I get it. More recruiting advice.
It’s everywhere and it is confusing. Have no fear. I operate under the rule of common sense where common sense is applicable.
Much of the training and programs we design operate on first principles. All that means is that we prioritize the largest pieces to accomplish the task in front of us.
Here are my 5 first principle tips to be recruited. In order of importance
1. Develop a skill set required for the level of play you desire. In short, be good enough. How do you know if you are good enough? Start by going to a game and watching the team play. Objectively evaluate if your current skill level looks like that. If not, you better get to work. Far too often we have players that commit to play at schools they have never seen play a game.
In academics, we understand that if you make 1000 on the SAT you aren’t getting into Harvard. On the other hand in baseball if you run 7.5 and throw 78 somehow we can’t grasp you aren’t playing in the ACC.
2. Make good grades to show you aren’t an academic liability and that you have the discipline to do things you may not necessarily like.
News flash. A lot of players hate school. You aren’t any different or special in any way. It’s just part of it. And no college coach I interact with is recruiting academic liabilities. Because the chances are there is someone out there with your exact set of skills that made good grades and the coach won’t have to worry about when they arrive in the classroom.
3. Build a network with college coaches to which you wish to attend. Yep. You wouldn’t apply for a job you really wanted badly without trying to network with the boss in charge and/or the employees that work there.
College recruiting is no different. Almost 100% of the time players we train attend the college that they have built the best relationship with the head coach. How do you get started? Easily. Send an email and set up a face to face meeting. You should never attend a camp at a school you wish to attend until you have firmly shaken the head coaches hand and looked him/her in the eye and introduced yourself.
Here’s what you say. And you keep trying until they respond
Good Morning/Afternoon Coach (Insert Name)
My name is (insert name) from (insert school) in (insert city and state). I am interested in attending (insert school) as a student-athlete. If you have time I would love to stop by your office and introduce myself. Please let me know when you are available.
Thanks for your time.
(insert full name)
(insert cell phone number)
That’s it. No video. No stats. Nothing. Just a meeting to look him/her in the eye and shake their hand. They will now remember who you are.
4. Follow up. Once you have introduced yourself. Attended a camp/showcase at the school. Follow up thanking them for the time and opportunity.
This is best done with an old fashion handwritten note. It goes a long way that you took the time to hand write and mail to them.
Continue this process with emailing your potential summer schedule and anything else they may request such as video, stats, etc.
Attracting the attention of a potential boss (coach) isn’t easy. They are looking at resumes all day every day all while trying to develop plans to drive their current roster into winning. You have to do most of the work. Don’t expect anyone, especially the coach, to do it for you. Take ownership, and get starting building relationships, like yesterday.