There is a common fear among recruits (and parents) that college coaches will somehow miss them in the recruiting process. We want to put that fear to rest right now. Proactive recruits don’t get missed, period. End of story. It is far more likely for players to get passed over when they target the wrong levels or schools for their skill sets. Luckily, you’re a KPB recruit and have all the resources you need to be proactive and successfully navigate the recruiting process right here on this site! If you follow KPB’s suggestions, you won’t get “missed.” To put your mind at ease, in the remainder of this article we will discuss 5 reasons why you won’t get missed and explain what you can do to improve your chances of having positive interactions with college coaches.
Reason #1: College Coaches Are Too Good at Their Jobs
While some college coaches are better at finding and signing talent than others, generally speaking, college coaches do an incredible job at blanketing the country and finding players. They have deep networks of connections, they spend a lot of time on the road recruiting, and they check their emails and social media religiously. Even if you live in the far corners of the United States (or World, for that matter) you can be seen if you are reaching out to college coaches with a well-written email and skills video. Since these things can be done for free, there’s no excuse for not getting seen by a college coach! More on this in Reason #3.
Reason #2: There Are Too Many College Baseball Programs
Did you know there are over 1,600 college baseball programs in the country? There are programs for every level of college baseball player from enrollment driven JV teams to top level D1 competition and everything in-between. The key to playing at the next level is finding and targeting the schools that will be the best fit for you. Things you should consider are your on-field skill level, academic level, extracurricular interests, desired major or area of study, budget, and much more! If you want to play college baseball badly enough, you’ll be able to find a place that matches your skills and interests.
Reason #3: Creating Quality Exposure Is Free
To reiterate what we said in Reason #1 above, the best form of exposure to a college coach is a well-written email with a link to a skill video. This is good news. What’s even better? Creating this type of exposure is free! In our most recent college coaches survey, two-thirds of the respondents said they would commit a player who they had only seen on video if the circumstances were right. Only 2 out of 18 coaches said they wouldn’t. If you are concerned that you won’t get noticed by college coaches through other means, focus your attention on creating meaningful exposure yourself. The timing of when you send these emails is incredibly important, as we note in this important article. Don’t just start firing emails off. Time it for when you have developed a recruitable skill set and the coaches at your schools of interest are actively recruiting players in your graduation year. In other words, strike while the iron is hot.
Reason #4: Technology
This goes hand-in-hand with reason #1 and #3. It’s easier than ever for coaches to reach players and players to reach coaches with meaningful information. Use email, social media, and other technology that’s at your disposal to learn from, connect with, and impress college coaches. Think about it, you are using technology right now to find out how you can get recruited!
Reason #5: You Are an Educated Recruit with a Plan for Success
You’re using KPB as a resource and that means that you have all the information you need to put together a personalized recruiting plan and make it to college baseball! Since you are a KPB recruit, you know how to write an email, create a successful recruiting video, when to contact coaches, what coaches are looking for in recruits, how to create goals and measure development, and much, much more. You have everything you need to be successful in the recruiting process, all you have to do is put in the work. If you do that, you won’t get missed!