When thinking about recruitment, there is a lot one must take into consideration; how to best market yourself, get the best video footage and create the perfect resume. One of the most underrated recruiting tools is the ability to connect with coaches on a level that makes them instantaneously want to know more about you. Here are some tips that will help you to best connect with a coach and grab their attention:
Send personalised emails to each coach
By personally addressing each coach by name and writing a short email about how much you love their program and why you think it would be a great fit for you, shows the coach that you haven’t just sent out the same email to 50 different coaches. It allows the coach to see that you have done your homework on the team and you know what their university and program is about.
Keep your email short and sweet
A coach does not have time to hear about your life history in your sport. They want something short and to the point and with all the relevant information ready. Make sure you give a short introduction about yourself, give a brief outline of your main achievements and then attach additional information that the coach will want to see.
What does a coach want to see?
Coaches receive hundreds of emails from athletes everyday, so you want to make sure that you include the right information. The most important thing to include is the link to your video footage. A coach wants to see what you can do, not just hear about it.
Here is a list of items to include in your email:
- Link to Video Footage
- Attached Resume (Summarised CV)
- Coaches Contact Details
Thank the coach
At the end of the email thank the coach for taking out time to look at your information. By thanking them for taking the time, you will set yourself apart which may be the difference in a coach responding to you or not.
Here is an email template for inspiration:
Dear Coach ________,
My name is _________. I am a utility player currently playing for the __________ Club/Team. I attend _______ High School and will be graduating in November of 20XX. This past season I was selected to represent my Province in my age group. Please will you take a second to review my video: www.watchmyhighlights.com
I have been exploring my college options, and I am very interested in playing for you at ________ University. I have been watching your team for a few years now and I am inspired by the players and all that they have achieved. I have also looked at the academic options at _________ University and believe that this is the place where I would be able to make the most impact for a college team. Please see the attached documents which include my video footage, my resume, my coach’s information and my achievements.
Thank you for taking the time to look through my information. I believe that by joining your program, we will be able to win many national championships together. I look forward to hearing from you.