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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.

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