• With the first two steps complete, be sure to send the admissions office of the school you’re visiting your transcript and standardized test scores. While providing access to your transcript and test scores in the Eligibility Center application ensures you’re academically eligible in the eyes of the NCAA, providing transcript and test scores to each school will help ensure you meet a given school’s academic requirements.
• If you do receive an offer from a coach on an official visit, be prepared to respond. To make sure you have an answer, think through the pros and cons of that school ahead of time. If you’ve visited other schools and you get an offer from your dream school, then the answer should probably be a prompt “Yes.” However, if you’re still considering other schools, don’t say “no” or “yes,” but simply ask the coach when the offer expires.
• When it comes to “What to wear?” it’s always safer to overdress. You want to look neat and presentable throughout the visit, so, for men, wear a collared shirt and khakis or nice jeans. For women, a dress or nice slacks or jeans will do the trick. Remember to bring athletic clothes and shoes just in case you are asked to participate in a workout. DO NOT show up for an official visit in sweats, hats, visors, flip flops, or torn jeans.
• The last step of preparing for an official visit is to assemble a list of questions for the coach. The official visit is when the coach will have time to answer all your questions, so take advantage of the opportunity. Do your research, consult with your parents to see if they have any concerns to ask about, and then write down all your questions and take the list with you. Plus, a list of intelligent questions, even if he or she has heard them all before, will show a coach you’ve taken this visit seriously.
Finally, expect the coach to ask:
• What other schools are recruiting you?
Honesty is always the best policy and, if the competing schools are rivals with the school you’re visiting, it might even increase your odds of getting an offer from that school.
• What other colleges are you visiting?
Same as above, Be honest and let the coach know where else you’ve visited or plan to visit.
• When can you commit?
It doesn’t always happen this way, but if you’re visiting the top school on your list and it’s everything you’re looking for, this might be the time to show your hand and pin down a commitment. If you haven’t made a decision, and want to see other schools, offer your best guess on when you can commit, ask how long the offer stands, and when that coach needs an answer.
Don’t Forget To Follow Up
Regardless of your experience, be sure to follow up every official visit with a thank you note to the coach, preferably hand-written, not emailed or texted. Beyond saying thanks for their time and hospitality, mention your favorite parts of the weekend and, if it applies, mention the next time you’ll be competing, should the coach want to get by. A written follow up shows the coach