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Beach City Baseball Academy has developed an exclusive partnership with the Nation’s leading college camp and showcase organization, Trosky Baseball, to develop high school age student–athletes for college careers at America’s most competitive schools. Under the guidance of renowned coach Benny Bonilla, the partnership’s inaugural program will focus on elite travel baseball teams for players in the 14 Under, 16 Under and 18 Under classes. Players will attend Trosky Baseball Camp each season and teams will participate in top showcases and tournaments throughout the Southwest to maximize exposure to college scouts. Trosky has had tremendous success securing spots for players in college and the majors. In 2013, forty-three players signed National Letters of Intent and over 95% of these players received Division 1 baseball scholarships. Trosky’s travel baseball program is currently ranked 2nd nationwide for level of exposure to scouts. Trosky Baseball conducts premier college camps and showcases in Northern and Southern California. With over 15 years’ experience, Trosky Baseball has developed the most sought out programs and events for competitive high school and junior college players in the country. Trosky Baseball takes teams to the sophomore, junior, and senior Fall Classics. The Fall Classics are the biggest showcase tournaments in the west coast, drawing up to 300 college coaches and pro scouts. Athletes participating in Trosky programs learn the importance of scholastics, fundamentals, attitude, character, dedication, team play, and the importance of striving for excellence. Trosky Baseball is run by Nate Trosky, Coach Trosky is employed part time by the Milwaukee Brewers, the German National Team, and serves as a baseball clinician at many colleges and universities (Stanford, USC, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal Poly, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, Sonoma State, and Cal State Bakersfield).

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10 RECRUITING VIDEO RED FLAGS

Recruiting Insight By: Nate Trosky

 

Recently I received a player prospect video from a high school senior who attended a Trosky 30 College Showcase Camp. The player was from out of state and was promoting himself, looking to receive a college scholarship. After watching the video, I noticed that he made multiple common mistakes. Such mistakes result in college coaches 1. either not watching the solicited video, 2) not watching the video in it’s entirety, and or 3) a loss of interest in the player. In the article below, I’ve listed the player’s email (his identity remains anonymous), the mistakes made, and solutions to the problems.

Player’s Email:

Dear Coaches, My name is Jedd Jones and I am a senior at St. Mary’s High School, SoCal.  I participated in the Trosky Winter Showcase where I met many of you. I’m writing to inform you of an 8-minute video of my baseball abilities starting in the year 2012 as a sophomore and the remainder of the video during the year 2013 as a junior at Maryknoll High School.  You can access the video on YouTube at ……

More information concerning me can be found at the Field Level Network.
Thank you,

Jedd Jones

 

10 COLLEGE RECRUITING VIDEO RED FLAGS

 

  • Jedd addressed his email to the college coaches with, “Dear College Coaches.”

 

  • Solution: Be specific when addressing your emails. Address the college coaches by their last name (spelled correctly). For example: Dear Coach Smith. It is also important to not send your videos out as a mass email blast. Only send personal emails to colleges that are a good fit (financially, academically, athletically, and socially).

 

  • Jedd’s video was 8 minutes in length, with over 30 seconds of video footage of him jogging on and off the field (boring!)

 

  • Solution: To hold the attention of the college coaches, recruiting videos should be kept under 3 minutes.

 

    • Jedd’s video showed approximately 5 unedited live game AB’s. Each AB was approximately 45 seconds in length, showing him take over 15 pitches

 

      • Solution: Make sure each video clip used has a purpose and gets to the point.

 

      • Jedd’s video showed poor technique and also showed AB’s of him hitting 2  weak base hits.

 

      • Solution: Have a respectable instructor / coach that you trust proof your video before you post it or send it out. Pick only the best clips. If you don’t have enough quality clips, wait to email your video until you do. Note: game footage is nice to have but by no means it is necessary.

 

      • Jedd’s video had a lot of jerky hand held footage.

 

      • Solution: Plan your shots and use a tripod.

 

      • Jedd’s video showed him making multiple routine plays, 4 can of corn catches in the OF.

 

      • Solution: Take your time and capture quality footage of challenging plays.

 

      • Jedd’s uniform choice was not color-coded and it didn’t compliment his body.

 

      • Solution: The night before, pick out a nice color scheme and wear pants and a shirt that compliment your body. The first impression that you leave is passing the “eye test.”

 

      • Jedd’s video had audio coming in and out on different clips, meaning some clips had back up sounds while others had no sound at all.

 

      • Solution: Keep your audio consistent throughout your video creating a consistent feel. I recommend that you do not use background music. The best audio is the ambient sound of the game.

 

      • Jedd’s email and video didn’t include important specific information.

 

      • Solution: In the beginning of your video and in your introduction email, include the following information, Name, School, GPA, Grad Year, Height, Weight, School, Cell, Email, and a Contact Person Serving as a Reference.

 

      • Jedd’s videographer shot some unproductive angles

 

      • Solution: For college coaches to be able to utilize and critique the footage, it is very important to capture video clips (both hitters and pitchers) from proper angles. To capture the best hitting and pitching footage, film in 2 places, 1) directly behind the catcher, and 2) from the side looking at their chest.

Notes: I found over the past 15 years of being involved in the recruiting world that college coaches watch the majority of the recruiting videos sent to them, especially today with smart phones and the internet. Players, keep in mind the more red flags a video has, the less of a chance a college coach will watch your video.

Keep your video simple and to the point. There is no need to spend a large amount of money on expensive camera equipment or paying a major production company to produce your video. Any smartphone or simple camera is sufficient. Generally speaking, the more elaborately produced your video is, the less chance it will be watched all the way through.

Videos serve as a tool in the college recruiting process, but are not mandatory to be recruited. Out of our Trosky club team alumni (players who have received scholarships, over 150 in the past 3 years) less then 20% used a promotional video. Although many top players have not used video to earn scholarships in the past, technology is changing. You get a few seconds of the recruiter’s attention before he’s reading someone else’s email– make sure you’re the one that’s remembered. If you’re not using video to catch attention, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity.

The main purpose of a recruiting video is to develop interest and a relationship between the ball player and the college coach, especially for ball players that are looking to go out of state to college. Typically if a college coach likes a player’s video, he will then ask the player to come to their camp so that they can meet and so that the coach can watch the player in person. Note: High school players can attend any and all college prospect camps they choose to attend, without a personal invite or without a recruiting video. College prospect camps are open to the public. NCAA compliance requires college camps to be open to the public.

Stay Tuned: The next recruiting article will cover the different components of an impactful recruiting video, for both pitchers and position players.

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Recruiting Red Flags

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Over the the last 15 years I’ve had the opportunity to work over 150 college recruiting events and professional scouting combines. From these events I have noted 30 recruiting red flags, complaints from the college coaches and scouts concerning high school prospects. I encrouage high school prospets and their parents to read the list below and make note of the individual red flags. Being conscious of each area will ultimately increasing a player’s odds of being recruited.

As a coach and scout, I communicate to my players that, “the college coaches are in the bushes and the scouts are in the tree,” meaning someone always watching them!” A player’s character is the true separator and definer of how fare they will go in this game and in life, and character can be defined as what someone does when nobody is looking, or at least when they think nobody is looking.

  1. College Recruiting Red Flags
  2. Addressing an email to a college coach by either calling him Coach, without his first name and or by spelling his name wrong.
  3. Sending emails to college coaches that are lengthy, with to much information.
  4. Getting in trouble outside of baseball fostering a reputation that reaches the college coaches.
  5. Attending a college recruiting camp with sagging pants, untied shoes, wearing headphones, or with a non baseball hairdo.
  6. On a official visit, asking current players what the party scene is like and where to find girls.
  7. During a college visit, acting rude to a parent or family member.
  8. Throwing gear after getting upset during a game.
  9. Un-coachable attitude when a coach is advising, teaching techniques or training.
  10. Looking like a thug in your uniform.
  11. Being seen at the yard with a hat on backwards.
  12. At a college prospect camp, a player disrespecting his high school coach in front of the college coaches.
  13. Player seen eating a poor diet at a showcase or tournament, especially if he appears to be struggling with weight problems.
  14. Overly involved parents or family members. Parents that are too attached, controlling, or speak for their kids when a college coach asks the player questions.
  15. At a high school or travel ball game, a player asking his parents for drinks/snacks.
  16. Lack of self control, revealing negative emotions through poor body language when things aren’t going right on the field.
  17. Complaining or disrespect toward umpires or coaches.
  18. Inconsistent effort of hustle running to 1B.
  19. Low GPA.
  20. Low test scores.
  21. Player’s dad carrying their bat bag or equipment.
  22. Mom applying sunscreen to the player’s face.
  23. Colorful language, poor attitude or images of debotury on social media
  24. Showing up late, anytime.
  25. Not being prepared at a college camp, forgetting belt etc..
  26. Verbally omitting early, getting lazy, not improving or reaching ones projection.
  27. Player rolling their bag into the park on wheels.
  28. After verbally committing to a college on a baseball scholarship, and then decomitting.
  29. Lack of commitment to a club or high school team. For example, playing on numerous team at once and being unreliable.
  30. Showing off, boasting, or other ego-driven actions that degrade a team collaboration.
  31. Rounding up on GPA, test scores, and or baseball statistics

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Recruiting Insight by: Trosky Baseball

12-24-13

Recruiting is a two-way street, the student athlete recruits the college coaches and their program and the college coaches recruit the student athlete. Many players make the mistake of not doing their part in the recruiting process by failing to recruit the college program(s) they’re interested in. Through my experience of being involved in the recruiting process as a former college coach, from running showcases, and from working over 50 college prospect camps over the past 12 years, my experiences have given me valuable recruiting insight that’d like to share with you.

First of all, no matter the level of the player, DIII, DII, or for even DI prospects, it is important for all projectable college players to be proactive in the recruiting process. In 2013, within Trosky Baseball select travel teams, over 40 players early committed to major colleges and universities (before the start of the 2014 high school season).

The key to becoming a college commit is to be committed to the process, and the recruiting process is a process, meaning it takes time, patience, and commitment. These 40 plus early college commits worked hard and understood the importance of being proactive within the recruiting process.

Keep in mind that for many players perusing playing baseball at the next level, along the journey unexpected doors open and close and player’s perspective often times changes. With this in mind, I encourage and challenge all players not to rule out any particular college (no matter the level) until they’ve done their homework and studied to find out if the college and the baseball program is a good fit for them.

One of the main ways of being proactive in the college recruiting process is to attend college prospect camps. Players often ask me two questions about attending College Prospect Camps. The first question is how beneficial are they to attend. The second question is which camps should they consider attending.

These two questions often arise because most high school players (going into their junior year) receive numerous camp email invites, because budgets are limited, and because players just aren’t sure if the camps are worth attending. Note: when referring to college prospects camp I am referring to individual prospect camp held by specific colleges. For example, Fresno State Winter Prospects camp held in December, open to all high school players.

My response to the two questions are, 1) college prospects camps are one of the most productive and informative ways to spend money within the recruiting process, and 2) before players attend specific camps, they should create a list of colleges (between 10 and 20) that they feels are a good fit for them. The 4 categories in order of importance to determine if a college is a good fit are:

  1. Academic Fit
  2. Financial Fit
  3. Athletic Fit
  4. Social Fit

After the list is made, decide what camps to attend according to what colleges from their list they feel is a good fit.

Below I have listed some of the benefits of attending college prospects camps.

Attending College Prospect Camps Are Beneficial Because:

  1. In today’s recruiting world, prospects camps are one of the main sources of signing players. For example, over half of the 2013 Stanford Cardinals came from the Stanford Prospect Camps.
  2. Attending prospect camps allow players to meet the coaching staff and vice versa. Often times at showcases camps, showcase tournaments, and at high school games, only one coach on staff attends. After a college coach watches a player and lists him as a strong follow, the college coach typically invites the specific player to their prospect camp, wanting to get to know them better as an athlete, as a person, and to give the other coaches on staff a chance to create an opinion of the player. If the staff concludes that the player is what they’re looking for, a scholarship offer may follow. Note: in the year of 2013, college coaches have made more scholarship offers to younger players and have made more scholarship offers more frequently then ever before.
  3. Attending prospect camps players get to know the entire coaching staff. This is important from the player’s perspective. It is especially beneficial to get to know the head coach and or the associate head coach on staff. Both the head coach and the associate head coach are driving force of the team and the team’s culture and philosophy derive from them. The head coach and or the associate head coach typically attend their prospect camps and they also usually speak to the players and parents about the camp, the college, and about their program. Learning specifics about a college program helps the player decide if the particular baseball program is the right fit for them.
  4. Attending prospect camps, especially overnight camps, gives players a feel for the college campus, the college dorms, the college cafeteria, the college community, and the overall college environment.
  5. Attending prospect camps give the college coaches multiple days to evaluate and to create a clear opinion of the attending players giving them an objective projection of how specific players would fit into their program.
  6. Attending prospect camps give the college coaches and opportunity to work one on one with the players, interacting with them and learning the player’s attitude, aptitude, coachability, and body awareness.
  7. Attending prospect camps build relationships amongst the player and parents to the college coaches. When relationships are built player become known by name and this is huge when reaching out to coaches at a later date. When relationships are made, coaches are much more likely to return phone calls and emails. Also college coaches can legally interact with the players and parents during the duration of the camp. This is not the case at showcase tournaments and at high school games.

Through these several examples, it is evident that attending college prospects camps is a beneficial way to be proactive in the recruiting process. To get signed up for a college prospect camp, go to the college’s websites that you interest in. And remember, before attending prospect camps, get into the best shape you can to be prepared to show you’re “A” game.

In closing I’d like to give advice to multiple sport athletes. Multiple sport athletes don’t have the luxury of always being in top baseball shape when many of the prospect camp are held. Therefore regardless the time of year, get into the best shape as possible, get out and get noticed.

For information on Trosky 30 College Showcase Camps, go to Troskybaseball.com

Remember everyone’s journey is a journey, therefore buckle up and enjoy the ride!

DCBA
Nate Trosky
Trosky Baseball.

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Trosky Baseball is the country's premier showcase camp, and travel baseball organization. Our mission is to develop student-athletes from the inside out, providing complete player development, while providing access to college recruiting opportunities and guidance in the college recruiting and profession scouting process. We strive to develop young men and strong communities through the great game of baseball.