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    Freshmen?

    Should the recruiting process be started durning a kids Freshmen year or after his/her Freshmen year??

    (e.g., if they are a Baseball or softball player)
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    Depends on how you define the "recruiting" process.

    The NCAA considers someone recruitable when they start 9th grade. So certainly if someone is making a significant varsity contribution as a freshman, college coaches will want to know about it. But the only thing they can do about it is send an athletic questionnaire. They can NOT send information about their athletic program (media guide, schedule, past history, etc.) or a letter from a coach until September 1 of the junior year.

    So if you define the process as letting colleges know about you ( or a skilled freshman), I would say yes. I was at a seminar earlier this year with a college coach, and a woman said that her daughter competed in a state championship as a freshman. The woman asked the college coach that since her daughter had an interest in a particular college, when should they call the college coach. The college coach said, why not now?

    I, however, hesitate from signing freshman as clients of NSR. I don't people to think that as soon as they sign with NSR, things will go nuts, because they will not for a freshman, given the rules on contacts and mailings. I don't want a family to think they just invested a lot of money in one our programs, only to be disappointed by a lack of immediate response. Sophomore year sounds a little better to me.

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    Originally posted by National Scouting Report
    Depends on how you define the "recruiting" process.

    Sophomore year sounds a little better to me.
    I have a kid that will (Lord willing) start on varsity HS baseball team this year as a freshmen.....

    Defining the process......Start getting the kids name out to college coaches.

    Would that be before, during or after the students sophomore year??

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    DURING the student's sophomore year. Use the freshman high school season and summer ball as a basis for creating his resume or profile. (This also gives him a full year GPA under his belt.) Send and/or email the info to college coaches, either by yourself, with my help, or with another credible scouting service. It will start to put him on the map and perhaps generate athletic questionnaires...which is the 1st step in the recruiting process. The steps are...

    1) Identification
    2) Evaluation
    3) Recruitment
    4) Offer

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    Originally posted by National Scouting Report
    DURING the student's sophomore year. Use the freshman high school season and summer ball as a basis for creating his resume or profile. (This also gives him a full year GPA under his belt.) Send and/or email the info to college coaches, either by yourself, with my help, or with another credible scouting service. It will start to put him on the map and perhaps generate athletic questionnaires...which is the 1st step in the recruiting process. The steps are...

    1) Identification
    2) Evaluation
    3) Recruitment
    4) Offer
    Thanks, for the great info!!!

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    Will college coaches really look at anything parents send them. I would love to use NSR, but the finances aren't available.

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    There is not a simply yes/no answer to that question. Some college coaches will look at everything. Some won't. Some may NOT use scouting services. Some may pay NO attention to ANYTHING sent by mom, dad or student-athlete. You just have to do as much as you can to get someone's name out there, and hope that someone sees it!

    I know our services are successful, as evidenced by my track record. But I also know they are expensive. The cost/benefit determination is not for me to make. Just please don't get upset that I do help my clients, like another person who sent me an email recently. In fact, I am going to try to find it and post it for anyone to comment.

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    I wouldn't ever get upset with someone who tries to help as many young athletes as NSR does!!! I just wish I could afford the services. I really believe , and have been told my son has talent, heart, and the grades to back it all up. I want the best for him. I just have to find a way to get him recognized,since he goes to a very small school, not a good record with wins, and a new coach that has enough to worry about without parents hounding him about trying to get every son a scholarship. Thank you for your help and advice.

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    Send me an email. There may be something we can do.

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