Recruiting Junior Day Visits – Be Prepared to Communicate with a College Coach!
Headed to a Junior Day unofficial visit! Here are some examples of quality questions to ask a coach:
- What are your most popular majors?
- Are there any majors that are most popular with athletes?
- Will my specific major interfere with my athletic schedule?
- What are the admission requirements for an athlete?
- Is there anything I should work to improve in order to be accepted to your school?
- Does your program have a full-time academic adviser?
- Are there team study halls?
- Do most of your players graduate in four years?
- Can the application fee be waived for athletes?
- How would you like me to apply?
- Do you recommend an admissions interview?
- What are the key positions you are looking to fill in the (your grad year) class?
- Have I been evaluated by your coaching staff yet?
- How many players are you recruiting at my position?
- What type of player are you looking for at my position?
- What is your recruiting timeline? When would you like your recruiting done for the class of (your grad year)?
- What is your coaching style/philosophy?
- What advantages are there for student-athletes, in comparison to the regular student-body?
- How many or what percentage of athletes make it on your team as a walk-on?
- What type of off-season activities are expected?
- Am I allowed to participate in other sports?
- Do you intend to invite me for an official visit?
- What is a typical “day in the life” like for a member of your team during the season? What about during the off-season?
- What goals do you have for your team during the next four to five years?
- How many scholarships do you still have available for the class of (your grad year)?
- Am I under consideration for a scholarship?
- What determines if a scholarship is renewed?
- What type of academic scholarships are available? What about other grants and aid?
- Do I have to apply before a scholarship can be offered?
- What happens if I get injured?
- Will I be eligible to receive more money next year?
YCollege Life Questions:
- Are your players close with each other outside of practice and games?
- Do teammates typically live together?
- What is housing like on campus?
- Do many student-athletes live on campus all 4 years?
- Is it realistic to work part time, study and play a sport?
- What are the biggest challenges for a student-athlete at your school?
- What type of orientation program is offered for incoming freshman?
Are there any questions I should NOT ask a coach?
Your conversations with college coaches will vary depending on the situation. Your relationship with each coach and where you are in the process, will determine which questions are appropriate at a given time. Always be respectful and humble and listen to the coach’s answer. Never ask if you will receive a scholarship during an initial conversation. If you are not sure if a question is appropriate to ask, NCSA can help; just let us know.
What questions will a coach ask me?
You should prepare for the questions that college coaches will ask you as well. The same way you are evaluating every school, the coaches are evaluating which prospects are the best match for their school and program. College coaches are looking for student-athletes who are personable, interesting and who give more than one word answers.
Below are some common questions coaches ask prospects. Write down your answers and practice answering these questions.
- How are you doing in school?
- What is your favorite subject? Least favorite subject?
- What about my school interests you?
- What are you looking for in a school?
- What other schools are you looking at?
- What other schools are recruiting you?
- Have you visited our campus?
- Do you plan to visit?
- What is your biggest strength as a player?
- What is your biggest weakness as a player?
- What do you want to major in?
- What is your upcoming schedule?
This opportunity is your Day! Be prepared, be ready to communicate with the coach. Important to reach out prior to going on your visit and send your position coach and recruiting coordinator your profile with video.
Remember the following 5 Questions.
Are you an Athlete with a dream to complete and play College Football?
Consider the following 5 Basic questions:
1 – Do YOU have a detailed and measurable recruiting action plan?
2 – Do YOU understand your Football recruiting timeline?
3 – Do YOU have properly evaluated and edited video?
4 – Do YOU have a sure fire way to know when a College Coach has viewed YOUR video?
5 – Do YOU know which College Coaches are recruiting YOUR position and Grad year?
*If YOU answer NO to any of these questions Contact us to see if an evaluation makes sense for you and your family.
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