Be Happy – Choose to be happy.  Find the good things to think about. Happiness is healthy.  Think about the glass half full rather than half empty.  There are so many things to be happy about and yet many choose to look for the negative or to fix things.  Stop for one moment today and look at all the things that make you happy.  Choose to find good things that make you feel happy.

There are so many choices every day to be happy.   Start with being cheerful and content with the little things.  Get delighted over the things we take for granted each day.  Don’t be afraid to be overjoyed or ecstatic with things we might think are normal.   Joyful attitudes create happiness for others too.  Get excited.   Change the words you speak today and show others happiness, praise and an upbeat response.  There are days we go through meetings or calls and all we talk about is what is wrong, see if you can make your next call all praise and happiness!   Imagine what joy that would bring everyone!

Be Nice. Be Kind. Be Helpful. Be Friendly. Be a Resource. Be Happy. Be a Listener. Be Genuine. Be Valuable. Be Positive. Be Confident. Be Competent. Be Honest. Be Consistent. Be Thoughtful. Be Considerate. Be a Giver. Be Humble. Be Ethical. Be Forgiving. Be Respectful. Be Prosperous. Be Promoting. Be Supportive. Be Sincere. Be Loving. Be Healthy. Be Trustworthy. Be Funny. Be Interesting. Be Inspirational. Be Classy. Be Instinctive. Be Inspirational. Be Glorious. Be Likeable. Be Authentic. Be Complimentary. Be Brilliant. Be a Leader. Be Grateful. Be Abundant. Be Motivational. Be Visionary. Be You. Be NSR.

 

Cheri Naudin is a National Scouting Report Scout in Northeast Texas.  Cheri provides the weekly “Be” thoughts to encourage Athletes, Parents, Coaches and Scouts alike.  To talk with Cheri or another NSR scout, so you can “Be the Recruit”, go HERE for a FREE evaluation.

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Be Resourceful!  Be a resource for your friends, families, athletes, and all contacts. Are you the most informed you can be?  Educate yourself so you can be a resource of necessary information your contacts will need.  Connect with others like you to gain needed information from Social Media, Blogs and books. Provide connections to others that can be a resource too!  Be the person that others come to for information about your sport or other information.  Are you that person?
Have you ever met “that” person?  The person that knows everything?  They create such value to all the people that they know.  It gives them credibility.  They become a valuable contact for you to have.  Create that value with your connections to be that resource. You then become that “go to person”.  Go be a resource.  Be You Be NSR.

 

Be Nice. Be Kind. Be Helpful. Be Friendly. Be a Resource. Be Happy. Be a Listener. Be Genuine. Be Valuable. Be Positive. Be Confident. Be Competent. Be Honest. Be Consistent. Be Thoughtful. Be Considerate. Be a Giver. Be Humble. Be Ethical. Be Forgiving. Be Respectful. Be Prosperous. Be Promoting. Be Supportive. Be Sincere. Be Loving. Be Healthy. Be Trustworthy. Be Funny. Be Interesting. Be Inspirational. Be Classy. Be Instinctive. Be Inspirational. Be Glorious. Be Likeable. Be Authentic. Be Complimentary. Be Brilliant. Be a Leader. Be Grateful. Be Abundant. Be Motivational. Be Visionary. Be You. Be NSR.

 

Cheri Naudin is a National Scouting Report Scout in Northeast Texas.  Cheri provides the weekly “Be” thoughts to encourage Athletes, Parents, Coaches and Scouts alike.  To talk with Cheri or another NSR scout, so you can “Be the Recruit”, go HERE for a FREE evaluation.

Recruiting.  One of the scariest words I ever heard as a softball player wanting to play at the next level.  I had no idea where or even how to start and neither did my parents or my coaches.  High school coaches always said, “If they are good enough, people will come.”  As a high school senior entering my last season with no offers, it hit me a few times maybe I wasn’t good enough.  But then, I got lucky.  After countless homemade videos sent and contacting schools I was interested in, a local junior college in Tennessee saw me play and offered me.  It felt like a dream come true.  Getting to that dream was extremely hard and heartbreaking at times.  Not knowing how to get recruited myself or even get myself in front of those colleges discouraged me but I pushed forward and ended up playing at a top academic school due to sheer luck and being blessed.  Fast-forward 5 years and now my sister is facing the same problems.  No idea where to start or what to do.  She went to camps after camps and exposure tournaments and nothing from any college coaches.  I wasn’t much help because I wasn’t even sure how people got recruited from a small school.  It seemed like only girls from huge schools were even considered.  Then a door opened at a Jerrad Hardin camp.  My sister was introduced to Robby Wilson and shown that recruiting can be easy and simple.  Within in weeks, my sister had emails, texts and phone calls flooding her daily from coaches wanting her and wanting to talk to her.  Seeing that in my sister, people and schools wanting her, did a lot for me as a big sister.  My heart instantly swelled with pride and just being proud of all the work and time she dedicated to playing the game she loved as a kid finally getting her to her dream.  The look in her eye changed.  She became more confident, and let’s face it as a pitcher you have to be confident and cocky to be successful.  Even now, she talks about how she cant believe it was that easy to find the school she was meant for without much trouble.  She went through a trying time having to have surgery right after her recruiting process began but through the help of NSR and Robby, she was still able to find the school that matched her and a coach and team who will challenge and push her to be her best.
My entire life, I knew I wanted a career where I could give back and help others.  God blessed me with so much talent and a caring heart; I wanted to use it to make a difference in the world.  For a long time, my heart was set on becoming a physical therapist.  Then life happens and school seemed meaningless and time consuming when all I wanted to do was get started with my career.  I understood there were sacrifices that needed to be made but coming up on my 6th year of school I was tired and burnt out.  About this time is when my sister got involved with NSR.  I did a lot of research on my own about it and even sat with my sister when she emailed coaches and met them.  It hit me that my dream of helping people and making a difference in the world was right in front of me.  I never wanted to be a coach for softball, it just never interested me but assessing it and scouting it was something that I did my entire life.  After reading the testimonials and talking to Robby and Larry Perrin, I was more than pumped.  My dream was coming true, I am helping kids like my sister and myself see all their hard work and social lives given up finally make sense and get them to their dream we all had as a kid.
Being an athlete, NSR is something that I wished I was involved with when I was younger.  Now that I have had my experiences and experienced it with my sister, not only am I making a difference, I AM the difference.  My career as an NSR scout pushes me to be creative and also show parents, coaches, and kids it is possible to recruit and it be easy.  Seeing relief and happiness rush over their faces is what fuels my fire.  NSR has given me my career life and goals. My goal everyday is to make a difference in someone’s life.  Working with the sport I grew up loving and meeting coaches all over the nation, I couldn’t have asked for a better job.  But, helping a kid finally reach that goal of playing at the next level and making their dreams come true, that is a career path I will be able to look back on and be proud of.  NSR gave my life purpose and a chance to give back.

 

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My name is Amanda McCauley and I am 23 years old. I graduated from Lyon College with a BA in Biology and a minor in Psychology. I have played softball since I was 10 years old and played 4 years at the collegiate level at Dyersburg Community College and Lyon College. I am currently living in Arkansas.  If you have aspirations of playing in college, go to www.nsr-inc.com/athletes.

Be Friendly to each person you come in contact with today.  Smile, greet them, be interactive, be outgoin, pleasant and approachable.   Make a new friend today.  Are you a friend to everyone.  Remove the barriers and lend a friendly hand.  Have a friendly spirit.

Things that work in building long term relationships, smile at everyone you meet.  Make a friend today.
Who you know is more important than what you know.  The relationships built over time are the stamp of approval of the hard work and quality you give to your life.  Softball is a very tight knit sport.  We all know each other and we either coached them, coached someone that knows them, played against them or played with them.  The coaches only get 4-5 picks each year and have a limited recruiting budget to find these players so they depend on their relationships with clubs, travel teams, clinicians and their friends in the business to give that extra confirmation that this is a good kid from a good family.  A valued adviser, someone they trust, is the edge that we have in relationships with others.
“Birds of the feather flock together” If you’re a friend of “his” you’re a friend of mine”.  Can also be reversed as if you’re “his” friend than it is unlikely we’ll be friends.  It is because we trust others who are like us, same character, same beliefs, same values usually equals the same results.

Be Nice. Be Kind. Be Helpful. Be Friendly. Be a Resource. Be Happy. Be a Listener. Be Genuine. Be Valuable. Be Positive. Be Confident. Be Competent. Be Honest. Be Consistent. Be Thoughtful. Be Considerate. Be a Giver. Be Humble. Be Forgiving. Be Respectful. Be Prosperous. Be Promoting. Be Supportive. Be Sincere. Be Loving. Be Healthy. Be Trustworthy. Be Funny. Be Interesting. Be Inspirational. Be Classy. Be Instinctive. Be Inspirational. Be Glorious. Be Likeable. Be Authentic. Be Complimentary. Be Brilliant. Be a Leader. Be Grateful. Be Abundant. Be Motivational. Be Visionary. Be You. Be NSR.

Cheri Naudin is a National Scouting Report Scout in Northeast Texas.  Cheri provides the weekly “Be” thoughts to encourage Athletes, Parents, Coaches and Scouts alike.  To talk with Cheri or another NSR scout, so you can “Be the Recruit”, go HERE for a FREE evaluation.

Be Helpful, being helpful is mutually beneficial. What can you do to be helpful to each and every person you meet today! Just being positive is helpful. Reach out to someone that doesn’t ask you for help. Initiate it. Unconditional help is amazing. Anticipate what someone might need. When it isn’t expected it is even more appreciated. Ask yourself, what can I do to help someone? It can be the little things like lending a hand at a task or a chore. Help someone at work. Do something extra. Sometimes just being a good listener is helpful. Being helpful is also just being available to someone.

 

Be Nice. Be Kind. Be Helpful. Be Friendly. Be a Resource. Be Happy. Be a Listener. Be Genuine. Be Valuable. Be Positive. Be Confident. Be Competent. Be Honest. Be Consistent. Be Thoughtful. Be Considerate. Be a Giver. Be Humble. Be Ethical. Be Forgiving. Be Respectful. Be Prosperous. Be Promoting. Be Supportive. Be Sincere. Be Loving. Be Healthy. Be Trustworthy. Be Funny. Be Interesting. Be Inspirational. Be Classy. Be Instinctive. Be Inspirational. Be Glorious. Be Likeable. Be Authentic. Be Complimentary. Be Brilliant. Be a Leader. Be Grateful. Be Abundant. Be Motivational. Be Visionary. Be You. Be NSR.

 

Cheri Naudin is a National Scouting Report Scout in Northeast Texas.  Cheri provides the weekly “Be” thoughts to encourage Athletes, Parents, Coaches and Scouts alike.  To talk with Cheri or another NSR scout, so you can “Be the Recruit”, go HERE for a FREE evaluation.

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We’ve all seen Raven Chavanne, Caitlin Lowe, and Natasha Watley make defenses look silly for years.  No matter how the defense sets up, slappers are able to adjust their plan of attack to get on base.

What is a Slapper?

There is not a template of what makes a player a possible slapper.  Typically, college coaches want to see slapper get Home to 1st in less than 2.9 seconds.  The elite slappers are going to be under 2.7 seconds.  The truly great ones get there in the 2.5s.
You don’t have to be a natural lefty to be a slapper.  In fact, most successful slappers are converted righties.  If a young player is fast and has good plate discipline and bat control but does not have home run power, they might be a great candidate to try on the left side.

There are many types of slappers, but the truly great ones are what we call “triple threats.”  These players are the ones that can drag bunt, slap (soft and power slap), and swing away with power.  Being able to read a defense and attack their setup weaknesses is a must for any slapper.  Being able to bunt when the defense is back, being able to slap when the infield is in, and swing away when the outfield is in are all crucial components to the success of slappers.

There is not a part of slapping that is more important than the other, but in order to be affective, they must be good bunters.  Drag bunting is vital to the success of any slapper.  If the defense does not respect your ability to get the ball on the ground and your speed, they will not play as far up and give slappers the opportunity to get a ball through the infield.

Why are Slappers so dangerous?

Slappers are a special breed of player.  They are, typically, the leadoff hitter. Not everyone can handle the pressure of being a leadoff hitter.  They have to have the mentality of getting on base, no matter what.  For slappers, On-Base Percentage is much more important than Batting Average!  The slapper has a tremendous advantage over “conventional” leadoff hitters, because they are able to get on base using drag bunts, slaps, full swings, and are typically more patient with pitch selection and able to draw more walks.

Once they are on base, they continue to cause problems for the defense.  Slappers are usually among the fastest players on the team, and are very likely looking to steal a base or two to get into scoring position.  This, obviously, leads them to being amongst the team leaders in runs scored, because they are going to put their teammates in better RBI situations to score more runs.

 

Slappers at the next level

Great slappers are a hot commodity to college coaches.  You can teach a player a lot of things, but you cannot teach speed and you cannot teach the ability to control the bat and ball to be a great slapper.  Many coaches have already fallen in love with slappers, and many more are starting to realize their importance to a team and to the game.

If you think you are a candidate to become a slapper, don’t assume that you are guaranteed to be great at it or that you will automatically play in college.  It takes a tremendous amount of work and determination to become an elite slapper.  But, if you feel that you can be a weapon on the field by transitioning to become a slapper, then you will have a chance to bring something to the table that will set you apart from the others.

How can NSR help?

National Scouting Report Scouts, continuously, receive College Coach Requests from schools looking for slappers.  The two hottest commodities, recently, have been pitchers and great slappers.  Slapping is becoming a new craze in the softball world, but not everyone will get a chance to be evaluated and recruited.  NSR has the great pleasure of having relationships with coaches all across America that are looking.  If you are a slapper and feel you have what it takes to play in college, make sure you get in touch with your local NSR scout for an evaluation.  Also, visit www.nsr-inc.com/softball and fill out a “ Evaluation” form.  Don’t get stranded on base because you didn’t have the power hitter, like NSR, behind you.

Be Kind, you may never know what is really on the other persons mind.  Imagine what you gain from a simple gesture of kindness, a new friend?  A future business contact?  What if you get the opportunity to change their life forever?  A simple kind compliment.  Reach out on Social media and wish them Happy Birthday or Good Luck or a nice comment.  You may never know what is really on their mind.  What if their heart is hurting from life’s challenges?  What if it just isn’t their best day?  Think about it, how many kind things happen to you each day and how it makes you feel.  A simple kind gesture, the smile you give them in passing.  Make someone’s day,
Be Kind – Be You – Be NSR.
Be Nice. Be Kind. Be Helpful. Be Friendly. Be a Resource. Be Happy. Be a Listener. Be Genuine. Be Valuable. Be Positive. Be Confident. Be Competent. Be Honest. Be Consistent. Be Thoughtful. Be Considerate. Be a Giver. Be Humble. Be Ethical. Be Forgiving. Be Respectful. Be Prosperous. Be Promoting. Be Supportive. Be Sincere. Be Loving. Be Healthy. Be Trustworthy. Be Funny. Be Interesting. Be Inspirational. Be Classy. Be Instinctive. Be Glorious. Be Likeable. Be Authentic. Be Complimentary. Be Brilliant. Be a Leader. Be Grateful. Be Abundant. Be Motivational. Be Visionary. Be You. Be NSR.

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Cheri Naudin is a National Scouting Report Scout in Northeast Texas.  Cheri provides the weekly “Be” thoughts to encourage Athletes, Parents, Coaches and Scouts alike.  To talk with Cheri or another NSR scout, so you can “Be the Recruit”, go HERE for a FREE evaluation.

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Be Nice to each person you meet each day.  It is the little things. Open the door for someone. Pick up something they drop.  Grab their newspaper or mail when walking up to their porch. At an event, buy a coach a water or just simply smile at each person you meet today. Make a friend.

Chat with the person sitting next to you at events or out in public. Say Hi! Make a new friend or new contact today.  When you’re nice to someone, they’ll return the kindness. They’ll remember you. They will leave that moment with a kind feeling about you and what you represent. Being nice to someone else actually makes you feel good too!

Be Nice. Be Kind. Be Helpful. Be Friendly. Be a Resource. Be Happy. Be a Listener. Be Genuine. Be Valuable. Be Positive. Be Confident. Be Competent. Be Honest. Be Consistent. Be Thoughtful. Be Considerate. Be a Giver. Be Humble. Be Ethical. Be Forgiving. Be Respectful. Be Prosperous. Be Promoting. Be Supportive. Be Sincere. Be Loving. Be Healthy. Be Trustworthy. Be Funny. Be Interesting. Be Inspirational. Be Classy. Be Instinctive. Be Inspirational. Be Glorious. Be Likeable. Be Authentic. Be Complimentary. Be Brilliant. Be a Leader. Be Grateful. Be Abundant. Be Motivational. Be Visionary.

Be You. Be NSR.

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Cheri Naudin is a National Scouting Report Scout in Northeast Texas.  Cheri provides the weekly “Be” thoughts to encourage Athletes, Parents, Coaches and Scouts alike.  To talk with Cheri or another NSR scout, so you can “Be the Recruit”, go HERE for a FREE evaluation.
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With March Madness right around the corner and high school basketball playoffs starting even sooner, let’s take a look at what a QUALITY basketball player is.  Not just the fastest kid on the floor or the one that is scoring the most points in a game but the all around best player.  Those are the ones that coaches, like myself, recruit.  So who are these prospects?

A Great Team Player

A great team player is one that is reliable day in and day out, not just some of the time.  You can count on them to get the job done.  They communicate well with their teammates and are vocal on the court throughout the game on both sides of the floor.  A quality player will step outside their comfort zone and take on more responsibilities for the better of the team.  Put the pause button on just for a second here, because you might be saying how can I spot this person in a game?

Coach Canale, how can I tell which one is relaible, communicates, and taking on more responsibilites?  Well, it’s pretty easy- watch the pregame warm-ups and see who goes to speak with the referees before the tip.  These are your captains and coaches make captains out of leaders and those are the ones that fit this decritption so far.

Let’s continue—A great TEAM player is one who adapts easily to the flow of the game and makes it look easy.  They give 100% all the time and are on the floor fighting for loose balls.  They expect their teammates to do the same.  Quality players show confidence, aggressiveness, and are unselfish.  Search for the ones that seem to have the mental edge over everyone and the ones that are having fun!  If it looks like work to them it will become even harder for them at the next level.

The Tangibles

Height is an obvious factor in basketball, especially for rebounding or scoring under the basket, but smaller players with mental toughness will challenge anyone to score.  Some traits all players must have to excel at the game are; a good vertical jump, speed and/or quickness and good overall strength.  Athletes not just basketball players can improve their agility but this is one sport where it is a must!  Players must be able to be agile in one on one situations especially on the defensive end.  Another key trait is hand-eye coordination which aids in passing, shooting, and reading the ball on defense.

Game IQ

Quality basketball players are also great learners of the game and are fundamentally sound.  They have great court awareness and good pace of play to their game.  They play smart and have a good IQ of the game especially during crunch time.  Court sense lets you know when to help a teammate on defense and where to move on offense to get open.

Get to Work

So, you want to be a quality basketball player or know of someone who does, then it is time to GET TO WORK!  You or they must make a decision to work hard everyday and battle for every rebound, loose ball and hustle up and down the court EVERYTIME!  Not once out of four.  Being the best conditioned athlete on your team is a great way to begin.  Be able to push through fatigue and put your team first.

With that said, now you must compete for a scholarship to play at the next level.  Being recruited may sound like a difficult task to accomplish.  Well, you take care of being a quality player and get the right people in your corner to help you get that scholarship.  Don’t allow your lack of knowledge of the NCAA, NAIA, & NJCAA rules be the reason for not gettting the exposure you deserve after putting in the hard work to get where you are or will be.

 

NSR Can Help You!

You see, you get so much more from a National Scouting Report Scout than anybody else.  NSR scouts not only evaluate every prospect they see, but they are experts at the sports they are in.  National Scout Report changes the lives of not just a few but many athletes each and every day!  You have the OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME, so contact your local NSR Scout today!

Contact Tommy Canale, field scout for Nevada, to find out more about college recruiting.  The evaluations are FREE! tcanale@nsr-inc.com or 815-822-3126


 

**NSR’s Coach Tommy Canale brings 16 years of coaching experience to the table.  Tommy has been the Head Basketball Coach and Head Golf Coach at the collegiate level and now enjoys helping high school athletes live out their dreams of playing in college. 

I get calls, all the time, from high school golfers and their families asking if they have what it takes to play college golf.  The problem is that there is no way to answer that question without digging deeper.  There are over 1100 schools in America that play Men’s Golf and over 600 schools that offer Women’s Golf.  That sounds like a large number, considering most schools like to have at least 7 or 8 players on their roster.  Numbers can be deceiving, unfortunately.  Junior golfers that want to play in college have many variables to think about besides the scores they are putting up.

Every junior golfer that is playing tournament golf dreams of playing college golf and then playing professional golf.  There are roughly 2 million junior golfers in America.  The pure math shows that less than 1% of those golfers will play college golf.  What will it take for them to get the chance to play college golf?


I have asked many college coaches about what attributes they are looking for in recruiting.  Below are some of the things that they are looking for in athletes:

Scores
Obviously, each Division of college golf has its range of scores that coaches are looking for.  Also, coaches want to see scores played at a certain length of golf course.

Academics
Academics are a huge factor for recruiting for several reasons including:
1) Making sure an athlete can maintain their grades and handle course loads with staying academically eligible.
2) Academics can help the athlete get more scholarships to offset tuition costs that athletics can’t cover.

Character
Character is extremely important to coaches.  Every coach I talk to about a prospect, one of the first questions asked is, “What kind of kid are they?” Character and work ethic means a lot because the coaches do not have time for trouble-makers and athletes that cause drama.

Athletic Ability
Athleticism is not always something that is associated with golf.  But, golfers who are athletic can stay healthy and can maintain their play even if their swing is in need of adjusting.  Making adjustments in the middle of the round is one of the most important attributes of any top golfer.


However, when it comes down to starting the recruiting process, the most important quality a coach looks for are the scores that the golfers are shooting.  Unfortunately, golf is a game that you cannot fake your ability.  You can either shoot the numbers, or you can’t.  Below is a breakdown of what coaches are looking for when recruiting golfers.  Obviously, the higher the program’s status is in their Division, these numbers get more important. A top level Division II will probably have the same standards as a lower Division I program, etc….

1. NCAA Division I
a. Men’s Scoring Average: Under Par to Low 70s
b. Women’s Scoring Average: Under Par to Mid 70s

2. NCAA Division II
a. Men’s Scoring Average: Par to High 70s
b. Women’s Scoring Average: Mid 70s to Low 80s

3. NCAA Division III (No Athletic Scholarships Available)
a. Men - Golfers must be able to shoot in the Low 80s but also have good academics.
b. Women - DIII schools usually have a very difficult time finding enough golfers to fill their roster. If a female golfer can shoot in the 90s and have good academics, they will have a chance to play in college.


 

As you can see, there are fewer and fewer players that can actually shoot these scores for DI.  Fortunately, there is an amazing number of opportunities for golfers to play DII and DIII.  We have not even mentioned NAIA or JuCo programs.  NAIA and JuCo programs, typically, have similar requirements as DIII programs.

Getting recruited in golf may sound like a difficult task, but it is NOT if you have the right people helping you through the process.  If you can shoot the scores that have been talked about or are on a path to reach those scores by your senior year, you could be a collegiate prospect.  Don’t let your lack of knowledge and exposure be the reason that you did NOT get the opportunity to play in college.


 

Screenshot_2015-01-15-20-22-30-1Trey Miller is the National Scouting Report Golf, Social Media Director and Scout.  For a free assessment of your skills or further recruiting information, please visit us at NSR-inc.com.  Also, we invite you to visit and “LIKE” our FACEBOOK page.