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Sports Resume Cover Letter And Correspondence
Sports'Resume'(see'example'that'follows):'
While&you&can&start&contacting&coaches&as&early&as&your&freshman&year&(elite&swimmers),&it&is&
more&common&that&your&“resume”&most&likely&isn’t&“complete”&until&mid-Junior&year&at&the&
earliest.&But&whenever&you&are&ready&to&begin&either&with&campus/coach&visits,&phone&calls&or&
emails/faxes&to&coaches,&first&develop&a&Sports&Resume&to&send&to&them&or&to&leave&with&them&
when&you&meet&them&in&person.&You&can&update&this&resume&as&frequently&as&you&want&(time&
improvements,&the&addition&of&test&scores,&activities,&voted&team&captain,&etc).&After&your&initial&
contact,&continue&to&provide&email&updates&to&coaches&on&changes&(better&times,&new&test&
results,&becoming&captain&of&the&team,&leadership&positions&at&school,&academic&achievements,&
etc.)&They&want&to&hear&from&you&as&it&is&an&expression&of&your&interest&in&their&team.&You&will&
want&to&get&your&name&in&front&of&the&coaches&on&a&regular&basis.&
&
When&Faxing&or&emailing&your&Sports&Resume&to&coaches,&make&sure&that&you&include&a&
specifically&tailored&cover&letter&(see&below).&This&cover&letter&should&indicate&why&you&are&
interested&in&swimming&at&this&particular&school&and&why&that&specific&school&is&of&interest&to&
you&academically.&You&can&also&include&your&height&and&weight,&your&training&regimen&(include&
dryland/&weight&training),&your&practice&schedule&and&your&collegiate&swim&goals.&&&&
&
Cover'Letters'(see'samples'that'follow):'
When&emailing&or&faxing&your&Sports&resume,&attach&a&short'cover'letter&that&is&specifically&
tailored&to&each&college&and&coach.&The&goal&of&the&cover&letter&is&to&highlight&the&information&
that&the&coach&is&going&to&need&to&quickly&qualify&as&a&PSA&for&their&team.&This&information&
includes:&
academics&scores&(GPA&and&standardized&test&scores)&
best&times&in&your&best&events&
academic&interests&
the&number&of&years&you&have&been&swimming&year&round&
interest&in&swimming&in&college/collegiate&athletic&goals&
You&may&want&to&include&additional&information&such&as&why&you&are&interested&in&that&specific&
college&ie&academic&reputation,&a&particular&program&that&is&offered,&location,&reputation&of&the&
team,&lifelong&dream&to&attend&that&school,&etc.&&
&
Many&high&school&students&are&not&frequent&users&of&email.&However,&it&is&the&preferred&
communication&method&for&most&coaches.&Consequently&once&you&have&initiated&the&process&by&
sending&out&emails,&check&your&emails&frequently&and&be&responsive&to&any&communiqué&from&a&
coach.&This&reaffirms&your&genuine&interest&in&their&program.&For&each&college&contacted,&make&
sure&you&maintain&a&specific&folder&within&your&email&or&print&out&each&correspondence&to&keep&
in&a&dedicated&file&folder.&As&you&contact&many&different&schools,&it&can&get&confusing.&Keep&track&
of&the&coaches’&names&at&each&school!&
&
Additional'Correspondence'with'Coaches'(see'samples'that'follow):'
After&your&initial&contact&with&a&specific&school,&continue&to&routinely&update&the&coaches&via&
email&(it&may&go&into&your&file)&on&both&your&academic&and&athletic&progress.&It&is&very&important&
that&you&continue&to&express&your&interest&in&the&team.&
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