Should I expect a coach to respond to my email?
The technical NCAA rules allow a college coach to respond to a prospective student-athlete’s email requesting information from an institution's athletics department prior to the permissible date on which an institution may begin to provide recruiting materials to a prospective student-athlete, provided the written response does not include information that would initiate the recruitment of the prospective student-athlete. (For the permissible date for your respective sport, please see the “Recruiting Chart” in our resource center.) While that may be the “technical” answer, we have questioned college coaches and received feedback on what types on email requests will be most likely to generate a response. The college coaches we have spoken to would like to see the following information in an email….. (insert some of the things coaches say they want to see) While that may be the suggestions of the coaches we have spoken to, please keep in mind that all coaches are different. For sample emails and ideas on how to structure your email(s) please see our resource center for samples.
What are the chances of getting a scholarship?
Very few student-athletes receive athletic scholarships. While the chances vary from sport to sport, less then 2% of high school athletes receive athletic scholarships. Don’t be discouraged by that number, however, as there are other opportunities for potential student-athletes to receive non-athletic financial aid such as academic scholarships, NCAA financial aid programs and non-institutional need-based aid such as Federal Pell Grants. For more information on non-athletic financial aid, please see our resource center.
Do I need a video?
You don’t need a video to create and publish a profile on The Athletes Network. However, we strongly encourage including a video. Nothing illustrates your athletic prowess on the field better than actual video of your accomplishments. A tertiary view of your online video may mean the difference between a coach contacting you, or moving on to the next profile.
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Can / should I list extracurricular activities in my profile?
We believe that the true power of having an online digital athletic profile resides in the ability for young men and women to showcase their athleticism, and also tell their story. All activity that you feel appropriate to share with an admissions counselor is certainly appropriate. Remember, you’re showcasing your best and truthful self in an effort to discover the right college for you. This process won’t work unless you provide detailed information about your extracurricular activities and interests.
Can / should I have a profile on other recruiting sites?
We recommend that you have as many online profiles as you like. While one online profile will certainly suffice, as long as your information on each destination is up to date, and consistent than you should be fine. However management of numerous profiles may prove cumbersome. Potential pitfalls when managing numerous profiles include but are not limited to:
- Outdated information (and the risk of potentially misrepresenting yourself)
- Finding time to manage each online profile properly
- Costs associated with numerous online profiles
- Confusing coaches
- Keeping track of communication with coaches via numerous profiles