Fab Frosh and Super Sophs Prep:
Learn exactly what you need to do to make college coaches find you at Fab Frosh or Super Sophs, remember you, and recruit you after the showcase.
In this webinar, you’ll learn:
- What to say in a message to a college coach before Fab Frosh or Super Sophs
- When to start communicating with your target coaches before the showcase
- How to communicate with college coaches at Fab Frosh or Super Sophs – during the event
- How to draft off the momentum built up during any event to get recruited
- How SportsRecruits Insights can help you maximize your efforts this summer
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How do I get more information about the SportsRecruits Insights program?
There are a number of ways to receive more information about SportsRecruits Insights. To learn more about what is included with the program, please visit the SportsRecruits Insights homepage. If you have any questions or would like to speak directly with an Insights team member, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Typically, Sean or I walk families through a 15 minute screen share presentation. We will discuss your son or daughter’s specific recruiting process and dive into how SportsRecruits Insights will help maximize your family’s recruiting efforts.
Should I spend my summer going to prospect days?
Prospect days can be tricky. The value of attending them varies on a case-by-case basis. Hundreds of kids do get recruited at prospect days, but there is a far greater number of kids that attend them despite not being legitimate prospects.
Prospect days are generally a much smaller event at a college or university where student-athletes play in front of one coaching staff. These can be a great way to get on campus and decide if you can see yourself at that school for the next four years. However, almost every lacrosse program in the country now has its own unique prospect day. Prospect days are used by lacrosse programs to generate some revenue for the upcoming season. This means that the majority of the kids that attend are not legitimate prospects of that school. If you are making the effort to attend a prospect day, make sure you have a realistic chance at being one of the handful of kids that the coaching staff is actively recruiting.
As a general rule of thumb, if you have never had correspondence with a coaching staff, either directly or through an advocate, then attending the prospect day is likely not the best use of your time. Ideally, attending the prospect day will be the second or third chance you have to play in front of that coaching staff. If you are unsure whether you should attend or not, see if there are individual showcases that same weekend where you have the chance to play in front of a larger number of college coaches.
What should I include in a message to a college coach?
1. Keep it short and to the point. Coaches get hundreds of emails from athletes everyday, so refrain from telling them your entire sports history. If you received a noteworthy award, mention it, but don’t list every accolade you have ever received – they can see that on your profile!
2. Include important information about yourself.
- Your Name – You would be surprised how often athletes forget this.
- Your Position – Coaches have specific positions they need to fill. In order to evaluate you as a prospect, coaches need to know which position you play.
- Your Club Team and Number – Be specific because your club program likely has 2-5 teams per age group. Also include your jersey number so coaches can find you if they want to see you play in person.
- Your Graduation Year – This is VERY important because coaches can only contact you after September 1st of your junior year (per NCAA rules). YOU can contact a coach as much as you like. If you call a coach and he / she picks up, the coach can speak with you for as long as they want because the athlete made the initial contact. Take advantage of this by being proactive through the SportsRecruits Platform.
3. Make it personal. Coaches recognize blast emails. Write a personal email to each coach. This shows coaches you are genuinely interested in their program, and they will spend more time reviewing your profile.
4. Reference the video on your profile. Video is an important aspect of an introduction letter. You may sound great on paper, but coaches need to SEE you play. This is why SportsRecruits allows unlimited video uploads. No video? Obtaining video should be your #1 priority.
5. PROOFREAD. Make sure you have the correct program name. Check for spelling errors. Nothing bothers a coach more than when their name is misspelled right at the top of the email.
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