If you're good enough.... Will they find you?
When I hear people speaking super loudly about the team their sons are on or the number of letters he's received from D1 schools, or about how they really just need to make a decision about what school to pick, or about how even though he hit .600 this summer he didn't hit in the 3 hole and so he's going to find another team that will showcase him better.... I die a little each time. Haha, not true or I'd be solidly dead, because those are the conversations I am lucky enough to overhear on a daily basis unless I avoid people with kids who play baseball.
I understand that usually the loudest and proudest parents are actually the most insecure. In the 12 years I've watched players find their way through youth ball to college or to pro ball, I've seen a kid who used to refuse to get out of the car when he was invited to our practice end up a professional draft pick. I've seen a kid who was a legend at 13- 6 foot tall and built, throwing 88, getting flown around to big tournaments by teams who also set his dad up along the way- that kid is at a small school now, still 6 foot, and throwing 84. And I've seen everything in between. So thank goodness the car crying kid didn't have a dad that said ok have it your way forget baseball, and the 13 yo flame thrower didn't get his GED and enter the draft early! So what's the lesson here?
We do not know if we have a college player, a big time college player, or a professional player, until we KNOW. Potential is exciting but it is not a guarantee of anything, and lack of attention at a young age does not mean there is a lack of potential.
Ok, fair enough, so how do we know? How are kids evaluated? When do we know if we might have a sure thing? What attention means we are really on someone's radar? What attention isn't worth the paper its printed on? Why might someone all of a sudden seem to lose interest? Why is everyone else getting letters and I am not? How is it that my kid leads his team in hitting but his teammate is the one getting watched by scouts? How did the kid who was ranked 200 slots below my kid get drafted and mine didn't? How do I get my son ranked? How do showcases help my kid to be drafted? And on and on.
When I think about how to start answering these questions my mind goes in about a million directions at once, because I know all the confusing information you as parents are dealing with, and I know the marketing of opportunity for your son has become big business and that no matter what I say, most parents and kids aren't going to resist the temptation to find a way to see their names in print as early and as often as possible. But, this section of blogs will answer as many of the questions relating to getting seen, making yourself a prospect, etc as I can. Bear with me, its gonna take some time!