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For College Coaches: Where can I find information on your players?

You can find measurables and academic information on the link above for all of our players.

For Families: How do I ensure that my son gets exposure and the best opportunity to be recruited?

We feel it is important for families to understand the recruiting process, so that they give themselves the best chance at playing beyond high school if they are competitively able to do so.  The following is what we feel has led to success for our former athletes. It has also been vetted by college baseball coaches to ensure it aligns with their reality.

Play for a competitive team that plays in a competitive league/tournaments.

It is important that the competition you are playing is top notch. If and when a coach watches you play, they want to know that the pitching or hitters you are facing are college bound. This gives credibility to your own performance when using statistics as a measure of predicted success at the next level.  At Impact, we feel the KCCBA helps accomplish this.  In the American Division in 2020, nearly every pitcher we faced was college bound and a good majority of the hitters were committed to play college baseball.

In addition, we try to select tournaments that we know coaches will be in attendance and the competition will be solid.  For the summer of 2021, we are targeted a few of the following: Chad Wolf Classic in AR, UCM, Emporia State, PBR Creekside, and Fort Scott to name a few.

Play for a program that is connected to college coaches.

Similar to that in the work place, having trusted references is huge.  Rarely does an employer hire a new employee without conducting a background check and calling references.  This is true in the recruiting process.  Coaches want to be able to trust a club or high school coach regarding a player they are interested in.  Fortunately, Impact has 40+ players at various colleges.  This has allowed us to build relationships with those coaches and gives us credibility when referring a player to them.

At Impact, we will not over inflate a player's ability to a college coach. We always are transparent with parents/players first when they ask our thoughts about their son's ability, although that may be hard to hear at times.  It is crucial that we shoot college coaches straight to continue to build trust for future players down the road.

Become the best possible baseball player first, then worry about being recruited

Statistics show that only 7% of High School baseball players go on to play collegiately.  Let that sink in for a minute.  Are you in the top 7%?  What that means is on most high school teams, if you are not the best player on the team, the chances of you playing beyond high school are slim.  I think this is an important place to start because families spend a ton of money on individual showcase events through PBR, Perfect Game, etc.  There is no point to go to these events if you are not standing out with your measurables (60 yard dash, exit velocity, throwing velocity, body type, etc.).  Therefore, you should first invest your time and money to develop. Focus on strength and conditioning. Focus on skill development through individual lessons.  When your measurables begin to impress, then it is time to consider attending showcase type events.  On the link above, you can look at our players' measureables.  In addition, you can look at national showcase data to see where players are measuring at by searching it in Google.

Do your research on schools and then target your opportunities.

College Baseball Hub is a great resource to begin your research.  It allows you to see a map of the United States to identify programs at each level.  Once you have a general idea of what level you might be able to play at (talk to your coaches), begin your research on this website.  After identifying schools, begin to research the school for what degree programs they offer. Do further research on their coaching staff to see what they specialize in and how they can help you develop as a player. You can gather this information on their bio page on their team website.  Additionally, look at the team's roster.  Do they tend to recruit from high schools, junior colleges, or both? This may impact your interest if they tend to pursue junior college players.  Lastly, look at the number of guys they have at the position you play and what their grad year is.  If they are loaded at your position with young players, it may not be the right fit.

Once your research is complete, then begin to contact those coaches for opportunities to get in front of them.  Although individual showcases like PBR and Best in the US can be fruitful, the universities you have interest in may not be there.  Additionally, there are usually a ton of players in attendance, which can make it hard for you to stick out.  In our opinion, the best thing to do is go directly to camps/showcases being run by the universities themselves.  This ensure you will get in front of the coach you desire to see you play.  Moreover, it allows a more personal opportunity to introduce yourself and express your interest in their program.  These tend to take place in the fall/winter.

Video is an important tool in selling yourself

You need to begin to develop a portfolio of videos that showcase your skills.  When reaching out to universities to gauge interest in you as a player, having video for them to review is important.  The videos do not need to be long, but should be high quality for the coach to get a feel for you as a player and your mechanics.  

For hitters, take video from the side (facing you) and from behind.  It is a bonus if you can include exit velocity in the video.  You only need about 3-5 swings from each angle.

For pitchers, take video from the side (facing you) and from the front or behind.  It is crucial to include velocity and the description of each pitch you are throwing.  3-4 reps of each pitch is sufficient.

For fielders, take video from the front and side. 3-5 reps from each angle is sufficient.  It is a bonus if you can include velocity from your position.

Refrain from using any special effects.  Keep it simple and to the point.  A coach is going to make a decision in less than 30 seconds whether you are someone they will want to see or not in person.

You can see examples below of videos we have helped our players craft.  These have helped players secure opportunities at various collegiate levels by demonstrating to the coaches what they can do without the coaches having seen them play in live competition.

Nathan Hall
Eddie Freidel

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