Watching and Learning
At Simpson Scouting the goal is to be very straight-forward with the requirements necessary to play ball at the collegiate level. Over the past five years all of our business has been conducted on the fields and in homes, using facebook along with references. We’ve been out there watching and learning and that will continue. In essence, that time was used to better understand the collegiate playing market but also used to recognize how to best help the prospect market focus on achievement. The goal for parents and players should be to know their player and then offer the right level of exposure based on their uniqueness. That option has finally arrived and we’re very pleased to begin with specialized offerings. Understand that knowing what coaches need and who fits the right playing profile was and still is the most important piece of serving each party involved. Getting the best players to fill new needs each year is not a new idea, it’s just been complicated with events and almost to much information. How do you know who to trust anymore? Well we intend to fight what’s not so good. What began as a need to help our own sons back in 2004 became an ability through necessity to help others. And since that time, a small number of my players have played professionally and some still do. More to the point, the plan has evolved over 14+ years.
Working primarily in softball, as of late, you’ve probably noticed this recruiting topic has really changed a lot in the last five years too. The landscape continues to change, the result of what so many in the sport have seen as required improvements especially around recruiting timelines. But, alongside these improvements, travel-ball has still become a growing expenditure. So, at Simpson Scouting we’ve focused on doing what you need and what you can easier AFFORD along your player’s unique path. Know that the solutions needed for each of you are a little bit different player to player and many of you may have ample time to go it alone and you will. Others don’t have the same time because time is money and many have come to understand what a clued-in third-party can offer them. Shame is not everyone seems to be clued-in are they?
You see, we’re very directed by the games evolution and we’re also attempting to change the way things are being done daily so cost doesn’t become a big factor in being found or not. Just follow the advice your player needs and our experience with over 250+ athletes since 2013 is where our advice comes from. Trust me, we have stories to tell and their value is greater because things do happen and you need to hear about them. That way your solution makes targeted sense! Getting help in knowing where a players ability, smarts and maturity can take them is where you start. Those who understand that best proceed in a much more productive and cost-conscious way. It’s very simple and best to reconcile as a return on investment.
We will not become a website suggesting that the recruiting rules you don’t know will have you violating what you didn’t understand. We don’t believe in “scare tactics”. We also WON’T suggest you can’t be recruited without our help. That’s just silly to suggest when it happens all the time. We can argue that some of the criteria you learn after things are completed would have helped you do things a little differently. Knowing a little these days might happen to save you $5000 per year. But advice has always been something I’ve openly offered. I know people who’ve said “Jim, they just need to do what you say on your facebook page” (now webpage). It’s generally true and hopefully you’ll learn enough via the blogs to be comfortable in the end. This begins as standard stuff and what you seek early is exposure but in time things become complicated. You’ve heard the stories at the fields but don’t always get the real details. Ultimately, it’s best to get things moving so you can begin asking questions and learning! And our goal is not to let cost be the reason you get behind especially faced with the expense today to play the game. We can help. That’s the bottom line.
Ultimately, Simpson Scouting is an old-style network of putting capable players in front of college coaches who otherwise may never cross paths with that perfect prospect they never came to know was available. A recruiter’s job isn’t easy by the way! For those who go it alone, learning things over the years is costly and showcases aren’t so much showcases any longer. Learn how to showcase and camp too; without stressing out the entire family through the years. What begins as fun can become bumpy and help allows you to enjoy a way smoother ride.
The varying tools we provide give stellar athletes who need very little a portal to direct coaches too. One percenter’s need an online profile and for one simple cost…you’re set to go. For players getting better as time goes on you still require the same exposure over time. Some of you also need to know if you’re college level or not yet. What level can you plan in or capable of? What should your target level be and what’s needed to improve? So, we’ll talk metrics very early. As time goes you’ll be “verified” as a potential collegiate athlete alongside ALL YOUR PLAYER INFORMATION. How about an honest assessment with a designation indicating your play level as soon as you provide what we need to see? I’d certainly want to know if my player has true ability and if so at what level! No more databases where coaches can’t sort through good vs maybe not good enough yet. So, we’ll separate “verified” from “non-verified” and that helps coaches find you too. It’s time-consuming for coaches and of no value to anyone on the site. And further, no longer will coaches looking at your profile be announced to you as having looked while they’re sorting through a mass of players. Our goal is also to help limit the flood of emails hitting coaches inboxes! With Simpson’s when you’re contacted…it’s because they’d like to know more. That’s helpful!
For $200 your first year and $100 each successive year your info is public AND your info will be searched on because we’ve been used in the past and so many coaches are looking for a site like this. Yes, we’ll be driving them to take a look. You’ll need to be in this group. And, you can cancel at any time.
Yes, opinions and haters are everywhere. But, be careful who you listen too! I’ve been a little bit controversial but that’s because I’ve always been honest. My views are only based on what I’ve seen. Know that the business of working with coaches live and seeing how things happen on “this side” remains a covert type of operation where business, playing well and a positive contribution drives all decisions. If you’re going to do this…than connect yourself to every part of what’s ahead and together we, the coaches, the players and families, will all arrive at what’s best for everyone. I guarantee you this and…’IT’S IMPORTANT! – Jim Simpson