By Dan Tudor
There can be a lot of confusion about contacting college coaches,
especially if you are new to the recruiting game. And, if you're a
senior high school athlete reading this article - and you haven't
talked to a college coach yet - it is even more important to
understand the rules regarding how and when you can talk to a
college coach who might be interested in recruiting you.
Here at Recruit, we get dozens of questions every day on this
subject from athletes, parents and coaches. Is it OK for an
athlete to call a coach? When can a coach call an athlete?
Are there any rules to be aware of when you are hoping to be
recruited by a college coach?
To help simplify this, here are a few simple tips to guide your
future interaction with college coaches:
- A college coach can only call or visit you after July of your
junior year in high school. There are other contact periods that
happen a few months earlier than this in football and basketball,
but the " rule" is pretty good in terms of a bench-mark. That
means a coach can not place an outbound call to you, nor can he
initiate a visit to your home or school specifically to talk to
you about playing a sport at his or her college, until the summer
before your senior year. Remember, this deals only with outbound
communication from a coach.
- You can call or meet with a coach at any point in your high
school career. That's right, you can call a coach whenever you want.
The key here is that you are the one initiating contact with the coach
and not the other way around. If you want to call a coach or visit a
campus and set up a meeting with the coach, you may do so as often as
- You can take as many campus visits as you would like when
considering a sports scholarship offer. Again, the key here is
that you are the one initiating the visit. What about those five
"official" visits that you often hear about big-time athletes
making to schools when they are seniors? Those are visits that
the school pays for. A prospective student-athlete can only take
five official visits that are paid for by schools during his or
her high school career.
With these rules in mind, the advice that the experts here at
Recruit would give you would be to contact as many coaches as you
can during high school, as often as you like. We like to see our
athletes take control of the process and try to "interview" and
evaluate coaches that may express interest in them rather than
waiting and waiting and waiting for a coach to finally call them.
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