Recruiting Center

Scout? What do they look like?
Can you talk to them?
What do you say?
Notice the stopwatch on her
Are you working on your speed?

College Recruiters, Scouts or Coaches?

Aradi writes…

  1. First learn the NCAA rules about "contacts." Parents/players shouldn&#039t be
    talking to coaches/scouts at tournaments unless the coach/scout has specifically
    asked the parent/player to find him/her. (And that&#039s only when it&#039s allowed–e.g.,
    after July 1 following the junior year. Players can&#039t talk to the coaches even
    then at tourneys until their team has been eliminated.)
  2. See point 1! Parents should leave coaches alone for a number of reasons
    unless asked ahead of time to talk to them.

    • It may jeopardize their player&#039s
    • It may use up one of only three off-campus contacts per school;
    • It may turn the coach off, particularly if they feel the parent is too
      aggressive. Some coaches don&#039t like to talk to kids/parents at tournaments,
      preferring to wait until later.

    My rule of thumb is this. Leave them alone
    unless asked to find them. If they want to get a hold of you, they will, trust

  3. If a coach has asked to talk to the player and her parents at a tournament
    (assuming she&#039ll be or is a senior), I suggest keeping it short and simple.
    Unless it&#039s a home visit or you&#039re going out for dinner or something, tell the
    coach you&#039re glad to meet him/her, that you&#039d appreciate getting info on the
    school, and that you&#039d like to have time to think about his/her
    interest–whether the coach is asking the kid to visit, to consider his/her
    school, etc. Don&#039t feel intimated or rushed into anything.

Cathi Aradi&#039s book has three pages of questions kids can ask coaches at
different times. Keep the book handy when talking to coaches. Make the most of
any contacts, but don&#039t feel you have to answer every question at once.

"Why" the rules?" The purpose is to help provide coaches with a level
playing ground when it comes to recruiting and to help prevent them from
overwhelming kids. Personally, I think too many coaches "push" the edge of the
envelope–e.g., skirt right along the edge of what is legal and what isn&#039t. Some
coaches try to sell a kid on their schools and get them to practically commit
based on one fifteen minute conversation. Parents should never be afraid to step
in–putting their egos and wallets aside for the time–and tell coaches the
player will definitely look into that school and would like to hear more but
perhaps by phone or on a visit when they can really concentrate on what&#039s going