Sandra asks…

Help with letter to High School Coach?

Hi. recently, I attended a camp that was run by a local high school coach. At camp i learned a TON, and I really want to play for his program now. However at camp, I got into a little bit of trouble, and Im tyring to get out of it.

Can you please read my letter below and give me some feedback:

Coach Wootten,

Good Evening, my name is NAME (camper from last week’s overnight camp with the cast), and I’m writing to you in regards to a few miscellaneous topics. First off, I just wanted to express my gratitude for all your time and efforts over the past week. Honestly, I learned more in that week than I did over the course of my whole high school freshman season. Over the past few days, I have put in the work, and continued on what you have taught me, and already I notice DRASTIC changes in my game. Hopefully, my cast will be removed on Wednesday, and then I can put in the intense work needed to catch up, and rise above my competition. On another note, I wanted to sincerely apologize for my intolerable action. It was completely disrespectful to you, your staff, and your camp. And for that, I am sorry. My actions were completely uncharacteristic of me, and I can PROMISE you that I will NEVER participate in any such mistake again. I hope you understand that that mishap has taught me to always respect the greater authority, and to never disrespect those who you admire. Again, I am genuinely sorry. The life lessons that you have taught me in that one week are beginning to sink in. I have even wrote them all down on a piece of paper, and pasted them to my room door so every morning, when I wake up, I am reminded of the true meaning of basketball; which is to understand the life lessons that will help you later on in life.

Basketball wise, my overall goal is to play for an prestigious university, such as an Ivy League school, and continue my passion for basketball; but at the same time receive a top notch education. In the mean time, I do not feel like my current high school (MY SCHOOL) is preparing me to reach my goals of playing college basketball. I know that only I can put in the work needed to take me to the next level, but I feel as if Marshall can not provide me with the proper tools to take advantage of; which brings me to my main reason for writing. After going to your camp, and only being able to participate in limited amounts, I have taken my game to a whole new level. I can’t imagine how much better of a player I will become if I were exposed to your wisdom on a daily basis. I was wondering if you believed that I could contribute to your program at O’Connell? I know that you haven’t had a chance to really watch me to play, which is why I was planning on attending the day camp. Hopefully by then, I will be all healed up, and ready to go full speed. I can PROMISE you that if you give me a shot, I will put in the most work out of anyone in your program. And if it is not this year, and maybe next year, I will be working till I drop to hopefully be given the shot to help your team win. Not one player in your program will work as hard as I will / am, or utilize your knowledge of the game of basketball as much as I will / am. Not only will O’Connell provide me with the proper tools as an athlete, but I am confident that it will also provide me with exceptional academics that I will surely take advantage of. If you are interested in me, I can give you a little more about my academics, strengths as a player, extra-curriculars, etc.

Coach Wootten, I greatly appreciate all your time and efforts.

Martin answers:

It is very well-written and it also sounds pretty professional, if that’s what you’re aiming towards, which you probably are. I like how you are telling him how much he has helped you with your game improvements but also as a person (learning from your mistakes.) Another thing, when you said “my main reason for writing” in my opinion, should be changed just a little bit. I only say this because aren’t you also writing to say sorry too? So, you could say “one of my main reasons for writing…” Just a train of thought.

James asks…

help with letter to high school coach?

Hi. recently, I attended a camp that was run by a local high school coach. At camp i learned a TON, and I really want to play for his program now. However at camp, I got into a little bit of trouble, and Im tyring to get out of it.

Can you please read my letter below and give me some feedback:

Coach Wootten,

Good Evening, my name is NAME (camper from last week’s overnight camp with the cast), and I’m writing to you in regards to a few miscellaneous topics. First off, I just wanted to express my gratitude for all your time and efforts over the past week. Honestly, I learned more in that week than I did over the course of my whole high school freshman season. Over the past few days, I have put in the work, and continued on what you have taught me, and already I notice DRASTIC changes in my game. Hopefully, my cast will be removed on Wednesday, and then I can put in the intense work needed to catch up, and rise above my competition. On another note, I wanted to sincerely apologize for my intolerable action. It was completely disrespectful to you, your staff, and your camp. And for that, I am sorry. My actions were completely uncharacteristic of me, and I can PROMISE you that I will NEVER participate in any such mistake again. I hope you understand that that mishap has taught me to always respect the greater authority, and to never disrespect those who you admire. Again, I am genuinely sorry. The life lessons that you have taught me in that one week are beginning to sink in. I have even wrote them all down on a piece of paper, and pasted them to my room door so every morning, when I wake up, I am reminded of the true meaning of basketball; which is to understand the life lessons that will help you later on in life.

Basketball wise, my overall goal is to play for an prestigious university, such as an Ivy League school, and continue my passion for basketball; but at the same time receive a top notch education. In the mean time, I do not feel like my current high school (MY SCHOOL) is preparing me to reach my goals of playing college basketball. I know that only I can put in the work needed to take me to the next level, but I feel as if Marshall can not provide me with the proper tools to take advantage of; which brings me to my main reason for writing. After going to your camp, and only being able to participate in limited amounts, I have taken my game to a whole new level. I can’t imagine how much better of a player I will become if I were exposed to your wisdom on a daily basis. I was wondering if you believed that I could contribute to your program at O’Connell? I know that you haven’t had a chance to really watch me to play, which is why I was planning on attending the day camp. Hopefully by then, I will be all healed up, and ready to go full speed. I can PROMISE you that if you give me a shot, I will put in the most work out of anyone in your program. And if it is not this year, and maybe next year, I will be working till I drop to hopefully be given the shot to help your team win. Not one player in your program will work as hard as I will / am, or utilize your knowledge of the game of basketball as much as I will / am. Not only will O’Connell provide me with the proper tools as an athlete, but I am confident that it will also provide me with exceptional academics that I will surely take advantage of. If you are interested in me, I can give you a little more about my academics, strengths as a player, extra-curriculars, etc.

Coach Wootten, I greatly appreciate all your time and efforts.

Martin answers:

1. If I were to send this letter, then I would open it by apologizing for what I did. People tend to remember the first and last things in a series of topics.

Now I hate to burst your bubble but here goes.

If you have the sort of talent he seeks then don’t you think he’d talk to you about educational opportunities (e.g. Basketball opportunities) at his school? In other words, maybe you don’t have talent wise what he seeks? Sorry to be blunt. But, why lie?

So apologize first, send the letter off and don’t get your hopes up. I think if you had the right stuff for his program then he would have sat you down and explained how his school won’t put up with people who did what you did. Then that would have been your opening to apologize and show him you are the right guy inside and out.

Laura asks…

Help with letter to high school coach?

Hi. recently, I attended a camp that was run by a local high school coach. At camp i learned a TON, and I really want to play for his program now. However at camp, I got into a little bit of trouble, and Im tyring to get out of it.

Can you please read my letter below and give me some feedback:

Coach Wootten,

Good Evening, my name is NAME (camper from last week’s overnight camp with the cast), and I’m writing to you in regards to a few miscellaneous topics. First off, I just wanted to express my gratitude for all your time and efforts over the past week. Honestly, I learned more in that week than I did over the course of my whole high school freshman season. Over the past few days, I have put in the work, and continued on what you have taught me, and already I notice DRASTIC changes in my game. Hopefully, my cast will be removed on Wednesday, and then I can put in the intense work needed to catch up, and rise above my competition. On another note, I wanted to sincerely apologize for my intolerable action. It was completely disrespectful to you, your staff, and your camp. And for that, I am sorry. My actions were completely uncharacteristic of me, and I can PROMISE you that I will NEVER participate in any such mistake again. I hope you understand that that mishap has taught me to always respect the greater authority, and to never disrespect those who you admire. Again, I am genuinely sorry. The life lessons that you have taught me in that one week are beginning to sink in. I have even wrote them all down on a piece of paper, and pasted them to my room door so every morning, when I wake up, I am reminded of the true meaning of basketball; which is to understand the life lessons that will help you later on in life.

Basketball wise, my overall goal is to play for an prestigious university, such as an Ivy League school, and continue my passion for basketball; but at the same time receive a top notch education. In the mean time, I do not feel like my current high school (MY SCHOOL) is preparing me to reach my goals of playing college basketball. I know that only I can put in the work needed to take me to the next level, but I feel as if Marshall can not provide me with the proper tools to take advantage of; which brings me to my main reason for writing. After going to your camp, and only being able to participate in limited amounts, I have taken my game to a whole new level. I can’t imagine how much better of a player I will become if I were exposed to your wisdom on a daily basis. I was wondering if you believed that I could contribute to your program at O’Connell? I know that you haven’t had a chance to really watch me to play, which is why I was planning on attending the day camp. Hopefully by then, I will be all healed up, and ready to go full speed. I can PROMISE you that if you give me a shot, I will put in the most work out of anyone in your program. And if it is not this year, and maybe next year, I will be working till I drop to hopefully be given the shot to help your team win. Not one player in your program will work as hard as I will / am, or utilize your knowledge of the game of basketball as much as I will / am. Not only will O’Connell provide me with the proper tools as an athlete, but I am confident that it will also provide me with exceptional academics that I will surely take advantage of. If you are interested in me, I can give you a little more about my academics, strengths as a player, extra-curriculars, etc.

Coach Wootten, I greatly appreciate all your time and efforts.

Martin answers:

Be more concise and don’t CAPITALIZE individual words.

You also sounds as though you are begging. Not good.

Michael asks…

What should i (teenage girl, 15) wear to a high school tennis camp?

Im 15. Im start tennis camp tomorrow. Its not like a camp camp. its more like lessons but its summer program and its 3 hours. I have proper tennis shoes. Idk what is right to wear!

I was planning on wearing a tennis skirt, this white nike shirt, and a sports bra underneath,and then my shoes and my hair up. The thing is, is it weird to wear an athletic shirt? the shirt i have is like a work out shirt. its a tank and its athletic material. am i supposed to wear that? or am i supposed to wear like a tee shirt?

i dont have time to ask cuz it starts tomororw morning. and i know its no big deal, but i just dont wanna show up looking weird or over dressed or underdressed.

so is a tennis skirt and an athletic skirt good? or is it too overdone?

anything else id need other than water, a snack, and my racket?

Martin answers:

I’m a 15 yr old guy and i recently had a tournment yesterday and the day before.

Most of the girls there were wearing those tennis dresses and they look pretty gud, id wear one of those.

Don’t listen to tht other person and wear a sweatband (arm or head) cuz it looks gay.

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