Contributor, Rick Paine, is an expert on the college recruiting process. He is also the Director of Swimming at American College Connection (ACC). ACC is a SwimSwam Partner.
There seems to be a lot of swimmers and especially parents who think July 1 is magic for recruiting calls from D-I college coaches. Don’t panic if you have not received a ton of calls on July 1. This is only the first day that D-I coaches are “allowed” to start making calls.
I have spoken to many coaches who tell me that they won’t even pick up the phone on the first because everyone else is calling. A lot of coaches take their families on Fourth of July vacations during this time. You should evaluate your contacts around the middle of July and resend your info out to the coaches that have not contacted you.
Things to Do:
- Make sure your greeting on your phone is respectful and short and sweet. There is nothing a coach hates worse than making 20 calls a day and getting a greeting that sounds something like this, “Hey Dude, can’t come to the phone now so do your thing and I might call you back.”
- Have a pen and paper by the phone so you can take notes
- Make sure you have a quite area to take calls. No reason to have the TV blaring in the background when you are talking to someone about your future.
- Be respectful to every coach who calls. Regardless of the level of their swim program every coach deserves respect.
- You should feel honored to have any college coach take the time to call you.
- Sell the coaches on your potential.
- Questions to consider asking a coach about their program:
- Who would be my primary coach?
- What events do you see me helping the team out the most?
- How are your training groups divided?
- Do you shave first semester?
- Describe your strength training program.
If you know a coach will be calling do your homework and research the school and swim program before so you can ask intelligent questions that are specific to the school and team. This sends a message to the coach that you are seriously considering their school.
Please, please DON’T ask “how much yardage do you do.” This might be the dumbest question of all time.
I suggest not talking about scholarships on the first call unless a coach is very persistent in having you commit to an official visit. If you are interested in the school you will need to find out if the school is affordable for your parents.
If a coach has not discuss scholarships by the 3rd phone call you need to bring up the subject. Don’t let a coach recruit you forever without talking about money.
Enjoy this time in your life. It only happens once and YOU WILL NEVER BE THIS POPULAR AGAIN, and remember there is nothing magic about July 1.
Finding out if you have what it takes to compete in swimming at the college level is easy, and many swimmers do have the potential considering all of the options. Go to www.ACCrecruits and submit a Free Profile.
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