Athletes need to impress college coaches on and off the field. Unofficial visits are a key part of the recruiting process, especially given the accelerated recruiting timeline in lacrosse. Athletes need to get on campus and proactively arrange to meet coaches at the schools they are interested in. During these meetings, coaches will pitch the merits of their program and school. However, athletes should be aware that just because a coach is promoting the team and school to you, that does not mean the coach is not interviewing you at the same time. Athletes should be not become overly confident and put their guard down, but remain focused and promote their individual strengths to the coach as well.
Here are a few tips to make the most out of your meetings with college coaches.
1. Be Prepared
— The best way to be articulate is to be prepared. You should be your best cheerleader and most honest critic of your game, as coaches will want you to discuss your strengths and weaknesses. Be thoughtful, demonstrate excitement to be there and vocalize any questions or concerns you may have
— Have a prepared list of questions for the coach that will help you decide if the school is the right fit for you; ask questions about academics and don’t be afraid to ask what happens when classes conflict with team practices
2. Be Articulate
— Every time you speak with a coach, consider it an interview. Coaches want to know you’re a good listener and comprehend what they are saying; communication is key on the field and coaches want to assess your verbal skills
3. Be Engaged
— Ask questions about the information the coach is telling you; provide the coach with new information about your athletic and academic success and convey the level of your interest in the program when closing the meeting
— Maintain eye contact and sit upright through the entire meeting, this expresses your interest in the program and leaves a positive impression
4. Be Confident
— A firm handshake is an easy first step in making a strong impression; coaches want confident players so look the coach in the eye while shaking their hand
5. Be Presentable
In short, dress in business casual and look sharp for any on-campus meetings with a coach. You can expect the coaching staff to be in business casual to demonstrate that they consider this is a business and take it very seriously. Most team functions are business casual and coaches want to be confident you would be able to represent the school well