Recruitment Tip: Do You Like Football? (Or Whatever)

by Matt Mattson

pick-up-game "By the way, do you like football?  Every Tuesday and Thursday at 3 p.m. a bunch of people get together on the IM fields to play pick up football.  We’re trying to get as many students out there as possible. Give me your phone number so I can text you what field we’ll be using this week."

When I recruit, this is one of my favorite techniques.  Here are 5 reasons I like asking this question.

1. It isn’t a recruitment event. It is just people playing football.  Low pressure, high fun.

2. I can say that line to literally every human being I encounter on a college campus. In line at Subway, next to people in class, after a one-on-one meeting, as I’m walking through dorms, during a service event, after worship, at 1:30 a.m. at a house party — the question works everywhere, all the time.

3. I get a phone number (because I offer something of value).

4. It is always happening, always planned. Every Tuesday and Thursday. All semester. Year round.

5. If no potential members show up, and it is a huge bust, the worst case scenario is… I get to play football with the other members of my group that are there. Or, better yet, I join in on someone else’s pick-up football game.

Does it have to be football?  Nope.  Every Tuesday and Thursday you can:

  • Play ultimate Frisbee
  • Visit with senior citizens
  • Study
  • Have a Toastmaster’s meeting
  • Play basketball
  • Play volleyball
  • Play horseshoes
  • Play Red Rover
  • Have a blues jam session
  • Make crafts
  • Get fro-yo
  • Arm wrestle
  • Say hi to homeless people
  • Make signs for the football game
  • Play soccer
  • Play rugby
  • Play Aussie Rules Football

See you out there.