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Coach Bob Seddon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Head Baseball Coach Bob Seddon will look for his
600th win when he puts on the Red and Blue in 2002. Seddon, who enters his 32nd
season at the helm of the Quakers, stands just 26 wins shy of 600, after leading
the Quakers to their fifth 20-win season (22) in the last eight years in 2001.
Question: One of the frequently asked questions (on the website) is
about the recruiting process at the nation's top academic institutions. How
does recruiting at Penn differ from recruiting at an ACC, SEC or Big 10 school?
Answer: Cost - Scholarships! Higher academic level --
tougher to get in, etc.(Penn has moved way up academically)
Question: Do the "Ivy" league schools have athletic scholarships?
Question: Do you feel that the reputation of the education
provided at a school like Penn gives you a recruiting advantage in
Answer: Yes -- Definitely
Question: Are there special exceptions for some student -
athletes with regards to entrance requirements such as standardized
test scores and high school grade point average?|
If so how many would the baseball program be eligible for in a particular year?
Question: When if at all should a player write a letter
of introduction to a college coach ? (i.e. after his 10th grade year, etc.)
Answer: His junior year
Question: Is it better to have his high school coach
write / send the first letter?|
Answer: The student should write first
Question: Do sending copies of high school / summer
team statistics help? Are they of value to you , when included
in an introductory letter?|
Question: Should a player or coach send copies of clippings
from local newspapers that include highlights about the player?
Question: Are the "online" internet recruiting services
taken seriously by college coaches? Would you recommend them to
a high school player and his family?
Answer: To some degree. A personal letter is more helpful to me.
Question: Should a player send videotape of himself in baseball
situations and games? How important is the editing of the tape? Does it
need to be professionally done?|
Answer: Sending a videotape does help. It does not necessarily
need to be professionally done.
Question: If a tape is beneficial to you and your staff what
suggestions would you make to the player? Such as. All game situations
some individual fielding and batting practice? Pitchers in games only or
is just throwing to a catcher good also?|
Answer: Not so much game tape. Change angles -- zero in, etc.
Question: What items if any would you suggest to "leave out"
of a tape? (Music, etc.)|
Answer: None especially
Question: Assuming that a player has received and completed and returned
a "baseball questionnaire" from a college, is it a good idea to contact the coaches
by telephone? Of course this means that the player is placing the call.
When, in your opinion, would be the right time period for a player to contact
a coach? Two part question .... What grade? What time of year?
Answer: I wait to talk to the athlete eventually --
11th grade -- spring of the year
Question: With the continuing increase in the number of
"Showcases". In recent years how important is it for a player
to attend this type of event?|
Answer: It helps but they are overdone. A player must
"play" at a showcase to get a true read.
Question: Does the fact that a player has attended an
"invitation only" type Showcase, such as Team One, College Select
or the Area Code Games help a player when he expresses an interest
in a particular college?|
Question: How important is a player's physical appearance? I do
not mean is he 6'-1" tall and weighs 205 lbs. What I am referring to is
tattoos, body piercings, odd hair styles, manner of dress etc. Are any or
all of these items a "negative" when a college coach weighs 205 lbs.|
Are any or all of these items a "negative" when a college coach comes to
see a player?
Answer: To some degree -- difficult to be specific
Question: If a player has a bad day when a college coach is in the
stands watching him for the first time. Does that mean that it is "over"
as far as that school is concerned?|
Answer: Not necessarily
Question: How important is a player's "attitude appearance"
when in a game or at practice?|
Answer: Very important -- KEY!
Question: As the coach of an Ivy League school do you recruit
on a more regional scope than other college baseball programs? Or does
the academic standards at Penn cause you to recruit on a "National"
Answer: National basis -- I have 12 players on my team
roster from California
Question: So many high school players have the attitude that
if they do not play college baseball at one of the D1 top 40 programs
they have failed. What advice can you offer a high school player regarding
the "big school" stigma?|
Answer: Academics First! They can be drafted from any program.
Penn has two players in the big leagues at the present time.
Question: What type of "intangibles" do you look for when scouting
a high school baseball player?|
Answer: Total package. What needs do I have in my program?
Question: Are the recommendations / opinions of the player's coaches
and teachers a part of your scouting / recruiting process?|
Answer: YesCoach Bob Seddon
Head Baseball Coach
University of Pennsylvania
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