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Here’s some reminders to all of you on the grand quest to play in college. Ten things to remember as you go through the process and eventually come out on the other end.

  1. It’s begins and ends with talent. Yes, more intangibles will matter, but talent gets eyes on. Additional scrutiny is the focus you’ll receive after it’s clear you can play.
  2. My advice for team hopping. If you’re the best player on your team. Find a better team. And, be very careful buying in to what other coaches will say to you about “their team” and “their kids playing in college.” In today’s “no cut” system everyone needs numbers – especially if you’re a pitcher. It’s toughest on parents of pitchers! Have fun early but seek competition on your terms in order to prepare. Make really good teams that don’t need many players. That’s a good indicator of things to come. You’ll learn so much more there.
  3. Understand the new rules and simply be good when the time comes. Chasing college coaches to be seen (while underaged) is made much easier when it’s easy to see you’re a true player. Marketing properly is not a waste of time or money.
  4. Don’t choose schools until you’re able to do so realistically. Probably means don’t listen to most everyone out there suggesting they can get you to a certain place. Past stories of how players end up in good collegiate programs, especially those high-level programs many covet, are usually related by credit-hungry staffs or teams who need the publicity in today’s watered-down market. Slanted rumors by those who need something don’t get you greener grass. Live and learn if you choose so.
  5. Any travel ball coach that’s worth anything at all can get a good player seen. If you’re buying into “their contacts” it’s a load of crap. Why? Because it’s very easy to promote good players if you know what you’re doing. Don’t depend on busy people with little time as is mostly the case.
  6. If you’re not accepting of the Sept. 1 junior year rule yet you’d better come to grips with its reality. I know a good number of ‘20’s who are D1 players that are not committed yet. Defer back to #4 above. You’ll learn this in time…that I can promise. Slow down…that’s the intent of the rule.
  7. Ego-maniacal coaches and families are the worst. They’re swallowed up by a bad system. Be smarter than the system and don’t suggest you’re doing things because you must. Trust #1 above.
  8. If you’re really good, you may be late being offered by a program but there’s a lot of certainty that comes with patience. Everyone at that table wins too. The drama associated with girls transferring from ie: Oregon to Texas isn’t about education so much. They’re less about the new transfer rule and why it’s actually a very good rule too. Drama sells, garners attention and strengthens the hype around the game.
  9. Know when it’s time to truly compete too. Having fun is tested when you jump up into that pool with bigger fish in it. Then you’ll be on track to do what’s best for your player. It’s not easy at high-levels and often to much for many prep athletes who’ve enjoyed to much local satisfactory public opinion. She’ll soon learn and so will you.
  10. Seek advice from people not in the playing mix. Advice is good but only if you’ll listen. Those who don’t listen usually hide from advisers over time. Don’t be gobbled up seeking attention. Calmly proceed, be excited to play and enjoy the family experience but temper it with a great sense of who this is supposed to be about.

If you’d like your daughter to enjoy the game, learn from it, benefit greatest and get some honest help than let us know. If you’re happier with the hype and drama you’re all set for an awakening unless she’s described in #1. And, don’t forget that success is not about committing, it’s about succeeding at your chosen program. Remember too… that everyone loves to  watch and talk!

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