9-1-12 PUT THE FUN BACK IN YOUR GAME! When I’m scouting at tournaments, I’m always happy to see players laughing, talking softball, and acting eager to get onto the field. That’s what they should be doing. Despite all the seriousness (and craziness) that’s usually associated with the college search, if softball stops being fun, it’s not going to be worth the effort you’re making to get recruited, and the chances are good you won’t actually find a college team that’s a good fit. (Even if you do, you probably won’t last more than a year.) Why? Because softball at the college level is always harder than players expect it to be, whether they go to a Top 25 D-I program or to a smaller, lesser-known D-III school.
In order to really do well between the lines, you have to enjoy the game, and you have to be okay with working hard. If you’re not, if you are only going through the motions or playing for your parents, this will eventually become obvious to anyone watching you. So my hope for all 2013’s and 2014’s out there this fall trying to improve their skills is that you do it with joy and for the pleasure it brings you. Why? Because the best way to get recruited-assuming, of course, you’ve laid the proper groundwork-is to play for the pure love of the game!
10-15-12 IF I HAD TEN BUCKS... ...for every time this summer a college coach told me "...confidentially..." that he or she a) ignores all email that isn't from someone she knows; b) forwards most email to an assistant who ignores all emails that aren't from someone she knows; c) gets fifty, sixty, a hundred emails a day and can't possibly read, let alone answer all of them; or d) has practically given up on email completely, I would have enough money to buy a really nice new laptop to handle all of my emails. Consequently, I get very frustrated when players tell me, "I emailed my top ten or twenty colleges, and sent a resume."
Why do I get frustrated? Because being recruited successfully is a combination of hard work, knowledge of the process, luck and timing. And when players send out emails that are never read or answered, it often puts them behind in the process. Start with a hard copy letter and video link. Follow up with a phone call. And then, once a coach has proven he or she will responsibly and reliably use email to communicate with you, you can take it for granted that your emails will be important enough to be read and responded to!