- Call: Be assertive and make phone calls to coaches of colleges in your area and schools that are a good match for you athletically and academically.
- Connect: Make a plan and ask if you can set a date to meet with the coach, tour campus and watch practice.
- Create: Develop a list of questions to ask the coach.
- Compare: Make a pros and cons list after you go on your visits. See which school comes out on top. If you have no idea of where you want to go to college, be sure to visit all different types of colleges and teams. I recommend visiting at least 5 campuses.
- Conclude: Did you like the campus? Did you feel comfortable with the coach? Could you see yourself on the team as you watched practice? Does the school have your academic interest?
About Jill Hicks:
Jill Hicks is a former elite gymnast, Division I college athlete, club coach and Division I college gymnastics coach (Cal State Fullerton, Oregon State) and the owner of Jill Hicks Consulting, where she provides recruiting services and choreography for prospective student-athletes and their families. For further information visit: www.jhicksconsulting.com
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