Top 10 Questions to Ask a College Coach

Q1. How many of your seniors are graduating this year and what are their positions?  What about juniors?  

It is essential to know which players are graduating in the next two classes, so that you can gage your opportunities to play.  For example, if you are a forward and the school is graduating forwards in the next two years, you may have a high likelihood of playing straightaway.  On the other hand, if program is not graduating forwards, you may find yourself on the bench or redshirted?
Q2. How do my scores (GPA, SAT) weigh up to the general admittance requirements of your college?
You don't want to waste your time talking with a coach if you don't have a chance in being admitted to his/her school.  Some colleges/universities allow athletic programs to admit students with lower scores than the average student while some do not.  Coaches can request (and often do) a pre-admittance read of your transcript/scores to determine if you are likely to be admitted to the school.
Q3. Does the school have the major I'm looking for or if not, is there a great variety of potential majors?
Some prospects are entertaining schools because of the strength of the athletic program and a chance to play in the professional ranks. The majority of prospects, however, are combining academic pursuits and an athletic performance.  Prospects may have an idea of what they want to study.  Make sure the school offers either the program you require or a degree that facilities your needs.  Many prospects change degrees while in school.  Make sure the school has a great variety of majors to choose from just in case your first major is not what you are looking for.
Q4. How many players have you committed to my recruiting class?  And how many are you hoping to commit?
You need to make sure that the schools you are planning on visiting are still recruiting prospects for your class. If they are not, why go? Schools maybe done recruiting scholarship players, but still looking to fill the remainder of the roster with recruited walk-ons.
Q5. What is your program's style of play and will how do you see me fitting into it?
It's important to know if your abilities fit into the schools style of play.  Prospects should know if you are going to play in a similar role or are the college coaches expecting you to play in a different role or position.  You may want to also ask if the system of play may change in the near future.

Q6. Which events will you be recruiting this season/year?
By knowing the coach's schedule, you can make sure to get all your information (resume, club name & squad number, game times, etc.) to the coaches ahead of time.   You may even be able to influence your club manager or coach to register for a particular event where this coach will be present.
Q7. Would you like me to send you updates to our schedule before and during the events, if you are recruiting the event?
In the weeks leading up to an event, coaches are preparing the recruiting schedule for the event.   That means that prospects have to get the schedules, squad numbers, times of games and field locations to the coach early.  Do not overwhelm the coach, but make sure that you get the information to the coach in a timely fashion.  If you send your information to the coach the last few days before the event, the likelihood that you get onto the recruiting schedule is not good.  You can send a coach update emails from the venue of your games and confirm that you will be playing in the next game.
Q8. What is your graduation rate for your program?
A low graduation rate might reflect a high rate of transfers or a lack of student support services.  Be wary of a program with a high rate of transfers as this may be an indication that players are unhappy with the program.
Q9. How do you decide if a player is to be redshirted during the course of a season?
Some players are recruited because the coaches see the prospect playing minutes straightaway. Some players show potential and the coaches feel they will offer more in the years to come. Some coaches decide at the start of the year who will redshirt the season, while others wait until the season is under way.  Redshirting is sometimes a good idea as prospects may play more towards the latter end of the playing careers.
Q10. How is financial aid, academic aid and scholarship aid earned and/or distributed amongst recruits and the team?
Financial aid packages can consist of athletic scholarship, academic scholarship, and/or need-based financial aid.  It is important to understanding how this will come together and which if any may change over the four years.  Some programs will increase soccer scholarships if the player performs well during the four years. 

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