If you want to play college golf and earn an athletic scholarship you will have to reach out and contact coaches proactively.

Coaches typically cannot call or email you until July 1st which is after your Junior year of high school. Most coaches find out about potential college recruits when the athlete contacts them directly. Recruiting can be processed through online profiles and recruiting services. In addition, before they can contact the athlete or family directly, they establish contact with a recruit through their golf coach.

One common misunderstanding that golfers can’t contact a college coach first or that it is a violation of NCAA rules to do so. As a future college golfer, you can contact a coach anytime you want, but coaches are restricted in when they can contact you. Below we explain how coaches commonly get around the contact rules so they can begin talking to you early.

Each sport and coach is unique in the way they prefer to communicate with potential recruits and evaluate potential scholarship athletes, because you will not know the best way to contact each golf coach until you try. Below we cover all of the best methods below:

Emailing

Email has become the most favored method for reaching out to coaches and getting them your information. 99% of college golf coaches have an email address listed on their school website and you can email them anytime you would like. It is best to attach a resume listed with your best tournament results. While they cannot offer you a scholarship right away, it is great to grab their attention early and to make them aware that you would like to be a golf athlete at their school.

Online Recruiting Profile

Good online profiles allow coaches to search for players and make it easy for them to quickly evaluate you. 90% of coaches say the recruiting process begins online and they are directly referring to online profiles and scouting services.

To increase the chance of discovery by a coach and recruitment by multiple schools, an online profile is needed. The coaches will most likely be overlooking your social media profiles as well. If you do not wish to change your privacy settings, make sure everything is appropriate. This may help when considering when bringing you on the team.

Letters

It used to be that to let a coach know there is interest in playing on that particular college golf team, you would send them letters. With the ease of email and online video, this has become less popular with coaches. Most coaches ignore letters from recruits unless they already know the athlete. Letters stack up and often overlooked because of the number of letters received. No recommendation for sending a letter until you have established a professional relationship with the school and golf coach.

While the process of reaching out to coaches may seem overwhelming, do not overlook the importance of it. For every no that you may receive, do not give up and remember there is always a way to work something out!