A few years ago, an 8th grade football athlete I was coaching, approached me and said, “I want to play in college! What do I need to do?”
The answer to the question, “What do I need to do?” is one that is not only applicable to this football athlete but applicable to any athlete, any employee, any business owner and anyone that is a part of a team. So here is the answer.
In order to be the best at anything, it requires that you become a “master” or “expert” of that sport, job, activity or career. That young man wanted to go get his pads and helmet on and go straight out to the field and start playing. He had the desire and the skills to go get started and possibly have some success. But, he lacked the mastery of the fundamentals . He had not perfected the basics of his position or his role. You see, this young man had to first learn how to master the techniques and fundamentals in the weight room. He had to learn how to harness his power and use his skills to develop in that weightroom. Without this baseline mastery, he would never reach his potential. Next, the young man had to master the conditioning aspect of his position and learn that his body is able to master and conquer the pain he endures during condtioning. It is this physical and mental conditioning that starts an an athlete to build real, personal self confidence. It’s the mastering of this conditioning that allows the young man to know he can go longer, farther and harder than his mind thinks. Next, the young man must STEP before he walks or even runs. He must master the footwork and the handwork needed to perform his role. He must learn and master the fundamental steps that he must perform on EVERY SINGLE play that puts him in a position to be successful. He must learn how to use those steps, that he has done thousands of times in an effort to perfect and master, to position himself in a way to win. He can’t run at full speed until he has mastered those steps. After that he can begin to take repetitions at half speed while learning how to maintain that perfect step, that mastery of the fundamentals. Once that athlete has mastered the steps and hand placement during half speed reps,he can then rep it full speed learning to maintain the mastery of the technical aspects. It is then and not until then, can this athlete put on the pads and begin to learn how to master his technical craft live and in person against another moving, active person. Even then, the athlete must complete rep after rep at full speed against competition while maintaining mastery of the techniques in order to succeed!
For 4 years, this young man worked at his craft! He mastered the basic fundamental technical aspects of his role on the team. He never worried about the other positions on the field and what his team mates did or didn’t do. The young man mastered his role and became a leader and dominant force that was elevated by his peers and awarded great honors for his simple accomplishment. He simply mastered his role! He mastered the fundamentals of his part of the team. He succeeded and today plays his sport at the D1 level, where the honors and accolades continue because………..well,he has mastered his techniques and understands his role!
Folks, why the story? If you are an athlete, well, become the MASTER of your position by understanding that you MUST master the basics. If you never master the basics, you will never reach the highest level possible. To my fellow coaches, NSR scouts and friends in the work place, what does this story say to you? Understand your role inside your organization. If you don’t understand your role, you can never become a master. Next, you MUST MASTER the very basic fundamental roles of your position if you ever want to succeed to the fullest of your ability. Know your role! Focus on mastering it! Become the MASTER! It’s your decision. Stay focused.
At NSR, for 34 years, our scouts have MASTERED the scouting and recruiting of high school kids wanting to play in college. Do you have a child or know a young person that wants to play in college? Contact National Scouting Report (NSR) and let the RECRUITING and SCOUTING MASTERS see if that young person qualifies! Go HERE to request a FREE evaluation.
Coach Robert Cagle
Former College Basketball Coach Knows Softball?
Your first thought may be what is a former collegiate basketball coach doing writing a blog about softball? Better, what can he possibly know about this sport and more specifically regarding being a catcher? The answer is quite easy, growing up I watched more softball games than I can even count to watch my sister play the sport and eventually receive a scholarship to play in college. Her position, you guessed it- Catcher! Over the course of many games, months, seasons, and years, I learned more about this positon than any other, strictly by watching her grow as an elite catcher.
Every Team Needs a Great Catcher!
How important is a catcher to a softball team. Who will the pitcher throw to if there is not one? Ever played on a team or seen a team that has no REAL catcher? Pitchers must have 100% confidence in the catcher’s ability. Especially when throwing breaking pitches, the pitcher must trust that the catcher will block it and not alow it to go to the backstop. Walks and singles turn into doubles and triples with a weak throwing catcher.
How can a team win consistently with a poor catcher? She is involved in every play of the game! Developing a solid catcher takes years. How much time is spent with the catcher having to work with pitchers, catching batting practice, or catching for a coach hitting balls to the infielders? Time must also be spent on refining skills such as blocking pitches in the dirt, throwing to bases, fielding bunts, blocking home plate properly, catching foul balls, etc.
Catching is the second most important position in softball. You can have a dominant pitcher, but if you don’t have a quality receiver, you can forget about having a successful season.
The catcher needs to be a leader, a communicator and a thinker. She should be of the “take-charge” mentality and be an extension of the coach on the field. Pitchers and catchers should be thinking of how to set up and pitch to every batter. This includes what inning you are in, what the score is, are there runners on base, what number batter is up, what did she do last time, what is the pitcher’s “go to” pitch and what pitch does she hit well.
Pitchers and catchers must respect each other, help each other and like each other. They need to know each other better than the rest of the team. They need to be an extension of each other. They are often alone together as the pitcher is working out separate from the team. The catcher must be fundamentally sound and that must be worked on, on a daily basis.
A catcher should be as close to home plate as possible. This is determined by where the batter is in the batter’s box. With most hitters up in the box, a catcher should be very close to the plate, catching the ball early and maximizing the possibility of a strike being called.
Handling passed balls with a runner on third is a skill that must be practiced consistently. The catcher must turn to the side the ball passes, stay low to the gound and run to the fence, keep feet wide with upper body over the ball. The ball should be on rear foot and released over front foot. DO NOT STAND UP and do not throw too hard. If the ball is to the catcher’s right, stay low and shovel the ball to the pitcher. If it is to the catcher’s left, stay low and scoop it to the plate. If possible, try to circle and shovel as it is easier, faster and more accurate. It is very important not only to establish a rapport with your pitcher but also with the umpire.
Know the umpire’s strike zone, the pitcher’s strengths and the batter’s tendencies. This only touches on some of the basic mental and physical components of catching, but defense, rundowns, blocking the plate, backing up first base, and cutoffs are skills that quality catchers need to have. Communication with the pitcher is a given, but your rapport with your coaches, infielders and umpires are necessary mental components of catching as well.
Knowing your opponent’s hitting strengths and weaknesses is truly what sets the elite catchers apart! Start with these basic techniques and you will soon be a prospect coaches want on their team!
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Most things in life come down to timing. A student athlete wanting to get recruited to play in college is no different. Timing for recruiting is essential. Almost daily, I am asked about timing. Concerned parents and dedicated athletes alike are trying to determine the best time to jump into the recruiting world. What is the best time to start thinking about getting recruited? When is too early to get my athlete noticed by college coaches? When is too late to get into the recruiting cycle?
All of these questions are common concerns in my world. But, the answers to these questions are not as simple as one might think. When parents or athletes ask me about timing, I need to know several pieces of information to give them a knowledgeable answer. First, I need to know the gender of the athlete. Why the gender? Simply put, females mature faster than males. A female athlete may be nearing her adult height and fine tuning her skills at the close of middle school. On the flip side, boys may not have hit their growth spurt yet and may still be really lanky and not developed at the end of middle school. Due to these facts, female recruiting often begins earlier than male recruiting. Along that same line, recruiting is also very sport specific. Some sports start recruiting much earlier than other sports. Softball and Volleyball are known for early recruiting. Baseball and Football often run a later recruiting cycle. But once again, the individual sport recruiting is not as cut and dried as one might hope. In addition to looking at an individual sport’s recruiting, we must now look at the level of play of the individual athlete. The potential level of play of an athlete is vital in determining the right time to begin the recognition process. Obviously, the higher level of play of the athlete the earlier the athlete needs to be in the recruiting cycle. Why? Because these higher division coaches are looking at the athletes earlier and earlier. Not because they like recruiting this way, but more because they have to, to get the athletes before other schools start offering. We are seeing more and more big schools verbally offering to 8th and 9th graders and even younger on rare occasions. But keep in mind, these 8th graders getting offers did not just pop up on the college coaches radar a week before. These athletes had been being followed and observed by the college coaches for a significant amount of time before these offers started falling.
As if the previous variables are not enough, now I need to know the size of the athlete, the tangibles of the athlete and the position of the athlete. Knowing the sport is simply not enough to determine the recruiting cycle. Knowing the level of play is simply not enough to determine the recruiting cycle. I need to know the athlete’s size, tangibles and position. These additional three variables go into the equation. Different colleges have different size expectations for certain positions. Based on these size “boxes” an athlete may or may not be a potential fit for a program – this effects the recruiting timeline. Certain tangibles such as speeds, jump heights, mph, etc. put athletes in certain abilities “boxes”, this also effects the recruiting timelines. Finally, certain positions are recruited earlier than other positions. For example, skilled positions are recruited earlier in Football than the other positions. Hitters and blockers are recruited earlier than defensive players in Volleyball. Pitchers and the middle of the field are recruited earlier than the corners in Softball and Baseball. The list goes on and on.
All of this information to say what? Recruiting is VERY individual. Your athlete needs to be evaluated based on her/his skills alone. The athlete’s gender, sport, ability, size, tangibles, and position all help determine the best individual recruiting cycle. Recruiting is NOT a One Size Fits All kind of thing. Recruiting is NOT even a One Size Fits Most kind of thing. Your recruiting or your child’s recruiting, needs to be personally designed for them as an athlete. What is the BEST way to know when your recruiting should begin? Get evaluated. This FREE evaluation by an NSR qualified scout can help you determine the best route for your recruiting. When is too late? There does become a time when your recruiting window has passed and that opportunity is gone – forever. You have one opportunity to get recruited, don’t miss it!
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Written By Robby Wilson
“Don’t just sit there and watch the third strike, at least go down swinging! If you do that again, we’re leaving you won’t even play the rest of the weekend!” We’ve all heard it, seen it, maybe even experienced it – the travel mom or dad standing behind home plate, arms crossed, looking for the first thing to yell about, whether good or bad. But we’ve all heard it a million times that the parents are an integral part of the recruiting process for more than just finances, family support, and location.
Think about it…put yourself in a college coach’s shoes and imagine you’re recruiting a kid. Imagine the athlete you’re looking to recruit has parents that are yelling such as the situation above, sitting behind home plate tearing their own kid down. Then whether or not you see the dad/mom say something to the coach as well, the demeanor that is permitted with this team tells you that these parents are the type that likely will attack the coach about playing time, playing certain positions, making a good/bad call, etc. What does this mean to a college coach? It means that if he recruits this kid, the parents are going to be more trouble for the next 4-5 years than the athlete may be worth. If the parents have been able to act this way for years in travel ball, attempting to set a standard/expectations once beginning in college ball, not likely to be successful because they’ve built a habit of being able to do and say whatever, whenever.
Recently in June 2014, I attended one of the year’s biggest showcases annually in Colorado. In scouting various games alongside several of the college coaches, I had a couple of situations that were exactly this. Sitting watching game 1 with several of the coaches, they made the comment how well-behaved the parents were, how helpful they were, and how the girls seemed to be enjoying themselves while working hard because there was no “background noise.” BUT, then game 2 rolled around. Two different teams and two totally different sets of parents. The negative things observed in the first two innings:
Pitcher’s dad behind home plate shaking his head and throwing his hands up in disappointment. Mom even told the umpire a few times how blind he was and so forth.
Another dad watches his daughter strike out and as she’s walking back to the dugout, he grabs his keys and tells her “I can’t watch this stuff, just ride with Janey” and leaves.
Another set of parents even GO OVER to the dugout after a kid grounded out, and begins verbalizing their irritation beginning with words that would’ve gotten soap put in a kid’s mouth.
And believe me, I could go on and on about what I saw throughout the week in Colorado. It was very disheartening. The point I wanted to make with this particular time was that as soon as these parents began doing those things, each of those college coaches got up and left. One even crumbled up the team’s roster sheet and tossed it as he walked away. In talking to several of them later that day at another field, they all seemed very disheartened as well. One coach even said “with so many people not wanting softball to continue to grow, why would the people in the world of softball continue to keep the sport down themselves? If we know these are negatives about our sport, why do we continue to allow it? I simply will not recruit a kid, nor will I recruit from a team where that type of stuff is permitted. I prefer the teams to have the parental agreement some of them have, where they sign agreeing that they will be silent unless it’s in support, they will stay away from home plate and away from the dugout, and enforce a 24 hour rule on discussing things with the players as well as the coaches.”
This really sunk in when I thought about it. And when I talked to several more coaches about it they kept mentioning the similar statement of “coaching the parents”, meaning that the travel organization and/or team coaches should have a set standard and explain the expectations from the beginning and possible even sign an agreement and enforce it.
This is not to say that any parents have bad intentions, that’s 99.9% of the time not the case. The parents love their kids, want them to do well, spend a lot of money and time helping support the kid’s dream of being the best they can be and eventually playing college ball. But sometimes our support, time and passion of the kid’s dream allows us to get frustrated when things don’t always go perfect, and often times it is displayed at the showcase or taken out on the kid. It’s never intentional, but always detrimental. This doesn’t mean the parents have to tell the kids everything is all sunshine and lollipops either. It means we don’t have to say anything at all!
You see, the girls have been playing this sport for 4-12 years. They’ve been trained and taught for moments like this and showcases like this. Normally if they make a mistake, make an error, bad throw, strikeout, these girls are so trained and experienced in the sport that THEY ALREADY know what they did wrong, so why do we need to remind them publicly? We don’t!
From a college scouting perspective I will tell you this…the perfect situation of which I’ve had numerous times and later on, ended up working with that athlete is this:
The kid normally is flawless defensively and is a threat at the plate offensively…the kid makes an error or strikes out. At the end of the play the kid either (1) Doesn’t even look over at the parents, or (2) The kid looks over at mom/dad with a frown on her face but without saying a word, mom or dad gives a thumbs up or a look meaning “dust your shoulders off, you’re ok”. Then the kid smirks a little grin. And for the rest of the game the kid is back in action and never misses a step.
You see what happened there? The parents might have been frustrated that their kid made a mistake, but they kept it inside and instead of scolding her, they gave her some positive motivation and changed the kids attitude and demeanor in one split second. “The coach’s job is to coach. The player’s job is to play. The parent’s job is to be a supportive spectator without interfering.”
Even with my own daughter and keep in mind as a scout, it’s part of my job to be critical…I don’t say a word during her games. I sit back, support, give the thumbs up on good things and give a clap during bad things essentially telling her it’s okay, and I don’t get involved. She can tell me after the game the mistakes she made and what she should’ve done, etc. I simply nod my head and agree. After each game she “grades herself” in the form of A-F and then explains to me why she graded that way. After she tells me those things, she tells me what she wants to focus more on during her training this week. And we leave it at that. No griping, no belittling, no more actual talk about it that night aside from where we’re getting ice cream from. All that being said, my daughter is 8 years old. If she is knowledgeable enough about the game of softball and her abilities to tell me what she did wrong, etc…don’t you think a teenager who has played for 4-12 years can do the same?
A Coach’s Perspective
Imagine being the college coach and scouting the kid mentioned above with the dad behind home plate questioning every call the ump or coach makes, while mom is in the stands gossiping about the team, coaches, and other players not being able to hold a candle to her baby girl. Now if you’re the college coach, do you want to deal with this family for 4-5 years? Nope! Because the minute she arrives on campus if she’s not starting or playing where dad thinks she should play, coach is going to hear about it. Not only that, but the college coach LOVES for the kid’s parents to attend their games because it builds support for the teams and puts rears in the seats! It’s a traveling fan club! But on the contrary, he/she would have to intervene if the parent(s) tried those same antics and possibly consider cutting the kid after year one. There is no kid, no athlete, anywhere, that isn’t replaceable. Some will argue differently, but the good can never outweigh the bad with situations like that. Just because this 2016 pitcher is throwing 60’s, is 6 ft tall, and has stellar academics and a big bat to boot…I have a few of those that are my prospects alone! So how many of those do you think there are out there for the college coach to find? He/She is going to move on, find another, and this one will have supportive parents who understand letting their kid fight their own battles and discover who they are.
On the other side of things, an ideal family as described earlier, is an ideal situation for the coach and can help drive the kid’s recruiting with that coach/school. How? Imagine two different girls, both 2016 pitchers, both great academics, both good bats, but one is hitting 58-60 while the other is hitting 63. But the pitcher hitting 63 has the yelling dad and gossiping mom, while the girls hitting 58 has the quietly supportive parents with the child who understands handling her own business. More stress or less stress? More friction and trouble? Or less friction and trouble? The kid throwing 58-60 is going to win out, every single time, every day of the week. Why? It’s much easier to have your pitching coach work with her and bring her speeds up and/or utilize her movement much more, than to deal with the dad calling you because his daughter isn’t pitching a game or standing behind home plate yelling at her because her drop ball isn’t dropping.
This goes beyond just what you see at the fields during game time. It’s what’s known around town. What the other parents say. What the parent is posting on facebook, twitter, blogs, instagram, and so forth. Everyone has seen the posts about questioning the coach, we would have won if my daughter pitched, the coach lost the game(s) for us, my super stud kid better get some playing time or I’m switching teams, and so forth. Whether you do it in person, in public later, or on social media, the negativity with a sense of “entitlement”, it is going to lose your kiddo many opportunities now and the cycle will continue into his/her adulthood in employment, as well as what they teach their kids.
What I Like To See
Whether the parents shows up in support but stays quiet, or simply cheers for everyone and even compliments the other team on various players and plays, those are the parents whose kids are probably smiling and having a blast while taking care of business on the ball field. I like to see that pitcher that has a homer hit off her and looks over and smirks at dad as if to say “she nailed that one”, and then strikes out the next at bat. I like to see that dad who has pirched up over on the left field fence out of the way because he knows he’s tempted to talk to her during the game and so he removes himself so he can be there in support, but not in mouthing and degrading. I like to see parents who keep it light. You may get tense in nerves because of the game, all parents do, but don’t let it show. Keep it light. Smile, have fun, dance even, but trust me – the fun loving good time will rub off on the girls and believe me, the girls have to be happy to play well.
We could go on for days on end about what to do and what not to do, but it’s actually not that complicated. The athlete playing softball (or any sport for that matter) must also have their “family support” considered by a college coach because it’s not just the kid who will be involved with the university and their program, it’s the family. And if the family is not the family you want around the program or that you want wearing your school colors at the game, there’s no kid too talented to move on.Travel coach should keep this in mind and possibly implement a structure and agreement with the parents, setting the standard on what is and is not acceptable, if you haven’t already. Parents should take a long, hard look at how they are during the games/tournaments. Talk it over with your softball player and get her perspective. Either way, the “family support” is just another piece analyzed in the recruiting puzzle that is widely known, but often overlooked. Hopefully this article goes a long way in confirming some of the things you’ve considered or wondered, but never knew for sure.
Contact Robby Wilson, Director of Softball for National Scouting Report to find out the BEST ways to help your daughter in Softball Recruiting. If you would like a FREE Evaluation of yourself or your daughter go here.
No matter how long you have been around high school athletics, no matter what sports you have watched, and no matter whether it was male or female, we have ALL seen GREAT high school athletes that dreamed of playing in college but were not afforded that opportunity. We have all known of great high school athletes that “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda”, but didn’t progress to the next level.
Due to a frustration caused by such athletes not getting to play in college, 35 years ago, National Scouting Report was founded. After these 35 years, NSR has helped thousands of student athletes reach and fulfill their dreams. National Scouting Report, founded by Bob Rigney, has been the original model of promoting student athletes to college. The innovative ways Mr. Rigney used to initially attract colleges to his oldest son, playing high school football, have been further developed and maximized through the years. Today, NSR is the oldest and largest “On the Ground Scouting Organization” in the world. With scouts all over the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Australia, Dubai, and even working with athletes in South America and Asia, NSR is truly worldwide. Currently, NSR is working in all NCAA sanctioned sports. We help athletes with Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA and Junior College athletic pursuits. Before agreeing to work with one of these athletes, our scouts must be convinced of the athlete’s abilities to play in college – whatever the level. In addition to athletic ability, our scouts are verifying academic preparedness, work ethic, attitude, coachability, physical tangibles and family support.
When high school athletes have all the athletic skill, but still struggle with getting on the recruiting board, NSR fixes that problem. Often, good athletes are not recognized as potential scholarship players because, simply put, the coaches do NOT know about them. Lack of exposure to the right college coaches can happen for a host of reasons. If an athlete is playing at a small high school or a high school/club team not recognized as excelling in their chosen sport, the athlete can easily get overlooked. If an athlete lives in an area that is not easily accessible by college coaches – that will definitely limit their exposure as well. If an athlete, for the sake of the team, is having to play in a position that he or she would not play at the collegiate level, the athlete will almost definitely be missed, unless they have an advocate working for them. Outside of these previous circumstances, we must also remember that the college coaches are greatly limited by the NCAA rules and guidelines. If their time constraints were not enough, many are also struggling with very small recruiting budgets. The male minor sports and virtually all of the female sports are trying desperately to find the best athletes with very limited resources. They have the scholarship dollars, but often not the recruiting budget, to find the kids outside of their immediate area. The National Scouting Report solution solves all of these issues. We help colleges at all levels know about the kids that can play for them. We are the ADVOCATE for the student athlete. When the college coach is not allowed to talk to the athlete because of age or designated quiet periods, NSR is your advocate. When a collegiate coach wants to know the strengths and upside of an athlete, NSR is your advocate. When the college coach is needing an unbiased scouting report, NSR is your advocate.
Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda, that is the regret of many a great high school athlete! You only have one opportunity to get recruited. Recruiting should NOT be left to chance. Contact one of NSR’s Scouts for a free evaluation to see if you have what it takes to play at the next level. At NSR, we “Change Kids’ Lives”.
With NSR, Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda – DID!
By: Gil Barkey
An interesting theme has been developing the last couple months speaking with college soccer programs about the recruiting of high school players. This theme was brought to light when one of my players noticed that a college coach was registered to be at a tournament in California AND Illinois for the same weekend. So which tournament was the coach ACTUALLY going to attend? (Hint, he lives in Illinois).
Coaches may register themselves for multiple tournaments in hopes of obtaining tournament rosters with contact information or in hopes of receiving emails from players interested in their college program prior to a tournament. In doing so, coaches are able to add these players to their soccer recruit database and invite them to camps without even attending the tournament. In some cases, coaches will ask an alumni or friend to attend the tournament for them to save on costs.
A coach or assistant coach is only able to travel to a select number of tournaments to watch players that are “high” on their priority list. The budget does not allow for them to attend many tournaments, especially out of their region.
The moral of the story is twofold. First, make sure to let college coaches know your specific game schedule for any tournaments. Even if a certain college coach is not present at the tournament, he/she may be in contact with other college coaches who are in attendance. Like many sports, the soccer coach network is tight, and soccer coaches will often share opinions of players with each other. I just had a player go to an official visit in California based on the opinion of a local college coach in Colorado. This situation happens more often than you might think.
Secondly, be aware that certain communications are considered only the “introduction level” of recruiting. Such communications include: getting a camp invite, a questionnaire link, or tournament follow-up email. At this level, you are barely farther than you were before the tournament. The coach may or may not have ACTUALLY seen you play. If the coach did see you play and was interested in pursuing the recruiting process, it should warrant direct communication (such as a phone call or personal text) to you or your coach, depending on your graduation year.
As junior or senior soccer players you should be receiving phone calls, text messages, twitter messages, or direct instagram messages if you are truly being recruited. After initial contacts are made, personal email exchanges are then common and very important.
Do not underestimate the power of a highlight video and game footage. Before you engage with a college coach by phone or email, you need to have video prepared. The coach will ask you about your video footage right after he/she asks about your GPA and ACT/SAT scores. It is important to be prepared for the initial phone call with the college coach. The worst thing you can do is to be stammering for answers when a coach asks to send your film or you can’t talk about yourself confidently. I personally go over coach phone calls with athletes beforehand because making a good first impression is so important to get to the “comparison” and “offer” stages of the recruiting process.
Most soccer players cannot rely on their coaches to get them through the recruiting process. I just talked to a senior soccer player last week who told me his coach was calling a school in California for him. It was hard for me to break to him that I knew that particular college program was done recruiting for his class. The coach may have had great intentions, but most coaches do NOT have enough time to help players with college recruiting.
Keep in mind that most coaches get anywhere from 400-1200 emails per week. If you as a player want to stand out in the crowd and the white noise that college coaches are inundated with, you need a professional. This professional should be someone you trust, has your best interests in mind, has seen you play, knows your strengths and weaknesses, and knows every in and out of the recruiting process.
Gil Barkey is the Soccer Director for NSR for the Western U.S. He along with Rob Miller, head up Soccer for the entire U.S. with Rob handling the Eastern U.S. National Scouting Report has additional scouts in your area to evaluate you. Go HERE to get your FREE Soccer evaluation.
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For Week 4:
Brooke Kuhlman is the Volleyball Player of the Week for Barron Collier High in Naples Florida. Brooke had a great performance with 36 kills, 8 aces and 26 digs. Brooke is on her way to play sand for FSU.
Teya Leonard is the Player of the Week. She is a setter for Bishop Verot. She has great play all around the court. Teya posted scores with kills, assists and serving along with playing defense with multiple digs.
For Week 5:
Anna Cedarburg is the Player of the Week. She plays for Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers Florida. Anna had 20 kills, 17 aces and 27 digs what a great performance. Congrats Anna and good luck to you at college.
Emily Lines is the Player of the Week. She plays for First Baptist Academy in Naples Florida as an outside hitter. She had 30 kills, 2 blocks, 4 aces and 59 digs. Emily is going to New Mexico to play basketball. Congrats!
For Week 6:
Jessie Ricciardelli is from Lely high school in Naples Florida. She is awarded the Volleyball Player of the Week for Collier County. Jessie had 24 kills, 8 aces and 6 digs. Way to go Jessie!
Larra Bickelhaupt was named Volleyball Player of the Week for Lee County from
National Scouting Report. She plays at Oasis High School in Cape Coral, FL. She had 40 kills, 46 digs and 6 aces in 2 matches against Bishop Verot and ECS. Way to play Larra!
National Scouting Report and The News-Press Media Group have teamed to name Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for the 2014 high school football season for Lee and Collier counties in South Florida.
Defensive Player of the Week is Tyrone Davis of Fort Myers High School. Tyrone had 2 interceptions against South Fort Myers with one in end zone to save a touchdown and one near the end of the half. Tyrone also had 6 tackles with 5 of them being solo tackles. Congratulations, Tyrone Davis.
Offensive Player of the Week is Kieran DiGiorno from Naples High School. Kieran, in his first start at Quarterback, was 7 for 13 for 175 yds and 3 TD’s. He also carried the ball 3 times for 48 yards and 2 touchdowns to take Naples to victory over Estero High School. Awesome effort Kieran.
Taeler Porter was awarded the Offensive Player of the Week by News Press Media group and National Scouting Report. Taeler plays for Immokalee High School.He ran for 262 yards on 37 carries against Gulf Coast High School.
Levi McQuinn was awarded the Defensive Player of the Week by News Press Media group and National Scouting Report. Levi plays for Fort Myers High School had 15 tackles and caused 3 fumbles against Barron Collier. Good luck Levi!
Joe Chmielowski was awarded the Defensive Player of the Week for SW FLORIDA plays for Palmetto Ridge high school in Naples Florida. Joe had 14 tackles, 3 sacks and 4 tackles for loss. GREAT PERFORMANCE Joe!
Offensive Player of the Week, Sage Atwood had an outstanding performance as QB. He threw for 4 touchdowns and 160 yards, while rushing for 3 touchdowns and leading the team with 128 yards. He was directly involved with 7 of the 8 touchdowns scored by the Bulldogs.
Wow, what a football weekend! So many top teams went down this weekend. So much excitement across the nation. Nothing quite gets the fall going like crisp weather and smash mouth football. The first weekend in October was no disappointment. Football enthusiasts are no doubt recovering from their weekend of gridiron mania. Across the country, National Scouting Report was very well represented with both its current student athletes on Game Day visits and its past NSR standouts currently playing Collegiate football, at all levels.
NSR athletes were prevalent. For the rebels, John Youngblood, #47, continued his career at linebacker. For the Tide, was OJ Howard, #88, a true sophomore starting at the tight end position. Also wearing crimson was Bradley Bozeman, #75, a redshirt freshman who came in at center, as the starting center went down with an injury. Bradley is slated to start this
coming week for the Tide. On the sidelines as prospects for this epic game were NSR athletes from all over the region. To name a few, Matt Womack 6’7″ 330 pound offensive lineman of Mississippi who holds multiple SEC offers, Braylen Rochelle, of Memphis, a Whitehaven High School senior and 2015 NSR offensive lineman Matthew Holland from Mobile, Alabama and St. Luke’s High School were all prospects at this historic game.
The LSU vs. Auburn game was no disappointment on the plains. Once again, NSR was alive and well. True freshman Hunter Wood, #37,NSR 2014 is getting some playing time for the orange and blue. On the sideline, as a prospect, Robert Kraeling standing at 6’8″, 260 pounds a 2016 NSR offensive/defensive lineman has received multiple offers and is still looking at his options.
Moving to the OVC. Let’s look at the Jacksonville State vs. University of Tennessee Martin football game. In the orange and blue for UT Martin was 2010 NSR Alum Charles Sweeton still on the UT Martin team as the starting left tackle as a redshirt senior. Charles is #76, just like 2014 NSR Alum Jordan Cagle. Two #76′s, both NSR Alums – COOL. In the Endzone where the prospects are gathered is one of the Cagle’s 2015 NSR athletes, Rowan Godwin on a visit to Jacksonville State. Then we also notice one of Bryan Black’s athletes 2016 NSR athletes, Warren Dowdell also visiting on a gameday visit.
In addition to the above games, playing collegiately this weekend were Carson Presley and Cody Cabaniss both 2014 NSR alum playing for Faulkner University. George Payne 2013 NSR playing for the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi. CJ Duncan, 2013 NSR playing for Vanderbilt. Alex Aukerman playing for Army. Craig Bryan and Tyler Sheppard playing at Presbyterian College. Storm Cabaniss playing at Cumberland University. Dallas Davis 2014 NSR playing at University of South Alabama. Tyler Daniels playing at Delta State University in Mississippi. Alex Horn playing at Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Also playing this last weekend, former NSR athletes Glenn Garrison for West Virginia; Zach Short a freshman linebacker for Northwest Oklahoma State; Quinn Motoryer a sophomore for Tufts University; Jake Burkard playing for Lake Forest University; Aikan Major playing for Winona State University; Noah Pulsifer for Hillsdale College; Kyle Larson for the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.
Also representing their schools were NSR Athletes Reggie Dillingham playing for Michigan Tech University; Jeremiah Bauer playing for Washington University; Connor Hines playing for Wisconsin Platteville; Jim Grace a Sophomore Center/OL representing Stanford University against Notre Dame; Jeff LePak playing for Eastern Illinois; Patrick McArdle playing for Valparaiso University; Devin Orrell for Millikin University; Antonio Clark for University of the Cumberlands; James Holmon for Howard University and Glenn Garrison playing for West Virginia.
These fine athletes represented National Scouting Report so well while we were working with them and now they are finally representing their chosen university and playing the sport they love. Just a sample of activity from one weekend of selected former NSR athletes making it happen at the next level. These young men are “Living their Dream”. We at NSR loved assisting you and continue to watch for your outstanding achievements in the future.
Other NSR football prospects visiting on game day visits this weekend included Matt Edmonds at University of Maine, Noah Nelson at Bowdin College, Zordan Holman and Anthony Lombardi at University of Connecticut and Kyle Joyner at Southern Nazarene University. These and a host of other NSR athletes visiting selected colleges this weekend were Max Frankel, Dante Tedesco, Fiante Bell, and Austin Drukker. As you can imagine, the list could go on and on. NSR football athletes are EVERYWHERE.
This weekend was like any other weekend in college football. Great Athletes, playing for a great team, playing a great sport, against a great opponent. Former NSR Athletes find themselves playing at all levels – whatever level that their talent demanded. Former NSR Athletes find themselves “Living out their DREAM.” Former NSR Athletes are making a DIFFERENCE in college football. Do you want to make a difference in College Football in the future? Contact NSR to get scouted today. Get your FREE Evaluation.
I was doing an in-home interview with an athlete and her family a week or so ago and they told me something I very regularly hear and while frustrating for them, it was an easy explanation for a change. The parents as well as the athlete began telling me how they’ve been showcasing with their team, going to camps, emailing and calling coaches, for the last couple of years…and all of that with still no result. They began in her 8th grade year, and now being a couple of years later, they were under the impression they were doing everything right. So why had this produced no responses or recruiting interest from the coaches? Numbers. Plain and simple, numbers.
You see, college recruiting is a business, through and through. Not only for the university and the coaches, but for you as well. And anyone in business will tell you, the numbers never lie. In diving into the explanation for this family I decided to elaborate from both a coach’s perspective as well as an athlete’s.
Example: Most business men and women will tell you that a 3% conversion rate is good. So when John Doe, the owner of the furniture store down the road begins doing postcard mail outs, he sends out a thousand postcards in his marketing efforts. It cost him $300 to send out those thousand post cards. So if he gets a 3% return on that, it means that 30 different new customers will be coming his way! That is HUGE in the business world. If only one single person of those 30 end up buying furniture from him, he’s already covered his money spent and actually made a little profit.
So now apply this to your college recruiting efforts…if you are attending camps, showcasing, doing mail outs, sending emails, and making phone calls, but you’re only doing this with the average of 2-5 schools. Well if you get a 3% return on your efforts, that means you have a 0.15% chance of getting recruited by one of those five schools. Make sense? If you’re targeting 50-100 different programs initially, your 3% application indicates you will have anywhere from 1-3 schools actively recruiting you. But at least you’re being recruited now, right? Now apply that on a larger scale, and a larger scale, and so forth. There are over 1500 college softball programs out there, if you’re only pursuing 2-5 and those programs either have no need or have no interest in you, your efforts are too little too late.
Extra tip: You’ve heard it a million times, but there are numerous ways to narrow down the programs to target. Major, location, realistic playing ability, and so forth. By the time you apply these things, you’re still likely to have 1,000 plus options.
Now looking at college softball recruiting from a coach’s perspective…it’s business. At the end of the day we know this:
1. The coach was hired to coach a team, to win, to produce graduating student-athletes, and again, win.
2. He/she MUST recruit players that bottom line, are going to help them win and get to the top of their conference and beyond.
3. The coach is only given so much money to spend on recruiting as well as athletic scholarships (if level allows). Therefore, he/she must meticulously watch their bottom line in recruiting and make sure their recruiting budget is always in line.
4. Again, coaches are paid to WIN.
In order to stay within budget and WIN, the coach must ensure that each and every player that he/she spends a single dime on recruiting, has the potential to elevate their teams level of play and contribute to their overall goal(s). If you hire a roofing company to put on a new roof, but they never do, would you keep them around? No. Same applies here. A coach is hired to maintain the integrity and reputation of a program, elevate all aspects of play, education, and reputation, and last but certainly not least, WIN. If he/she is not doing these things, their position as the coach isn’t necessarily secure.
So don’t take it personal if a college coach is not recruiting you. It simply means he/she can’t let their emotions dictate their business. Yes, business. Coaching is a job, and running their team and their recruiting is a business. If a college coach is recruiting you, you receive an offer, and you commit to their program, you can guarantee that he/she is comfortable with your talent level, your commitment to education, and your ability to make mature and responsible decisions as a student-athlete/adult. Otherwise, you come to school and fail out or quit the team, his/her INVESTMENT was a bad one and thus, cripples their overall goal in this business venture that is coaching their college softball team and leading them to the top of their conference or more.
Remember the 3%
If you recall the “3% return on investment” discussed for the athlete? The same goes for coaches. If they only seek out a few pitchers for this given graduation year, their chances of finding the caliber and character of player they need is slim because their 3% return will be 1 or less. This is why the recruiting process is just that, a “process”. Where as they begin building their list of potential prospects as well. For every year, every position, there are thousands of athletes just like you looking for a place to compete. The coach’s job from there is to determine which athlete(s) give him/her the best chance to lead their conference. Period.
The “take home message” here is that college softball recruiting, and every sport for that matter, should be looked at as a business both from the coach’s perspective as well as the athlete’s. If your college recruiting is a business, and you’re only “marketing” yourself to 2-5 programs, and getting a 3% return is considered good, that’s not a very good outcome is it? By the time most softball athletes realize that they haven’t been marketing themselves to enough programs, they’re in their sophomore or even junior year, which we all know is not ideal to say the least. Everything is college recruiting is a business, it’s about numbers. There are a bunch of variables that are involved and in the end if you leave it to chance, your end result will be nothing even close to what you were hoping for. It doesn’t mean you weren’t talented enough or worthy, it simply means you weren’t marketing yourself to enough schools and weren’t marketing yourself to the right schools.
Robby Wilson is the National Scouting Report Softball Vertical. Robby lives in Arkansas, but he works with scouts and athletes all over the country. Robby has a wealth of information when it comes to recruiting and especially softball recruiting. Contact Robby Wilson if you have an athlete you would like to be EVALUATED. Robby and his scouts look forward to assisting you with your future athletic endeavors!
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