Updated: Jul 23, 2020
A lot of families will ask me "When is it okay to ask about scholarships?" I think there is a lot of confusion about this question and the appropriateness of asking it. It doesn't take long to google or go to some recruiting websites before you are hit with mixed messages about asking a coach about a scholarship. Even within the same recruiting website I found 2 blog posts that differed in their opinion about whether or not to ask about a scholarship. In my opinion, it's okay to circle around this question in the beginning. A lot of the reasons to NOT ask this question revolve around poor word choice and a potential lack of interest on both sides. Cold calling a coach and asking the question "are you going to give me a scholarship?" is just an example of athletes going through this process with very little or 0 guidance.