With the end of the season approaching, and having already arrived for some teams, a hot topic among all players and parents will be exit meetings with the coaching staff.
This is the time where each player will meet with the coaching staff (in my experience, the head coach, but may differ for other teams) to summarize the year as well as give an overall outlook at the individual’s future with the program moving forward.
For some players, the exit meetings may be nothing but a mere formality, a simple goodbye to the coach and see you next fall. But for others, the exit meeting may be a major factor in what a young player, and his/her family wants to do for the upcoming school year.
In approaching these meetings, there are many different questions that may be asked depending on the situation that a particular student-athlete is in (freshman vs. junior, pitcher vs. position player, and starter vs. bench player).
However, I believe that one simple rule that each athlete should live by is to make sure that at the conclusion of each meeting, there are no unknowns left on the table.
Speaking as an athlete who did not get all questions clarified, and paid for it later, I believe this is the overall priority with each exit meeting. As a former student-athlete, I know that all of us have many questions about what our future holds at a particular university.
Do I still have a chance to contribute?
Is there any chance I could be cut at fall semester?
Will my scholarship be renewed?
At the end of the day, there are many uncertainties that each player has. And to an extent, there are even some uncertainties within the coaching staff that may keep them from answering those questions to a player or parent’s satisfaction.
But bottom line, each athlete wants to receive an honest and thorough evaluation to give him/herself the best opportunity at success. By getting as many questions answered as possible, the student-athlete puts him/herself in a better position to make an educated decision about their future.