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Post tournament

suerosesuerose Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
How soon after a tournament should you expect to hear from coaches (if you're going to hear at all)? These are coaches who said they were coming to watch S play.

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  • fenwaysouthfenwaysouth Registered User Posts: 988 Member
    I'm not exactly sure where you are with your recruiting efforts. Rather than wait for the coaches to call or write, my suggestion would be for your S to reach out on his own. He has the perfect excuse (they just saw him) to reach out to many coaches to see who is interested. Coaches are extremely busy for lots of sports in the spring and summer. It is always better to play offense than defense. If it was my son (baseball player), I'd strongly urge him to take the initiative. Good luck.
  • suerosesuerose Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    Thank you. He's pretty far along with some of them (ie talking transcripts, prereads, etc). They asked for his schedule at the tournament and said they would come so we expected to hear from them in the days following, but nothing. Worried this isn't a good sign. He performed well enough, I would think, as he's received new interest, but the ones he was further along with have been quiet. I'll encourage him to follow up, thank you.
  • shellzshellz Registered User Posts: 1,414 Senior Member
    There are very specific dates surrounding coaches contacting prospectives. For one sport in particular, coaches may not initiate contact with a player until July 1st after jr. Year. Of course the player may reach out and initiate contact, and visit school /coach on their own dime. No conversations off campus (unless initiated by player) until after July 1. Depending on the sport, the deadlines can be varied.
  • shellzshellz Registered User Posts: 1,414 Senior Member
    And yes...have him email or call. DS emailed coach and told him he would call on xx date at xx time. If coach wasn't available to take the call then, he would call on yy date at yy time. This gave the coach a couple of chances to be available to chat. It did show who was really interested! Make sure at least one of the times is right at the start of the day, so that coach is less likely to be busy. Good luck!
  • takeitallintakeitallin Registered User Posts: 3,378 Senior Member
    It can vary greatly- son heard as soon as in the car on our way home to a couple of months later (the later ones were usually ones that he had not had prior contact with). My son always sent a follow-up email a day or two after the tournament- hope you got to see me play, I'm very interested in your program, I'll call you on (date) and (time), etc. I would definitely have your son email or call.
  • momof2010momof2010 Registered User Posts: 407 Member
    What sport? You can go to NCAA website and see when contact is allowed and when it is not. There are also dead periods for each sport which happen twice a year (I think) and coaches cannot talk to recruits during that time.
  • fenwaysouthfenwaysouth Registered User Posts: 988 Member

    Okay, gotcha. It sounds like you and your son are doing the right things with respect to exposure however your son has yet to learn some of the nuances of "coach speak". Coaches will say just about anything and mostly mean it, however their timetable is very different from yours. Their job is to look at hundreds even thousands of kids. No doubt asking for his schedule is a sign of interest. Asking for transcripts and pre-read is starting to get into a more serious interest area. But coaches are very fuzzy on telling time or being able to read a calendar. ;-)

    Don't worry. We had coaches request transcripts and pre-reads and finally get back to us a month later with offers....that was their internal process and we learned there are no shortcuts for high academic schools. It takes a lot of time for these things to happen, and folks get anxious if it doesn't happen in their expected time frame. What I suggest is you use that time to look at other schools....I guarantee they are looking at other recruits. When they are ready to take it to the next level, they will let you know. But the best thing you can do is to continue to look at more schools for that perfect fit. That is exactly what happened with my oldest son. He had a verbal D1 offer from what he thought was his local dream school. They dragged their feet on some academic scholarships and a counter athletic scholarship offer we suggested. While that was going on, my son discovered another school (Ivy) as a perfect fit and situation for his major (engineering) and baseball. A couple weeks later, the ivy offered and he accepted. Use this time to your advantage and don't ever stop looking at new schools or situations until he commits! JMHO.
  • shellzshellz Registered User Posts: 1,414 Senior Member
    edited June 2014
    ^^^great advice^^^^. Remember, a scholarship is a business proposition. Your kid becomes an investment, and coaches are paid to win championships. If they think your kid can contribute , they will move heaven and earth to get them. If they are being slow, it could mean the level of interest is not that high. Then again, it could mean they are busy, or the recruiting timeline prohibits them from reaching out. Bottom line, keep looking for the best fit, and don't feel badly about doing so....it really is just business for them while it's much more personal for the kids.
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