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Getting Exposure, Getting Attention, and Getting Offers: Why the Difference Matters

scouts with speed guns showing Getting Exposure, Getting Attention, and Getting Offers: Why the Difference Matters

Want to learn about the most important element of the recruiting process?

Then you don’t want to miss the upcoming Facebook Live Session with Darrell Coulter on the Play College Baseball Facebook Page.
Part 3, will be on Monday, March 5th, 7:30 pm central time, I’ll be hosting Darrell Coulter, founder of S.T.A.R.T.T. Pitching and PitcherMatch.

Darrell with be discussing “Getting Exposure, Getting Attention, and Getting Offers: Why the Difference Matters.” The focus in Part 3 will be on tools for targeting coaches and programs.


Part 3: Getting Offers

Part 2: Building Relationships

Part 1: Getting Exposure

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5 Ways You Can Undermine Your College Chances After Submitting Your Application

clock with no time for college admission mistakesMost high school seniors are ready to breathe a big sigh of relief reaching their spring semester. Unfortunately, the college admissions process doesn’t end just because you submitted your applications. In fact, even after completing all the college applications and submitting test scores, there are five things high school seniors can do to ruin their chances of attending college in September. And they don’t all have to do with being accepted-there are things other than rejection that can keep you from starting classes in September. Continue reading

50-50 Highlights: 42 Public Colleges for Merit Aid

Piggy bank on calculator representing best public colleges for merit aid(I’ve updated this list. It started with 46 in 2015, 33 at the end of 2016, and now an increase to 42.)
Merit scholarships from colleges aren’t simply a way for schools to reward students for accomplishments, it’s part of the supply and demand of paying for college. Colleges use merit aid as a way to increase the supply of “accomplished” students at their schools. This is why the most competitive colleges in the country such as Princeton and Harvard don’t offer merit scholarships–they have no problem attracting high achieving students to their schools. Continue reading

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

When are D1 Athletes Recruited?

person with coach shirt representing d1 coaches recruiting athletesWhen is it too late? When do you know that you should give up on playing D1 and start looking elsewhere because you haven’t heard from any coaches? While there will always be those who say “never say never” right up to the moment they find themselves enrolling in whatever last minute college they could get into, the truth is that most athletes are willing to face reality and move on once they know when. The questions is when is “when?” Thanks to an NCAA Survey completed last fall, athletes have a better estimate of “when” for most sports. Continue reading

Why Your College List Should Start with Your Flagship University

Student standing at state flagship universityLong time readers of my blog know that I think that the start of any college search should begin with estimating your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This simply sets the baseline for how much you should expect to pay. The next step should be looking up your state flagship university. Why? Because while your EFC sets your financial expectations, your state flagship serves as the ideal reference point for adding and comparing the schools you add to your final college list. Continue reading

50-50 Highlights: Reasons to Choose a Small College

small ball outweighing a large ball on a balance representing benefit of small collegesThe argument over which is better, large universities or small colleges, is essentially the big fish in a small pond or little fish in a big pond debate. Ultimately, the fish is the same size, it’s more a matter of where the fish will thrive. Having already discussed the advantages of a large university, I think it’s only fair to go over the reasons to choose a small college. Continue reading

College Softball Teams by State

Softball team huddleIf you want to play college softball, you should probably be looking in California, New York, or Pennsylvania. However, if you’re looking specifically for Junior College teams, you should be focusing on Illinois and Texas. The states with the most D1 softball programs are New York, California, and Texas. The D3 college programs are concentrated in Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. Continue reading

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