When should I start contacting college coaches? The recruiting process is starting earlier each year, with recruits as young as 12 or 13 years old getting college offers. Start researching schools and understanding the level of play expected at each one.
In my mind, there are multiple things that add up to being a recruitable player. Some are tangible, some are intangible.
What separates you from the thousands of other girls out there who are trying to be recruited who can hit, pitch and field a ground ball? This question can be answered go into a very position specific answer with a coach once they identify a player ie what a coach is looking for when recruiting a pitcher, what a coach looks for when looking at a swingbut there are definitely some factors across the board that all coaches are looking for to find a player who is going to come in and be able to make an impact on their program.
Pitcher, catcher, and short stop are those few positions out on the field where a coach is okay with finding a player that excels at JUST that position. An awesome defensive short stop is a specialized position, as well.
Coaches will bend over backward to find the dime-a-dozen pitchers, a catcher who can throw out a girl stealing who can run a 2. Also, if you are an awesome short stop, that means that you are most likely pretty athletic, as the short stop is usually labeled as the most athletic kid on the field.
Remember that once you get to college, every athlete on the team is solid, and there are only 9 positions on the field. So the more versatile you can be, and have the ability to play multiple positions, the higher your chance is of getting recruited……And then, once you are there, being able to get playing time.
Please understand that I am not saying you have to be a pitcher, catcher or short stop to stand out. But being completely honest, those are probably the 3 positions most looked at when a coach walks up to the field empty -minded and with no agenda as to which position they are looking at.
Coaches think that they can build off of pure athletes — turn them into any position if they are athletic enough. Because athletic player have more body awareness, then it is easier to transform them and find a spot for them on the field.
If you have athleticism, show it off. I think of an athletic player as someone who is strong, agile, quick, can jump, and is flexible. You can have some of these qualities, or you can have all of them. The more you have, the better of an athlete you are.
Players who play multiple sports have higher chances of overall being more athletic because different sports develop different muscles and different athletic qualities.
Think of the jumping skills that come with playing volleyball.
That jumping makes you more explosive with your bottom half, and also works on fast twitch muscles, as volleyball moves so fast and is a reaction sport.
Think of the endurance that comes with playing basketball or track. Your body can develop to become an amazing athlete by playing different sports.
How to Write Letters of Interest for College Softball. How to Write Letters of Interest for College Softball. There are two ways to show interest in a college. You can email the college coach and fill out a prospective player profile on the team’s website, or you can send an actual letter. Since the last post was a bit negative, I thought I would write a little something more typical of this blog. Every year I meet with my 16u team’s parents and discuss the college recruiting process as well as the team and club rules. Why should a college team require players to be students? I have never understood that. Just have the university find the best players they can, compete in recruiting PLAYERS, and if .
Many college coaches LOVE multiple sport athletes because of the athleticism that it breeds. However, at the same time, there are coaches that are impartial to multiple sport athletes. I played for a coach who likes multi-sport athletes, so I am more partial to encourage players to play multiple sports IF, and I mean IF, they can get in quality time towards their main sport and continue to show progression in the right direction.
If they are staying the same or digressing in their main sport, that is when I feel it is time to cut back on playing multiple sports. The more athletic and versatile you are, the higher of a chance you have at being noticed and recruited, and then once you actually make a college team, the higher chance you have at finding playing time.
Work hard to get stronger. Work hard to get faster. Work hard to develop athletic skills that do not just involve hitting or throwing or pitching a ball. Understand exactly what YOUR offensive game is so you can focus on it and capitalize on it. The Big Power Hitter Can you crush the ball?
In college, coaches are looking for the top 9 offensive producers to fill into their lineup. When college coaches are there watching you, you string together quality at bats, where you have a good approach and are hitting the ball hard more often than not.
Take advantage of big RBI opportunities. A college coach wants a power hitter that thrives in clutch RBI opportunities.
If you struggle in these RBI situations in tournaments or in high school, why would a college coach think you are going to be any different once you make it to the next level? The Speedster Do you have speed?
Use it — consistently. Speed kills in our sport. Our sport is based around speed.Why should a college team require players to be students? I have never understood that. Just have the university find the best players they can, compete in recruiting PLAYERS, and if .
Around this time of year, I always receive a lot of different questions and grievances relating to the high school softball season.
Playing a sport for high school is a unique situation – you don’t get to pick your coaches, you don’t get to pick your teammates.
Why and how you should follow up with college coaches after attending a showcase or prospect camp. Login; Contact; GCA Tip of the Day – How to Follow Up with College Coaches After Attending a Prospect Camp.
Filed under Be Recruited, Emailing College Coaches. By Steve O’Brien – Goal: College Athlete you can send a concise email to. Writing a Subject Line for Your Emails to College Coaches Written by David Frank Before you can get a coach to read and respond to your email, you need to get them to open it.
Bailey Boone, a former St. Francis High School student, talks about how she was "groomed" by her then-softball coach Michael Martis at the high school into having a sexual relationship.
How to Write Letters of Interest for College Softball. How to Write Letters of Interest for College Softball. There are two ways to show interest in a college. You can email the college coach and fill out a prospective player profile on the team’s website, or you can send an actual letter.