Parents need to counsel the athlete about which questions are appropriate to ask and which should be postponed until the relationship has been built. If this is the first time the college coach has spoken with the athlete, the student might not want to ask if a scholarship is waiting for them, especially if the coach has not seen their skills video. But if the athlete has spoken with the coach three times, met with the coach once, and has been evaluated by the coach, they should find out exactly where they stand on the coach’s priority list.
Coaches Want to Hear from the Athlete
The greater load the student-athlete takes and is able to handle, the better. This particularly applies to communicating with the coach. Who would the coach rather hear from: the parent, or the student-athlete who will play for the program for the next four or five years? Coaches are impressed by students who initiate conversations. As difficult as it might be for students to muster the courage to call coaches, student-athletes’ abilities to represent themselves is critical to the recruiting process.
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