In light of all the brilliance being spread over the last week, I thought I would share with you some of the quotes I have heard from scouts and college coaches over the last year. Just food for thought.
"High school kids get drafted on physical ability. Do they throw 90+? Do they run 6.5 or better? Can they hit it 400 feet? College players get drafted on can they play the game."
"These scouts keep telling me this kid is a great athlete or that kid is a great athlete. I want to know can the kid play or not."
"Show me a kid that self promotes and I'll show you a kid that can't play."
"I see that kid can play up 5-0 in the sixth. How is he down 4-3 in the sixth."
"Did I just see that kid throw his helmet after moving a runner from 2nd to 3rd with a ground ball to the right side with nobody out? He just doesn't get it."
"What does he do in his 4th at bat when he is 0 for 3 on the day?"
"If he gives up runs early, can he keep you in it until you can score"?
How many of these things can be determined in a tryout camp? If your son is invited to area code or a professional tryout camp, congratulations. That is great. Just make sure he goes for needed exposure and not unnecessary recognition. Recognition is never a good reason to leave your team. There is no "I" in team but there are 2 of them in recognition.