I have been preaching this for the last few weeks to my own clients and on social media, but after doing an Instagram Live Q and A with the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, where we specifically discussed coach communications during this time, I want to emphasize this one more time before everything starts back to pseudo-normal.
Yes, there are some scenarios where this might not apply, but for the most part with any student-athlete entering 8th grade this fall and older, there is no better time than now to at least “introduce” yourself to the coaches. There will not be a better time in this whole process where coaches won’t be either traveling, recruiting, conducting practice, or focused on the team. So if you have not taken advantage of this rare time in the college recruiting process it’s not too late.
If you are more to the stage of actively communicating with coaches or at least sending regular updates, then I hope you have been creative and consistent with video updates and insight about your time in “quarantine”. This time period has really shown the coaches what recruits are willing to put themselves out there, take advantage of the opportunity, and focus on what they can be doing to make this process happen for them.
Also, because there is so much uncertainty right now it is crucial that you communicate with the coaches. They have a lot of decisions to be making that weren’t expected and still are in limbo on many decisions. They also understand there is a lot for you as a junior golfer to consider as tournaments, visits, and travel begins to be allowed in some areas, but not in others. They understand that financially some families were affected by this more than others. They understand that for health reasons some families are being more cautious than others. But if you don’t communicate with them they won’t know this about you.
This has been a very uncertain and confusing time for everyone, and while it is going to eventually get back to some normalcy, there are many ripple effects of this that are going to be felt for quite a while when it comes to college recruiting and college golf.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions
Written by: Brandi Jackson, RecruitPKB College Consultant
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