College Coach Email

Recently got in contact with a D1 coach out in Va and he liked what he saw. Did some more talking and so on and wants me to attend a camp. After notifying him of some rankings and so on. He replied with "Thank you for the update, I am fired up to see you onNovember 5th. Please stay and touch and keep up the hard work- it will pay off someday. " Is this a good sign? He has seen video of me and read scouting reports. I am deciding if  the long trip is worth it. Thank you

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Here's the key phrase: "I am fired up to see you on November 5th." That's excellent. So that's an indicator that a school visit is warranted.

HOWEVER...

All D1 schools in VA have high academic standards, some higher than others, e.g., UVA, College of W&M. So take a hard and honest look at your grades, your class standing, and your ACT/SAT score, and compare these factors to the school's requirements. 

If W&M is the school, then know that it is an arduous academic journey once inside. W&M grads and parents can verify this for you.

If your academics do not meet/exceed requirements, then think very carefully about making the trip. You really do have to make an honest assessment as to your ability to not only gain entry to the school, but more importantly, academically thrive at the school.

Congratulations on the connection.  Keep it up with more programs.

Now is the time to put on your "discernment armor". You are going to hear lots of things from recruiting coaches during the next year during your recruitment, so while some of it may be honest, much of it will be to get you to their camp and get you to spend your time and money to help fund their salaries. You have to know that in many programs recruiting and some of the other coaches salaries are paid by camp attendees. So while the interest may be real, it may also be just to get you to their camp. How do you know the difference?  Frankly it is hard to really know for sure, but if you ask questions like. Where did you see me play? What did you like about my performance? What do you think I can improve on? Where do you see me fitting in your program? Do you have me ranked enough to fit on your recruiting board? Where do I rank in my position against other recruits? 

As a young man these are the  straight forward questions you will have to learn to ask coaches who are many years older and mature, so you will need to find a parent or a friend and practice asking them so you become comfortable in situations that you would normally not be. Always remember that recruiting coaches are going to tell you what you want to hear, it is your, and your parents job to filter the BS out. Best of luck in your search 

We did go cross country for a visit but only after PC made his interest plain—came to Iowa and attended multiple games and events and then finally asked to come to our home where we talked for a long time and he made a very nice offer. We visited and liked the school. Ultimately went elsewhere but I think the visit was worth it in eliminating any potential “what if’s” down the road. 

Im not sure I would have done it for a Camp. 

BOF posted:

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Now is the time to put on your "discernment armor". You are going to hear lots of things from recruiting coaches during the next year during your recruitment, so while some of it may be honest, much of it will be to get you to their camp and get you to spend your time and money to help fund their salaries. You have to know that in many programs recruiting and some of the other coaches salaries are paid by camp attendees. So while the interest may be real, it may also be just to get you to their camp. How do you know the difference?  Frankly it is hard to really know for sure, but if you ask questions like. Where did you see me play? What did you like about my performance? What do you think I can improve on? Where do you see me fitting in your program? Do you have me ranked enough to fit on your recruiting board? Where do I rank in my position against other recruits? 

As a young man these are the  straight forward questions you will have to learn to ask coaches who are many years older and mature, so you will need to find a parent or a friend and practice asking them so you become comfortable in situations that you would normally not be. Always remember that recruiting coaches are going to tell you what you want to hear, it is your, and your parents job to filter the BS out. Best of luck in your search 

Excellent advise, particularly the bolded questions ... those will tell you for real where you currently stand.  And if they answer that they really need to see you in person to give you a better answer, this is probably a good indicator that it is early to make any significant investment on a lengthy trip.  

Iowamom's example is also excellent... if a RC/HC has seen you in person a few times and then asks you to come for a visit, where he will be taking you on a tour of the campus and having a one-on-one sit down, there is real interest.  Asking you to come to a camp, not so much.  Keep digging.  

cabbagedad posted:
BOF posted:

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Now is the time to put on your "discernment armor". You are going to hear lots of things from recruiting coaches during the next year during your recruitment, so while some of it may be honest, much of it will be to get you to their camp and get you to spend your time and money to help fund their salaries. You have to know that in many programs recruiting and some of the other coaches salaries are paid by camp attendees. So while the interest may be real, it may also be just to get you to their camp. How do you know the difference?  Frankly it is hard to really know for sure, but if you ask questions like. Where did you see me play? What did you like about my performance? What do you think I can improve on? Where do you see me fitting in your program? Do you have me ranked enough to fit on your recruiting board? Where do I rank in my position against other recruits? 

As a young man these are the  straight forward questions you will have to learn to ask coaches who are many years older and mature, so you will need to find a parent or a friend and practice asking them so you become comfortable in situations that you would normally not be. Always remember that recruiting coaches are going to tell you what you want to hear, it is your, and your parents job to filter the BS out. Best of luck in your search 

Excellent advise, particularly the bolded questions ... those will tell you for real where you currently stand.  And if they answer that they really need to see you in person to give you a better answer, this is probably a good indicator that it is early to make any significant investment on a lengthy trip.  

Iowamom's example is also excellent... if a RC/HC has seen you in person a few times and then asks you to come for a visit, where he will be taking you on a tour of the campus and having a one-on-one sit down, there is real interest.  Asking you to come to a camp, not so much.  Keep digging.  

I will say, son got offer he did accept at a camp, so they are useful. I would just weigh where you are in the process and the distance of the camp. The earlier in the process, the closer the camp would have to be to be worthwhile.

BaseballAddict1020 posted:

The email was sent by the Recruting Coordinator. I am a 2019 MIF. Thank you all for your feedback. 

Call the recruiter, tell him that you have to travel far. You would like to know about genuine interest.  Ask those questions posted above.

Is it a prospect camp? Is his 2019 class filled?

Has this coach seen you play or just seen you through video because you don't want anyone to ask you to committ without them seeing you play a few times.

JMO

 

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