1. Waiting too long. No matter what age you are, it is time to get started on your recruiting path. It’s always better to be a little too early than a little too late. The old adage of the “early bird” holds true.
2. Limiting your options. I’m a D1 player. Well, maybe, but by crossing potential schools off your list early in your search you are, quite possibly missing out on a great school. We all start out dreaming the big dream, but wake up in time to find the right school, please.
3. Not doing the work. You have to be dedicated to your recruiting process. You must:
Send e-mails and schedules.
Fill out questionnaires.
Update the schools you are interested in.
Prepare for the ACT/SAT.
These things take time and effort, on a consistent basis. Get in the habit of getting things done, every day.
4. Be careless with the cut and paste. Each school that you are interested in deserves to know why you are interested in them. Write an e-mail that shows that coach you are truly interested. Ask questions that apply to that specific school. Talk about things that that school offers. let them know you are sincerely interested in them and they will let you know that they are interested in you.
5. Trying to do it alone. You don’t know what you don’t know. Our online recruiting seminar is a great tool to assist you through the recruiting process. You need help figuring out all the things that go into a successful recruiting effort. It’s well worth the cost.
About the Author: Tory Acheson brings a wealth of knowledge to the Fastpitch Prep staff. He has coached at all levels of the game, including the last 25 years at the college level at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Tennessee Tech and Kennesaw State. He began his coaching career at the high school level spending 9 years Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis. and is now working as a professional softball instructor.