getting Discovered
Many recruits make the mistake of going to recruiting events and assuming they will get discovered AND get evaluated. The truth is, coaches are coming to those events with specific lists of recruits to watch and it is the job of the recruit, together with their high school or club coaches to ensure they are on the prospect lists of college programs. While it is true athletes can get discovered at events, the best approach is to do your homework, and contact coaches before you get there.
For college coaches, the recruiting process work like a funnel. Coaches create their list of initial prospects by searching online databases, emailing list of prospects, recruiting questionnaires, etc. From this list of initial prospects, they try to make their first evaluations through online film and transcripts. Once they have a list of prospects that meet their initial requirements, they are going to look for opportunities to make in-person evaluations.
For Most Sports, Evaluations Are Made At Large Events
Before the early 2000’s, most coaches relied on high school competitions to evaluate athletes. While high school teams still play a critical role in the recruiting process, the growth of travel teams and other out of high school competitions has created opportunities for college coaches to watch hundreds of prospects at a single location or weekend. These events include:
How to Identify Serious Recruiting Opportunities
There are few simple rules to keep in mind when deciding how great of an opportunity any specific event will be for your own recruiting:
- The bigger the better (for the most part) – the larger the collection of athletes, the better for college coaches. Of course, with thousands of prospects in a single location, it is critical you are in contact with coaches prior to the event.
- DI coaches are heavily restricted when it comes to events they can attend – depending on the time of year, DI coaches are restricted from attending events where they can evaluate prospects. Recruits or their coaches should make sure that any event claiming the presence of DI colleges is happening during a recruiting period when coaches can attend.
- Some events are about media exposure – in sports like football and baseball, there are showcases and combines that won’t have college coaches in attendance, but coaches are going to be paying attention to the news coming out of those events. Evaluate these events on the follow up they do with college coaches. The best events have easy ways for coaches to get the results.
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