If you’re hoping to start the New Year with renewed determination to reach your goal of finding the right college team for you, that’s terrific. Here are a few things you might “resolve” to do that will help you succeed!

1) If you’re not conditioning regularly, start NOW.  Learn what coaches expect from their players in terms of conditioning, and then begin a regimen that will help you build muscle and turn your body into a fuel-efficient machine.

2) Eat better. Make healthier choices.

3) Practice more. Go to the cages two or three times a week. Videotape your hitting and study your weaknesses. If you need help fielding, find an hour or two a week you can take ground balls, fly balls, etc., with a friend/teammate.

4) Study harder and get the best grades you can.  It will pay off in so many ways.

5) Finally, get real when it comes to the college search. Understand how it works and beat out the competition, not because you are the best player to ever come down the pike, but because you know what it takes to get recruited!

When I do workshops, I talk a lot about the importance of a positive attitude.  This applies to so many aspects of the recruiting process that it’s impossible to discuss them all in an IJMO entry.  But suffice it to say, you should pay attention to how you act towards the game in these critical ways.  (And if you find your attitude is negative more often than it’s positive, perhaps it’s time to find some other terrific way to keep busy!)

1) On the field and in the ball park, you should try to remember this is supposed to be fun.  If you (or your parents) look like you’re having a root canal without benefit of an anesthetic, that’s going to tell coaches a whole lot about you as a prospect.

2) When you’re considering colleges to contact or responding to colleges whose coaches have contacted you, if you find your nose turning up towards the ceiling rather than your heart saying, “Thank you so much for thinking I’m a good player,” then perhaps you don’t really want to play in college.  There’s certainly a good chance you’re going to have a hard time finding a school to suit your needs.

3) When you’re starting to plan your college search, if you feel like you know it all (and you haven’t been through it before), there’s a good chance you’re going to miss out on valuable information that might help you succeed and/or beat out the competition.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions. (The only stupid question is the one that doesn’t get asked.) Just be sure you get your answers from a reliable resource!

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