Initial Phone Call with a College Coach
As college coaches begin to call you, it's important to know which questions to ask. Recently, I spoke with the mother of a high school athlete who just started receiving calls from college coaches. She felt in the dark about what questions she needed to be asking about programs and schools. As you start interacting with college coaches, consider asking the following questions:
- What majors does your
- Is tutoring available
during the off season?
- What is the minimum
GPA I must maintain in order to stay eligible to compete, as well as keep my
- How many credits
should I take per semester?
- How many credits do I
need to graduate?
- Do student athletes
receive guidance for class registration, picking a major, and core graduation requirements?
- What do off season
workouts consist of?
- When does preseason
start and end?
- Is there a mandatory
study hall for incoming freshman?
- Are there individual
workouts set up with a coach outside of scheduled practice?
- If I’m not a starter,
how do I gain exposure to competition?
Remember that the life of a NCAA athlete isn't just about the game. You need to maintain certain academic standards as well. Find out what resources are available to athletes in the program, as well as identify a school that offers a degree you want to pursue. Asking the right questions now can help you avoid unpleasant surprises later.