Recruiting Tips -- Ask the Right Questions
Oftentimes recruits go on a school visit and are so caught up in the experience of visiting the campus and the team, they are afraid to ask the hard questions. In doing so they only hurt their chances of getting a complete picture of what life would be like in the event they attend the school. Don't make this mistake! Be courageous enough to ask the hard questions. If it seems too intimidating, write them down ahead of time and read them when you get there.
What are the hard questions?
Listed below are a few examples, but feel free to modify the list for your own needs.
1. Given my ability, do you think I will be able to play immediately? If not, what obstacles will I face to earn a spot on the roster?
2. Do you cut players during a tryout?
3. What things do I need to work on to make the team?
4. I am a goalie. How many goalies do you carry? How many are currently on the team and what year will they graduate?
5. What type of offense and defense do you run most often.
6. What responsibilities will I have outside of the pool? Fundraising, community service, etc?
7. Do you require athletes to remain over school holidays?
8. Do I need to return to school before classes?
9. Is the current team a close-knit group or have you coached groups with more unity?
10. How would you describe your coaching style?
11. What are your expectations during the summer?
12. Is there any athletic aid available for someone like me?
13. Do you permit team members to be involved in fraternities or sororities?
14. What are your team rules?
15. Will we take a training trip and if so, will I need to pay for it?
These should provide a good start. Good luck!