The CSE Slider – what is it and what does it mean?

When it comes to most camps and clinics, many athletes are left not knowing how they performed. When data is presented to players, it could leave them, and their parents confused and needing more answers. Back in the early days of College Sports Evaluation, we strived to visually show the player what that answer meant instead of just giving them a number. Our company was able to achieve this goal by creating the CSE Slider. This tool provides that visual representation of the athlete’s skills, which clarifies the question, “What is my college fit?”.  

We connected with our Chief Operating Officer, Maureen Kirchner, to break down the complex CSE Slider and its importance for athlete development. As the athlete reviews their report, they will see that they received an Overall CSE Score. This score is based out of 80, the highest being Power 5 Division 1. Most athletes will see that they fall in between divisions. Maureen Kirchner breaks down the importance of having these overlaps, “We were intentional when we built this slider how the overlapping happens between divisions. We all know once you get to the very bottom of one division and the top of another, those schools are extremely competitive with each other.”

This overlapping opens a wider selection of college levels that might be appropriate for a player. For instance, if the CSE Report indicates that a player is competing at a low D2 or high D3 level, the athlete should consider both divisions based off of what college experience they want. Our Five Fits blog details what athletes should take into consideration when evaluating what college level is best suited for them.  

The CSE Slider is also utilized to break down the specific metrics that are collected during a CSE. For every position (excluding Pitchers), six-core pillars are considered in the final score. Each skill will be ranked on the same scale from 1-80, providing a clear message on where the athletes are on a collegiate scale. 

“Athletes will not be the same across the board,” mentioned Kirchner. “They may receive top marks in power-hitting, but a lower score in foot speed.”  

We also ensure that athletes are being measured by their primary position; Kirchner points out that we must do this so first basemen are not being measured against outfielders. It gives the evaluator and the athlete a clear understanding of their skills.

The CSE Report and CSE Slider help guide an athlete’s recruiting journey and also provide them with developmental feedback. There will be times that athletes will receive a ‘Not Ready.’ Receiving this score will clearly show athletes that they need to improve their skills. There will be plenty of instructional data from the College Coach Evaluator, and these athletes should use that information to grow. Our goal is not to take away athletes’ college dreams but to provide a clear picture of what they must do to achieve that goal.

The CSE Slider is a complex visual representation of athletes’ skills as they compare to the colligate levels. It gives the numbers a meaningful message that both parents and players can understand. Luckily, for most athletes, the first CSE Score they receive may not be their last. We hope that athletes use the data provided, both subjective and objective, and continue to grow towards their goals and pursue their collegiate dreams.

-Written By Trinity Harrington

Want to learn more and get your athlete registered for a CSE? View our 2022 schedule! 

Want to learn more about the CSE Slider? Check out our Metrics Mania interview with Maureen Kirchner!