New Year´s Resolutions for Your Recruiting Efforts
Most of us make New Year´s resolutions, and we usually forget about them after a few weeks (or days). So instead of giving you some complex long term goals that require constant follow-up, here are a few things you can do right now to help your chances of getting into the right program after you graduate.
The new year has just started, and many college programs, especially those in the South and West, are only a few weeks away from the start of their season. Once games begin, coaches usually have less time for recruiting efforts, so use the next few weeks to catch their attention before they get too busy:
- Find one new school today that fits your profile but that you had not previously considered. Use the “Identifying Target Schools” section under Step 6 – Contacting Coaches of the Recruiting Steps on Canada Baseball Prospects (Note: You need to have a profile to be able to see the recruiting steps. If you do not have a profile yet, click on the “Sign up” link under the Athlete Login section on the right of the screen). Find out everything you can about the program, look at their schedule, and see who their opponent is in the first season series. Send an email to the coach, introduce yourself and tell him why you think you would be a good fit for his program (see “Emailing Coaches” under Step 6 for more help on drafting the message), but also include a comment regarding their first opponent and/or their schedule. This will demonstrate that you have done your research and are not just blasting out standardized emails.
- Follow up with one coach today who you have previously contacted and have not heard from in a while. Before you do that, review our guidelines on “Managing the Process” under Step 6 – you do not want to follow up with a coach who is obviously not interested or has indicated that you are not a fit for his program. Save your efforts for those who may be interested but simply have not had a chance to respond to you. Again, try to find out the coach´s schedule or another relevant detail you can mention in the email.
- If you haven’t already – get organized. Create a spreadsheet with all of your target schools (or download ours from the “Identifying Target Schools” section of Step 6) and add a log of all of your efforts to contact coaches (emails, calls, visits). If you are contacting multiple schools at the same time (as you should), it is easy to lose track. Make a list today and keep it updated every time you contact a coach.