Advice about Fall Drills

Ryan-Allen-Pitcher-at-Mizzou-150x150So fall drills have started, and lo and behold, the coach/coaches aren’t quite what they seemed to be when they were recruiting you to their school.

Unfortunately, this seems to happen fairly often.  I was a fortunate one that did not have horror stories to tell once I stepped on campus.  A few of my former teammates from high school and Connie Mack ball were not so lucky.

I’d like to be able to tell players that there is a magic fix to the problem, but unfortunately, that’s not a realistic option.

The best option available in this situation is to try and use this for mental toughness and experience in working with someone you don’t see eye-to-eye with.  It’s a tough situation, but like any tough situation, it can be used to benefit you later on down the road.

Even though the waters are rough with this particular coach, don’t hesitate to open the lines of communication if you feel that you are not on the same page with your coach.  If this is done in a respectful and confident manner, odds are that the coach will have a greater respect for you because of it.

In some cases, the best option may be for you to transfer away.  Again the best way for this to be done is respectfully (Remember, those coaches still have control over what school you transfer to).

For those reading this, I hope you don’t have to encounter something like this.  But, for the ones that are/will go through this, I hope this can provide you with some help.

Some Informed Athlete helpful resources include:  The Mental Side of Improving Athletic Performance and What You Should Know About Transfers. 

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About Ryan Allen

NCAA Division I Pitcher - University of Missouri - 2006-2009

NCAA Division II Pitcher - University of Central Missouri - 2010

M.Ed. - Educational & Counseling Psychology - University of Missouri - 2013

BS - Business Administration - University of Missouri - 2011

Internship - Academic Advisor - University of Missouri Football 2013-2014

Internship - NACDA - National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics - 2013

Graduate Assistant - Recruiting & Education - University of Missouri Compliance Department - 2011-2013.

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7 Responses to Advice about Fall Drills

  • Sherry

    Having trouble finding clarity on a few questions. Is there an official limit to the number of redshirts a division 1 team can declare? I understand that the roster cap is 35, but some teams list 36 or more players, including redshirts. Can a player be rostered and listed as a redshirt if they are #36 or #37 on a 35-man roster? In other words, how far beyond 35 can a team claim redshirts? And if after fall drills end, the coach tells a walk-on he is redshirted, what does this mean for spring, and will he have to go through the whole process again next fall, or does he get any preferred status as a “recruit” over walk-ons or other recruits next fall?

    • Hi Sherry,

      Schools don’t officially “claim” or “declare” redshirts. The term redshirt simply means that an athlete has not used a season of eligibility. In reality, any student at the school who is not an athlete could be called a “redshirt” because they did not use a season of eligibility by competing in a sport.

      At the point in February when the roster of 35 must be declared, no other ballplayers are allowed to practice or work out with the team. They can work out on their own, but are no longer allowed to participate in team activities.

      A player who is not part of the roster of 35 in the Spring will probably need to go through the process again next Fall.


  • Eric

    Question, my son played football last fall at a Division 3 school where he was placed on the junior varsity sqaud. He transferred the following semester into a division 1 school and has planned to walk on. Will he have to sit out a year and how many years of elgibilty will he have left?

    • Eric,

      If he’s already in his second semester at the Div. I school he won’t have to sit out next Fall. If this is his second year of college, he has 3 years remaining.


  • Dave

    I’m a freshman at a DII school. I was partially cleared for baseball by NCAA but decided not to try out to focus on my first year transition into college. I’m going to try out in the Fall. Do I need to complete an application again with NCAA? I’m also considering transfering to DI, DII, DII or junior college. Since I’m not officially an athlete at my current school, do I still need to have a release signed?


    • Dave,

      Your school will probably require you to complete your registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Because you’re not currently a member of a team, you don’t need to have a release for transfer, but other schools will probably request one anyway, just to confirm with your school that you’re not currently a member of a team.


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