The 6 Questions about the Recruiting Process I Get Asked the Most, with answers

I get asked the same six questions…all. the. time. Here are my answers to these six questions! This page will always be current (I’ll continually update it).

What do I write in my emails to coaches?

Email is one of the most important parts of your recruiting process. It’s the driving force behind everything else you’re going to do (showcases, tournaments, phone calls, visits, etc).

Here’s the tricky thing about email: the contents of your email matter a lot, but WHO you email also really matters. There are lots of factors that determine whether you get responses from coaches or not.

So if you want to know how to find coaches that are more likely to respond to your email, exactly what to include in your email, and how to make your email better than everyone else’s…

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Which coach do I email?

You’ll want to email the recruiting coordinator. If no coach is designated as the recruiting coordinator, email the assistant coach that corresponds to your position (if you’re a pitcher, email the pitching coach, etc.). Don’t email the head coach…he has very little to do with recruiting.

What do I put in a recruiting video, and how do I make my video stand out?

Great news!…I wrote an entire article on this. It’s comprehensive, so it should answer your questions. You can read it here.

If your question is not answered in this article, email me. My email address is jack@ballerbuilder.com

Can you give me swing/arm/defense advice?

I do not give personal baseball skill advice at this time. This may change in the future. As of right now, I’m only giving recruiting advice.

“I’m sending out emails…but not getting many responses. What do I do?”

If this is you, start by looking at your list of schools. There are 3 questions you should ask…

  • “Am I emailing schools in my talent bracket?” (If you’re not getting the responses you want, you may need to lower your sights)
  • “Am I emailing schools that have a need?” (I talk about this extensively in the 18-step game plan. More info on my email list. You can sign up here.)
  • “Am I emailing enough schools?” (Emailing 5-10 schools is probably not going to be sufficient. Target your schools, but keep in mind that the more schools you email, the better your chances are).

What year should I start sending emails out?

You can begin sending emails out as early as your freshman year, but note that coaches currently cannot respond to your email before September 1 of your junior year. They can send you camp invites, and they can talk to your travel coach, but they cannot directly respond to you.

If you have friends that are committing as freshmen, they either went to a school’s individual camp (where coaches can talk to you directly), or the college coach went through your friend’s travel coach. It is NOT common to commit as a freshman.

If you are a late bloomer (need more time to develop and mature physically), then wait to send emails out until your sophomore or junior year. It does you no good to email schools if you can’t prove to them that you will be of value to them. Wait until you think you can prove value to them through your video.

If your question was not answered here, please email me. My email address is jack@ballerbuilder.com

Navigating the Recruiting Process During COVID-19

Many people are wondering how to continue their recruiting process during the coronavirus quarantine. With seasons cancelled and the rest of the year uncertain, it’s easy to get anxious about the already difficult process.

There’s a lot we don’t know about the NCAA’s plans and what the landscape is going to look like for the next year, or more.

I’m going to share what I would do if I were in the recruiting process right now. Truthfully, there’s only so much you can do at this time to further your process. But there are things you can do right now that will benefit you in the long run and help you achieve success later on. Don’t get bored with slow progress. It’s essential to ultimate triumph. Learn from the guy who went through the process twice…play the long game.

Before we start…let’s get one thing straight: no, you’re not falling behind in the recruiting process during coronavirus. Everyone is quarantined; everyone’s season is cancelled. No one is secretly playing tournaments or having covert conversations with college coaches down by the docks like something out of Peaky Blinders. This really is a quiet period. Having said that, I do think this time can be used productively and that you can take a few small steps to gain some ground in the process.

Here’s how I would use my time if I were in the recruiting process during coronavirus:

  • I would double the number of schools on my list to email.

If you’ve read any of my stuff, whether on the site or from my emails, you know that I don’t advocate for sending out a bunch of random emails. This is hardly ever a good strategy. I have always strongly recommended finding schools that excite you, that fit your needs, and that have a need for your position. However, this takes a lot of time and research…and if you’re in high school, you already have a full day of school, baseball, family obligations, and a social life.

This means that you don’t have the time to research a ton of schools, find ones that fit your needs, target those schools for their needs, write your emails, put together your video, and send them off. You can do some, but not nearly as many as you can do now. If I were you, I would continue to find schools that meet my needs and target schools that need me, but I would do this in greater quantity.

Your list is a numbers game. Yes, a shorter list of filtered, targeted schools is more valuable than a longer list of unfiltered, random schools. But, what if you had a longer list of filtered, targeted schools? Your chances of getting multiple responses shoot through the roof if you increase the number of schools you reach out to. It’s simple mathematics…probability for the win!

Use this down time to add schools to your list. Don’t sacrifice quality, but increase the quantity.

  • I would create a stockpile of video (if possible).

Now, this one will not be possible for everyone. But, if you do have access to a cage or somewhere you can hit and get some defensive work in, then use this time to build an enormous stash of video. You can never have too much video.

I recommend having video stored away just in case a coach asks for something specific. Oh, you want a video of me blocking a baseball? Here it is! Oh, you want a video of me fielding ground balls at shortstop? Here it is!

Create your stash now. Of course, you can’t get game video right now…but no one can! Use this time to bank video. You’ll almost certainly use it at some point.

  • PREVIOUSLY, I WROTE THIS: I would prepare all of my emails and save them as drafts.

UPDATE: With the NCAA’s decision to give all division one and two players a year of eligibility back, some of the fog has lifted (though, it’s still quite difficult for coaches to assess their needs and rosters). While coaches are still having a hard time figuring out which players are returning and not, they have a better idea now that the NCAA has made this decision.

Because coaches have a better idea of what their rosters *may* look like, I think it’s safe to send emails out to coaches during this COVID-19 quarantine.

Having said that…for those of you interested in emailing top baseball programs, you may want to wait on those schools. Programs with a hefty number of potential draft picks are going to have to wait and see what MLB decides to do with the draft. You can still send emails to these schools, but your response rate may be even lower than normal (even with the response rate from these schools already starting at a low percentage).

If you have any questions about this update, please email me.

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  • I would use this time to gain strength and athleticism.

You may not have access to a cage. You may not have access to a field. But you have access to time, and you have access to your body.

There are so many workouts and activities you can do to get stronger and gain athleticism at home. Don’t believe me? Just google, “Workouts to do from home during coronavirus” and you will get hundreds of results. Also, there has never been a better time to go outside and be active. Hiking, swimming, playing in the yard, etc. are all “social distancing” activities. Take advantage of this time and keep your body ready.

I want to reiterate that you are not “falling behind” in the recruiting process during coronavirus. But, I do think these things will help you line up the dominoes so when opportunity arises, you aren’t trying to get your act together…you already have it together, and you’re ready to take advantage of it.

Do the hard work first…wait patiently in the tall grass…stay vigilant…and when opportunity arises, jump on it!

I remember having no idea what to put in an email, or even the subject line. I didn’t know how to make a recruitment video, and I struggled gaining attention from coaches. In junior college, we formed a calculated strategy that worked like magic. I earned a scholarship to Mississippi State after hitting .208 my freshman year at the University of Oregon.

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