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Time to commit?

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Replies to: Time to commit?

  • fishymomfishymom Registered User Posts: 1,849 Senior Member
    ^^^I could not agree more about not continuing to take officials after committing! My understanding is that coaches do not randomly offer Likely Letters. If a coach tells an athlete he/she will get them a LL, that student-athlete has already been ok'd for one by the admissions office. These coaches and schools are not going to risk their reputations by making offers they can't deliver on. If an athlete commits to a school and a coach commits to getting a Likely Letter, that should be the end of the recruiting process for that athlete.

    Now, if the coach doesn't offer a Likely Letter, that is a whole different ball game.
  • fogfogfogfog Registered User Posts: 4,056 Senior Member
    Congrats Monstor!

    So important to really be committed when you accept the likely. It is great that you knew where your first love is and went for it!
  • riverrunnerriverrunner Registered User Posts: 2,715 Senior Member
    I don't want to be the one raining on parades, but I think we all understand the coach can't "promise" a likely letter. He is promising to tell admissions that this applicant is one he is recruiting and has high hopes that they will issue the likely letter. Coaches don't tell admissions who to admit. I'm in no way speaking about Monstor's chances in this process. I haven't seen his application. I just want to keep the message clear that LL's come from admissions. Hang in there, monstor. I suspect the news will be good.
  • stemitstemit Registered User Posts: 575 Member
    Congrats Monstor!

    Get your app in so the school can get to it on October 1.

    Now you need to prepare for your journey to the top of college baseball (after all, you have now reached the top of the foothills; but, the mountain chain is still in the distance).

    You need to enjoy your senior year (lots of your friends will be running around like chickens without their heads for the next few months) but this is NOT the time relax on your baseball; it is the time to lay the groundwork for earning a starting spot in the weekend rotation.

    Here is my unsolicited advice.

    Contact your college coach and ask for his off-season and pre-season workout program. Find yourself a personal trainer who can incorporate that workout program and ADD to it and begin working out – beginning NOW. On top of that, find a pitching specific dynamic workout program to add to what the college coach gives you (we found that the off-season and pre-season conditioning programs were very generic and pitcher specific dynamic stuff (which concentrates on your shoulders and back) was missing/could be refined). Be diligent in following the conditioning program (it will be tough in the beginning because virtually no one else you know will be focusing on getting in college baseball shape) but take your time in ramping up your weights – good form trumps all else.

    Work on your fastball – getting it up to 90+ is your goal (and if it’s there already, then 93+, etc.). Once your velo increases, then find your secondary pitches. In the beginning do not worry about control (during lessons and bullpens), worry about perfect and repeatable mechanics (based upon your natural throwing motion and slot) and work to get your velo up (hey, 85 works in hs; but will not work where you want to be [i.e., weekend league starter]). VELO is the key to the kingdom gates – unless you open the gate no one cares that you have the best curveball on the planet (unless you are satisfied in being a situational reliever). VELO is a process (ultimately confined by your basic genetics) of mechanics, strength, and mind-set. (Perfect all three and you have reached your genetic potential.) The earlier you begin the process, the better the ultimate result. And, the process takes years, not months.

    Find a place to play summer ball (that is next summer). I would advise finding a college team (rising freshman or above). I would advise not playing on an 18yr old team made up of hs players – play against the Big and Strong not the group you have already dominated.

    Above all, set a new baseball goal and begin driving towards that goal NOW.

    And, once again, CONGRATS on achieving your initial goal!
  • fauvefauve Registered User Posts: 3,515 Senior Member
    Congratulations Monstor and have a fun and safe senior year! Let us know when the LL arrives!
  • fogfogfogfog Registered User Posts: 4,056 Senior Member
    How long does it take for the likely letter to arrive?

    Do the coaches have scheduled mtgs with AdComs to process their "picks"...
    and if a recruit got a green light for the coach to continue to recruit her...does that mean there wont be an issue of a likely--?
  • mayhewmayhew Registered User Posts: 643 Member
    ^^^ One HYP coach told us that they meet weekly with admissions from 1st October on. That made it sound as if a certain amount of likely letters (which must be ever varying) are sent out weekly, until the process is complete - as in, until their alloted slots are all filled.
    Yes, I would imagine that if the coach gets a green light from admissions, then no problem should be anticipated if the coach chooses to use a slot on you.
  • riverrunnerriverrunner Registered User Posts: 2,715 Senior Member
    ^^I think this is a slippery slope. Red light would mean discontinue recruiting this kid.

    A green light would mean host him for the OV, continue to call weekly, and so on. Until admissions actually issues the likely letter, nothing is certain. There is no telling how many athletes are still getting the green light. The coach will bring more students to OVs and continue to court them until all LLs are issued. Each athlete is on a unique timeline.

    Let's say a coach will be allowed to give 4 LLs. Let's say the coach's #1 choice has said he is also looking at 2 other schools. It's in the best interest of the coach to continue to court at least 5 athletes and even tell them admissions is considering them for a LL, in full knowledge that he can't give 5 LL's. Admissions will only give 4, so the coach would do well to wait for #1 to make up his mind before taking the 5th recruit in for a LL. The higher you are on the list, the more able you are to say to the coach: "I will commit if you'll get me the LL. I need to know fairly soon though, because I'm going to go on other OVs and consider other options if this one doesn't work."

    This means it is wise to know where you are on the coach's list, how many LLs he will be giving, and the minute you decide this is your first choice, say so, but say you are really hoping for a timely response so that everyone will have the chance to explore the other schools in range. It's dominoes, of course, so every kid's decision impacts the kids lower on the list.
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