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Ep. 28: The College Recruiting Process Part 1 | A Baseball Podcast

Geoff Rottmayer March 16, 2020 7

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The College Recruiting Process Part 1

Geoff Rottmayer explains the college recruiting process he uses with his guys. This process has saved parents, times, money and frustration throughout the process. In Part 1 we talk about the following:

  • First thing First: We must first understand a few things before we talk about the process.
  • Reality Check: This is where we have a real conversation and a real understanding of yourself as players and parents.
  • Evaluation & What They Look for: The importance of an evaluation that is based on truth and understanding, as well as understand what they are looking for.
  • The Academic/Skill Pan: After your evaluation, you need to develop actions plans to improve your academic and skills.
  • The Right Level: What is honestly the right level for you right now.
  • Make a Hot List: Based on your understanding of your current level of play, put together a list of programs you would like to play for.

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Geoffrey Rottmayer
Welcome to another episode of the baseball awakening podcast where we dive into the raw, unfiltered unsexy side of player development. Get ready for some knowledge bombs with your host, Geoff Rottmayer

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Hey guys, Geoff Rottmayer here and this is going to be part two of the college recruiting process that we started yesterday. And as you remember, or maybe you haven’t, yes, yesterday we talked about the first thing first, the thing that we did really had to understand before we started the process. We talked about a conversation that perhaps a reality check type of conversation. We talked about the importance of an evaluation, and then what they what college coaches are looking for. And then we talked about, you know, once you have an understanding of the first thing for the reality check the evaluation, putting together a plan for to improve your academic in your athletic skill set. Then with all that, we talked about finding the right level. And then once you find the right level, we’re talking about putting together a hot list. Okay, so go back and listen to that you haven’t. And today we’re going to talk about, you know, the making the video part, the sending the email, understanding if I’m being recruited or not, how do you use your images and then eventually, you know, the scholarship, so Okay, so the video let you know, again, so by this point, you have men evaluated, you’ve accepted the level’ve understood what coaches are looking for.

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And now with all that you’ve made a hotlist visit a school that you fit academically and athletically. So now it’s time to put together a skill video. And this is going to be a pretty important part of the process. Remember, the goal of this is to get a coach to come watch you play a game live, because very rarely will a coach offer a scholarship your player they haven’t seen in person. Okay, so just understand that just because you get an email, or maybe even a phone call, and you’re attending their camp, but doesn’t mean that they’re truly recruiting you. So until they make an effort to come watch you play live. That’s where they’re going to make their final decision. So and we’ll talk about that a little bit later. But so again, so the video is going to be a huge part of this and it kind of gets overlooked and it typically gets done incorrectly. The first impression is going to matter. The video is going to help you get clean and it’s going to start The process of the beginning conversation with coaches. So again, remember the goal is to get them to come watch you play live. Let’s start with what not to do on these videos. And I’m going to go into depth on these a little bit later. So, one, don’t make the video too long, where you want two to four minutes. We don’t they don’t want to want a 15 minute video. So two to four minutes. Leave if you leave in a lot of downtime. So if you’re taking baths, if you take him if you’re hitting and you’re leaving in the throwback, the priests that did leaving a lot of downtime and don’t do that. Showing too many swings. You know, you find the six swing 5678 swing That’s it? No, you don’t need to have 2030 swing slow motions points. They want to see how explosive you are. Sothe flow motion Not enough, notnecessary, too many pitches again,

just six, seven pitches about it. Too many slow motion you don’t need don’t need to slow motion, they want to see how explosive you are, they want to see how quick Your hands are not including the contact information at the end. So most video, you’ll see it in the beginning, the contact is mentioned and you want it in the beginning. But if you don’t include it at the end, then you’re forcing them to have torewind, and that’s not

a good thing. You should have it at the end. They keep it simpler on them. The other thing that you’ll see some video, there’s some bass lines in there, there’s that airs. So make sure that you pick your best swings and your best building where you’re not making mistakes. And then the other thing that you’ll see some time did the camera that’s shaking. Or you could do that or you could not do a video at all. So that’s not that’s not a good thing either. The other thing is that you’re listing all of your stuff. staff in all of your wards just get you can name some don’t don’tput your entire resume on there.

So those are the things not to do now let before we kind of jump into that let’s talk about what the difference between a skilled video in a highlight video so a skilled video is going to be in a practice setting you know in a controlled environment the highlight is going to be in a game setting with with a bunch of chaos so these coaches want to see a skill video so now coming to highlight now you can include it but they really just want to see you they want to see your mechanic they want to see your fundamentals they want to see you in a controlled environment somake sure youthen then a skillvideo not so much a highlight video.Okay, let’s talk about the what will how the video should be structured the watch it using example at the pitcherThe thepicture you’re going to putyour intro, the intro and the dude they play the video they’re going to be able to see the name,they’re gonna see the position, the class,

the height and weight, your stats, your GPA, you’re gonna be able to see your contact details and phone number now, this could go over like two or two slides, you know all the contact stuff though. You want to put in your high school or you go to high school app, you want to put in your high school coaches name and contact, put in your summer coach’s name or contact and maybe even your private instructor if you have one. Okay. So then what you want to do Do you want to get the camera from the catcher view and get about four to five throws now. The key live that the put the radar gun behind there and show the radar gun to the camera, the deed people, these coaches know what really throwing and then shoot over to the side and do about four to five throws. And then go to the back view and do about four or five throws. So make sure that you get kind of all the angles, make sure you get the radar gun reading. And make sure you get the side make sure there’s only about four to five throws. Don’t Don’t overdo it, lead the slow motion stuff out. And you know, whenever they’re throwing the pitch, it might be helpful for you in the video to say, hey, curveball, fastball, you know, just to let the camera know what’s coming through the coaches can see that or have a writing on the screen. Okay, so that’s an example. So let’s talk about maybe a hitter.

Let’s talk about that example.So, again, when you hit play on the video, you’re gonna see the info. So again, the position the class, know what graduation year height, weight stats, GPA contact details. So with the with the high school or high school, you’re at the high school coach, summer coach and then a private instructor again. But now with the hitting, you want to get about six to eight swing from behind. And again if you can get the now with that you want to run a live throwing. So if you can get extra ball speed reading, throw a radar gun behind, get an idea of how hard guys are hitting the ball. And then you want the side view. So that’s really about it on the hitting side. So then you’re gonna go out to the field, you know, so a lot of guide the infield, it will show show it from shortstop to allow the show athletics ism and arm strength, stuff like that. So short, that’d be a good place to go.Unless you’re a first baseman, something like

that. So. So again, just keep it short, man. These are all about two to four minutes. So Now the question becomes I’ve got all these, the video clip, how should I structure what part of the video should be first. And again, so the the goal of this is to grab the coach’s attention so they can watch you play. So you always need to start with what you’ve strained and put that birth. So if you’re strength and running, then you’re 60 you’re the video of yours you’re running your 60 needs to be the first part of the video if your strength and hitting then hitting these before, so I would make sure that your strength is your first. And so let’s talk a little bit about the sticky time so any weakness is that is really bad. kind of leave it off the video. Like a lot of guys, they’re not really good, but they’re 60 times so if you run like a 560 when you need to be like under seven, try to try to leave that part off off the video and work on that. So So now the question is are these coaches gonna watch this and somebody within the program we’re watching it’s got to get past them typically to make it to the coach and not in all cases sometimes they will they will all watch it but it so this is why the important that done correctly they’re gonna watch it if they have the video interest in them and it matches the skills that level they’re looking for they’re probably gonna go try and see you play live but doesn’t interest them then you’re able to hopefully they’ll give you that notice and then you’re able to scratch them off your list and then send him a thank you know and then and then kind of replace that that that school that program. Okay, but that putting together the video make sure you do that right important. There’s a lot of sampling on YouTube that you can go and check out that a really good you know, lead the theme. The lead the The background noise off the music and all that stuff. Just keep it two to four minutes or two to four. Yeah, two to four minutes and just show them the goods and stop it. Alright, now from now we’ve got the sending the email part. Okay. So now we’ve done everything up to this point. We’ve done the, the evaluation, we’ve accepted it. We’ve done the, the, we have the plan, we’ve done the right skill level. We made a hotlist. We made it video now it’s time to reach out to coaches. Okay, so everything that we’ve done up to now,

it leading upto this first contact with the coaches that we potentially want to go play for.Sonow, in your research, you went ahead and you gathered all of these coaches email address, and phone now with email, we need to make sure that we protect analyze them. If you use the right coach’s name, in the email, a lot of kids will mess up and send the wrong email to the wrong coach. And it’s not a good idea. They don’t like that.The other thing you need to remember iswhenever you send an email, whenever you try to contact coaches understand that there are rules that they have to follow. Just because they didn’t respond to you. Maybe they legally can’t. So don’t until you hear them say until they have an opportunity to look. Thank you. We’re not interested for whatever reason.Keep, keep contacting,keep following up, keep in touch with them again. They be proactive, they like that. They want you to pester them. But they just know that they’re very limited on what they can do whether they can reach back, especially if you’re a younger guy. Okay? So, just because they’re not responding doesn’t mean they’re not necessarily interested why you got to keep keep it up, keep the contact going. And so anyway, so your email so you email gonna be very brief, you’re going to introduce yourself. The other things you want to kind of include, I would always start with, you know, do your research on the team and, and take something like if they had a great weekend student Hey, coach, we had a great week in theory, they got a chance to watch it online. And it was exciting. So to try to personalize the email to that individual program, and then you want to kind of introduce yourself you want to say, Hey, here’s my name. Here’s my here’s my position who’d my graduation year, here’s the high school that I attend. I’m interested in your school, both academically in baseball, you know, while including your your GPA and your test scores, and then include your skill video. Okay, and then you know, Then Then in, you know, very short, very brief, we don’t need a 15 you know, we don’t need a paragraph after paragraph of email to do a short introduction, given the information that they want, but that’s the wife edition you play, what’s your name, where graduation year, where you go to school, what’s your GPA, and your skill video, you give them that that’s enough. That’s enough for an introduction. And then if you haven’t heard back, you know, keep sending emails, keep sending a follow up email, so that’s gonna be like, hey, coach. I just wanted to follow up to the last email I sent you. I know you get a ton of emails. I’m just reaching out and hope that you can kind of give me some some feedback as to whether I’m the type of player that you’re looking for in your graduation class. And then of course, make sure you put your skill video on there again. And again, you know, keep keep doing that. Because again, they they are probably be limited on what they can do. So don’t give up until they say, no, we’re not interested. Keep doing it. And they’re gonna encourage you to do that same thing, keep show, keep being proactive, keep, keep doing everything you can to let them know that you want to play for their program. So now we head into the session of Am I being recruited? You know, as a high school and you get into high school, you’re gonna start receiving a lot of emails from schools that want you to go to their camp to showcase and just understand that that does not mean that you’re being recruited. And I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t really recommend it. Unless you send an email. And what the emails Can I would you get the email, I would respond and just say, hey, coach, Thank you for reaching out to me and inviting me to your camp. You know, right now my parents and I are putting together a schedule and budget for my upcoming baseball camp and stuff like that. And then athlete to question Where, where am I currently on in your recruiting depth chart? What position Am I being considered for a scholarship to your upcoming wherever grad your class. So now now we’re done understand whether they This is a generic email they send to everyone or whether they are interested in me. So, again, when you get the email from the coaches that asked you to come to a campto respond and ask them

Am I being recruited? Am Am I am I being considered for scholarships? Okay, that’s going to be important so that you know you’re not wasting your money and stuff. Then you got the Understand that the college coaches, the volunteer one, that they’re not getting paid. So they tend to use some of the campus showcases to to pay their volunteer coaches and a lot of parents are, are kind of falling for the they’re in there thinking that they’re being recruited. And they’re spending a lot of money and and actually, I’ve seen some parents be really disappointed with the with the whole process. So but let’s say they respond and they say yes, you’re, you’re you’re part of our recruiting class, you’re being considered for a scholarship, then it might be worth going. But they respond with a generic answer, like we will use the camp to evaluate you to see if we’re interested, then you’re probably wasting your time, you know, so, however, you know, let’s say you are on their list. I would suggest following this did protocol they get the code Just to understand you, so here’s what you can do, you can sign up, I talked about this earlier yesterday, you’re gonna sign up for the campus showcase, you can send me an email saying, hey, coach, I’ve signed up, I’m gonna be there, I’m excited to be there and then show you what I got. You’re gonna, when you get there, you’re gonna shake his hand, you’re gonna look at him in the eye. And you’re gonna say, coach, I’m here. Thank you, please look forward to your evaluation. And then again, at the end of the showcase, you’re going to go up to that coach, shake his hand and say, thank you for having him. Coach, thank you for having me here. Do you have any feedback that you can give me right now. And you know, he may or may not and then you’re gonna go home, and you’re gonna send a thank you email. So again, this is what we’re trying to do is get you to stand out. You know, you’ve communicated with him before you got there. As soon as you got there before you laugh, and assumed you got home. Again, we’re trying to get you to be be coachable. Remember the kids that do that. Can nobody else can be doing that. So by this time, you’ve worked extremely hard. And now you’re getting recruited. And these coaches are inviting you to their campus. So this is going to be, this is going to be a pretty important part of the process. This is the time for you to observe the culture of the team, the culture of the university, the culture of the town that is in. And this is going to give you a good understanding of whether you can picture yourself there for the next four years, or two years at the Juco route. So understand that. You always want to go to a place where you can see yourself being if you didn’t play baseball. So that’s why I tell guys is can you see your plate here yourself here? For the neck for you? You didn’t play baseball enough. I’ll talk a little bit about that a little bit later. So good. What happens is is you see a lot of kids quit the team before therefore you grew up. They go to college, and they may not like baseball cards they thought they did, they may not like the the the structured routine, the schedule, the demand of the academic and athletics so a lot of kids tend to quit and not make it all for years. And that’s okay, but that that for you, but the minds that have to be if I were to quit the team or I got cut, could I live here for the next four to five years. And the best people to talk to it really suppliers, you know, you’re gonna you’re gonna go there, you’re the coach, they’re gonna sell their program. But I would talk to To the player and make sure you have questions that you can ask them. Make sure you’re getting you really understand what you’re getting into. If this was the program that you choose to go to, and have a have some, some questions ready for you because you are thought one of the things when you get there, you’re kind of wild. And you tend to lose your kind of train of thought. So you need to have your question made up before you go and bring them with you. So though something like you know, just an example of a few questions, you can ask, what did they typical daily schedule look like? For a player you know, so get an understanding of the fall, the winter and then the spring? Or?

Or you could ask, or and you can ask, What day do you usually have your recruiting cloud finalized by You can ask, do you have player that plays summer ball? You can ask, you know, what do you look for in position players? What position do you see me playing within your program? What did the depth chart looks like in my position?How would you describe your coaching style?

What type of players succeed in your program? What are some of the common majors that your players are choosing the major in? What the study hall tutoring line you know, stuff like that did come up with a bunch of questions that you guys didn’t have with you to make sure that you understand what everything is going to be like. And then after after the visit, I would sit down and evaluate I would grade things out. So I’m going to grade several different areas. The first one would be academic Take the time to attend a class if possible. Ask the kids at the player that are on the team, what their academic experience is like what the balance between the the School of baseball and social, social activity. You know, ask them how many player they’re majoring in, whatever you’re majoring in. So measure the academic part. And then, you know, another important part is the food, you know what, you know, have a meal at the dining hall if possible. You know, ask the players on the team, what the what the food situation like. And then you can, you know, really sit down and think about the coaches. Make sure that you find out you know, who’s working, you know, who works with your position and make sure that you get to spend time with them. Do you like their personality? Do you like Their approach? Do the players enjoy playing form, you know, as a candidate sit down and measure out, you know, what you liked about the code and why you didn’t? And then of course, you have the facility or the weight room Did you like the weight room, the locker room, the field, still kind of evaluate that the not a thing you can evaluate would be that that living situation. So check out the dorm possible. You know, Coach, you have to coach the player can live off campus. And so so don’t sit down and really think about everything that you can think of for that program that can be important for you to understand. Because here’s the thing you have to remember her realize is that baseball, by far had the highest percentage of players that transfer and I have a I have a slide right here or a picture What I see is, it’s got the transfer for 2017 by sport and for baseball, it by far the higher than 19 19.9% though 19.9% of the kids have transferred and a lot of that due to guides not doing their homework or not really understand what they’re getting into in the process. The numbers might have an impact with you know, kind of today’s culture with with kid jumping ships and stuff but, but anyway, the most important part to understand is do your homework, study the team, really understand what you’re getting into really understand what they see in you, what their plans are for you. And make sure you understand all of that before you make a commitment. You don’t want to be the guy that transfer and now they cut you That’s one thing but you don’t want to be the guy that gets there unprepared. Didn’t didn’t do your homework, only to leave a year or two. So now you’ve done everything up to the point, the scholarship and now coming in, you done a great job, being proactive for years. You’ve done a great job staying on top of your athletic development. You’ve done a great job staying on top of your academic.

You’ve stayed in touch coaches, made visits, you did your homework, and now the offers are coming in. So remember, guys, you guys can do all of this on your own. Now I understand it’s overwhelming. There’s a lot, a lot of pieces to it. But when you really sit down and look at it in and just break it down into chunks. focus on one thing at a time instead of the big thing. It’s really not that tough to do so but we can’t skip it. You can’t skip steps. So the evaluation part is a very, very important part. So make sure you’re doing the evaluation part, and have that honest feedback. before you’re jumping the step, otherwise, you’re going to waste a lot of time and a lot of energy and a lot of money, which is what we see all the time. And remember, as you guys are going through and looking at which program you want to accept, and which offer you want to accept, can’t forget the financial aspect of it. So make sure you look at the financial side of thing, go get approved for for your student loan or whatever. And make sure that it’s doable before you commit to a program. So guys,that’s the whole process.

And this is this is over a course of four to four years, five years, you could start doing you’re in eighth grade. So again, first thing first, we must understand a few things. You know, this was day one Yesterday, first thing first. So this is the process. Here’s a reading. And here’s the process again. First thing first, we must understand a few things before we talk about the process. Then you have your reality check. This is where we have a real conversation and a real understanding of ourselves as players and parents. Then we have the evaluation. What it this is a very important part because it’s got to be based on truth and understanding. And then of course, you’re looking at what are they looking at? Where do I stand compared to what they’re looking at? And then you get once you have that evaluation, you understand that you need to get with someone that can help you get better. help you develop your skills, and then help you develop academically. So there may be two or three different people that part of that process, but find some people that will help you And that have a plan that know what they’re doing. And then from there you have finding that right level, being honest with the level that you’re at. Now, that doesn’t mean let’s say you’re evaluated the D two player, that doesn’t mean that in the next that bid, you’re trying to improve your skills and your academics to be a D one player. That doesn’t mean that that can’t happen. But for right now, while you’re starting that process of putting yourself out there, start with the levels that you’re at, so that you can focus and not get so distracted and get rejected and stuff. So add you add your skill set and your academics are improving. Then you can start changing your the hotlist and start getting some opera program in there. So that’s the next part of the process that hotlist and then we’ll put together the skill video again the skill video, not the highlight video. The skill video is The in controlled environment practice. Now from there, we’re sending the email, we’re letting them know we’re introducing ourselves. And then we have an understanding of Am I being recruited? And then we’re using How do I use my business and then the scholarship. So that the whole process I hope this is helpful. Understand the process. This is, again, if you if you break it down into chunks, and look at one part at a time, it’s not that that hard now if you’re you can be easily overwhelmed looking at this whole thing. Sojust break it down into chunks.

I’d love to help you. If you need any further understanding.I can be emailed that thebaseball awakening@gmail.comThanks for listening and I hope this helps

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Geoff Rottmayer is the owner of Athletic Mission Baseball Academy, a training facility in Tulsa Oklahoma. Geoff also host The Baseball Awakening Podcast, which was developed to provide content to the baseball community straight from the source. In addition that that, Geoff, is helping coaches and professional start their own podcast and find their own voice.

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