Formulating questions to ask college coaches is a very important and individual process. Not every question fits every situation, every family, every coach, or every program.
The first step is to find out what your daughter’s non-negotiables are by taking the PCM6+ Assessment. Non-negotiables are the things that matter most to her. They are the factors that will bring your daughter the most happiness in college.
For example, if your daughter wants to play right away, you can form questions to help figure out which programs she has a better chance of playing at immediately. Non-negotiables are personal to each individual.
When you know what is truly important to your daughter, it is easier to come up with the questions. If she doesn’t know what her most important factors are in choosing a college, then the first step would be to help her discover them.
Parents also have priorities when thinking about their child going to college. This is important and normal. As long as the parent priorities don’t overshadow the student athletes’ non-negotiables, a parent’s criteria and questions become very important as the time draws nearer to narrowing the college choices.
Start with these. Whatever is most important to your child, those are the questions that should be prioritized as most important.
If we use the example above, where the athlete wants to play right away, a parent could ask the college coaches some of the following questions:
You may also be able to form your own questions around this topic. It is definitely less complicated when you have a conversation with your daughter about what is most important to her.
As you travel through the recruiting process with your daughter, you will think of questions to ask organically. In an effort to help parents begin to formulate questions to ask college coaches, here are some basic categories and examples to consider.
Parents usually have safety as a high priority. Questions around safety may be different for different campuses, but here are some examples:
Depending on what your daughter wants to study in college, she’ll have different opportunities and obstacles when it comes to balancing athletics and academics. Below are some questions you might feel comfortable asking:
You want to make sure your daughter has medical access no matter where she attends college. Medical care will differ for each program and campus. Here are some things to ask:
If your daughter has had a medical injury, you may want to ask questions about the support of that injury. For instance, if your daughter has had a knee injury in the past, you may want to ask questions about continued care for the knee.
College costs money regardless of receiving financial aid. Sometimes college coaches, trainers, and academic personnel forget to mention the costs that are not covered by the athletic department or the financial aid provided. Here are
some questions to ask:
Depending on location, level of play, and conference, travel can be very different. The following questions may apply to your situation:
For coaching questions, one size does not fit all. However, it is important to find out if you feel this coaching staff will be good for your daughter. In other words, do you feel these coaches will take care of your daughter and help her graduate?
Referring back to her non-negotiables, and understanding what her dreams are will help create questions to find out more about the coaches.
You want to trust these individuals with your daughter, so asking questions to all of the coaches, and even asking the same questions to different coaches, could help you understand and better evaluate the coaching staff.
There are many, many more questions that you will discover as you travel through the recruiting journey with your daughter in an effort to help her narrow down her list. If you need more help formulating questions, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former parent, Patricia Frazier, speaks about how injury in sport can affect the student athlete.