Archive | June, 2015

Do they like me?

15 Jun

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Common questions I get from student-athletes…

  • “Pete, I got an email from (insert school name) inviting me to their ID camp. Does this mean they want me?”
  • “(School name) showed up at one of my college showcase games! This means they are interested right?”
  • “Mr. Gail, a coach looked at my (online recruiting site) profile. This means they are recruiting me right?”

Unfortunately, the answer to these questions is often, “no.” While an invite to a camp or a coach watching your team play may be a step in the right direction, the above scenarios don’t provide any reliable indication a coach is interested. A coach has looked at your online profile…? Um, forgive me for being blunt, but so what? That is a marketing ploy designed to make you think something is happening, not a barometer of interest.

So what does genuine interest from a coach look like? How do you know if they like you? The answer is pretty straightforward. If a coach is interested, they will tell you. The more personalized their communication, the more weight you can give it.

Here is an example of a coach expressing real interest, adapted from a recent email one of my clients received.

“I saw you play last weekend and was very impressed. Your ability to get behind the defense was excellent and your decision-making was consistent and effective. You are the type of player we look for at (school name)… I would love to speak with you further regarding your college search and our program. ”

There are a number of things to note in this email. First off, the coach has seen the player in action and watched them closely. In order to get recruited, a coach seeing you play live is often a prerequisite. Secondly, the coach mentions specifics about the athlete’s abilities and seems genuinely impressed. Finally, the coach expresses an interest in continuing the conversation. There is no guessing here. The coach wants to get to know the prospect.

So what about freshman and sophomores where coaches can’t reach out directly, due to NCAA regulations? How do those athletes know if a coach is interested if the coach can’t tell them? Again, common sense applies. If a coach is interested, they will simply contact a third party to pass along the message that they like the athlete. While D1/D2 college coaches can’t email or call freshman or sophomores directly, there is nothing that prohibits them from letting athletes know of their interest via a trusted third party, such as PG Method. Coaches can relay detailed messages, encouraging the student to research the school, attend an ID camp, or even call the coach directly. Remember that if a freshman or sophomore calls a college coach and they pick up the phone, they are permitted to have a conversation.

In summary, if a coach is interested in you, there won’t be much speculation. You will be given clear indication. How you generate this type of genuine interest, that’s the real question, and where PG Method comes in.  I have a proven track record of helping student-athletes develop meaningful relationships with college coaches. Give me a call and let’s put a plan together to help you drum up some interest that actually means something!