For the thousands and thousands that are striving to make that dream come true of playing sports at the college level, there are a few things you need to do to be prepared. Here is the way you need to approach this. With all the hard work you have put in throughout the year with practice, studying, emailing coaches, getting game videos ready and so on, there is one very important step that few prepare for. The actual meeting with the college coach.
When you get your opportunity to sit down with the coach you need to be very prepared so you can make the most of the time you have with the coach. I say this because I have seen it a bunch. Player and parents think they have it all figured out until you get face to face with the coach. One of the most important things you can benefit from is the QUESTIONS you ask. If you don’t ask questions you may not know until it is too late.
You don’t know exactly what the coach is going to ask you, but you should know what you are going to ask him. Your future and potential scholarship may ride on it. I am going to give you 5 of the most important questions you will need to ask any college coach.
Make sure when you ask question that they are questions the coach can answer and not some unrelated question about the weather or how many students attend the college. You don’t have a lot of time with the coach, so use it wisely.
FIRST QUESTION – What are the athletic admission requirements?
You will need to know this to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. Don’t want to wait and find out you aren’t academically eligible to play.
SECOND QUESTION – What is the graduation rate for athletes in this sport?
This will give you a good indication of how important education is to the team and the college. Remember, your chances of making a living at your sport is less than 2%. The education will be there for you for the rest of your life.
THIRD QUESTION – How many people are ahead of me at my position?
This is key to know if you want to step in a have maximum playing time. This is also a very good to know when negotiating your scholarship money.
FOURTH QUESTION – Have you OFFERED others in my position scholarships and have any of them accepted?
This is one that is very important. You need to know if you will have to compete with other freshmen for the same spot. Not good if you do.
FIFTH QUESTION – Do you have a 5th year plan?
Not many athletes will graduate in 4 years, so make sure your scholarship will allow you one more to finish and graduate.
Make sure you understand these are ONLY 5 questions of many that you will need to ask a coach. Depending on lots of other factors there a many, many more that you need to ask. This is a process that you will need to have a plan for and the questions you want to ask a coach ahead of time. Make sure you are prepared with several quality questions BEFORE you get in front of the coach.