Contributor, Rick Paine, is an expert on college swimming and the college recruiting process. He is also the Director of Swimming at American College Connection (ACC). ACC is a SwimSwam Partner.
I just received an email from a D-I coach asking me to send out a recruiting trip tip for swimmers who take official visits.
She told me she had 7 recruits on an official visit (the school paid for all expenses) and they were supposed to be watching the team’s swim practice. 5 out of the 7 were on their cell phones during the entire practice. She felt this was very disrespectful and decided to drop those 5 swimmers from her recruiting list.
What a shame these 5 swimmers who worked hard all these years to have the grades and times to swim in college blew it because they could not stay off their cell phones.
I have had other coaches tell me about recruits on an official visit who could not leave their cell phone alone long enough to carry on an intelligent conversation.
One coach was having a one on one meeting with a recruit discussing scholarships when her cell phone rang and she actually answered it. Needless to say, the meeting was over and the recruit never heard from the coach again. The coach was about to offer her a full scholarship worth nearly $180,000.
Not only is it important to respect the coaches by putting away your cell phones when you are on a recruiting trip, but it’s also an important weekend where you’ll be gaining the knowledge you need to make the decision on where to spend the next four years of your life.
You can always check your messages when you are alone.
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