What To Avoid When Meeting A College Coach
As we’ve previously mentioned coaches are not only looking for athletes with talent, when recruiting they take into consideration many other factor and during a meeting there are many things that they will look for that could ruin your interview.
First and foremost, don’t get down if things aren’t perfect and don’t go as planned, it is expected that you will be nervous and coaches know that. However, there are a few things you should avoid if you want to make a good impression.
Avoid short answers
You want to show interest, so when answering a question develop your answer, they want to know more about you and your personality, so make sure they do.
Avoid rudeness and immaturity
Be nice and polite to everyone especially the coach and your parents or guardians, as you are demonstrating your respect for authority and your manners. To make this easier, always be nice and respectful, in the end everyone will appreciate it.
Don’t forget about body language
Consciously or unconsciously coaches will take your body language into consideration. You don’t want to seem dispassionate and uninvolved, so make sure to avoid these actions:
- Don’t look somewhere else, it’ll make it seem you’d rather be somewhere else. Instead make eye contact and sit upright.
- Don’t check the time or your phone, you don’t want to seem bored, so turn your phone off to avoid temptation.
- Don’t fidget, it will show you are too nervous and it will make you seem unsure. What you want is to seem confident, not the opposite.
Don’t try to be someone else
Show coaches the real you because you could be exactly who they are looking for in every aspect. You may be spending the next 4 years of your life training with them and that is a long time to pretend you are someone you are not.