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  Strategies For Success   	






  State of the Blaze	


• 130+ players - 10 teams (10u-18u)	


• 2009 HS Program Success	


• College Recruits & Alumnae	


• The Big Picture	






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130+ Players ages 10u-18u	


    •       New Teams include: 10u Gault, 10u Castilla,12u Carpenter & 14u Kirk	


    •       Moving to HS program include: 16 Sochacki & 16 Lindsey	


    •       YOUTH - 10u & 12u OBJECTIVES	



           •     Create love, passion, and respect for the game	



           •     Build loyalty to the Blaze	



           •     Player development	



    •       MIDDLE SCHOOL - 14u OBJECTIVES	



           •     Prepare for high school	



           •     Transition to HS Program	



           •     Strong emphasis on player development	



    •       HIGH SCHOOL - 16u & 18u	



           •     Prepare for success in high school	



           •     Strong emphasis on player development and production	



           •     Prepare for success in recruiting	



           •     Prepare for success at collegiate level	






2010 HS Program Success	


         One of the Blaze core missions is to create an environment in which to help
         our HS athletes succeed at both the high school and eventually collegiate
         level.	




  • High School in 2010	


     • 6 All-State Selections	


     • 9 All-Centex Selections	


     • 8 District MVPs	


     • 4 Newcomers of the Year	


     • 20 Additional All-District Selctions	


     • TGCA “State Athlete of the Year” (Taylor Thom - University of Texas	






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College Recruits & Alumnae	


       One of the Blaze core missions is to create an environment in which to help
       our HS athletes succeed at both the high school and eventually collegiate
       level.	




  • Alumnae 	


       • Kelsi Weseman (Blaze 2003-2008)	


           • ACC Freshman of the Year	


           • 2 Time ACC All-Conference	


           • 32nd in country hitting as a freshman	


       • Blaire Luna - Blaze Gold 2008 & 2009	


            •  Big 12 Freshman of the year	


            • All-Conference	


            • All-American	


            • USA Futures National Team	


       • Additional Alumnae Accolades	


           • All-Conference	


                • Lauren Griffith - CCIW	


                • Katie Nichols - Heartland	


           • All 2009 Blaze Gold Graduates earned starting positions (except for injured)	






The Big Picture	


  •     Longevity 	



  •     Improved Process for Success	



       •      Every new season is an opportunity to improve	



  •     Facilities	



  •     Fundraising	



       •      Make high level select ball more affordable	






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                Recruiting 101	


•  Playing College Softball	


  •     Developing a Target Zone	



  •     Marketing the Player	



  •     Recruiting Tools	



  •     D1,DII, DIII, JUCO, NAIA (Explanations)	



  •     Questions for College Coaches	






•  Texas Blaze Recruiting Strategies	


  •    3 Keys To Successful Recruiting	



  •    Roles of the Parent, Player, Coach, & Recruiting Director	



  •    Blaze Recruiting Director	






                                                   Developing a Target Zone	


                                               • College Continuum Line	


                                               • Realistic Expectations	


                                               • Evaluations	


                                               • Efficiency with Your Efforts	






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           Develop Your Target Zone
           College Continuum Line	





                                                                       Reality	



Early Recruiting?	


• Early birds get all the press	


• Reality is most kids wont be recruited or commit before the end
of their junior year	



• I’tsgame, staying healthy, learning valuable life lessons and getting a
the
       smart to focus on the process you control, having fun, loving
good education.	






           Develop Your Target Zone
           College Continuum Line	






                          •    Blue Chip vs The Rest of Us	


                          •    player a - high level select player, top rated hs player, very athletic or specialized	


                          •    player b - high level select player, high school varsity starter 	




        College Programs due bulk of recruiting at different times.	






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     Develop Your Target Zone
     Realistic Expectations	






         ??? get an education & play softball or play softball and get an education ???	



Other Considerations of Priorities	


• Scholarship Money	


• Playing Time	

                                                                 REALISTIC ? 	


• Academics	

                               “I want a full-ride, because money is important to my parents, I want to play on last
• Softball Experience	

                    years Big 12 conference champions so I can get to College World Series, and I want to
                                                                          be a starter as a freshman!”	


• Division Status	






     Develop Your Target Zone
     Efficiency With Your Efforts	



       Prioritize before you go to work on college search	



       Examples	



       PLAYER B	


       “Playing time is most important to me at the D1 level but I definitely want some athletic scholarship money as well.”	


       WHERE TO START: Find schools that came in bottom three of their conference, make sure to focus on conference
       that may be slightly less known.	



       PLAYER B	


       “I want to play at a big-time program with a chance to get to College World Series...I wanted to be surrounded and
       pushed by the best athletes. Playtime and money aren't super important initially but maybe after I prove myself.”	


       WHERE TO START: Look for teams at tops of conferences, talk to your coaches about your ability level, get honest
       evaluations and then look for walk-on opportunities.	



       PLAYER B	


       “I have great grades so academics is the most important---I want to play somewhere where I have allot of time to
       study because I want a 4.0 GPA. I love softball and definitely want to play at collegiate level but there are other things
       that are equally important like volunteering, or school clubs that I want to pursue as well while in college.”	


       WHERE TO START: Look for high academic DIII institutions in which the school plays a light schedule.	






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Develop Your Target Zone
Evaluations	




Its important to get many opinions on where your potential lies as a player so you
            can be realistic and efficient in your search for the right fit. 	



                 Don't take it personal if not what you want to hear.	



   • Travel Coach	


   • HS Coach	


   • NFCA Camps	


   • College Camps	






                                                  Marketing the Player	



                                        • Introduce Yourself to Coaches 	


                                        • Intro Packet	


                                        • Recruiting Tools	






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Marketing the Player
Introduce Yourself to College Coaches - Your Resume	



   •     Intro Emails & Resume	



        •    Profile	



        •    Un-official Transcripts	



        •    Schedule	





   •     Network & Build Relationships	



        •    Updates on your progress and tournament/game schedules	



        •    Example Emails	



   •     Contact Management	



        •    Keep up with your business (spreadsheet)	






Marketing the Player
Recruiting Tools	





  •     Resume	


  •     Skill Videos	


  •     Camps	


  •     Postcards	


  •     Recruiting Services	






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                                     •    3 Keys To Successful Recruiting	



                                     •    Roles of the Parent, Player, Coach, & Organization	



                                     •    Blaze Recruiting Directors	






Blaze Recruiting Stratagies
3 Keys to Successful Recruiting	






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Blaze Recruiting Strategies
Roles of the player, parent, coach, and organization	






    PLAYER & PARENT	


    • Drive the bus	


    • Initiate help	


    • Do the work necessary	


    COACH	


    • Network when possible	


    • Communicate with players and parents on process	


    ORGANIZATION	


    • Network	


    • Provide proper environment	






Blaze Recruiting Strategies
Recruiting Directors	





                                 Division I & II - JB Slimp	


                           Division III & JUCO - Chris Gaffney	




    • Communicate with coaches about players and teams	


    • Research college program needs	


    • Consult players & parents about the process	






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Blaze Recruiting Strategies3 Keys to Successful Recruiting	






           National Average	






     Blaze Recruiting Strategies
     3 Keys to Successful Recruiting	






   Blaze Recruiting Success 	


         (last 15 commits) 	






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