A student-athlete should have a list of questions, as well as a script,
to work from when calling the coaches. The script should include the
An introduction that
1. Includes the child’s name, city, and high
2. If applicable, acknowledgment that the student received
material from the coach.
3. A request to ask the coach a few questions. Remember
that the coach is a busy person. If he doesn’t have time, the
student should ask when he can call the coach back. If an
athlete calls a Division I or II coach before July 1 or June 15
of his junior year (depending on sport and excluding football
or basketball), the coach is not allowed to return the student’s
call, so if the coach is unavailable, the student-athlete should
ask his assistant when he can reach the coach.
4. A list of questions to ask the coach. Regardless of whether
the student is a freshman or junior, or whether this is the first
or fifth call with the coach, an athlete should always ask two
• What else would I need to do to have a chance to compete
for your program and earn a scholarship?
• What is the next step I should take with you?
Some students don’t feel comfortable being this direct.
Rest assured that coaches want to connect with qualified
student-athletes as much as student-athletes want to connect