5 Tips for Getting Yourself Recognized by College Coaches
Being recruited to play college soccer can be a stressful yet exciting time for any youth player. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you get recognized.
1. Email them
Showcase tournaments will include a list of college coaches who are planning to attend.
As a player aspiring to play in college, take the initiative and email the coaches of the schools that interest you. Include your team, full schedule, position, jersey number, and contact information in a professionally written email.
Sometimes coaches will respond and other times they will not, do not be discouraged if they do not respond. They still might show up at your games, so always be prepared.
2. Project confidence
Coaches will notice your body language and reactions to the game. Looking comfortable and projecting confidence on the field can go a long way.
Having a short memory on the field is key, meaning do not let a mistake lower your confidence. Coaches will look to see how you rebound from mistake, be sure your keep your head up and do not look discouraged.
3. Play simple
The speed of play in college will be faster and players will be stronger and more physical. Coaches want to see that you can adapt to this style by playing fast and simple.
Coaches will be more impressed with your decision making and technical ability rather than how many players you can dribble through. One or two touch play will show your ability to read the game, play fast, and adapt to any team.
4. Include your club coach
Let your club coach know who may be coming to watch you play.
Asking for playing time flat out might not help, but your coach should want to help you and it will plant the seed to give you chances on the field. Your club coach will want you to succeed and play at the next level.
It is also possible college coaches will approach your club coach to ask about you.
5. Play your game
College coaches will be busy during these tournaments, watching many different games in a day. It is possible that they may only be able to watch you play for a few minutes.
When you are with your team, focus on the game and don’t worry about who is watching. The best things you can do is play your usual game and tune out distractions.
If a coach is watching, great!