1. Listening to Bad Advice
This is #1 for a reason. There are many people who surround talented high school baseball players. High school coaches, club coaches, instructors, family, teammates, etc… Many of them are good resources. However; it is also very clear that many of them will do their best to help and may actually be hurting. They provide opinions and advice on things they don’t know or are not up to date on. Be very careful of who you are listening to. Even those who want to help may be providing bad information. A trusted resource should be seeing college baseball talent at all levels, personally know a vast number of college coaches, and be well versed with the academic profiles colleges are looking for.
2. Unrealistic with Ability
It’s great to have a dream. All players should work towards that and do what they can to make it happen. Sometimes, in baseball as in life, our dreams are not realistic or they don’t come to fruition. Unlike the saying “You can do anything if you put your mind to it,” not every player ends up at the school they dream of. If a player’s ability is high level D3 baseball, they shouldn’t be wasting their time trying to get D1 schools to offer. They should focus on the level that fits best with their skill set and gives them the best chance to PLAY and be successful in college. It’s important to have that assessment from a highly credible source. It should be someone who sees thousands of high school players all over the country. It’s also very important that the individual evaluates college baseball players. That allows for them to see how a high school player compares to the current college baseball players at all levels.
3. “If a Player is Good Enough the College Coaches Will Find Them”
This isn’t how college baseball works in today’s world. It hasn’t worked like this for years. Today’s process is too fast paced, too competitive, and too reliant on personal networks for kids to sit back on the process. Looking at this from a common sense standpoint, college coaches are in-season during all of the high school season for most states. They have limited time to recruit while kids are playing high school baseball. College coaches typically have at least one prospect they want to see at a game or an event before they attend, they aren’t just strolling around from game to game to see what players look good. They have a much better plan than that.
4. Believing Every Camp or Showcase is Worth It
This goes hand in hand with being proactive. Players should attend showcases and camps. Of course, making sure the player is physically ready is the top priority. Another important piece is going to the right events at the right time. Parents waste thousands of dollars on showcases and camps that will be no benefit. These are the four questions every kid should ask before attending a showcase.
- What schools will be there?
- Are the schools attending a fit for my ability and academics?
- What are the other benefits from the showcase?
- After answering the first 3, does the cost seem worth it?
If after answering these questions a player feels good, it is likely a good option for a showcase/camp. From there a decision will have to be made. Parents and players should use caution with showcases and camps.
5. Using Recruiting Services Who Take Anyone That Will Pay
There are many recruiting services out there that have no credibility within college baseball. This is easy, don’t waste your money. It isn’t worth it. Being proactive is important but players need to be smart about what they are doing to be proactive. These services take any kid who will pay. Ability doesn’t matter, even if they say it does. College coaches know how they operate and don’t use them as a resource. Elite Sports Advising is very unique and that is part of the reason.