I asked that question purposely for those who are eligible for recruitment and those who have, or are, at the age of majority. Those who have, or will be shortly reaching the age of majority, will be able to enter into contracts and such.
Ok, now for the reasons of my question.
Time is a very precious commodity in this business. Regardless if it’s in the college ranks or in pro ball. From a coach’s point of view and someone from a scouting staff, there is just so much time to spend on someone, and a ton of someone’s to look at and talk to. These men and women are not interested in a lengthy game scenario, nor do they want a life story of how-what-when-and-why. What these people are interested in, is your basic savvy of you being part of their making a living. Short, sweet, and simple.
Then ONLY answer to my question is … STRIKE ONE COACH/SIR/MAM, STRIKE ONE.
It shows a basic understanding of the foundations of your position. It shows the positive mindset that doesn’t have to be explained beyond … THROW STRIKES.
Going into a lengthy, what if, is wasted time and beyond the purpose of your being talked to. Answers short, and to the point shows savvy grit that’s on the same plane with who you’re talking to. You’ll then hear, “OK…let’s move on” and more than likely a smile and a nod of the head that says … “The kid’s got his stuff together…”
Now I’m not suggesting that all the responses up to this point and beyond, are bad answers. Nope, just the opposite. They’re pretty darn good in fact.
But I wanted to bring to your attention the process of the INTERVIEW and the time constraints that orbit that environment.
So, keep your answers short and to the point so the person that you’re talking to can cover as much ground as possible and thus, get to know you better.