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South Africa 15U World Cup Squad

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Back (L-R): Donavan Adeline (Gauteng), Tanner Bunn (Gauteng); Brady Conradie (Western Province), Charles Van Wyk (Western Province), Keino Davids (Western Province), Brandon Gehlig (Western Province), Keagan Lazarus (Western Province), Cullum Lee (Easterns); Fabio Sa’Miranda (Easterns); Warren Ras (Gauteng), Jaundre Smit (Kwazulu-Natal) Front (L-R):Lance Gordon (Western Province), Laindan Andrews (Boland), Na’eem Dollie (Western Province), Alexander Fortune(Western Province), Yahya Patel (SWG), Dylan O’Brian (Kwazulu-Natal), Ross Vening-Pridham (Kwazulu-Natal), Brandon Smith (Kwazulu-Natal)

The eighteen-nation U-15 Baseball World Cup – which will be staged from 31-July to 10-August in Mazatlan, Mexico, and features ten of the top fifteen countries in the world

Launched in 2012 and played every two years, the U-15 (ages 13-15) Baseball World Cup has established itself as the pinnacle of baseball in this age category — and like the U-12 (ages 11-12) Baseball World Cup, the U-15 BWC is the only world championship across all of sport featuring National Teams, with the best young baseball players in the world, and future stars, representing their countries and uniting on the Baseball World Cup global platform.

A total of eighty-three U-15 Baseball World Cup games will be showcased over eleven days. The event was moved to Mazatlan after the three newly renovated venues in the cities of Constitucian, Los Cabos and La Paz were damaged by a hurricane.

Groups and Seeding

The eighteen participating National Teams of the II U-15 Baseball World Cup have been seeded and assigned (based on current World Rankings and past performance at the inaugural U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2012) to one of three six-nation groups:

Group A houses No. 4 seed Chinese Taipei, No. 6 seed Italy, No. 7 seed Mexico, No. 10 seed Brazil, No. 13 seed Czech Republic and No. 18 seed Tunisia.

Group B brings together the top two seeds in USA and Japan (who will also be competing in their first-ever U-15 Baseball World Cup), No. 8 seed Panama, No. 11 seed Germany, No 14 seed New Zealand and No. 16 seed South Africa.

Group C features the 2012 U-15 finalists in No. 3 seed Cuba and defending champion, No. 5 seed, Venezuela, No. 9 seed Australia, No. 12 seed Argentina, No. 15 seed Hong Kong and No. 17 seed Lithuania.

 

SA WBC Baseball Jersey Donated to the Nelson Mandela Trust Fund

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SA Consul General George Monyemangene, Harry Belafonte, Sello Hatang, CEO “The Nelson Mandela Foundation”, Zondwa Mandela and Mike Ward

The 2013 World Baseball Classic  “No. 2” jersey worn by Rick Magnante during the qualifier tournament at Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, South Florida was donated by Mike Ward to the Nelson Mandela Trust Fund.

Magnante managed the South African team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, 2007 Baseball World Cup, 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, 2009 World Baseball Classic, 2009 Baseball World Cup and the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifiers. Magnante has been with the Oakland A’s organization for the previous 12 seasons, spending the past three as the manager of Vermont of the New York Penn League. He is currently the manager of the Class A Beloit Snappers He has done double-duty as an area scout as well and is credited with signing stars like Barry Zito and Bobby Crosby.

At the New York Yankee Stadium on April 15th the SA “#2” jersey was proudly handed to the grandson of late President Mandela, Zondwa Mandela as memento by Mike Ward, the tireless champion of SoutH African baseball, and in the presence of the South African Consul General George Monyemangene, Sello Hatang, CEO of “The Nelson Mandela Foundation” and Harry Belafonte the world renowned singer. The jersey will be showcased at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Headquarters in New York.

The SA jersey is significant as it represents the number worn during South Africa’s first and only World Baseball Classic victory in May 2013 during a playoff game against France which South Africa won 5-2 in 11 innings.

The gift represents a gesture to the Mandela family from the baseball fraternity in South Africa as an inspiration for future players.

 

30 College Recruiting Red Flags

by: Nate Trosky

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Over the the last 15 years I’ve had the opportunity to work over 150 college recruiting events and professional scouting combines. From these events I have noted 30 recruiting red flags, complaints from the college coaches and scouts concerning high school prospects. I encourage high school prospects and their parents to read the list below and make note of the individual red flags. Being conscious of each area will ultimately increasing a player’s odds of being recruited. As a coach and scout, I communicate to my players that, “the college coaches are in the bushes and the scouts are in the tree,” meaning someone always watching them!” A player’s character is the true separator and definer of how fare they will go in this game and in life, and character can be defined as what someone does when nobody is looking, or at least when they think nobody is looking.

30 College Recruiting Red Flags

  1. Addressing an email to a college coach by either calling him Coach, without his first name and or by spelling his name wrong.
  2. Sending emails to college coaches that are lengthy, with too much information.
  3. Getting in trouble outside of baseball fostering a reputation that reaches college coaches.
  4. Attending a college recruiting camp with sagging pants, untied shoes, wearing headphones or with a non baseball hairdo.
  5. On a official visit, asking current players what the party scene is like and where to find girls.
  6. During a college visit, acting rude to a parent or family member.
  7. Throwing gear after getting upset during a game.
  8. Un-coachable attitude when a coach is advising, teaching techniques or training.
  9. Looking like a thug in your uniform.
  10. Being seen at the yard with a hat on backwards.
  11. At a college prospect camp, a player disrespecting his high school coach in front of the college coaches.
  12. Player seen eating a poor diet at a showcase or tournament, especially if he appears to be struggling with weight problems.
  13. Overly involved parents or family members. Parents that are too attached, controlling, or speak for their kids when a college coach asks the player questions.
  14. At a high school or travel ball game, a player asking his parents for drinks/snacks.
  15. Lack of self control, revealing negative emotions through poor body language when things aren’t going right on the field.
  16. Complaining or disrespect toward umpires or coaches.
  17. Inconsistent effort of hustle running to 1B.
  18. Low GPA.
  19. Low test scores.
  20. Player’s dad carrying his bat bag or equipment .
  21. Mom applying sunscreen to the player’s face.
  22. Colorful language, poor attitude or images of debauchery on social media.
  23. Showing up late, anytime.
  24. Not being prepared at a college camp, forgetting belt etc..
  25. Verbally committing early, getting lazy, not improving or reaching one’s projection.
  26. Player rolling their bag into the park on wheels.
  27. After verbally committing to a college on a baseball scholarship, and then decomitting.
  28. Lack of commitment to a club or high school team. For example, playing on numerous team at once and being unreliable.
  29. Showing off, boasting, or other ego-driven actions that degrade a team collaboration.
  30. Rounding up on GPA, test scores, and or baseball statistics

Nate Trosky

Nate Trosky, owner and founder of Trosky Baseball, is employed by the Milwaukee Brewers and serves as a consultant for the German National team, the Southern California Area Code team, the North South Team, and Team USA (NTIS). He has served and, for many, continues to serve as a consultant for West-Coast colleges and universities (e.g. Stanford, USC, Cal Poly, San Diego State, Santa Clara, Sonoma State, Cal State Monterey Bay, USF, and others). His coaching endeavors have taken him around the world to South Africa, the Dominican Republic, China, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Croatia, and the Czech Republic.

Coach Trosky has coached in Europe professionally and has coached with both the Croatian and German National teams. He has been an assistant coach in 3 North American minor leagues (Northern, Western and North-East).

At Hawaii Pacific University, he received All-American and Scholar Athlete awards. He holds a Masters Degree in Christian Leadership, Youth / Family Development.

Two Things High School Coaches are Looking for at Tryouts

(Although this article was aimed at the high school baseball prospect, the message is applicable across all forms of the game)

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Your try out for the freshman baseball team is a job interview. Your performance at high school, at least until you play for the varsity team, may be relatively unimportant in the overall college recruiting picture however not making your freshman baseball team could be a death knell to your chances of playing at the next level. If you don’t make your high school team as a freshman, your options become extremely limited. There are other options like Spring League but your likelihood of making one of those rosters is miniscule if you can’t make your freshman team. Your best path to a college baseball scholarship, for anyone other than the very elite, is through the Freshman-JV-Varsity team route, not necessarily in that order. This makes your initial tryout extremely important.

I overheard a high school freshman baseball coach at a top baseball school say the following about tryouts;

“We are looking for two things at the tryout, a reason to cut you or a reason to keep you.”

Preparation

If you finish playing youth baseball in June and high school tryouts are scheduled for December or January, don’t expect the coaches to take into account whether you are “rusty” or “out-of-season”. You will be expected to keep yourself in baseball shape for the tryouts. And that means being able to do drills, throw and play every day for up to a week. It’s a good idea to reach out to the high school coach months prior to the tryout. Ask his advice on what camps or clinics to attend and what you can do to best prepare. Aside from providing the coach with familiarity it shows that you are willing to work on your own to bridge the delta between youth baseball and high school ball and give them a reason to keep you.

As simple as it may sound, you need to play as much baseball as you can before you get to high school. Baseball is not just about talent, it’s about repetitions. The more reps you have under your belt, whether it be swinging the bat, throwing the ball, taking grounders or fielding fly balls, the better prepared you will be to play high school ball. The better the competition you play against, the better the preparation.

Make sure you are on some kind of throwing program long before you try out. Throw long toss to prepare your arm. Whether you were the youth baseball shortstop of the year or all league third base, you will be evaluated in more than one position during tryouts. Expect to be throwing from the outfield even if you have never played that position. Expect to throw more during that week than you have in months. Coaches are on the lookout for arm strength because it is an integral part of baseball, in any position. If you have arm strength (and speed) coaches believe they can teach the rest. If your arm is tired after day one because all you did over the summer was play “Call of Duty”, you have given them a reason to cut you.

The Look Test

Look the part! It’s a baseball tryout, arrive looking like a baseball player! That means proper baseball pants with a belt and your baseball top neatly tucked in, clean cleats and a baseball cap. The cap should not be tipped back on your head or worn backwards. If at all possible, wear generic items. Keep the logos to a minimum. The coaches are not really going to care if you support the Boston Red Sox, in fact one of them may hate the Sox. Neither do they care if you played on a particular travel ball team or were a Little League All Star. If they never saw you do it, it never happened. Avoid anything that might detract from your performance. If possible, wear a jersey with your name on the back to make it easier for coaches to distinguish you from the rest.

Your peers might really like your two glistening diamond earrings; your ability to keep your pants hanging below your behind without falling off; your “I’m a bad-ass” wife-beater with the image of the latest anti-establishment teen band or your trucker cap worn askew over your long stringy hair, but this screams to the coaches that you are an uncoachable individual trying out for a team sport and it’s a reason to cut you.

First Impressions

The first impression during a baseball tryout is vital. Get there early and eagerly (you can bet that coaches will be watching you arrive). If you really don’t want to be there and are being coerced by your parents to play baseball, do everyone a favor and find an activity that you really do care about. If you are watching the clock, you probably don’t have the commitment that coaches are looking for or that you will need to succeed. Maintain eye contact with the coaches as they explain the drills and then hustle between stations. Not only are coaches evaluating your ability, they are also keenly watching your effort. If two players are of roughly equal ability they will then look for a reason to keep one over the other. This is the time to disregard the peer pressure to conform to the mediocrity of the majority. This is no time to be timid. Give your best effort, hustle everywhere and go out of your way to be helpful. And above all else, be nice! You are very likely to be tense and focused but force yourself to be relaxed and friendly. Not only will you perform better but you may give the coaches a reason to keep you.

Skills

No matter where you are exhibiting your skills, coaches are looking for similar things. Your overall athletic ability which includes your overall strength and your ability to move and run. They look at your baseball ability which includes your throwing, catching, hitting and the ability to make the routine play. Your unique ability to emulate the style of a particular Major League player while flashing the glove at shortstop is not going to help your cause. The rule is going to be less flash and more substance. They will look at your coachability. You need to be able to take instruction well and at least try and do what is being asked of you without questioning the reason. This necessitates that you display a trust in the coaches despite your conviction that your way would probably be better. Show some hustle. It does not take talent to hustle. Be the first to volunteer to help get equipment out or put away. Don’t concern yourself with how your peers perceive you, they are a competing for your position and your hustle might just be the reason to keep you.

As you partner up and hustle out into the outfield to throw for the first time on the first day of tryouts, you will be watched. Take it seriously – you play like you practice. This is not the time to catch up with your buddies and share summer war stories. Warm up properly and hustle from the first throw. You are expected, at the very least, to have mastered the basics before you get to high school. If you have bad throwing mechanics, you are going to stand out. With bad mechanics, unless you can throw in the high eighties and are infinitely coachable, you are giving them a reason to cut you.

High school coaches are generally looking to put together a team of the best components that will help them win baseball games. If you are looking for individual coaching on the basic fundamentals of baseball, you are in the wrong place. That does not mean that you are expected to be flawless. Coaches will consider taking a chance on you if you arrive with a strong foundation albeit marred by minor flaws. In this instance, if you take direction well and indicate a willingness to work in your own time to eradicate the problem, coaches will find a reason to keep you.

The Drills

Do it right, even when you think nobody is watching you. When you jog to warm up be in front of the pack. When you stretch be the best. When you play catch, repeat good mechanics, throw to a target and hit it every time. When you play catch, catch the ball or block the bad throw and keep it in front of you every time. When you are doing a drill, focus on doing it right, every time. Hustle all the time. Never walk on a baseball practice field. Sprint out to your position every time whether it’s the first or last inning. As a batter/runner run to first as though it matters whether you are safe. Know the situation on defense and do the right things. Trust the coach and give maximum effort to every task you are being taught. Coaches will believe that what you show at the tryouts is the very best you have, and it should be. If you don’t understand ask – there is nothing worse than repeating the same error time and time again because you did not understand the drill. Don’t let this perceived inability to do a drill correctly be a reason to cut you.

The Expectations

Outfielder expectations. During the try outs, you are likely to catch fly balls and then make throws to 2nd, 3rd base and home. A radar gun will probably measure your velocity but coaches are going to be looking at your ability to hit the target with a throw rather than a high velocity throw that hits halfway up the backstop. If you have a strong arm, it will be noticed, but your inability to control it will be considered a liability. In the outfield coaches are also looking for your ability to judge fly balls and how smoothly you get into position to catch and make a throw and how you field a ball on the ground while on the run.

Infielders expectations. You will receive a series of ground balls (at you, to your right, to your left and slow rollers) and be expected to field them cleanly and make an accurate throw to first base. Again you might see a radar gun measuring velocity and arm strength but these attributes are irrelevant if your throw ends up in the dugout. More important is your ability to field ground balls, your athleticism, the speed with which you get the ball out of your hand and the accuracy of the throw. Infielders must also know the basic cut-off plays and be able to turn quick relays.

First Basemen will be expected to receive balls from both the infield, outfield and pitcher; know your position during throws home and make strong accurate throws to third base. You will also be evaluated on your ability to block the errant throw and keep the ball in front of you.

Catcher pop times will be recorded. That’s a glove to glove stopwatch time on throws to second base from a crouched position behind the plate. They are looking for timing and accuracy. You will also be behind the plate during the hitting and pitching tryouts to judge your ability to receive pitches and block the ball in the dirt. Catchers are expected to direct the traffic because they in a unique position to see the entire field. Don’t be afraid to be vocal during your try out.

High school coaches are always looking for pitchers. The focus is on good mechanics; location, location, location; ball movement; change of speeds; velocity and above all mental toughness. High school pitchers should be able to shorten the leads of base runners and stop walking leads by sporting an effective pick-off move to all three bases. Pitchers must also be able to field their position, cover home on a passed ball, back up third base or home on throws from the outfield and cover first on balls hit to the right side of the infield.

Coaches look for two things with hitting. Can you hit for power and can you hit for average. Hitting for average is the ability to hit any pitch from right- or left-handed pitchers to anywhere on the field, and hitting for power is the ability to hit for extra bases. The combination of power and average allows versatility within the batting lineup to maximize offensive production.

When hitting, whether you touch the ball or not, do you exhibit swing mechanics that show that you have the ability to be a potential hitter? Did I mention that coaches believe they can teach everything other than arm strength and speed. By the time you reach high school, you are expected to exhibit bat control. You should be able to drive a pitch on the outer half of the plate to opposite field. High school coaches emphasize hitting “behind” a runner at first or second base in order to move him over into better scoring position. Despite the fact that you never bunted in youth baseball because you were the number three hitter, you are going to be expected to lay down a sacrifice bunt in high school, and be willing to give yourself up for the sake of the team. You need to know and understand the difference between a sacrifice, an attempted bunt for a base hit and the game situations for using each technique. Be selective at the plate and swing only at strikes. Hitters must be patient enough to wait for a quality pitch to swing at, recognize the pitch and be able to capitalize on the opportunity when you get “your” pitch. Strive to hit every pitch either back up the middle or to the opposite field and hit high percentage line drives. Be as good at taking bad pitches as you are at hitting good pitches!

The Reward

If you are lucky enough to be selected for your high school Freshman baseball team, you have beaten the odds. Now you have a roughly 6% chance of playing NCAA College Baseball. On a high school team with a roster of twenty players, that’s 1.2 players that will go on to play college ball. You have to truly believe that you are one of those players if you are to have any hope of succeeding. You are embarking on a heady journey with a very enticing destination. What may seem like a long time will accelerate and if you don’t constantly stop and take stock, you might miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime. You will have to make sacrifices to achieve your goals. While your classmates are out partying, you may be working out. Perhaps you will miss a social event because you were in a tournament or playing in a showcase but the reality is that the enrichment you and others on your journey are receiving while participating in these athletic contests provides ample compensation. Before you know it, you will be faced with the enticing choice of playing professional ball or accepting a D1 baseball scholarship. That seems like a good reason not to be cut.

Wayne Williams, D1Prospect.com

 

Blueprint for the Green and Gold

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We are growing increasingly frustrated with the inertia of the South African Baseball Union. In 2012 we submitted an extensively researched four year Strategic Plan to SABU for consideration.

The Mission: “To provide national leadership and develop baseball as a preferred sporting option and recreational choice, providing a framework for maximum access and mass participation
in building a healthier nation”

The Vision: “Develop and maintain baseball as an adequately resourced system at all levels of participation and that allows for the equitable delivery of school sport, recreation and competitive baseball.”

At that time South Africa was ranked 23rd in the world and uniquely positioned to derive maximum benefit from the rapid globalization of the sport of baseball. With the introduction of a South African Baseball League (SABL) we could derive immediate benefits in foreign investment, international relations and tourism. In collaboration with local national and international, private and public sector partners, we had secured investors willing to establish quality facilities to meet the needs of both elite level showcasing and participant growth of Baseball.

Two years later South Africa is ranked 31st in the world, having been passed by the likes of Hong Kong, Thailand, Phillipines and Argentina; the only efforts to grow the sport are being spearheaded by dedicated individual outside the confines of the SABU; the numbers of players in the professional ranks has remained static at eight; investors have grown impatient with the lack of response and set their sights on other southern hemisphere countries and our national championship was held without a murmur in the international baseball and scouting media?

This is a far cry from the realistic and achievable goals proposed in the Strategic Plan.

At the conclusion of this strategic plan cycle (31 December 2017),
baseball will be the sport of choice for 140,000 South Africans with a top sixteen (16) world ranking and an automatic berth in the Little League World Series. South Africa will take its rightful place as an integral part of the burgeoning international baseball structure.

I have shared the original document in the hopes of staring a dialogue that will help propel our baseball out of obscurity.

Blueprint for the Green and Gold

For the record, I am not trying to secure a position on the SABU. My son followed his dream to become a professional baseball player and my commitment is to grow the game of baseball in South Africa, leveraging my access to resources and knowledge developed over a fifteen year association with this sport from coach and manager to administrator. I also serve as the President of the Going to Bat Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of our youth by providing any child who wishes to play baseball or softball with the means and the opportunity, providing a viable alternative to other destructive options.

In this document the term “Baseball South Africa” is used generically and should not be confused with BaseballSA.com which is a website I created to  to provide players, administrators, coaches, supporters and scouts with easy access to information on the growing number of South African baseball players.

Keith Lovegrove

If a Tree Fell in the Forest…?

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What if the South African Baseball held its 2014 National Championships in Durban and no one in the world baseball community knew about it? Would it make a sound? No information was available on rosters, fixtures, results or notable performances? What if the only images of this important event in the South African baseball calendar were protected and posted on an obscure Facebook page called Kzn Photos?

If I was a top baseball prospect in South Africa, I would be livid? Despite numerous offers of assistance and logistical support for an online presence for baseball in South Africa, the myopic officials steadfastly keep our talent pool in the baseball wilderness.

To quote their own charter, the South African Baseball Union is the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) responsible for the administration, conduct, control, development and promotion of the sport of baseball in South Africa. I think they regularly miss the opportunity to promote not only the sport, but also its top prospects. We need to Utilise the national competition to underpin and grow the professional and international opportunities for baseball players, coaches, scorers, scouts, umpires, officials, administrators and executives. The ideal metrics to measure our national success is the the number of players maintaining professional baseball contracts (currently eight), the results the national team achieves at benchmark events and the team statistics at international events. To achieve the goals above, our players need exposure to the international scouting community, and this might be as simple as published biographies of each player participating in the IRT, readily available statistics, simple videos of individual performances and interviews and effective communication of events.

Nobody is suggesting that hordes of scouts are going to hop on planes to attend the South Africa National Championships, especially since we insist on holding the event during the MLB baseball season, but we could do an infinitely better job of bringing that event to the scouting community. Major League Baseball is going to extraodinary lengths to grow the game internationally and uncover potential talent. Disney is even making movies and holding competitions related to the quest to find the next Million Dollar Arm.

We continue to lag far behind the efforts and results shown by other countries where baseball was not a major sport. We need to step up to the plate without delay.

BaseballSA

How to Lose Your Scholarship in 140 Characters or Less

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The hope of most high school athletes is to play their chosen sport at a Division One college. Truth is, if you are being recruited by any college, you have worked hard to get into that position. You have beaten the odds by getting this far. Seventy-five percent of youth athletes have given up playing by the age of fourteen. When you have done all the hard work and colleges are interested in recruiting you, you are on the brink of becoming a part of the approximately 6% of high school baseball players that go on to play NCAA sponsored baseball (or professional ball).

That being said, US D1 Colleges have only 11.7 scholarships to divvy up in a program likely to carry 35 players on their roster. You should expect that the coaches, under the scrutiny of the alumni donors and with their career and the school’s reputation on the line, are going to do their due diligence before allocating those precious resources. The rapid growth of social media like Facebook and Twitter has provided unprecedented access to your private life. Aside from a comprehensive background check, you should also expect that your social media will be monitored as schools look for any potential red flags. Even after you sign your National Letter of Intent, the school is intent on avoiding anything that might impugn the reputation of the institution, or worse still, lead to the imposition of athletic sanctions by the NCAA. Do not destroy your chances in 140 characters or less.

If you can research a college baseball team using Bing or Google, so can the college recruiters. What will an in-depth look at your Facebook page (or the MySpace page you forgot to delete) reveal about you? What about your friends? It might have seemed hilarious at the time to post a semi-naked picture of yourself with a red Solo cup in your hand celebrating your beer pong win, but don’t expect a coach to stake his career on you. Do you Tweet with the knowledge that your every word could be followed? Your peers probably howled at the witty comment posted at one o’clock in the morning denigrating your coaches and teammates but don’t expect your prospective head coach to understand the intended tone or appreciate the humor in the cold light of day.

As a potential student-athlete you are going to be held to a higher standard because you are likely to represent the student body in the public eye. You will be monitored and judged. As you have surely been told countless times by your coaches, when you first arrive at the field, it is always good to assume that somebody is already there watching and judging you. Similarly, social media gives prospective coaches a window into your life. Don’t do anything that would cause your coach to take your name off the recruiting board.
Simple Guidelines

Make sure that you monitor who your friends are on Facebook and who is following you on Twitter (and get rid of your MySpace account). If they are posting inappropriate material or tweeting negative and profane messages, “Unfriend” and “Unfollow” them immediately and always check to see that the latest person to “Follow” you is legitimate. More often than not, they have significantly less to lose than you and you do not want to be seen as condoning that type of behavior.

Keep your online persona clean and positive. There is no need to share every wart, blemish and regrettable incident online. Change your settings to limit access to others. You need to ensure that you control the content that appears on your site. It is a good practice to log out of social media sites whenever you are away from the device. We’ve all seen the cute messages posted by friends masquerading as you, but not everyone has pure intentions and the more successful you get, the bigger the target on your back.
As silly as this might sound, be careful what you “like”. There are no hard and fast rules by the NCAA Eligibility Center relating to social media but the “like” of a company or product could be construed as an endorsement and affect your ability to obtain your final amateurism certification.

Social media is a great way to share ideas and experiences as you embark on this exciting journey. Stick to the guidelines above and you should have no issues.

Keith Lovegrove, D1Prospect.com