During the past few weeks, we have been inundated from both parents and high school players about a lot of items that deal with The Recruiting Process.
Why during this time of the year? Good question and not really sure how to answer the question! Maybe because the weather has been very seasonal the past few weeks, spring training is underway, school ball is now “official” and players and their parents can’t wait to get the spring season underway.
So in a nutshell and trying to “scratch the surface,” let’s list some pertinent details that everyone can read, digest and even talk about at this time. It’s important to say that some receiving this email are not yet ready to take their game to the college ranks, but down-the-road, it will all make sense. So here are some items worthy of everyone’s consideration.
The #1 – chief / critical – significant factor as it relates to a high school player taking his game to the college level is to be realistic about what level he will be best suited to attend. Compatibility is the issue. There are 3 major umbrella organizations. One organization, the NCAA is subdivided into 3 levels: D1, D2 & D3. Then there is another umbrella organization known as the NAIA and the final umbrella organization is the Junior College Level (which is also subdivided into 3 divisions). So figuring out (and this is a subject in and of itself) the proper level one is capable of competing is the Key. As for scholarship which is a hot button topic today here is what we can share. FYI, Grants-in-Aid (college scholarship to the layman) go something like this:
D/1 – 11.7 … D/2 – 9 … D/3 – 0 / N.A.I.A. – up to 12 / J.U.C.O. – up to 24
So as you see, only D/3 programs AND the Ivy League Schools in the D/1 level do not offer grants. Getting aid is solely dependent upon academics and the family’s financial level in these programs. But there are a lot of other schools who do offer aid for promising players and this is a huge concern by many.
Once a player can look in the mirror and say to himself that he projects to a specific level, then he can develop a program that makes sense to him and his parents. But, not til this #1 factor is realistically determined can a prospect plan accordingly. Then it’s a matter of developing a good “game plan” to get noticed and plan for the future. Here is what makes sense in a capsule:
- There are 3 people (2 for sure) that a player needs to consult with:
- the high school coach, the summer team coach and a special
trainer or instructor who works with the player. Getting an outside advocate is very important and desirable as this is a person who works 1-on-1 with a player and knows his strengths, weaknesses and all about the player and can share “inside” info with college coaches. The instructor must be in a position where he knows what to say and to whom this info needs to be shared. This is key.
- Formulate a 1-page bio or resume with ONLY pertinent info listed. This is very important and might be shared with readers at a later date.
- Produce a video that visually shows a player’s skills in a 60 to 90 second clip. Nothing more and right on task. This can also be talked about at another time.
- Have a printed copy of both school and summer schedules that can be sent out in the event a coach or his assistant has the opportunity to observe a player in person.
Another key point that needs to be addressed is that it’s imperative that a player be on a summer team that will allow him to be observed by college and evaluate several players at one time. This means the player must be strong enough that he play on a team that has many other compatible (good) players to help attract college coaches to observe. Playing in the best tournaments in the summer and playing against outstanding competition brings out the best in everyone and brings out the college coaches!
As for attending “selected” college camps and showcases, we have addressed this topic previously and can only say use good discretion before registering to attend everything that is offered. Save the $$$ (money) and put it to better use. Remember all the weekend tournaments during the summer will cost a lot.
In conclusion with this email let’s just say get on the radar of colleges that make sense for you. Consider:
- The proper level to take your skills
- The academics afforded at the respective schools – so you get the best education you can get
- The location of colleges (how far from home base do you want to go)
- The social make-up of the respective college(s)
- The financial cost associated with going to specific schools
- The coach, the schedule and the program at large
Good luck as you prepare for a great spring season. If we can be of any further assistance you know how to reach us.
We do hope that you go to our site and check out the special offerings we have in June and July to enhance your further baseball skill development.