Day 11 – Your Recruiting Questions

This is the day eleven of our team’s virtual mid-season training camp. Each day for 28 days, there will be a short assignment for you to do to continue your development. These assignments are mandatory for players and coaches. Parents are also encouraged to participate.

In the next couple of days, I’m going to post the video of a presentation that Shaun Reagan, the Head Coach of the University of Waterloo Warriors Women’s Hockey Team, and his Assistant Coach, Dollee Meigs, did with our team last season.

In advance of that, I’d like you to think about the types of questions that you should ask coaches and recruiters when you meet with them.

Here is a sampling of the questions that you might want to ask:

Questions About The Recruiting Process

  • What is the best way to contact you?
  • How early should I contact you? Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12?
  • How much do you rely on players reaching out to you to have you put them on your radar?
  • How much do you rely on your own scouting of players?
  • What are you looking for in players for your team? How does that vary by position (forward, defence, goalie)?
  • What are some key attributes you look for in your players? Coachability, leadership etc.
  • What is something that makes a player stand out from the rest?
  • What are some things that you don’t want to see?
  • Do coaches look for multi-sport athletes?
  • What advice do you have for aspiring student athletes to be successful?
  • What things could we adopt in our daily routine now, that the current players on the team are doing?
  • What does your recruiting process look like?
  • What are the next steps?
  • How can my coach help in the process?
  • Do you talk to other coaches in your league about players that you are scouting?
  • What other information would you like me to send you? Athlete profile, reference letters, etc.
  • Should I be sending you video? What are some things we should include in a highlight video? And how long should it be?
  • Should I provide a copy of my academic records/grades?
  • Should I provide you reference letters from my coaches, teachers or employers?
  • If you have a YouTube or social media account does it play into the recruiting process or matter?
  • What would you say to a player that is considering the NCAA route versus the Canadian USports route? What are the differences? What are the benefits of staying in Canada for university from an academic and athletics perspective?
  • When you are interviewing players, what questions to you typically ask?

Questions About The Team and School

  • What is your coaching philosophy?
  • What makes your team different from others?
  • How many players do you carry on your team? How many openings are there for my first year? Will I likely play in my first year?
  • Do you have any development camps that are open to high school students?
  • Do you schedule campus and team visits?
  • Do you offer scholarships or athletic financial awards? How do they work?
  • What other benefits are there for your players? Academic assistance, tutors, physiotherapy and medical benefits?
  • What equipment are players required to provide?
  • What other expenses are there? Will I be required to fundraise for the team?
  • What are your expectations of a varsity hockey player? What are some of the biggest challenges first year varsity hockey players face?
  • What does a typical day for a student on your team look like?
  • When do you schedule practices? What if they conflict with my classes?
  • Where do your players live? Do they go into residence in first year?
  • Do you provide nutrition plans or meals for players? What about when the team is on the road?
  • What are the requirements for your players in the off season? What about co-op terms?
  • Do you fit test your players? What does that involve and what are the standards required?
  • How do you select captain’s and assistants?
  • Does your team play in any tournaments? Where and when?

Questions That Coaches Might Ask You

  • How are your grades? Your high school grades are important. Coaches want to make sure that you can be admitted to your chosen program at their school and that you’ll be successful academically when you get there.
  • What program are you interested in?
  • What other schools or programs are you considering?
  • Have you received any offers?
  • What is your upcoming schedule of games and tournaments? They want to see you play.
  • Do you have video of you playing or practicing that you can send me?
  • Would like to come for a school visit, meet the team and see a game? They may ask you practice with the team.
  • They may ask for additional contact or family information.

Today’s Assignment:

For today…

  1. Complete today’s workout on the TeamBuildr app. Be sure to mark each exercise complete as you finish it.
  1. Write down two or three questions that you would like to ask someone like Coach Reagan. If possible, try to think of questions that aren’t already included here. Post your questions to the team WhatsApp group.