Getting the Most Out of Your Season
Understanding the Role of High School Softball
"I can't wait for travel to start." Well are you really ready for travel to start? Let's reflect on what High school softball is all about. High School softball should be enjoyed for that it is; you and your teammates are allowed the privilege to represent your school to the rest of the community. The local newspapers get paid to cover high school sports and your name can appear in the paper. But, does that help you to increase your chance to play in college?
College Coaches do not put much weight on high school stats or games. High School softball is about school spirit and pride. Most College Coaches won't really come to watch a player perform in a high school game unless they are watching a player outside the white lines or to show their true interest in a recruit.
While it is true that college coaches rarely recruit high school games, the colleges who do their due diligence will call your high school coach to find out what type of person you are. Most times your high school coach interacts with you much more than your travel coaches, sometimes on a daily school year basis.Make sure that the high school coach an say positive things about your character, attitude, work ethic and your coachability. Your academic and social standing in school is a significant part of the evaluation process for college coaches.
Do Your Homework
Are you honing your skills to play ball this summer? Are you working on your game?Remember you only get one time to make a good first impression. College Coaches love hitters. If you can hit they will find a place for you to play. If you can hit and have defensive skills you are a true recruitable athlete. However, just because you hit in High School does not mean you are a good College hitter. College coaches evaluate your technique and approach to hitting. They watch your hitting on video and can see your weakness. Make sure you are getting good instruction if you are getting hitting lessons. Find out what college coaches the hitting coach has a relationship with. Where are the players they work with going to college? What is their background and experience?
Make sure you also take advantage of the great opportunities travel presents and take unofficial visits to local colleges while traveling. Call the Admissions department for any local college you plan to visit and ask to schedule a tour of the school. The more info you have the more prepared you will be throughout the recruiting process. The tour will give you more experiences to draw from when the time comes to make your college decision.
You should be researching colleges right now no matter what grade you are in. You should try to make a list of schools that you are interested in. You should be doing this research on the internet to refine your criteria of what you like in a school. Don't just look at schools you see on TV or in the newspapers. There are so many colleges out there find the one that fits you. One great website is Collegeview.com that allows you to select location, major, softball, etc. and gives you a list of colleges that fit. Other websites are MatchCollege.com, PrincetonReview.com and Collegeprowler.com.
Take the name of the coach off the college website and send them an email. Let them know your travel ball season schedule, include a profile about you including any AP classes you have taken as well as gpa and act or sat test score and any softball complishments you may have. You should include a link to your skills video on YouTube. If your travel program has a web site that is constantly updated and current include a link to that. Your contact information as well as you travel coaches contact information should be in every email.
If you are younger than a junior remember college coaches cannot respond to your emails. However if you call them on the phone and they are in you can speak to them at any time.The college coaches cannot call you back but you can call them as many times as you like. (I can discuss at length on how to handle speaking with a college coach on the phone at another time.)
You are in charge of your recruiting and nobody else. Do not put your career in the hands of anyone but you. The college you choose will have an impact on the rest of your life, do you really want that to be done by someone else?