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CaCO3Girl

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Posted - 04/10/2018 :  12:32:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is for the 2020/2019's. Are you doing anything about telling colleges where your kid is playing this summer? Is your kid doing it? Are you just waiting for some college coach to spontaneously appear and offer your kid a shot on their team?

What are you guys actively doing?

Shut Out

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Posted - 04/12/2018 :  12:58:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My kid is already playing in college but I would suggest doing the following.

Your kids needs to make a short list of schools that he wants to attend and realistically thinks he could play. Start reaching out to the coaching staff (via email/text) letting them know you are interested in his school along with BRIEF baseball bio and GPA. IF the coach(s) respond then send them your current summer schedule. The week of each event send them your games times/location.

Parents; if you see the coach at a game let the coach observe the game and your player. DO NOT TRY TO CHAT THEM UP AS IT TAKES AWAY FROM THEM VIEWING YOUR SON.

If you know a particular coach is coming to watch have your player tell his current coach. i.e. making sure he is in the game
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dgersh22

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Posted - 04/16/2018 :  10:34:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What we did for our players going into their Junior year, was have them give us a list of 10 schools that they liked that they thought they could realistically play at, 10 schools they wanted to attend, and 10 school that were a notch above or below where they thought they could play along with the current coach and his email. We then had them send a short email to the coach introducing themselves and letting them know they had interest in their school. We also made them mention something about the school that wasn't baseball related, like I am really interested in a business degree and the Johnson school of business looks like it would be a great fit for me. We had them also give a very brief bio and contact info of us coaches as well as HS coach along with a URL of where they could find a short video of them going thru a workout that we filmed and placed on YOUTUBE.

Us coaches met with each player, went over their list added a few and deleted a few during conversation. We then as coaches either contacted the coach via phone call (if we personally knew the coach) or emailed them also introducing the player. Every week I would have the player email our schedule for the week, if they were a pitcher they knew when they were going to pitch that weekend. As a coach I also sent about 100 emails per week to perspective coaches letting them know our schedule and telling them about some players on the team to watch. If a coach came out to our games I always had a roster available with all of the contact info for each player on it to hand out and then made sure our player who the coached watched sent him an email thanking him for coming out. As a coach I also followed up with the coach in either an email or phone call based on the coaches interest in the player.

It worked pretty well. We had 17 of 21 players commit to schools. This was not a large academy team, but a team based mostly out of Forsyth County players. But we were PG Nationally ranked, and competed against all of the big boys, and made a bunch of bracket play runs with some top 4 finishes at PG tournaments, and won or finshed 2nd in 4-5 TC tournaments.
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CaCO3Girl

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Posted - 04/23/2018 :  07:28:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you dgersh22 and shut out
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bodeen8265

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Posted - 04/26/2018 :  08:09:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My son is a 2021, but I'm gonna chime in anyhow...If the HS coach at our school put in 1/20th of the effort as dgersh22 does for his team, I'd be so tickled that I'd have to wear a diaper....Travel ball coaches, for the most part, seem to be the ones who give the greatest effort to help the players with recruiting, and I'd like to give em all a big shout out THANK YOU for doing so...
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CaCO3Girl

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Posted - 04/26/2018 :  10:15:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bodeen8265

My son is a 2021, but I'm gonna chime in anyhow...If the HS coach at our school put in 1/20th of the effort as dgersh22 does for his team, I'd be so tickled that I'd have to wear a diaper....Travel ball coaches, for the most part, seem to be the ones who give the greatest effort to help the players with recruiting, and I'd like to give em all a big shout out THANK YOU for doing so...



Well, High School season doesn't jive very well with College baseball season. Also in High School you could have a AA player and future draft pick. I understand why most of the recruitment is done via travel ball where they can ask a coach to come see a specific game and there are many kids with similar talent level, a.k.a more bang for their buck.
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bodeen8265

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Posted - 04/27/2018 :  08:17:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by CaCO3Girl

[quote]Originally posted by bodeen8265



Well, High School season doesn't jive very well with College baseball season. Also in High School you could have a AA player and future draft pick. I understand why most of the recruitment is done via travel ball where they can ask a coach to come see a specific game and there are many kids with similar talent level, a.k.a more bang for their buck.



Well the seasons might not jive, but the phone can still ring, and when nobody gets a call from a HS coach, then that's what I call doing nothing. When kids that do get recruited don't want their HS coaches at the signing ceremony, that tells me how much effort was given.
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CaCO3Girl

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Posted - 04/30/2018 :  07:06:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've never seen a kid not want his HS coach at the signing ceremony. That sounds like an attitude problem kid.
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bodeen8265

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Posted - 04/30/2018 :  10:50:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by CaCO3Girl

I've never seen a kid not want his HS coach at the signing ceremony. That sounds like an attitude problem kid.



It probably does sound that way, but if you were living it, you'd understand...
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