11 Dec Pursuit of the Next Level – College
Posted at 17:35h
Players be proactive in your quest to be recruited!
If you want to play college baseball, attack that goal as if your education and your livelihood depend upon it!
Don’t wait for your HS coach to do this for you. Player promotion is not his job. Parents can definitely help in this process, but it can be a slippery slope when they are running the entire process (but you will definitely need the help & support of your parents).
Get on the internet and visit the websites of schools that pique your interest. Peruse the staff directory and look for the recruiting coordinator or one of the assistant coaches. Construct a succinct and grammatically correct email and express your interest in playing college ball. Don’t overdo it with the, “my son played 13U when he was 11 and he swung a drop three before the coach’s son…”
Also save up and attend a summer camp at one of your prospective schools (great exposure and a great experience).
Give them a basic snapshot/bio (include your name, HT, WT, position, 60yd times if known, velocity range for pitchers, Bat/Throw, basic stat line, school, grad year, SAT/ACT, GPA, Clearinghouse info, head coach’s name & contact #, summer coach’s info, parents info, and your home address). Include a schedule and also include your cell # & email address. Let the coaches request video or other info. Possibly include a link to any websites that contain your game or workout footage.
Also scour the websites of the smaller schools and locate the Recruiting Questionnaire… and complete as many as possible. Div II, DIII, NAIA, and JUCO programs all produce players who are capable of furthering their careers on the professional level. Division One is outstanding, but it’s not the only route.
Don’t close any doors. Keep an open mind and treat your recruiting journey like a job search!
What are you waiting for? Go get it!