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I mentioned on the Updates thread that I knew a kid who got an offer at a NESCAC school after just one Headfirst event. I think that's  uncommon but I'm not sure if I'm right.  

It would make sense to me if a coach liked a kid's performance at an event and contacted the kid's coach for more info and then pulled the trigger, but I'm at the age now where the only thing that makes sense to me is that nothing makes sense.

Others' thoughts and/or experiences?

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Offered him on the spot or started the process to get to an offer?

I guess on the spot, with the assumption that the pre-read would be positive.  The kid I'm thinking of knew after that one HF that he didn't need to do another event, so the coach must have been pretty certain he could get him in.  I can check though. I'm trying to see what a player can avoid cost-wise and still have a chance.  It may be a matter of good fortune.  Say the kid is a good enough player and the grades/test scores are in the ballpark but he has a crappy showcase.  Then what? I wasn't comfortable doing one event but maybe I could've been?

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Wait, do you mean the one showcase was the only thing he does, other than high school ball?

Or that he had done other things (tournaments, PBR, camps) but a school only saw him once at a showcase and began the process?

I don't think anyone offers support on the spot, without the pre-read.  Certainly some offered a visit before the pre-read, which were done very quickly.  And Headfirst gives them test scores and GPA, I think.

I believe that a HA D3 can offer after seeing a kid for the first time if some or all of the following happens:

1. The kid has reached out with some pertinent info prior to HF/Showball/other. This info includes a current official transcript from his school, a screenshot of an ACT/SAT (both very easy and my kid had those saved on his phone and he emailed those things several times to various HA coaches).

2. It also helps if the coach knows of/about the school the kid attends (right or wrong a lot of kids that go HA are kids from prep/private or elite public high schools) and knows the kind of kids they have offered and admitted in the past.

3. Video and metrics emailed or seen by HC/RC prior to event.

I believe that some players/parents have some idea of the landscape of recruiting these days while others know that baseball is their kids ticket to a highly selective school (like some parents/kids here).

I also believe that coaches who have been at places like Tufts/Johns Hopkins/others for a while know what a great pitcher or player at their level looks like when they are 17/18 years old and are ready to offer a stud who wants to attend. If the right kid knows he wants to go to Middlebury or Amherst (for myriad of reasons) it can be a one and done. These coaches are not recruiting the portal or waiting for mid season drop downs from D1.

Absolutely.  A LHP throwing 90-91 is gonna get offers immediately, for instance.  Same with a CF who runs 6.6

Oh, you're speaking of I Am That Guy's twin sons!  

I guess I'm assuming that they wouldn't be available for stratospheric D3s, unless they had a passion for the liberal arts equal to their passion/mad skills with the alabaster spheroid, and if they didn't mind half their college baseball careers cancelled by college presidents named Karen or Ken.

I mentioned on the Updates thread that I knew a kid who got an offer at a NESCAC school after just one Headfirst event. I think that's  uncommon but I'm not sure if I'm right.  

It would make sense to me if a coach liked a kid's performance at an event and contacted the kid's coach for more info and then pulled the trigger, but I'm at the age now where the only thing that makes sense to me is that nothing makes sense.

Others' thoughts and/or experiences?

Yes.  I don't know if it is uncommon or common but I know a kid "extremely well" who was offered by a NESCAC school after one HeadFirst event.  He met all the criteria @used2lurk detailed out and nailed the college as well.

Yes you can get D3 invitations to visit and do pre-reads, which turn into offers of slots, from schools who have only seen you at one Headfirst showcase. My son had a PG (tournament) and PBR (showcase) profile, had been at big tournaments, and had attended one HA school's camp, before HF. However, most of the schools who contacted him after HF had not seen him before, nor had he ever contacted them.  He had a good showcase, and it was backed up by the other stuff - I'm not sure it would have had the same impact if that were all he had done.

We were flying totally blind, didn't have a clue what he should be doing, and travel coaches did not have much sense of the non-local HA scene.  Not from an elite HS, and no-one from his school had done this before.

Btw, only one D3 coach ever reached out to either travel or HS coaches.  I always thought that was strange. We did ask travel coaches to contact some D3 coaches, although they did not know them.  

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