Hopefully over the last week you’ve had a chance to get a good look at what the recruiting world has to offer. Maybe it’s opened your eyes to new possibilities or maybe it confirmed what you already knew. Either way, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
STEP 2: MAKE YOUR LIST
By now you’ve heard that you need to “make a list” but just what should that list look like? The format of it will look different for each of you but the substance should basically be the same. A good list will take a little time but once it is created it will be easier to maintain and will keep you organized and on top of your recruiting game.
Action Plan: Take a look at the schools you highlighted from STEP 1 and begin to put them in an order that makes sense to you, this could be alphabetical order, order by division, order of preference, etc. You want your initial list to consist of about 50 schools that spark your interest. Sound like a tall order? You can start with a smaller list of about 20 but I encourage you to make it a point to seek out and add schools consistently until you hit that 50-school mark, you will be surprised at how quickly, for a number of different reasons, schools will fall off your list.
We all have different go-to methods for documenting things. I’m a spreadsheet type of person, it’s the easiest way for me to organize my ideas. Some of you might be better at “journaling” and probably most of you are more proficient on your phones. My advice is however you decide to write this list, make sure it is a system that makes you feel organized, you can easily read, and you can easily and quickly refer back to and edit.
Don’t stop at just the school’s name, include some (or all) of the following information:
- Name of Head Coach and Contact information (it can be found on the website or maybe you’ve had prior communication)
- Assistant Coach Name(s) and Contact information
- School location (if not obvious)
- Notes section where you can write any other relevant information including camp dates, what you liked about the school, last time you emailed the coach, etc.
Here’s an example of what a list could look like:
I know this looks like a lot, but recruiting can often feel overwhelming so the more organized you are the more in control you will feel. As you’re participating in tournaments or watching college softball on TV and you see a program that interests you, write it down and do your research before you add it to your list. Look long and hard at this list and get excited about the opportunities. This process is about you and the school both finding the right fit so understand that getting to know each other takes time. Use the next several days to dive into STEP 2 and we’ll move ahead next week!