Getting to the next level should be a goal for all serious baseball players. This process can be stressful and difficult to navigate and we hope the below information can help.
College Recruitment Process:
Narrow their potential colleges to less than 25 by considering 5 things:
2. Quality of baseball program
3. Academic programs offered
4. Campus culture
Dig in deeper by searching for these answers:
Who is on the roster, where do I fit in?
How many scholarships are available?
NJCAA DI/DII: 24
NJCAA DIII: 0
NCAA DIII: 0
NCAA DII: 9
NCAA D1: Less than 12
Full scholarships are rare and some schools are unable to afford fulfilling all scholarships. Schools will however work with players on scholarships outside of the athletic scholarships if needed. NCAA DIII/NJCAA DIII tuition costs are generally lower therefore still a good option.
When Contacting College Coaches:
First, send a letter to the coach to introduce yourself and explain in detail why you want to attend their school/program. Needs to be personable towards the coach and be honest - never exaggerate your athletic skills or academics.
When continuing the conversation:
Ask how to visit/tryout/attend camps.
Learn what positions are needed for your incoming class.
Learn where most scholarships go - Pitching, Middle Infield, Catchers, Hitters (most go to defense).
Making the Decision:
Any offer is a good offer - never assume a lesser offer means they want you less.
Don't chase a scholarship - continue to seriously consider location, quality of baseball program, academic programs offered, campus culture, and overall costs.
Making the High School Team:
High School tryouts vary very differently at each school. For schools that have heavy cuts, we have the following tips:
Get to know the decision makers and build relationships well before the tryout season.
Be in mid-season form. In shape, healthy full strength arm, and batting practice ready.
During the tryout, don't just be a number. Be vocal, encourage other players, outwork everyone, and ask for feedback throughout the tryout. Stay after each day of tryouts, get in more work and get to know the coaches.
Recreational Baseball to Competitive Baseball:
Our tips for transitioning from rec ball to comp ball:
Tryouts can stressful, find a program that will do a private tryout (like us!).
Sometimes Comp Baseball Head Coaches don't have a long baseball resume, find a program that has paid training from Pro/College quality trainers (like us!)
Costs climb each year, find a program within your budget or offers financial assistance (like us!)