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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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.

 

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.

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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!

National Scouting Report believes in evaluating athletes.  We evaluate ALL athletes before we advocate for them to the college coaches.  It all begins with a proper evaluation.  If you are out of season, you can still contact your local scout and run through a workout with him/her or provide the scout with substantial video.  If you are in season, one of our scouts can come watch you at a game or tournament or even at a practice.  Get evaluated, now.

 

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.

Further Analyzation

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.

Conclusion

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.

Robby Wilson, NSR of Arkansas will be directing NSR's part in the Gulf Coast Exposure Camp.

Robby Wilson, NSR of Arkansas.

 

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.
Taking the wrong route could get you lost in recruiting.

Taking the wrong route could get you lost in recruiting.

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

Gil Barkey is the NSR Soccer Director for the Western U.S.

Gil Barkey is the NSR Soccer Director for the Western U.S.

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.

 

Gil Barkey
Director, Western U.S. College Soccer Scouting
National Scouting Report
303.913.9073
gbarkey@nsr-inc.com

 

Rob Miller
Director, Eastern U.S. College Soccer Scouting
National Scouting Report
864.933.0511
robmiller@nsr-inc.com
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