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by: Bob Howdeshell
High School Baseball Web

Sometimes it is necessary for a player and his family to take control of the information distribution process

Let's face it, sometimes high school coaches fall down on the job. When this happens, someone has to fill the void. Often, it's a parent or other school official. Unfortunately, college coaches prefer not to talk to parents of athletes because of an obvious bias. When this becomes necessary, therefore, consider the following suggestions:

Seek out opposing coaches who might be able to send letters and make phone calls. They won't want to devote long hours to helping a player from another school with the recruiting process, but you will be surprised at their willingness to provide a helping hand.

Develop skill tapes and secure game tapes from the school to forward to college coaches. One look at superior performance on a tape can dispel any suspected bias.

Be sure to have your son write a letter to college coaches expressing his interest in playing in college. This letter can also include reference to honors and statistics. Make sure the letter from the student athlete includes his resume, which should mention height and weight, speed, strength (if appropriate), GPA, class rank, SAT or ACT test scores, educational and career goals, athletic and academic honors received, name of high school coach and guidance counselor, social security number, graduation date, and address and phone number. (see sample letter and resume on the recruiting page)

The letter should also include a personal statement explaining why the student athlete wants to compete on the college level, and it should reveal as much as possible about the character and uniqueness of the athlete.

The ideal letter enables the college coach to feel that he actually knows the player and wants to meet him.

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