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What to do with camp invite emails

We have talked about school camp invites before in a Weekly Word, but we want to reiterate that there is an effective way to answer these types of emails. Most families view these as mass mail. However, as long as your profile is accurate and up to date, there is a way to work beyond the camp e-mail.

So many families delete these. That is a mistake. You can have different template e-mails that you send back, but PERSONALIZING always wins.

Here is the order in which things should happen when you receive a camp e-mail:

  • Look up the school online and see if it has some of the value items that are important to you. If not - you should STILL RESPOND. And always include a link to your site that has up-to-date information and videos.

  • Write a short, personal e-mail back to the coach expressing your interest in the program and include a few specific details.

  • Make sure to ask what they think about your video and skill set. If they can't answer this, then there's your answer on their interest level.

  • Build rapport with the coach by asking some questions about their program and their current needs for your graduating class.

Then, as a family, it's decision time on whether you can/should go to the camp or not. Here are the questions you should ask yourselves:

  • Are you going for the experience? Or to possibly be recruited by the staff that will be there?

  • What is the expense of the entire trip (travel, hotel, camp fees, food, etc.)? Many times families do not consider ALL the costs that go along with attending.

  • Does this coach seem genuinely interested in having the player there? This can be difficult to answer especially when mass e-mails can seem personal and make an invite seem "special." Showing up at a camp without any plan or without receiving any feedback can greatly diminish the chance of getting recruited by that school.

  • Is the player at the level of the program's camp he is attending? Again, another tough one to answer. Most families will take their son to a large school's camp, when it is highly unlikely he will get recruited to go there. That is why it’s crucial to get evaluations along the way.

  • Is it the right time to do a camp? If the family doesn't understand the recruiting timeline, it is likely a player can attend a camp too early or too late and therefore have zero chance of getting recruited.

Take 5 minutes to respond to the camp e-mail in a personal way. Also, make sure there is a plan in place when attending camps. It can be very easy to throw $200 here or there for every camp out there. Camp e-mails are a good thing… when a family knows what to do with them.

For more information about the College Athlete Advantage Recruiting Program please call Mike Orchard @ 407-489-7509 or email:

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