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Posted by saraallent on Feb 29, 2008 3:00:52 PM

University of Richmond '08 - Men's Baseball

I am currently a senior right-handed pitcher on the baseball team. In addition, I am the President of the Student-Athlete Leadership Committee (SALC), Richmond representative on the Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SSAC), and sit on the Division I National SAAC for the Atlantic 10.  I was able to be involved in all of these facets because of the hard work I put into the recruiting process many years ago.

 

The process is by no means an easy one, but the rewards in the end are priceless if you can make it work. My recruiting experience took place a long time ago and many things have changed, but I recently mentored my brother through the process. He now plays baseball at William & Mary. 

 

Furthermore, I recently began interviewing for jobs and will begin working in New York City as an investment banker this coming summer. I was prepared for the job interview process because of my experiences being recruited to play college baseball. While the processes have their differences, your attitude and effort during the process should not change.

 

Here are some points I encourage you to remember during the recruiting process:

 

My Advice:

 

  • Be proactive. Don't wait for things to happen

  • Be persistent

  • Initiate the conversation

  • Don't be afraid to call, write, or e-mail coaches

  • Ask questions. If you don't ask, you will never know

  • Research the schools you want to be recruited by. Do your homework and show the coach you want to be at their school. (Know who some of their players are, know who they are playing that week, etc.)

  • Let them know where you will be playing (Give them a schedule of when/where)

  • Highlight your strengths

  • Make a video for coaches to use as an evaluation tool

  • Ask for feedback. ("Hey Coach, what should I be doing now? Is there anything I need to do to make this process easier for you? How can I improve myself as a player?")

  • Respond quickly to all e-mails, letters, or phone calls

  • Don't give up if one school says no. Everything happens for a reason

 

Hope this helps and best of luck in the recruiting process.

 

Brian

 

 

 

 

 

For more information check out the Active Recruiting 101 special section.

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