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What College Coaches Look For In Players.

by: Bobby McKinney
McKinney Baseball

Signs of Maturity
Both Mentally and Physically

  • Excellence in 5 tools of the game
  • Condition of body
  • Strengths & Weaknesses of body
  • Potential for growth
  • Is this player raw or polished?
  • Project how good this player can become
  • Is he a worker or does he look lazy.
  • How much effort does this player expend to play at the top of his game?
  • Ceiling...how much better can he get given physical body given?


  • Alertness (being in the game)
  • Knowledge of the game
  • Ability to react correctly
  • Intuit nature (does the game come easy)
  • Ability to focus
  • Ability to rise to the challenge
  • Does he know all that he should know about the game and what it takes to succeed?
  • How often does he react correctly to a situation?


  • Cordial interaction with coaches and teammates
  • Attitude towards authority figures\coaches and teammates
  • Signs of misdirected anger
  • Proper responsibility taking
  • Does he make others around him better or worse?
  • Is he a cause or a cure for trouble and disruptions?
  • Is he a comfortable leader?

Major Questions Coaches and Scouts will ask themselves:

  • Has he performed well in the classroom?
  • Is he coachable and teachable?
  • Will his personality compliment or clash with the growth of the team?
  • Will he work hard both in the classroom and on the field?
  • Has he demonstrated the ability to perform under pressure?

What is his quality of character?

Anything you can do to answer any of these questions a college coach or pro scout might ask will distinguish you from the crowd.

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