How to make a good first impression on recruiting visits
Arrive on time – If you have made appointments to meet people, be sure to arrive on time, no one likes it when someone arrives late. It doesn’t matter if you’re on an official or unofficial visit; don’t be late for meetings with any coaches or school staff. If you’re going to be late, call the person you’re scheduled to meet and let them know why you’re running late.
Dressing the part – As an athlete you will have clothes that go with your sport, but when meeting staff or coaches you don’t need to look like you going to tryout, as the saying goes, dress for success. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie but be sure to look smart and show them that you care about your appearance.
Good attitude – Be confident but not arrogant. No coach will like an athlete that’s full of themselves. You may be confronted with a situation that is not familiar to you, don’t act as if you can’t do it, show staff and coaches you have a good attitude by making an effort. The most important thing is to try and if you don’t know or don’t have an answer just be honest.
Saying thank you – After your visit or after meeting make sure you thank everyone for their time and hospitality. They will appreciate this and most likely remember you. You may even want to send the coach a thank you note after your trip.
All these tips should help you to make a good first impression. If you do everything correctly you may be offered a scholarship after the visit. Be sure to weigh up all your options and don’t commit to something you’re not comfortable with.