Everyone’s first question is, “How do I get on College Coaches radar?” That question is hard to quantify into that one single answer. But think about the reality of the college landscape and placed yourself in the shoes of a college recruiter. Each year there are thousands of high school players that would like to make the next step and play at the college level. In Michigan there are 44 with Collegiate Baseball Teams, think about nationwide. Each of which has a coaching staff that is looking to fill their rosters. For them there are three real factors that come into consideration when they are looking at recruits: are their grades good enough to get them into the college and will they remain eligible, can they play at this level and make my team better, and lastly can I get them interested in my program. To field their incoming class they look at hundreds if not thousands of players throughout the year and sometimes snap decisions and reliance on trusted sources can sway their opinions about players.
The age old adage is “If you’re good enough, they will find you.” But if you are interested in leaving your athletic future in the fate of chance, then college baseball isn’t for you in the first place. But if you’re serious, then you need to take the offensive and begin to market yourself to as many college coaches as possible.
Marketing: The process and technique of promoting, selling and distributing a product of service.
In order for colleges to recruit you they need to one know your name, see your ability and then understand the value that you’ll bring to their team. They have to trust that your GPA will keep you eligible, know that you can compete at the college level. This isn’t going to happen magically; you need to make the effort. So find outlets to introduce and showcase your skills, College Showcases, College Camps and our specialty Recruitment Videos.
Go to and partake in as much as your family can afford. In the long run, you won’t regret any of it because it will help you get to the highest level possible. If your parents don’t have unlimited funds, the smartest option is getting a professionally produced recruiting video. With that video, you can email and outreach to as many coaches across the country as possible. If it’s well done then, it will illicit interest and get the conversation started.
Control what you can: Practice, get good grades, workout and have a good attitude
Grades: A coach can only recruit players that can get into their school. It’s that simple, and they don’t want players that they have to worry about being eligible. If you are a liability in the classroom, they won’t keep you on their short list of recruits. If you are competing with someone else for a roster spot, your grades can be the determining factor.
Fitness: Take a look in the mirror and be honest with yourself, because college coaches are sizing you up the moment they see you. I’ve heard college talk about players that they would describe as soft or scrawny, and it led to them being considered less seriously. Don’t let the fact that you’re a little less physically fit hold you back from your dream college.
Ability: Don’t waste your time doing the things that aren’t going to get you better. In order to get better, you have to dedicate yourself in crafting your skill, and that means making sacrifices. If there is when you aren’t doing homework or don’t have something truly important to do, find a way to get better. You’ll thank yourself later for spending more time in the cages each time your rounding the bases.
Attitude: The way you approach the game tells a coach a lot about your character. Hustle, communication and caring about those around you show the intangibles that you can bring to a team. While you don’t have to be all the of these characteristics, showing that you are great at one of them can separate you from the pack.