Do any coaches out there send out anything (via mail) to prospective players homes to "recruit" them to get involved in the football program as the summer winds down? I realize most of the "core" players will have been around throughout the summer, involved in lifting, 7on7, etc., but at a small school we are always looking to get more players out for depth, and quite honestly find a diamond in the rough who wasn't playing for whatever reason.
We take advantage of websites, social media, and just about any other way we can think of to get information out but there is still quite the list of students who we believe could help us. I am thinking about going the old fashion route and sending some fancy recruiting material to their homes (personalized letter, calendar, schedules, etc). Wondering if that personal touch might entice just a few more to be part of it.
I'm looking for ideas or samples of anything that coaches may have done similar to this? Has it worked? Am I wasting time and money or have there been good results?
Post by fkaboneyard on Jul 14, 2017 9:17:22 GMT -6
Peer pressure is your greatest recruiting tool. The first week of school our HC attends all PE classes. He looks for kids that are new to the school, tells them it's not too late to start playing and tries to hook them.
Post by freezeoption on Jul 14, 2017 9:55:20 GMT -6
I always sent a letter out to every male in the high school with calendar and a letter explaining stuff. The only ones that might not have gotten that would be transfers which I would get soon as they got their info. Their friends are the best bet to get them out.
I found out where they lived, walked up to the front door and knocked on it. Did this with 5 kids who I believed could make an impact on our team. Not only did I get a chance to speak to the kid, but I also got to sell our program to a couple of the parents who were home at the time. I ended up getting 3 of the 5 kids to come to lifting and 7 on 7's and now they're hooked.