We get lots of questions about the recruiting process from players interested in playing college baseball. There are some common themes that come out of questions from different players and many questions are the exact same. We also do surveys to find out about what worries college baseball recruits and what they don’t understand about the recruiting process. In this article, we’ve put all these questions and research together to come up with the 10 most common questions about the recruiting process and answers.
1. How do I make sure that college coaches don’t miss me?
Short Answer: If you are following along with KPB resources and doing things at the appropriate time, you are not going to get missed. Most players that feel like they “got missed” or “never got seen” fail to get recruited because they targeted the wrong programs or levels for their academic and academic skill set. Being realistic about your abilities and the schools you target is extremely important in the recruiting process. Be open to all options and cast a wide net when you reach out to schools to ensure that you have options at the next level.
Long Answer Resources: Common Barriers to Recruitment
- What’s the best way to contact coaches?
Short Answer: Email is the preferred method for initiating contact with college coaches. In fact, 23 of 24 coaches from every level of college baseball said they prefer that players contacting them for the first time do it through email. Emails should always be personalized and include only the information that is most useful to college coaches. This is not something you should do hastily. Details matter a great deal to coaches reading an introductory emails, so craft them carefully and read them over more than once. Check with the resources below for how and when to contact college coaches to increase your chances for getting recruited.
- How do I get a scholarship?
Short Answer: The truth is that many college baseball players don’t get athletic scholarships. As an equivalency sport, baseball is limited in the number of scholarships that a team can offer. Each level of college baseball has a different number of scholarships that each team can give out, but almost no one earns a full-ride on athletic money alone. It’s likely that a scholarship that you do get will only cover a portion of your cost of attendance. Getting good grades and scores on standardized tests are the best way to get more financial assistance when paying for school.
Long Answer Resources: Scholarship Resources
- Some of my teammates and friends have verbally committed to schools. Does that mean I should too?
Short Answer: The recruiting process is different for every player. If you want to play college baseball, you can get caught up in what other people are doing and when. Every player develops and matures at different rates and so there will be a lot of variation in when certain milestones occur for recruits, committing included. Don’t waste your time comparing yourself to your peers, focus on improving on a daily basis and reaching the standards for the level of college baseball that you hope to play.
- When is the best time to go to a showcase?
Short Answer: Showcases are most helpful for getting recruited if you attend them when you have the skills and tools that college baseball coaches are looking for. When players attend showcases before they have a recruitable skillset, they are wasting their money. Before attending a showcase you should always do your research on who is running it and what the event will have. There are plenty of ways to create exposure that aren’t as expensive as showcases and showcases aren’t a necessity for getting recruited, although attending the right one at the right time may help.
Long Answer Resources: The Truth About Showcases, How to Balance Spending and Exposure in the Search for Scholarships
- Do I need to have a recruiting video and should I pay to have someone make it?
Short Answer: Recruiting videos or skills videos are an extremely useful and cost-effective way to create exposure and you should make sure you have an updated video to share with college coaches. The best part about recruiting videos is with a smart phone and a teammate or two, you can make a quality skills video yourself. It doesn’t have to be fancy and it doesn’t have to be edited well, it just needs to show college coaches enough that they’ll want to see more. We describe exactly what coaches want to see and how to make your own recruiting video in the resources below.
Long Answer Resources: How to Make Your Own Successful Recruiting Video
- What are the differences between the various levels and how do I know which one I should try to play?
Short Answer: Targeting the right levels is extremely important in the recruiting process. There is quality baseball at every college level, but there are some major difference among the divisions and levels. The best way to figure out which level you should target is by seeking honest and objective feedback from someone who knows college baseball well on a regular basis. The types of programs that express interest in you will also demonstrate which levels are appropriate for you to target. For example, if you are receiving interest from D1 programs, it’s safe to assume you can target similar programs and divisions below that.
Long Answer Resources: College Levels and Divisions: What’s The Difference
- What kinds of things are college coaches looking for in recruits.
Short Answer: Every college coach will be looking for something slightly different, but every coach wants a high character player with good grades, athleticism, and tools. You can bank on college coaches watching everything from the way you interact with family and your body language to the way you warm up and perform in big situations. Everything matters, so be the best version of yourself at all times.
Long Answer Resources: Recruiting Lessons from a Player Like You
- What are the necessary skills for playing college baseball at my position.
Short Answer: Each position will have a set of standards that players are expected to perform at and unique skills and abilities that must be performed. We break each position down in the article below.
Long Answer Resources: What it Takes to Make the Team: Position-By-Position
- What does it mean to be a walk-on?
Short Answer: A walk-on player used to be someone who literally walked up to the field and joined the team. Those opportunities, however, are all but gone at most colleges and universities. Today, a walk-on most commonly refers to a non-scholarship player or a player without a guaranteed roster spot. However, there are many different kinds of “walk-ons” and each walk-on opportunity will carry different risks and levels of certainty. Some common types of walk-ons are “recruited walk-ons” (players who are recruited to the team, have no scholarship and have either been guaranteed a roster spot or are competing for a roster spot without a guarantee) and “blind walk-ons” (players who, in traditional fashion, enroll at school and show up wanting to play). Before taking a walk-on spot, you’ll want to make sure you are clear on the details.
Long Answer Resources: Walking On: The Real Story