There are two types of players in the game. The
prospect generally has a grasp on reality and the vision of what it is going to
take to get to the next level. The pretender talks a good game, but his
performance leaves coaches and teammates alike all shaking their heads.
Prospects do not grow on trees. They have to be identified.
We see a lot of both in our business, but in the
era of individual marketing, crappy advisors, and the internet, it is sometimes
way too easy to get fooled. There is nothing like the hard cold facts, and clear
video, when it comes to assessing a player from afar.
The player's resume should be very clear and
include contact info for the team and coach. There is a huge difference between
playing the season with a certain team and getting cut after the first day of
try-outs. A lot of players get those two facts confused. Generally, it is the
players with a complete and accurate resume that prove to be exactly who they
pass themselves off to be. It is the other guys, who list a number of big teams
with a limited amount of information, that often prove to be full of hot air.
In this age, video is no longer a big deal, so
every player should be uploading game footage to youtube.com. The days of the
rock and roll highlight film are behind us. Coaches want to see real game
experience to get a good idea of the player's entire body of work. When it comes
to video, a lot of guys are not taking advantage of the advances in technology.
Prospects and pretenders alike are suffering in this area. A good series of
videos will give interested coaches a glimpse of the skill set any player may
One of the biggest factors when it comes to
identifying prospects is maturity. Coaches want easy players. Guys that do
their job in training, prep, are always on time, and generally stay off the
coach's radar screen, often get great recommendations when it comes to moving
to the next level. It is the other guys who get the business end of the phone
calls. We all know the type. The guy with the constant line of personal
problems, injuries, and discipline issues. Big talkers with minimal delivery.
Moms are not agents or managers. Keep her off
the phone. One of the biggest standing jokes of the game is the constant
badgering of coaches by the mommies. This is 2020, not 1984. Mom is not going
to be able to wear a short skirt and inspire a young coach into a bad decision.
Well, at least not one that is going to have a lasting impact on his
Prospects prove their worthiness day after day,
in games, as well as at practice. Pretenders do a lot of yapping and deliver a ton