I’ve had many athletes come to me and ask how to get on a coach’s radar. My first response is always that “you have to make the first move.” Specifically, it’s important that you make a good first impression, and that comes off the field.
You have to write a good introductory email or letter in order to get a coach’s interest. Here are five pointers:
1. Make it your email. This email (or letter) must come from the athlete, because that’s who the coaches will want to build a relationship with. We encourage parents to help craft the letter, but make sure it’s from the athlete.
2. Make it brief. The key to an effective letter or email can be summed up in one word: BRIEF. The goal is not to share your life story or all your great athletic achievements. That will come later, but a long introductory letter will turn off the coach quickly. He’s only going to read the first page anyway. Therefore… Continue reading
Now let’s get into content. As you know, I believe the letter needs to be brief and to the point. Here’s what should be in each paragraph of your one-page letter or introductory email.
Who, what, where and when: Introduce yourself and your intentions with a one-sentence opening paragraph.
Athletic abilities: Briefly tell about three or four of your athletic accomplishments and impressive stats from your most recent season. If you have participated in or received honors in other sports, mention them, but do not include highlights. Continue reading