College Baseball

Things to think about if you are serious about playing in college...

a) Academic fit - Will I be admitted to this school with my current grades? Do I have the academic skill set to last here?

b) Programs - Does this school have programs/majors that interest me? 

c) Tuition Costs - Family's financial situation?

d) Campus - Do I like the campus itself? Do I want to be this near, or far from home?

e) Do I have the baseball skill set to play at that level/in that program? Is the coaching staff ACTIVELY recruiting me (personal phone calls, emails, invites, guided campus visits)?

  1. There are MANY more opportunities to play NCAA baseball besides Division 1 (http://www.scholarshipstats.com/varsityodds.html) - Research different schools / Visit the different schools / Meet the Coach
     
  2. Junior (Fall): Player should phone the coach of each school and tell them you are interested in their school and would like to play baseball. Go online and fill out the recruiting form. Understand that schools can't call juniors until after July 1. Schools want players that want them, recruit yourself.
  3. Junior (Winter): Find out if the school / schools you are interested in have clinics or showcases that they run or attend so you can go to them and be seen. Consider creating a video of your skills to send to schools that you might not be able to make it to.
     
  4. Maintain strength training program throughout the year (this CAN be done while participating on other high school teams)
     
  5. Junior (Winter/Spring): Send coaches of the schools you are interested in your schedule(High School & Summer). Call and email to make sure they got it. Sign up for and plan for a tryout for Bay State Games (June) and/or Legion Baseball (Freshman / Sophomores / and Juniors are eligible) as well as your travel/AAU U18 team.
     
  6. Junior (Summer): Playing on a summer team is crucial. If you are really interested in a school you need to talk to the coach at this point an let him know where and when you are playing. Players should contact college coaches with updates of your schedule as make-ups occur.
     
  7. Senior (Fall): Visit the schools on your list (stay overnight). Make sure you decide on a school that you would be happy with in case you get cut / injured and can't play. #1 priority is that you like the school.
     
  8. Make sure you call the coach to continue to show interest and set up a meeting if you haven't already. Players prepare questions as it shows the coach you are interested in the school. Go watch a fall baseball game at the school you're interested in. Ask the coach to be honest with you about if you are good enough to play there or not. This will help you move on or stay interested.
     
  9. Decision: Make sure you have stayed over night with a player at the school you have chosen. Make sure you will be happy if baseball doesn't work out. Go back to the original questions: Where do you want to be? What do you want to study?

Closing thoughts:

  1. Understand Your Ultimate Goal (Baseball v. Education)
  2. Stats - too many variables, find a way to play in front the coach you want to play for (intangibles).
  3. Calling the coach - they can't call you before July 1 of your junior summer (Player should call them).
  4. There are MANY other opportunities to play college baseball, besides Division 1.
  5. Scholarship offers should be in writing, are almost always partial, and are RARE (See link on the reality of baseball scholarships across all divisions) http://www.scholarshipstats.com/baseball.html Verbal scholarships are no good. 

I want to help each athlete through this process, please do not hesitate to email me with questions / thoughts so I can answer any and all questions.

Email: jhoye@natickps.org

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