Text messaging among climate changes in baseball

If you look around the chain-link perimeter of any major high school baseball showcase, you're bound to see coaches wearing college caps and polo shirts, clipboards under arm, stopwatches in fingertips. That's been the scene for years, but it's starting to shift in subtle ways.

Nowadays, coaches peer down at their BlackBerrys between pitches and instead of writing on their clipboards, they'll fire off one text message after another to potential recruits.

That's recruiting in the modern, technology-obsessed age. Coaches have to keep in constant contact with the players they're targeting so they don't fall behind. It's a never-ending battle to stay one step ahead -- to be the first to find that special player, to be the first to establish a relationship with the player and then to be the first to get the player to commit.