Initial Phone Call with a College Coach

posted on: Nov. 8, 2012, 12:46 p.m. | tags: NCAA Web Star Recruits College Coaches student athlete


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 school offer?
  • 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 scholarship?
  • 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.