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The problem with "connections"

Updated: Dec 11, 2018

We hear it all the time: “It's who you know.”

The problem with this idea when it comes to college baseball recruiting is that no matter who you know, the college coach still has to want you as a player.  

There are people in the baseball world that think college recruiting works like this: they tell the player to give them the 8 - 10 schools he wants to go to, and then the “helper” will make some calls for him. Here are some reasons why this is a bad strategy:

  • Most players only pick schools they’ve heard of, and they shoot higher than their ability level. Oftentimes players don’t have a realistic idea of the level of baseball played at certain schools because they’ve never had somebody who understands college baseball sit down with them and tell them the truth.

  • Choosing 8 - 10 schools is not casting a wide enough net. It’s better to create a wider net and narrow down to 8 or 10 schools. The narrower the initial search is, the more difficult it becomes to find the best fit.

  • The college coach may not consider your instructor/travel ball/high school coach a reliable resource. Then what? Players assume that certain people have "pull," when in fact, oftentimes the college coach doesn't necessarily consider that person someone they can trust.

  • Lastly, let’s assume someone did end up getting you to a school because of a connection. Do you really want to be somewhere where the coaches don't truly want you?

At the end of the day, college coaches want the players that they want. Rarely will they take a player into a program because they’re helping out a buddy. Coaches want to win so they can do well in their profession. So, next time somebody rattles off how they can help you become a Division 1 player or how they can get you into a certain program, just realize he/she is really not the one that makes that decision.

For more information about the College Athlete Advantage Recruiting Program please call Mike Orchard @ 407-489-7509 or email:

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