I am hoping this past recruiting series has given you a little more direction as you move through the fall. My hope is you see this as a simple 4-step guide toward maximizing your recruiting experience by taking hold of the process. It may take some time to feel a rhythm but rest assured, you will get there.
Let’s review the 4 Steps one last time:
STEP 1: Do your research. Browse the NCAA website. Look up conferences and schools. Get excited about the number of colleges with softball opportunities available to you. Begin to understand your priorities as an athlete and a student so you can make the best possible educated decision for your future. Read the full STEP 1 article.
STEP 2: Make your list. Organize your research into a document that makes sense to you and one that you can easily refer to and change when necessary. Shoot for an initial list of 50 schools but keep in mind this will be constantly changing as you move through the process. You want to be as efficient as possible but remember that the more information you include on your list the easier the communication process will be. Read the full STEP 2 article.
STEP 3: Begin the communication process. Study the recruiting calendar and rules. Get your list into the hands of people you trust to keep an eye out on your behalf. Begin to send out short, precise emails to coaches on your list letting them know that you are interested in their program and what your upcoming schedule might be. Make sure to include all important information as well as a quick personality/skills video if possible. Read the full STEP 3 article.
STEP 4: Follow up. If a coach showed up to watch you play (or sometimes even if they didn’t) you’ll want to follow up and thank them for their time as well as make them aware of the next opportunity to see you play. The follow up might be in the form of an email or you may want to pick up the phone and make it a little more personal. If that’s the case, prepare yourself before you call. More likely than not you’ll talk to voicemail but to prevent nervous stuttering, assume the coach will answer! Be persistent but not annoying. Read the full STEP 4 article.
The more experienced you become you’ll find that the majority of your time will be spent bouncing back and forth between Steps 3 and 4. During that back and forth process you will periodically fall back into Steps 1 and 2 as new programs surface and you revise your list. Keep your expectations realistic, keep your mind open, keep working hard and the right program will come to you at the right time.
Instead of jumping into expectations for the 2018 collegiate season we are going to revisit the recruiting calendar here.
There are still 3 good weekends worth of all-event evaluation opportunities, so use this time to get a head start on your future. There’s no perfect approach to recruiting, but doing something is better than doing nothing at all.