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Matt Slaven

Ask the Scout - Updated 2/17/06
Question: I am 5'10" 190 and a sophmore in college. i have a pop-time avg. of 2.0. i would like to get it to 1.9. i have recently meet with the padres, but i want to play another year of college to get more mature and strengthen my arm. what are your suggestions on strengthening my arm? Am I making the correct choice of playing another year of collge? What are my possibilities of getting signed next year if I get my avg. to a 1.9?
Answer: You seem very concerned with your pop time which is fine now. It will get better with additional strength and proper footwork to increase your quickness. Continue to play long toss and do one hop drills for carry. Now as far as going to college or trying to turn pro only you can answer that question. Are you ready? You should also look at who will be able to coach you in the art of catching. Very few can teach it well and most of them are in the pro ranks. Some colleges and even junior colleges have good ones too but you will need to check to see if they have a true catching coach. It is getting a bit late depending on your age and maturity. You say you need more maturity. If that is the case go to college because you are not ready to be on your own yet and you will need more confidence to become a pro. Please keep in mind that just because pro teams have interest in you this year it does not mean they will have interest next year. Depending on h! ow you play you may be better, the same or even get worse. I have seen all of these things happen to players over the years. If you improve as you suggest you would be fine. If you don't improve you may not have an opportunity to play pro ball. It is well documented that some very high picks were never picked again and some were picked higher than they were originally. No matter where a player is drafted or signed as a free agent all of them have the same opportunity. If you do get the opportunity to play pro please make the most of it because most never get the chance. And keep in mind only hard work will get players to the Big Leagues
Question: I am 17 years old, and I am not the best player on my team (top 5). I am
5-7, 135 lbs. I am an above average player, very fast, and will catch just
about anything with the occasional drop once or twice at the beginning of
the s! eason. I throw about 77 from the outfield with above average accuracy.
I batted about .350 last year and have had a huge improvement in my batting
in the off-season. I have also improved unbelievably the last 4 years. I
batted about .200 maybe back then. I am a good baserunner with alot of
steals. I have the desire to play pro baseball but with my size and not
being able to hit homeruns do you think i have a chance with enough hard
work. I am afraid that a scout will look at me and say i am too small and
that i don\'t have enough power.
Answer: Size is not the only thing that scouts look for. It sounds as though you have other tools that are very sought after. Your speed appears to be what you feel is your best tool. Speed is a very valuable weapon in baseball. If you have enough speed you don't have to have power. So in short if you have speed, hit for average, have an average arm, and play average defense you can have a chance to play for a long time. You should be able to play through college and possibly even pro ball if you keep working on getting better. Good luck with your career.

Question: How do you find out if you are on a watch list in mlb or college????
Answer: There is no specific watch list. You can attain information on players by logging on or subscribing to several different publications. Some of them are Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball & Baseball Resource. No scout is going to show anyone his follow list so you will need to do the research on your own. Keep in mind that any of these publications and web sites are only expressing their opinion in catagorizing player
Question: I'm a 19 year old, 6'6 210lb left handed pitcher from Kapolei, Hawaii.
I throw 85-90 mph and I have great control. I was recuited to play at Taft
College, but recently received Tommy John surgery in Bakefsfield, California. I know a! few scouts that were scouting me my seinor year in
high school. If they were to watch me pitch, is there a chance that a could
get drafted or signed as a free agent without throwing for a college?
Answer: It is very possible to get drafted if the scouts that saw you turn you in to their club. I think much of this would be determined by when you had the surgery. It would also be determined by what the reports prior to surgery reflected on your ability. If you recall in the 2004 draft the Angels took a pitcher named Nick Adenhart that was projected to go fairly high but had arm surgery. He was signed by the Angels and with the advances in modern medicine it is a good bet the Angels will have themselves a pretty good pitcher. If you are not drafted then go back to school and follow the Kerlan/Jobe rehabilitation process to the letter and you will be pitching again soon.
Question: My son is a talented player entering his senior year at a school in the
Inland Empire. The Varsity coach just lost the majority of the varsity team
to graduation, which he had developed from scratch over the previous 4
years. He is very set in his ways! and once he assesses a player, he rarely,
if ever changes his mind, despite the players effort or development. He
refuses to talk to player's parents under any circumstances and when the
boys who arenot being considered for play time approach him to get feedback,
he ostracizes them and more or less black balls them from any future play
time. The coach has decided to not consider the seniors for next year as he is
considering it a rebuilding year, so he is focusing his energy on developing
the underclassmen at the varsity level.
My son has spent 2 years on JV in the shadow of the old varsity team and
despite his performance on JV (750 BA, Lead-off hitter, 60 yd @ 7.1 secs),
the coach is not giving him a fair shake.He plays on a summer Palomino team and starts in Center Field and does
very well against the same level of players as he would face on the varsity
high school team.He wants to play in college, but without p! lay time on his High School
team, what can he do to get looked at or even considered for a college level
team?
Answer:My first thought is that if your son wants to play in college he will get that chance regardless of any errors in judgement you think his high school coach has made. Keep in mind that there are all types of colleges for players and that not everyone is going to be at a Division One school. You state that you are in Southern California so you will have your choice of the best Junior Colleges in the country. That is just the start of the choices available to you. You can also go to an NAIA, Div. II, or Div. III and I believe that is over 50 schools to choose from in your area. Also note that some players seem to prosper later that others. Now for the more important part of your statement about his coach. You probably won't like what I have to say so I will warn you in advance to hit the delete key if you wish. Coaches take different paths to help their players become self sufficient young men without their parents help.I personally know some outstanding high school coache! s that will not talk to any parents until the player has come to him first to discuss any problem. These coaches will then counsel players on any number of things because some of them can't talk to their parents. You would probably be shocked at the range of subjects that are discussed including playing time. Most players don't want their parents going to any coach because they already know the answer an it is not what Dad wants to hear and they do not want to be embarrased by the interference. What most all parents should try is to cut the cord outside of the home so these young men can learn to be self sufficient both on and off of the field of play. Also I do not believe that any quailified coach would not put his best players on the line up card without a very good reason. Now this is where our game becomes very subjective and everyone gets to have an opinion. With that in mind most parents believe that their players are as good as anyone and that is great because we all love ! our children and want them to do well. Then the players advance and Dad is not the coach or does not know the coach or fund the team. Now the player must learn to compete and work harder that the other players to gain a starting positon on his own. Let them have this time to figure out how to do it on their own. Pull up a chair and enjoy watching your son play as long as he has the desire to participate and compete. In the real world all the young people will have to learn to compete in life.
Question: What is the major league catcher throw time range from home to second?
What should a good time be for a college and also a high school varsity
catcher be to get on your follow list?
Answer: Normally we want to see a Catcher's Pop Time to be under 2.00. For most scouts a 1.90 is what we would consider Major League Average. I have seen high school catcher's at 1.85 in the past. Please keep in mind that is not the only thing we look at when evaluating catcher's. It is a premium position so a catcher's recieving skills and mechanics are very important also.
Question: What effect does a past arm injury have on a scout looking at a pitcher?
Answer: This is a very broad in scope. The first thing to know is that any scout will need to ask you for a complete medical report on the injury, the treatment and any surgery that was done. Each scout will then send the information to there respective offices for the team doctors to review. This is very common and any player with any injury should have copies for each team and the MLB Scouting Bureau. The next thing to understand is that the doctors have the final say in the interest level of their club not the scout. And finally with the advances in the medical field with regard to sports injuries to the arm of any pitcher they have made major strides. In fact pitchers now come back from what used to be career ending injuries and some have been found to actually throw harder. So if you have all of the proper documentation and the doctors feel comfortable that there is no further cause for concern you will probably not have a problem. If the injury is something that reoccurs ! or is chronic then you will have a problem. I may also note that proper documentation is not just a doctors release. It is all medical records with nothing held back.
Question: Before my Junior year I attended a scout camp for the Florida Marlins here
at Victor Valley College. They said at the time I made there two year watch
list as a pitcher. I am now a Senior and have not heard anything more from
them. How do I contact them?
Answer: You can contact any of the Major League Teams by looking up their respective numbers in Baseball America's Directory. If you write to the scouting department they will in most cases forward your information to the scout in your area. Please keep in mind that many very good players will go on a scout's follow list each year. All that means is that a player has been identified and will now be watched more closely. If that player has not continued to progress or his abilities are somewhat dormant chances are that he may not hear anything again. Many players peak or stall so scouts go on to the next player. They must project players, so without at least incremental progress they go on. This happens at all levels of play and that is why it is such a huge gamble when it comes to the draft. Some great high school players never get better whether it be at a college or in the pros so their career stalls out. Even if a player is taken very high in the draft out of high school it ! doesn't mean he will be taken again. Keep in mind there are no guaranties in life only opportunities so try to not let them pass you by.
Question: How would a pitcher in small town get the scouts to look at him if he has
potential?
Answer: With all of the Try Out and Showcases that are being held now I would recommend that you try to attend the closest one to your home. You can check on the Internet at MB.com for the scouting bureau try outs. Also check on the Team One, Perfect Game, and Baseball Resource web sites for the camps. There are several options for you to be seen so invest in yourself and go out to be seen.
Question: IAM A RHP THAT'S 6'3 230 F 90-94 AND HAVE TOUCH 96. CV, CUTTER AND CH. I
WAS 12-5 WITH 3 SAVE THIS YEAR FOR THE WINNIPEG GOLDEYES OF THE NORTHERN
LEAGUE. I FEEL I HAVE FALLING THROUGHT THE CRACKS WITH ! MLB. I DON'T KNOW
WHY I HAVEN\'T GOT A OPPTURANITY YET. WHAT ELSE DO I HAVE TO DO?
Answer: My first thought is how old are you and have you previously signed with a Major League Team. My second thought is have you tried to go to the MLB Scouting Bureau Tryouts. These are held periodically and everyone is welcome. All of the Scouting Bureau's information goes out to all 30 teams. You can find out when these will be on the MLB.com web site or call MLB. Also when you were in the Northern League you would have been scouted by all of the teams so they must have reports on you. There must be more to this story so if you can enlighten us maybe we can help you a bit more with your question.
Question: I am a 6'2" 200 pound left handed hitting catcher with a 2.2 pop time.
I am entering my senior year of baseball and just finished my four year
career in football. I have attended some showcases where scouts were
present and have performed well but have not hear from them. What do I need
to d! o to put me over the top and be recognized as a big time catching
prospect?
Answer: It sounds as though you are a pretty good athlete with some size and skills. A left hand hitting catcher is something that should attract interest. A 2.20 Pop Time is below average and is something you will need to work on. I'm not sure what area you are in but with the size and I am assuming strength, I would want to see your skills to evaluate your talent correctly. Keep working hard and you can become a big time prospect and everyone will come to see you play. If a player is good enough the scouts will find you.
Question: How fast is a good High School fastball?
Answer: That's a tough question to answer. Velocity alone may not fairly determine the effectiveness of the pitch. Other factors such as location, movement and deception by the pitcher all factor into the quality of the fastball. Also don't forget being able to throw it for strikes is just important as any of the above factors. As to just the velocity factor I would suspect a good speed for a varsity pitcher would be mid 80's
Question: How hard do high school pitchers selected in the draft throw?
Answer: The answer can vary from low to mid 80's to well over 90. Again factors cited in the first question also play a large part in high school pitchers being drafted. Additional factors will be the pitcher's arm action. Does it work smoothly. Is the delievery one the will allow the pitcher to throw with reduced risk of injury and allow for command and control of all his pitches. Scouts also take into account the pitchers body. Is there projection in it, can he get stronger as he matures with a chance to increase velocity or is he already mature with limited projection for future growth. When we watch high school and college players we grade their present abilities and what we feel their future abilities will be. Left-handers may not needed as much velocity as right-handers to get drafted. The reason being, there are not as many of them around. However, the same important factors still apply.
Question: What are the "scout teams" in So. Cal. and how are players chosen to play for a scout team?
Answer: The scout teams are run by several organizations in many places. In Southern California they have an Angel Elite Team that plays on Wednesday night's against the local Junior College Teams. This team is made up of what many think may be the top high school prospects from San Diego to Ventura in the north. These players are usually spread out among the other scout teams that play on Sunday. They can't possibly accomodate all of the good players so the majority of the players are on all of the other scout teams and they play on Sunday's. It is a very good way to gain exposure and to work with some of the pro staff's. They use wood bats and the pitcher's normally only pitch to five hitters. It is a long day but it is very worthwhile for the players. It gives many of us the chance to see who is dedicated enough to be there every week and on time. This gives the players an opportunity to show just how bad they want to play the game. To get on these teams a player is qui! te often asked if they are interested in playing by one of the local scouts. If the player is on a team already then that is who they play for. If a player has not been asked before then the first team to ask him to play is who he should play for. Don't wait to see where your friends are playing to say yes. If you get this opportunity jump on it and say yes as quick as you can. This will demonstrate your desire. There are also a couple of the teams that will hold tryouts that are run in a major league format. They will often ask you to come in for the tryout camp. Currently in this area the Braves, Yankees , Mariners, Devil Rays, White Sox, Reds, Cardinals and the R.B.I. Group have teams.
Question: How should a pitcher rest his arm during his downtime period? Should he be doing long toss? Or complete rest and how long? So much baseball so little time to rest. How should a parent approach the high school coach about not pitching during fall ball so he can rest his arm?
Answer: This is a great question. Any good coach will understand and appreciate a player and his family for " Shutting it Down " properly. You should first communicate with your coach so he can help you to plan your Shut Down Period.This should be at the most appropriate time to maximize your efficiency during your school year. Next the time period that most coaches like is the November, December, and maybe some of January time slot. This is during the coldest weather when improper care can create arm problems. My personal feeling is the Shut Down Period should be at least 10 to 12 weeks. You can throw lightly so you continue to have what the doctors call full range of motion. Long Toss should wait until you start up again. This period of time is to essentially let your arm rebuild and rejuvenate. This is also the time to increase your running and your workout routine. The only thing you are not doing is throwing. There is some very good information for all players and their parents on the web site http://usabaseball.com/medsafetylist.html on this subject. I would strongly encourage all parties to read this because some of the foremost Doctors in Orthopedics like Dr. Andrews and Dr. Jobe will back this up. Lastly you do not need to pitch in every tournament even though some people may try to pressure you into it. If they are applying pressure on you it just means that they need you more than you need them so shut it down and enjoy the holidays.
Question: If a player has an opportunity to play for a NAIA D-1 is it
conceivable that by playing here he still will have a chance of being
considered as a possible candidate for a State University or even a ML team?
Answer: Let me answer this question by first saying that draft picks come from all schools no matter what division they are in. This includes High School, Junior College, NAIA, and all NCAA Divisions. The other part of your question really can't be answered because you have blended the NAIA, with other divisions. If you have the opportuntiy to get to an NAIA School that you and your family are comfortable with you should go there. Many players are drafted out of these schools. By then going to a State school I am only to assume that it is for your graduate work.
Question: Does early signing with a college effect the draft prospect of a player?
Answer: The general answer to the question is "no". Now lets discuss the total picture, as it is quite broad. Early signings give the player a sence of security as to his college future so he may concentrate on his high school or JC classroom as well as upcoming baseball season without that type of distraction. That said, I would be very concerned if a college put undo pressure on you by saying they need to have a commitment from you by a given date or you would lose the opportunity to chose their program. Do your homework on all the college programs you have interest in or have shown interest in you. Before any early signing findout as much information as possible: track record of developing hitters, pitchers and defensive skills. What is the philosophy of the Head Coach and his assistants in playing the game and developing players. If a pitcher, do they improve all phases of your game and do their pitchers stay healthy or is their a history of arm problems. Position players check their stats: On Base Percentage, Slugging Percentage, plate discipline and BB to SO ratio. You can obtain such information either by checking the web site or picking up a media guide from the college. If possible talk with present and past players from the program and see if their experience was what was promised during the recruitment. Check out the number of players that earn degrees that attended the school. Ask key questions, don't be shy.

When a scout contacts you be HONEST with him and yourself. Scouts would like to know if you have made a commitment to a college. What we need to know is " do you want to go to college or play professional ball " following the current season. If you feel more comfortable attending college please tell us. It's my experience most high school players in Southern California price themselves out of getting drafted. What I mean is they expect top round bonus money, lets be honest there are approximately 1500 players drafted each year only 30 are first rounders another 30 -40 are either supplemental ( between end of 1st round and beginning of 2nd round ) or 2nd round picks. By doing your research you can findout the bonus for each round thoughout the 50 rounds.

When a player signs with certain college programs, they send a message to scouts they will be tough signs if drafted. A private university, with it's high cost factor makes it very difficult to sign players. State universities and colleges are far more affordable for families and professional organizations too IF the player really wants to play professional ball now. The ML Baseball Scholarship Program maybe offered in a professional contract. If included in the contract it gives the assurance that MLB will pickup the cost of a specific amount over a specific number of semesters at a college or university of the players choice. If you signed with State University the amount will be based on attending that university, if it is a private university then it will be based on that school. When included in your professional contact it is a GUARANTEE and will be paid to you weather you play in ML or don't. The college scholarship is year to year and maybe cancelled at any point in the 4 years by the coach. There are web sites that give detail information on the Scholarship program. Remember going to college or playing professional ball are important life decisions. A decision that needs much thought. Start the decision making process now, talk it over with parents and those that you respect their opinion. Are you ready for the real world of professional baseball or is college a more comfortable fit at this point in your life.

Question: When do the scouts make their final decisions on who will be drafted and when do they let the player know. If you are playing for a scout team what type of questions should I be asking?
Answer: Many teams run pre draft work outs with there supervisors present. This helps with one final evaluation of the prospect. After that the local scouts do not make any final decisions nor do we really know who our teams are going to take until we get a call from our offices. These final decisions are made by our Scouting Director with input from the cross checkers and supervisors after they have read all of the reports and seen the prospect for themself. Most teams have their top people at their respective ball park about two weeks in advance to set up the draft board. They will then use all of the evaluations from the last year to place the prospects in the order they believe the player will be taken. Once a team drafts a prospect he will be called normally by the local scout as soon as he is drafted. Now playing for a scout team is a great thing. As far as asking questions that is very general area to address so please be more specific. But my first response would be not to ask too many questions but to play and play hard.
Question: Why does it seems harder for African-American's to break into the Minors Leagues and Major Leagues ?
Answer:Most scouts will be at any event that features talented players. The events are now posted on web sites so everyone will know when and where the events are going to be held. At a showcase it helps when very good pitchers are on the roster in advance. As far as any one group breaking into the pro ranks, I think it is tough for everyone to get to that level. I know that MLB makes every effort to make sure that everyone has an equally fair chance. MLB also has a great program called RBI that is in most major cities. The RBI stands for Reviving Baseball in the Innercities. MLB donates a lot of money to this program each year. At the present time if you take a good hard look at MLB Rosters you will find that players are from the world not just America. This means that all American's chances are a bit less than at one time. We now have players from Japan, Korea, Canada, Venezuela, Panama, Argentina, Mexico, along with Puerto Rico and the Domincan Republic to mention a few. So as you can see I believe any player that is good enough will get a chance. We all have scouts all over the world looking for the next great player no matter what their ethnicity may be.
Question: At what age do scouts start following players?
Answer:Personally I have seen freshman in high school that I have put on my follow list. That age would normally be about 15. Some of these players continue to bigger, stronger and faster. Some also continue to develop their baseball skills and get better. Unfortunately some do not. Some graduate from high school and have not improved much. So for our younger players you do not need to concentrate on just baseball. Keep your options open. Other sports will help you to get stronger and cultivate your quickness and hopefully help you to get faster. In fact many great athletes are multi sport athletes. If you look back Tony Gwynn and Dave Winfield were both drafted by the NBA but they became great Major Leaguers. There are many examples of this over the years. With this in mind play as many sports as you would like and enjoy your high school years. If you don't want to participate in a sport don't. Over the past several years it seems we see some people that want to tell young players to concentrate on one sport over the other. This should be the athlete's choice with no outside influence.
Question:
Whats the best showcases to go to for major league exposure? How do you tell if it will be a good showcase to go too?
Answer: I knew this one was coming. First be very leary of anything that cost several hundred dollars. The promotors will tell you it is for exposure but if you are traveling across the country for exposure you are being misled. There are many great showcases all over the country. The first rule of thumb is to stay in your local area unless you want to go to a college that is elswhere. Scouts really don't watch player's that are out of their area for the most part. Although some of the very diligent scouts and the cross checkers are always looking for good players. Now I will use Southern California as an example of what is possible. For a high school player every high school coach has the chance to nominate two players each year to the California Baseball Coaches Association. Every coach should be in this as it only cost $ 10.00 for their entire staff. If they don't belong their players can not be nominated. It is held at the end of June and after the draft when everyone starts to look at the next years crop of athletes.This is free for the players and they have a large tryout that all of the pro teams and all of the colleges attend. If you are selected to that team you will go on to play the best players from Northern California in a 3 game series. That is the best one and is at no cost. The Area Code Games are well attended by all teams but too many good players are left out because of roster limitations and it is cost prohibitive for many. Baseball Resource has inexpensive showcases that are worthwhile. Team One used to have very good showcases but they have gone down. Perfect Game is more worthwhile in the East but cost way too much. Diamond King seems to be doing a pretty good job for the young players. Best of the West is far from what its name implies. Team USA is always very good but their roster spots are limited. So in short the best place is your own area. A very good example of this is a Team named the Encinitas Reds. They were a showcase team that only played in San Diego and Orange County until they advanced to the Connie Mack World Series. Everyone followed them because Dana Blalock had a team that almost all of them went on to play pro and college ball. I know Dana told his players they didn't need to go anywhere because everyone came to see them play and he was right. Also in your area if you are invited to play for a scout team it will help you to advance to many scouts follow list if you are good enough.
Question:
I was wondering what the scouts look for if your not throwing 90, its just seems like all they are interest or talking to are the ones that throw that hard. How good do you need to be to get a scholarship if you have a 2.8 GPA?
Answer: When you hear about throwing 90 MPH that is just the number we use for a picther that has Major League Average velocity. If you are in that area the chances are that you will be on scouts follow list. Keep in mind this only shows some arm strength. Other factors that we need to see are command which simply means control and the abiltiy to throw strikes. If you can't throw strikes it won't matter how hard you throw. We look for pitchers with movement on all pitches. Pitching to locations which means to both sides of the plate. Changing speeds and deception are a big plus. We do look for tall pitchers because they generally will throw more pitches with a good downhill plane. You must have an out pitch whether it be the fastball, curve or change. Most high school pitchers's are too young to start using a slider. We do look for a very easy and effortless delivery with the ball coming out of the hand easy. We do look for a nice clean arm action that does not over tax the shoulder and elbow areas. Now when it comes to a Left Handed Pitcher we are much more liberal and their velocity does not have to be as high. Most Lefties have more natural movement. We look for poise, self control, and the ability to compete in pressure situations. Now please keep in mind that there are a number of pitchers that don't throw 90 MPH and are still very successful. If you have a great change up like Greg Maddux you may have a great career in your future, so it is not mandatory to throw 90 MPH.

As far as getting a scholarship with a 2.8 there are other factors to consider beside just being a good player. The schools would only be talking with players that they consider very good and will help them to fill their specific needs. Also there are colleges that need players of all skill levels. There are Division I, II, III and NAIA schools that have great programs. As far as the 2.8 GPA it must be in your core classes not P.E.. You need your math, science, english, and foriegn language with a good SAT or ACT score to insure that you would qualify for a scholarship. Some of these things vary depending on the school. Private schools versus State schools will have different requirements to meet. Please keep in mind that for the most part there is no such thing as a full ride in baseball no matter what you may have heard. Also some of the better academic schools will need to see much higher SAT and ACT scores to qualify. For instance in California State school may be able to get you in with a 900 SAT where a U.C. School will in most cases need and 1100 or better to insure admittance. This is something that more players need to take care of from the day they walk into a high school. Many realize this way too late and can't get accepted to the school they really want to go to. But if you don't meet the requirements do not give up because the Junior College Programs are very good and allow you the time to get your eduation caught up while still playing ball.

Question:
I have always wondered what is the biggest thing to do in order to impress a scout?
Answer: This is a very good question. I will list some of the things that can get players noticed in no particular order. Players that hustle all of the time and show an undying desire to play and compete is the best simple answer. Here are some of the other things that can help. Carry yourself with confidence and respect everyone around you. Don't be so cocky that you are arrogant just confidant. Believe it or not how you take the field will separate you from many other players. If you are paying attention to the game you will always be the first person on and off of the field. Do not let anyone out hustle you and you will get noticed because you play with a passion for the game. Every ground ball you hit run at full speed and challenge yourself to get the best home to first time every time you hit a ball. Don't stand and watch or go on cruise control or throw equipment. That displays bad make-up and only creates more questions about you. Make up is a huge issue for scouts and colleges. We all want players that are great examples of how to act at all times, be it on or off of the field. Good players respect the game, their parents, their teachers, their peers, and the opposition at all times. Keep in mind you never know when someone is listening or watching you that could be helpful in your career. With this in mind conduct yourself appropriately at all times.

 

 

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