Question:   Question : I personally know the head coach at a top D1 program.  My 13 year old daughter has become a pretty good ball player, and likely will compete for a starting spot on her varsity high school team next spring.  I recently emailed the coach stating my daughters strengths & areas needing improvement, and asked if there were specific drills they use with their catchers, that I could use with my daughter during the off season.  I have not received a response.  Would my email to the coach be a violation?  Or if they were to respond, would they be in violation?  Thanks

Answer: The coach may not have responded because he or she is busy.  However, if your daughter is in high school, NCAA rules state that a coach may not respond to written or email communications beyond acknowledgment of your inquiry, a questionnaire or a camp invite.

My suggestion is that you phone the coach because if you reach him or her, there's no prohibition on the coach talking to you about suggested skills drills or camps, for example.  (Note: he or she will not be able to return your calls, so you may have to try a few times.)  You could also take your daughter to a college camp and she could ask the coaches there to recommend ways to improve her skills.

That said, there are many different drills and videos available to help players get stronger.  Playing for a competitive travel team with good coaching is another good way to become a better player.

If she's in 8th or 9th grade, this is a good time to familiarize yourself with NCAA recruiting guidelines by visiting their web site and downloading the Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete.

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