WE ARE DOING IT! The College Baseball Recruiting Survival Guide has officially launched today. We had a great response during the pre-sale period and very positive feedback has already started coming in, including this encouraging email I received from David in Maryland:
I just finished reading the book, and all I can say is WOW. This is THE perfect guide to getting recruited. Your book doesn’t beat around the bushes like other books. Your book gets straight to the point on what you need to know to have the best opportunity to get into an excellent college with an excellent baseball program. I have even started taking notes on certain things I didn’t know and that I believe are very important to my recruiting process. So I wanted to say thank you for the great information you have given me that will help me get recruited.
In honor of The College Baseball Recruiting Survival Guide launch, I want to share the book’s foreword with you. The author is someone I’ve had the privilege of getting well in only the past few months. Mike Shaheen was a high school baseball coach for 15 years, and spent the last 8 years as the head coach of a powerhouse program in Georgia where he won 3 state championships back to back. After the 2011 season, he moved (with his wife and 2 kids) to the Dominican Republic to work with baseball players and coaches through the FCA ministry.
When I first mentioned my College Baseball Recruiting Survival Guide to Mike, he was very intrigued. After I sent him the 1st draft, it resonated with him enough to ask if he could write the foreword. I was honored, and of course I said yes. Below, Mike provides great insight into the recruiting process from the player and coach’s perspective. Enjoy.
Foreword to The College Baseball Recruiting Survival Guide:
For seven years as an assistant high school coach and eight years as a head coach, I tried my best to teach our players the value of putting team first. That is not an easy sell nowadays. Players today are far different than they were 20, 30, or 40 years ago. Today, coaches have to work extra hard to convince their players that there is much more satisfaction in the actual practice or game than the result at the end. They want to hear their coach tell them how they can get a scholarship and play for a Division 1 college.
Do not get me wrong. I loved being the head coach of a high school baseball team – almost every minute of it. I got to watch 15 of my players go on to play Division 1 college baseball, a handful of others went on to play at the D2 and D3 level, with three playing professionally today. I may have come across as negative above, but in reality, I am trying to describe how tough it is to be a successful high school baseball coach. High school baseball in the state of Georgia is pretty amazing. Coaching and competing against players that are some of the best in the country was very enjoyable. Spending quality time during the school day with my players and developing relationships that will last a lifetime is something to cherish.
I was blessed to coach some really great teams with some even better young men. Being able to go to the ballpark each day with a smile on my face is something I will always remember. But let’s face it. It’s all different today than it was 30 years ago. The pressure for your son to earn good grades, to get into the right college, to play strong baseball, to get a scholarship… it’s overwhelming for parents. That is not an excuse, just a fact. A high school education and a varsity letter is not enough anymore. The days when a parent or coach would say, “if you are good enough, they will find you and you will get your scholarship” are officially over and have been for quite some time.
That leads me to the fact that there are a lot more young men out there searching for an opportunity to play college baseball and possibly beyond. With that in mind, parents and coaches need to be that much more in tune with the process of recruiting. There are several variables that have led to this recruiting craze, but one of the biggest is that there are more college baseball programs competing today than ever before. There is more pressure from administrations to win games. There are more players wanting to play at the next level. There are more families and coaches that understand the process better than they did in the past. Put it all together and you may have absolute chaos.
That is where David Franco and his guide to College Baseball Recruiting becomes a solution to the problem. Every family with a son who wants to get to the next level needs a Recruiting 101 class! Unfortunately, there are so many voices out there telling people what they want to hear for a pretty high price tag. Most recruiting information companies tell parents and players what they want to hear. They really do nothing to help a family become more educated about the recruiting process.
The idea behind David’s Recruiting Survival Guide is simple: Educate parents and players so they can make the correct decisions during the most crucial moments in recruiting. Some of the information that David writes in his manual will make showcase directors and recruiting services upset. If those people are focused on what’s best for the players, this shouldn’t be so. It may not tell you what you want to read either. What it does do is give everyone that reads it an opportunity to have a plan of action, execute that plan, and do it in a common-sense way that is going to give the young man an opportunity to play at the college that is the right fit for him.
While so many companies want to develop a gimmick behind recruiting, David gives his readers the facts and most direct ways to market themselves. There is no gimmick. He has interviewed countless college and professional athletes and coaches, and they have told him what they look for and how families should go about the process of marketing their son. Everything I read in The College Baseball Recruiting Survival Guide is dead-on and can be applied during the sophomore, junior and senior years of high school. I recommend this book to all of my high school coaching friends, parents and high school teenagers as it gives all prospects what they need to know about recruiting.
We live in a world that believes that if something is not expensive, difficult nor long waiting, it cannot be good. We also are a society of gimmicks. Everyone loves gimmicks. The problem with all of this is that we are wasting a lot of time and money using the wrong products. The old adage of K.I.S.S. (“Keep it simple, Sally”) has turned into M.I.C.E. (“Make it complicated, Emily”). My advice to you is to read, take notes and formulate a plan using the clear and concise information that David Franco gives you in this complete guide to college baseball recruiting.