I recently wrote a guest blog for the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA). The NCCGA is an amazing organization that helps promote golf and provides a number of different outlets for competition, particularly collegiate club golf. If you're thinking about playing golf in college but aren't sure if you want to play at the Varsity level, be sure to check out the resources that the NCCGA provides. Thanks so much to the NCCGA for inviting me to write a blog for them!
Here's a link to their website and the blog post I wrote -- 11 Tips for a Successful College Golf Recruiting Process.
For most kids, hearing that a college coach wants to watch a competition is filled with lots of emotions.
The initial reaction is one of excitement… “This is great! The coach must be really interested!” But then the nerves set in… “Oh no, what is the coach going to think when (s)he sees me play? What is (s)he looking for?” The nerves create fear, and fear leads to pressure… “I have to play well or the coach won’t want me.”
Yes, coaches want to see you play so that they can evaluate you. But they are looking at so much more than how many goals you score or birdies you make! My hope is that but shedding some light on what coaches are really looking for, you can stop worrying, move past the fear and play up to your full potential.
Here are five things coaches evaluate when they watch prospects play:
When I was coaching, I would almost rather see a prospect play poorly so that I could get a glimpse of his/her true character.
And finally, know that most coaches believe that seeing you play for only a few minutes or a few holes only provides a snapshot of your ability. Everything doesn’t ride on this one performance!
A lot of people wonder how to initiate contact with a coach and what they should say. The simple answer is that you should write an “intro email” to the head and assistant coaches.
What should you say in this intro email? Some of you may have heard of the concept of an “elevator pitch”. The intro email is your elevator pitch -- your simple, concise, sales pitch in which you introduce yourself with the goal of piquing the coach’s interest and opening the door for a much more in depth conversation. The intro email is NOT the time to tell your entire life story.
Coaches receive hundreds of emails. And sorting through all of those emails takes time. Long emails, no matter how great they are, can easily fall into the “too long, didn’t read” category. So your goal as a prospect is to provide coaches with your elevator pitch in an intro email, and then hope that the door opens for a much more in depth conversation as a result.
How do you attract a coach? Let the numbers speak for themselves. In your intro email, share your recent tournament results from the last year or two (and include ALL of your results -- not just the good ones -- in an easy to read format), as well as your GPA and scores from any SAT or ACT tests you have taken. Your intro email will be fairly data heavy, and that’s a good thing. Data is the best way to demonstrate your ability to a coach.
Finally, once you have written your intro email, you should draft the email to each coach individually. Here are a few final steps to make sure all of your details and personalization are correct:
Sometimes it can be hard to know where to find contact information for coaches. Here’s what I recommend: