How to say no

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No, it seems to be an easy thing to say. However, when you are on the line with an athletic director or coach, saying no to an offer can be one of the hardest things that a young player can do. Here at Atleta, we want to get you to the next level, but we also want you to find a home that you fit into. Whether it is the coach, the program or the city, the right fit is always the best choice. In this blog we are going to look at some of the reasons to say no, and how to best approach the situation.

You do not like the coach

Coaches can be a make or break for some young athletes, especially if that coach is known in the community for their coaching style. I for one had a coach during my freshman year that thought the year was 1965 and coached with the amount bravado and temper that you would expect from a man who thought a broken finger was a sorry excuse to miss a play. That coach is going to control your playing time, and you need to make sure you are going to be a good fit. If you are nervous about going to a program due to a coach, ensure that you make that clear. Simply saying, I am not comfortable with being coached by ____ would suffice, and the athletic director might give you some insight into the program, or changes that might be coming. Honesty is the best policy, and the right fit will follow.

The program is not the right fit

Depending on where you are going, the program, and by that we mean the school, and the athletic department may not be your best fit. College athletics are tough, and many programs want to ensure their athletes are legal to play and thus will push you to enrol in communications or a general arts degree. You want to be comfortable with where that degree will take you, and if you are wanting to pursue business, then you should be able to. When forced to make a decision, ensure that you are doing the right thing scholastically, and tell the athletic director that you are unable to go to his/her school due to your wishes to pursue degree _____. If they want you, they can make it work, and you get your degree you want. Win. Win.

You are not a fan of the city

Big school or little school, the location does matter. For instance, Acadia University is in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, the town has two roads, and lives and breaths axeman and axewoman athletics. While a school like Dalhousie University is in Halifax, where you will be able to escape to the urban jungle and a trip down south is only a 45-minute ride to the airport away. The experiences at these schools are vastly different, and you need to decide what you want. Talk to alumni and research the city. If you are not feeling a school due to its location inform the athletic director that you will not be attending due to its location, and although humbled by the offer, you will be pursuing another school. It is not rude, but you need to be direct and honest with those around you. You will be spending 4-5 years here, be careful where you end up.

Atleta will help you get to the next level, but the ability to say no will empower your decision like never before. Sign up today, and get to the school of your choosing, not just the one that offers you a spot.


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