The digital age has made accessing information easier than ever. But does that mean that it’s easier for college coaches to find a recruit like you or that it’s easier for you to get lost in the cyber shuffle? The answer to that question really depends on how you are using technology. In this article, we describe 5 ways you can use technology in the recruiting process to your benefit, making you a better player, improving your chances of getting recruited, and saving you money along the way.
Like many technological tools, social media is a double edge sword. It can connect you to great resources and information, provide you with a platform to market yourself and express your individuality, and help you create positive exposure. At the same time, if you use it poorly, social media can cost you opportunities at the next level. Your social media accounts are one of the first things that college coaches are checking, so making sure you are recruitable online is the first step to using technology to your advantage in recruitment! In addition to allowing coaches access to your life, it’s also a great opportunity for you to follow them and get insight into the teachings, beliefs, and more of coaches and other baseball experts.
Access to Information-Learning
A world of information is at your fingertips. KPB is a prime example of a resource that provides all the information you need about the recruiting process, for free. Use technology to learn as much as you can about college baseball, the recruiting process, player development, and more! Need a throwing program? It’s out there. Need resources on the mental game? Boom, you’re in business. Beginning to understand that you need a quality strength and conditioning program if you want to play at the next level? Read a free blog, DM, message, or email that strength coach you are following, and there you go! The best part? Most of it is free! There is so much quality, free information out there that if you are motivated enough to put forth the effort and learn how to filter out the quality information, you can put together an incredible development plan without spending a dime. Before you pay for information or a service, find out if you can get the same thing for free.
Access to Information- Researching Schools, Programs, and Coaches
You can find out a lot about a college baseball program, school, or coach with quality online research. Roster, records, opinions, facilities, travel schedules, majors, coaching philosophies, literally everything you want to know is likely online. Researching programs and schools is one of the most important steps in the recruiting process and you should leave no stone unturned. Read this for more information on what you should be looking up and tips for how to find it.
We’ve already talked extensively about why you shouldn’t believe the myth that creating exposure needs to be expensive. Technology has made it easier than ever for you to showcase your skills in a way that can get college coaches interested in following up. A well-crafted email with a link to video or using social media to post a skills video is free and can be just as useful in getting a coach interested as an expensive showcase event or tournament. This article breaks down what college coaches want to see on your skills video and how you can make a cheap, effective video on your own.
Networking isn’t just for adults. Join Twitter Chats, connect with coaches, and more. You never know who will be looking at your stuff or provide you with a timely retweet of your skills video and more.
The only thing preventing you from using technology to your advantage is the effort required to put together a great plan and follow through. It’s time to get to work!