#AskCoachB: Understanding the process

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It's a relationship-driven process with business decisions being made.

It’s a combination of real relationships being formed with trust, communication, bonding and getting to know more about one another through plenty of face time such as unofficial and official visits, home visits, phone calls, emails and text messages.

At the same time it’s a business, because at the end of the process each prospect and school will only do what's in their respective best interest. Decisions have to be made based on the relationship built and also what's is in the best interest of the respective party involved.

Remember that when a recruit has a list of schools, he can only pick one program. Each recruit will pick the one program where he and his family feels it’s the best place for him to succeed and advance academically and athletically. A recruit should not play games with the recruiting process, which means: Don't waste the money and especially the time of a coaching staff unless there is genuine interest. Remember, this is the livelihood of how each coach supports their family.

The exact opposite is true for a coaching staff, as they must recruit the best players, people and students they can find to build a team that is expected to win. They have a list of top prospects they would love to have, but because recruiting is so competitive, they are monitoring and pursuing others in case their top prospects look elsewhere. Each program is trying to fill their future needs not only with talent, but the right talent for their program. As a coaching staff they must make hard decisions on which recruit to pursue first and which would be next in line, in case their top choices go elsewhere. It would be best if the coaches let each recruit know where they stand so they can make informed decisions.

It's so important that each party overcommunicates, so everyone constantly knows where each other stands in the process.