Should You Use an Athletic Recruiting Service?

scales with time and money represent athletic recruiting serviceAs students and parents start to wade into the college athletic recruiting process, they’ll soon see all kinds of advertisements, websites, and offers from athletic recruiting services. All promise to help you with getting an athletic scholarship because, they’ll tell you, they have access to people and information that you don’t. And as the wading starts to feel like drowning as parents begin to realize how much college costs and how many colleges are actually out there, paying for a recruiting service doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

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50-50 Highlights: NAIA Colleges

Stadium on football field representing NAIA CollegesThe NCAA is not the only college athletic organization with sports programs. The National Association for intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has over 250 members. Like the NCAA, the NAIA regulates the number of scholarships available and students must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center.

NAIA offers fewer sports than the NCAA but does offer more scholarships in some sports. The maximum number of scholarships allowed in baseball, men’s golf, men’s soccer, and men’s tennis are higher in the NAIA. The NCAA offers more scholarships in women’s sports compared to the NAIA.

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Questions to Ask College Coaches on College Recruiting Visits

coach in dugout representing questions to ask college coachesThe following is a list of questions to ask college coaches during in an interview whether on a college visit, at a game, or at a camp. These questions won’t be relevant for all sports or all colleges. For example, D3 colleges do not give out athletic scholarships so there’s no point in asking about them. Some questions may be more appropriate for a second visit than a first visit. After all, if a coach is just meeting you for the first time, he probably can’t rank you among recruits for specific positions. Continue reading

5 Ways to Get Smart About College Softball Recruiting

picture for college softball recruiting(Updated for 2019) Looking for information on college softball recruiting is a frustrating experience. It seems that there are lot more websites out there interested in selling you their recruiting services than providing information. But such informative sites do exist and some of them are actually recruiting services. However, before you decide to hire a recruiting service, use the following sites to educate yourself on the college softball recruiting process.
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4 Things You Should Know Before You Contact College Coaches

dog wondering if he should contact college coachesNobody likes wasting their time and college coaches are no exception. So when you start to contact college coaches, be sure that you are prepared. If nothing else, what sort of impression do you think you make when the coach has to inform you of basic facts regarding the school or finds out that you aren’t qualified to play on his team? Continue reading

Recruiting Baseball Tips: How to Target Colleges

How to target colleges was one of the most common questions on our baseball survey. To target colleges, both parents and son need to research colleges. The FACTS method will walk you through to find the colleges where the coaches will recruit you.

Click HERE to learn the three biggest questions Parents and Players must answer “YES” to before spending one dollar on recruiting services, recruiting showcases, or trying to contact college coaches.

Baseball Recruiting Tips: How to Get the Process Started

The most common question on our baseball survey was how to get the recruiting process started. Yet, the reality is that there are questions you need to ask before you even start the college baseball recruiting process. Depending on your answers, you can save a lot of money.

Click HERE to learn the three biggest questions Parents and Players must answer “YES” to before spending one dollar on recruiting services, recruiting showcases, or trying to contact college coaches.

College Baseball Teams by State and Division

Map of us with baseball field representing college baseball teams by state and divisionDo you know which state, Texas or Pennsylvania, offers more college baseball teams? You’re wrong if you said Texas. Texas offers more D1 and Junior College programs but Pennsylvania has twice the number of D2 baseball teams and over three times the number of D3 teams. Knowing which states offer which types of college baseball teams can improve your chances of making a college team. Continue reading

What are My Chances of Getting a Softball Scholarship?

Softball field representing Chances of Getting a Softball ScholarshipAs softball players start deciding which gold teams to aim for, they’ll start asking themselves what their chances are for a softball scholarship. And if they aren’t, I’m sure as parents start to pull out their checkbooks to pay for playing on these teams, they’re considering the question. After all, it would be nice if there was some financial return on all their investments in lessons, teams, and travel. However, if you’re planning on using softball to pay for college, you might want to develop a plan B option because the odds aren’t great. Continue reading