by Carrie Bigbie, SFC Newsletter Editor
With today’s technology, that is what we have grown accustomed to (and, it is what we look for!).
However, come August 1st, Division II and Division III will be joining D1 in banning text messaging, making it more difficult to communicate quickly (and conveniently) with recruits.
Or does it?
“With the ban on text messaging, coaches will be looking for alternate ways to communicate,” says Leidy Smith, President and CEO of Front Rush, a leading web-based recruiting contact manager. “Fully-branded emails can send a dynamic and strong message to their recruits.”
There are some loopholes in the new rule for D2 and D3 coaches, which is the same ban that went into effect for their Division I counterparts last year. Coaches will still be permitted to use email even though the messages are often accessible on cell phones. The ban, however, does not stop athletes from texting coaches, but coaches are not allowed to text back.
According to the NCAA, the President’s Council agreed to support the ban after the D3 SAAC said coaches’ use of those technologies is an intrusion on recruits’ personal time. The SAAC also believes that text messaging and other similar communications are intended for social interaction among friends, and that colleges should use more formal ways of recruiting.
“Now that the ban has been approved, coaches will just go back to emailing and probably do it more frequently,” says Smith. “Front Rush gives them a way to manage that process and track their messages and replies.” And, of course, there is no limit to the number of e-mails that a coach can send a prospect, or that a prospect can send a coach.
In addition, it also eliminates instant messaging, communicating through social networking websites, video phones, and video conferencing, forcing coaches to limit electronic correspondence with recruits to emails and faxes only.
According to a recent article on Scout.com, Kerry Kenny, vice chairman of the D1 SAAC said, “We believe that text messaging and instant messaging are both highly unprofessional in the recruiting process. You wouldn’t use text messaging to contact an employer when searching for a job, and it’s unlikely that an employer would contact you with a text message to offer you the job.”
So, as you communicate more "formally" with those athletes moving forward, you can give your program an edge by using great looking, easy-to-use web-based contact management systems like Front Rush to put your best message forward.