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January 7, 2016

4 Quick Tips on what you can talk to your College Coach About

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If you have a good relationship with your college coach or your coach is easily accessible, you can pretty much talk to them about anything. Trust me; they want to help you navigate the college process as a whole. Here are some quick tips that you can talk to your coach about if you are looking to better yourself as an athlete.  

Ask about extra workouts.

Ask your conditioning coach for advice on how you can train harder than the rest of the athletes, this will push you to be the best. It will give you a better chance on being a starter. They are trained and certified in their field, so trust them. “My coach was good about giving my team workout packets for the off-season. When we demanded more, she was happy to give us extra treadmill sprint intervals or lifting circuits.” You can also use this time as an opportunity to ask your coach what you specifically can work on in the off-season. For example, if a coach wants you to work on quick turns or fast feet, they may suggest that you do more agility!

Talk about nutrition.

Coaches are filled with information on health and wellness. Paired with the athletic training staff, these individuals can suggest options for healthy eating for you for pre and post-competition or training. DI and DII schools do have nutritionists on staff, they can recommend vitamins or protein supplements; once again, this can be for pre or post-workout. If your DIII school does not have a nutritionist and you feel that you need supplements, then talk to your doctor. The fact is that depriving your body of essential nutrients can lead to achy muscles and other unpleasant side effects. So see your trainer or doctor if you experice this. 

Discuss your future.

Working hard on having a good relationship with your college coach is important. Most coaches care about you and your future, so don’t be afraid to talk to them about this topic. You can discuss connections, graduate school opportunities, or just ask them questions about job opotunities, especially if your major has anything to do with sports and coaching. My coach had a vast network, and he sent me prospective summer jobs and potential opportunities to travel internationally. Keep in mind being a student-athlete will be a great asset to your resume. It shows that you are a team player, and you have great time management skills.  

Community outreach opportunities.

Coaches can help you (in some cases, it is apart of the sports program) participate in some community service initiatives. I had a friend start a soccer program for disabled children that she was able to get started by talking with my coach. My coach then suggested that some of the girls on my teamwork the clinic as community service. There are many other opportunities that your coach would be happy to help you create or find something local that you and your teammates can take part in. Again, this is great to have on your resume. 

Getting more involved on campus.

Contrary to what many believe, coaches want you to be involved in campus life. A well-balanced athlete is a happy athlete. Coaches can suggest some clubs that you can get involved with, depending on your interests. You can talk to them about potentially having an opportunity to attend different conferences on campus as a representative for your team. You can also discuss the possibility of joining various committees, including student government.

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