Do’s and Don’ts During an Official College Visit as a Student Athlete
Official college visits for student athletes are usually reserved for the best of the best. So if invited to one it is important to know what to do and what not to do. It is the opportunity for coaches to meet players they are interested in, so being well-prepared for the visit is crucial.
What coaches are looking at during visits are for how well players will fit into their system. Sure, you can be very skilled, but if you don’t have the specific traits the coach is looking for, then they might lose interest in you.
This is what student athletes should be doing during an official college visit:
- Dress to impress. Than means your best dress shirt and your best pair of jeans or pants.
- Know how to introduce yourself when meeting the coach and everyone else, give a firm handshake and make good eye contact.
- Represent yourself as best as possible during the whole visit. In other words be friendly, polite, respectful with teammates as well as your family if they are joining you. Your off-the-court attitude is important to coaches when recruiting.
- Write a thank you note to the coach and team expressing gratitude after the visit.
During an official college visit, it can probably be a tad bit difficult to stand out with so many people as talented as you there already. But it can definitely be easy to throw away your opportunity to represent the college you are visiting. Here are things not to do at an official college visit.
- Don’t show up late to pre-planned meetings and events because it foreshadows you will also be late to class and practices.
- Don’t show up without any questions, having good questions to ask about the program will help make you stand out and show you are very interested.
- If invited to a party do not drink or miss your curfew if you do not want to potentially lose your scholarship or acceptance.