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Kevin Hussey | Oct 16, 2014 3:13:00 PM

How to Make a Recruiting Video for College Baseball Coaches

If you’re looking to play college baseball and you plan on emailing coaches, it will always help to send a video of yourself to the coach. NCAA, NJCAA and NAIA coaches are always looking for new players and sending a video of yourself can be very beneficial for them. It’s important to have a video with useful footage so college coaches have an idea of your skill level.

Pitcher's video

A pitcher's video should provide coaches with footage of you throwing from the windup and stretch. When creating the video you should shoot about 5-6 pitches from both sides of the mound (back side & front side) as well as the back and front (behind you and behind the catcher/target). You should throw all your pitches at least 3-4 times. This will give the coach an idea of what your strengths are and what you need to improve on. When shooting from the front and behind, try to have the result of the pitch in focus so the coach can see your accuracy. It’s not necessary to have a radar gun in the video but telling the coach how hard you throw would help. The coach will have an idea from your video what your velocity may be. The length of the video should be no longer than 3-4 minutes.

Catcher’s video

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Topics: recruiting, college, ncaa, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship, college recruiting strategy, naia, junior college, juco, recruiting video, college baseball coaches

Kevin Hussey | Sep 24, 2014 6:00:00 AM

3 Reasons Why Canadians Need to Consider Junior College Baseball

For Canadian athletes looking to play college baseball, junior colleges (or "JUCO"'s) are often disregarded or seen as a backup plan for an aspiring collegiate baseball player. The reason for this is many people are unaware of the benefits a junior college can provide. Junior college baseball is often the best option for Canadians and athletes and parents need to understand why it may be the best fit.

  1. The BaseballJunior college baseball is highly competitive and is often where top prospects go to upgrade their draft status and develop their skills. The benefit of junior college is that top prospects are draft eligible after their first year and second years. NCAA baseball players are prohibited from the draft until after their third year of eligibility. For players who are not top prospects, junior college gives athletes the chance to compete at the college level but not compete against juniors and seniors (as they are only two year programs). Often times when a baseball player goes to a university straight out of high school, he is overmatched physically. This can often lead to a student sitting on the bench for a couple years while they mature. Not only do junior colleges allow students to mature physically but it allows them to develop mentally as well. 

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Topics: recruiting, college, ncaa, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship, college recruiting strategy, junior college, juco, njcaa

Kevin Hussey | Sep 18, 2014 10:29:55 AM

College Baseball Recruiting - As Simple as an Email

For those who plan on playing collegiate baseball in the United States, it’s important to understand the college baseball recruiting process and how simple it can be to get on the radar of coaches. Some people believe that in order to get a scholarship as a Canadian player, you need to attend showcases or hit .500 while your travel team visits the US multiple times a year. The truth is you can get the recruiting process started just by sending an email to a coach. Many of the smaller programs in the United States don’t have a recruiting budget that allows coaches to travel like they want, so they rely heavily on student athletes coming to them.

It’s best to contact college coaches as early as possible after you’ve made the decision you want to play baseball in the US. The earlier you contact a coach, the more likely it is they have scholarship money available for you. Coaches would like to get the majority of their recruiting finished early in the year so they can focus more on the upcoming season. Having said this, even though it’s best to start making contact with coaches as soon as possible, colleges are always looking for players. Sometimes coaches are scrambling before the start of the school year to fill a roster spot and every year there are athletes who benefit from this. So it is never "too late" to try.

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Topics: recruiting, ncaa, college baseball recruiting, college recruiting strategy, naia

Mike McCarthy | May 6, 2014 3:53:00 PM

College Baseball Recruiting: 4 Mistakes You Might Be Making About D3

The pursuit of a college baseball scholarship is the dream of many a young boy. The common dream is to see oneself donning, say, the Texas Longhorns uniform in the College World Series and hitting the game winning home run or clinching the big one with a perfect game on the mound for the LSU Tigers. Then as they enter their high school years this dream can start to fade away for many, but for some the dream remains and it starts to materialize as a possible reality.

We have all been there, in some way or another, some sport or even another one of life's pursuits. And we all know or have experienced that these dreams don't always end so perfectly in real life, but can still end fortuitously nonetheless. While the young lad may exist who dreamed of taking the Colby College Mules on his back to the College World Series (true, they are not even eligible but this is a boy's dream), that lad would be a rare one indeed. What isn't rare, however, is the ultimate reality that Division III baseball is the right place for you to realize your dream of playing collegiate baseball. It has been, is today, and will prove to be so for many players in the future. Unfortunately, it gets written off by too many athletes and their families, often too soon, often without enough facts and often just flat out mistakenly. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Here are 4 common mistakes you might be making about D3 athletics in your college baseball pursuit. Hopefully at least one of them might make you pause for a little bit of thought before writing it off as not being the right fit for you:

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Topics: college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship, college recruiting strategy

Richie Schueler | Sep 13, 2013 12:49:00 PM

The 5 Styles of Recruiting for College Baseball Prospects

This entry comes to us from our friends at StudentAthleteWorld.com. If you are remotely thinking of seeking a college baseball scholarship, or a scholarship in any sport for that matter, you need to visit their website and they will take great care of you.

Which one are you? Really? Honestly? Where do you fall? And will you rethink your strategy after reading this?

  • Random Recruiting- You rely on chance encounters with coaches. If a coach is randomly at your game you will consider that school. Maybe you see a team on TV and think you’d like to play for them so you go to their camp. 

  • Rolodex Recruiting- You will rely on the college coaches that your high school coaches or your parents know. You or your coach plan to just send video to the 5 local colleges in an hour radius of your home. Sure these connections may be helpful to get your foot in the door. But is it enough? 

  • Crystal Ball Recruiting- Based primarily upon guess work. This method relies upon people who has little or no knowledge of the recruiting process. You might believe you are D1 and not target any other level schools, and find yourself with no offers. You might believe that if you are not D1 material then you can’t play in college. Not always does the strongest, fastest or highest jumping student-athlete get recruited if someone else has better grades, character, and work ethic. If you do not put yourself in front of the college coaches and allow them an opportunity to say yes or no then you are speculating or guessing as to your recruiting.

  • Passive Recruiting- This tends to be the trend of thousands of student-athletes and their parents across the United States. Parents have little or no time to have their student-athletes recruiting mapped out, researched and assisted. Thousands of parents taking zero initiative in their student-athlete's recruiting and relying upon someone else to make the college decision for them; a decision that will impact the next 40 years of the STUDENTathlete's life.

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Topics: scholarship, myths, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship, college recruiting strategy

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