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4 Ways Your High School and Club Coaches Can Help You Get Recruited

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Recruiting is a team effort. While your parents play a key role in helping determine your path to college, a high school or club softball coach can also bring a lot to the table. From personal connections with college coaches to evaluations and recommendations, there are a variety of ways your current coach can offer support. Check out these four key ways a high school or club coach can give your recruiting process a boost.

Open doors to college coaches

Many high school and club coaches have built strong relationships with college softball coaches and programs over the years. College softball coaches respect another coach’s input and recommendations. Once you’ve built your list of target schools, take it to your current coach and ask if they have a relationship with any coaches on your list. If so, see if they could provide an introduction.

While an introduction may give you an in, don’t get tunnel vision. Your connection doesn’t automatically make you the right choice. Plus, it doesn’t automatically ensure you a roster spot. Approach your college decision from all angles to find the right fit.

Give you an honest evaluation

Trying to gauge if you are good enough for D1 softball? Your high school or club coach is in a great position to provide an honest evaluation. Throughout the season, your coach has a front row seat to assess your ability, work ethic and intangibles. They see how you deal with success, respond to adversity, perform in crunch time and treat your teammates.

As you navigate the recruiting journey, talk to your coach about your future as a college athlete. Which division level is realistic? What should you include in your highlight video? Where do you need to improve?

Read more: College softball recruiting guidelines

Set up a call with a college coach

According to NCAA recruiting rules, D1 coaches can’t contact softball recruits until September 1 of their junior year. However, as a recruit, you can call coaches at any time—and they can answer. Once you identify your target list of schools and start making calls to coaches, you’ll probably get the answering machine more often than not. If the coach misses your call, they aren’t allowed to call you back, but they are allowed to contact your high school or club coach to schedule a time for you to call again. If you get the voicemail, leave a message with your high school or club coach’s contact info.

Don’t leave your current coach in the dark—let them know you’d like their help getting in touch with a college softball coach. Give them the college coach’s contact info and ask if they can set up a call. Provide a few dates and times when you’re available to talk. Once you’ve got the college coach on the line, make sure not to ask one of these 19 questions.

Give you a recommendation

What would your current coach say about you if a college coach called today? When college softball coaches identify an athlete as a top recruit, they nearly always call their high school or club coach to learn more about the athlete’s character, attitude and talent. Whether or not you mesh with your current softball coach’s personality and coaching style, you should try your best to stay on good terms. The way your current coach describes your behavior and work ethic could have a huge impact.

At the end of the day, you are essentially the team captain of your recruiting process. While parents and coaches can offer support and guidance, it ultimately comes down to your athletic and academic performance as well as the effort you put into getting recruited.

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