I would also suggest that he leave nothing out ref injuries, and be sure to make some notes on how he responded as he will probably receive more than one questionaire and he will want to be consistent ... just like college coaches, the scouts talk among themselves as well.
baseball #1 - I agree with the previous posts, especially about keeping a copy of the questionnaire. Many of these can get quite lengthy, so having a copy really saves time and it helps you to be consistent with your information from team to team. Good Luck!
You’ve been given good advice Baseball#1. Let me echo the suggestion of "keep a copy". Depending how many questionnaires your son gets the paperwork aspect of recruiting can become messy. A simple manila folder with a copy of the completed questionnaires can prove to be helpful at a later date. Most questionnaires will come with a self addressed stamped envelope but I actually gave my son a small "recruiting" briefcase with stamps, envelopes, and file folders and kept reminding him that he needed to return the questionnaires. I handled this for him when he was drafted out of high school so I knew what to expect. If there are any medical concerns as a result of the questionnaire, as there was with my son, interested clubs will want doctors’ names, addresses and a doctor’s release in some cases. Best of luck, Fungo
baseball #1 - one way we handled the 'any previous injuries' question was to actually get a copy of his records from the sports med clinic and send it with the questionnaire. Answers any questions they may have in that regards and supplies doctor contact info as well.
If this applies to your son, keep a copy of that info as well as someone else will likely ask for it down the road.
Fungo - good idea on the 'recruiting briefcase'. Son is at a juco now, so would benefit him for transfer recruiting as well.
topdogfan gave excellent advise. Get any records, xray and MRI reports and send them with the questionaire. No need to have to answer questions regarding injuries, they have it all in front of them. We did find many scouts to be quite unorganized and had to send some of them out more than once, twice. Make a lot of copies.
One thing that cannot be emphasized enough: Be truthful. On the Pro questionaires my son filled out several questions were asked 6 or 7 different ways.
Two questions that trip up a lot of players is: Have you ever had a serious injury? This question will usually be asked early in the 7 page questionaire. Then near the end this question: Have you ever had an X-ray performed? Okay, if you answered that you have never had a serious injury, then it sends up a red flag if you answered yes to the X-ray question. So it is always best to be completely truthful.
As far as injuries go, we answered the question in regards to baseball injuries. Was this wrong? My son broke his nose playing s****r last fall when another player tried to "flick" the ball backwards on a header. He missed the ball and his head landed squarely in the middle of my son's face. Yes, we had xrays and ended up with surgery to put my son's septum back on his nose instead of pushed into his left sinus cavity. OUCH! We've answering "no" to the serious injury question, feeling this particular injury wouldn't affect his pitching. The injury did, however, help him decide to skip varsity s****r his senior year. The team is going to state this weekend (four teams still alive) and he's missing the action, but he'll be in the stands cheering for his friends. He says he doesn't miss the s****r and is glad he chose to focus on baseball since that's where his future lies. Maybe scouts would be glad to hear that he's not risking injury in another sport, or maybe they only want to hear about injuries which affect his baseball? Which approach is right for future questionnaires?
My advice would be to answer the question truthfully. A broken nose is a serious injury. He had x-rays and he had surgery. Leave it up to the Scout/Pro Club to determine whether or not it will have an impact as far as baseball is concerned. Normally a broken nose would not impact a players ability to hit, field, throw unless he is now "gun-shy" from being hit in the nose before. It is better to tell them than for them to find out from other sources and feel that you deliberately deceived them.
Also, remember, the question usually isn't, "Have you had a serious "baseball" injury?" It's, "Have you had a serious injury?"
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