It’s mid-March, most states are in High School softball season, and the college softball coaches are in season as well. Lately, I’ve had alot of prospects email/call lately asking if and how college softball coaches continue recruiting during their own season. It’s a big misconception that college softball coaches stop recruiting during their season. Does the active scouting particular players out at various showcases die down during the college season? Absolutely. But does it end til Summer? Recruiting NEVER ends! But you might be surprised to find out that during the coach’s season is when most prospects are able to propel themselves above the competition. Are there “quiet periods” and “dead periods”? Yes. But that doesn’t mean recruiting stops, it only means that during this time they can’t communicate with you. It’s towards the mid-February, when I told you camps will die out and their seasons will start off, and now the next couple of months will determine a HUGE part of your recruiting and whether or not you’re offered by then, or atop the coach’s list by then at the least so your Summer schedule is actually added to his/her schedule to scout. Personally, I love this time of year because being able to be the scout for my NSR softball prospects, it enables me to spend alot of uninterrupted time talking to various coaches about various prospects of mine and the difference is clear.
So what can you do? If you have your Spring schedule yet, make sure to send it to me ASAP (rwilson@nsr-inc.com) and I’ll forward to my softball scout in your area along with:
  1. Your profile sheet or web
  2. Video or clips (if you have them)
  3. Contact info for mom/dad
If all is well after getting any of the things you have listed above, my softball scout in your area or myself will be in touch immediately. Just like the last few years, I’m going to be talking to more college coaches during the months of February – May than most people will all year. It’s my job (and a pretty fun one!). And given the thousands of college softball requests that have came since January in addition to the large # of my prospects being committed, I’m going to have a lot of opportunities for uncommitted prospects starting this weekend through the upcoming months. Only 2% of girls who want to play college softball actually get the chance to, so the little things like this are what propel girl A from girl B. This video helps explain the 2% and whether you’re girl “A” or girl “B”: 

Good luck this Spring! Send us your schedule as well as the stuff above ASAP!

P.S. If you missed it Rusty Rigney (CEO of NSR) and myself were featured on BlogTalkRadio last Sunday talking about softball recruiting, what college coaches are looking for, and more. You can listen in via:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nationalscoutingreport/2015/03/15/national-scouting-report-talks-softball-recruiting-with-rusty-and-robby

See you at the diamond,
Robby Wilson
National Director of Softball Scouting
 

Be Valuable. Create respect and admiration from others by being YOU.  The value is created by what net worth either monetarily or non-monetary that you deliver to others.  Do you create value with others wanting or needing something you have?  Deliver all the goodness you have and you’ll be surprised what value you create for others working with you or just being your friend.  Be of service, do other things for all the people you meet today.  Are you worthy of the relationship opportunities out there?  Do the right things and others will naturally admire you and find value in you.  So many times one would think value has to do with money but in essence it creates net worth for you which could help you make more money or be of service to others.  Become a resource to others.  Educate yourself with ideas and life lessons that can be valuable to others.

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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Be Genuine. Are you showing who you really are? Show consistent behavior, authentic actions, and spoken words. Your work, truthfulness and actions needs to be genuine too! Bona fide truth in everything you do. Are you real, sincere, honest, truthful and straightforward in your work, spoken words and actions? Having a straightforward approach, being direct, frank and candid can create a since of credibility if you are genuine in all you do.

Have you ever worked with someone or dealt with someone that would say one thing but do another? We see it every day with social media. People posting inspirational posts but their words, actions and behaviors show something different. Silent credibility can go a long way. You don’t need to tell someone how good you are, just be genuine!

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 a Listener.  HEAR what is said.  Pay attention to what is being said.  Listen to their body language too.  Silence is the best way to listen to what is being said.  Stop thinking of your answer when they’re speaking.  Pause before you answer.  What is the best thing that can happen or the worst thing if you respond?  Did you clearly understand what was said or did you already determine what they were trying to say?  Hearing is sometimes not responding!  It is a VERB so take action.  Ask a question to make sure you heard what was being said.

Have you ever really been a good listener?  So many times people are in a conversation with an agenda rather than just listening to what is being said.   Hear what their saying.  Try to understand what is really being said.  You’ll be surprised how much credibility you gain from being a good listener.  Especially when speaking with a family about their child’s future.  What is it that is most important to them?  Write it down and really listen to what is being said.  Sometimes they don’t really say the words but the tone or inflection in their voice really tells what they’re saying.  Listen to their body language too as their actions may speak louder than their words.

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 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.