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Champions aren't made in the gyms.  Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision.

 

 


 

 Considering Playing College-Level Ball?

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To The Player:

You will get very tired of hearing this ... but if you do not take care of your academics (grades) it will not matter how good you are on the baseball field.  If your dream is to play college baseball,  academics are a big part of the package! Take your SATs at least two times before graduating.  Also, if sports are your thing and you want to continue playing college-level baseball you MUST register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. 

To the Parent: 

Make sure you and your son are understanding of the statistics.  Sure, each one of us wants our son to play in the majors or at least, in college but take a look at the numbers below as they cast a realistic eye on the opportunity for advancement.    Given the odds of playing both college and pro sports,  academics become all the more important.   These statistics are taken from the NCAA as published in Baseball Parent Magazine.
 

 

Student-Athletes

 

Basketball

 

Football

 

Baseball

 

Ice Hockey

High School Athletes

549,000

983,600

455,300

29,900

High School Senior Athletes

157,000

281,000

130,100

8,500

NCAA Athletes

15,700

56,500

25,700

3,700

NCAA Freshman Athletes

4,500

16,200

7,300

1,100

NCAA Senior Athletes

3,500

12,600

5,700

800

NCAA Athletes Drafted

44

250

600

33

High School to NCAA

2.9%

5.8%

5.6%

12.9%

NCAA to Professional

1.3%

2.0%

10.5%

4.1%

High School to Professional

0.03%

0.09%

.05%

.04%


"What Should I Do to Prepare for College-Level Baseball?"


Freshman (9th grade)


  • Settle into the high school environment ... get to work developing good classroom and home study habits. Learn to manage your time.

    September
     

  • ○    Play fall baseball, if available
     

  • ○    Long toss after school
     

  • ○    Run sprints and medium distance
     

  • November
     

  • ○    Plan your winter baseball schedule
     

  • ○    Locate an indoor facility that offers "top level" instruction.
     

  • ○    If possible target and attend one (1) college Christmas camp
     

  • November - January
     

  • ○    Continue winter work-outs / get ready high school team try-outs
     

  • ○    Keep working hard on those grades

    February - May/June
     

  • ○    High school season

    May - July/August
     

  • ○    Play American Legion Baseball
     

  • ○    Play the best and most competitive baseball that is available to you. Best teams, best tournaments,     against the best the competition possible

    June - July
     

  • ○    Attend a college baseball program's "week long" camp
    This is the best way to "get noticed" by your favorite school. Many colleges sign players as a result of their attendance at the camps.
     


    Sophomore (10th grade)


     

  • ○    Continue to "hit the books" hard your grades this year count as much as any other year.
     

  • ○    Follow the same off - season schedule as last year.
     

  • ○    Meet with your high school guidance counselor -- tell him/her of your desire to play college baseball ... you want to be "on track" with the required core courses, as well as other needs, such as foreign languages.
     

  • ○    Follow the same spring and summer schedule as last year.
     

  • ○     Play as many summer baseball games as possible ... the more you play the more experience that you will get .. and the more you should improve.

    July - August
     

  • ○    Attend a Pro Try-Out Camp in your area -- these will be listed in the message section of your daily newspaper's sports section.
     

  • ○     Start learning about Showcases and make contact with several of the directors -- find out if they may be interested in including you in one of their events.
     

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    Junior (11th grade)


    September
     

  • ○      Send out your first contact letters --
     

  • ○      Ask your high school coach to write letters to a few preferred colleges
     

  • ○  Include a copy of your fall schedule (if available)

    SEPTEMBER 1
     

  • ○  Written contact by college coaches is allowed

     

  • ○  Register with the NCAA Initial - Eligibility Clearinghouse (your high school guidance counselor should have these forms)
     

  • ○  Register for the fall ACT / SAT standardized tests ... most students take these tests at least twice ... try to avoid the spring dates, as they may conflict with your high school season.   Request that your ACT/SAT test scores be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse (there is a box on the application form that you check for this)
     

  • ○  Find more information about the NCAA Clearinghouse follow this link
     

  • ○  Continue the fall and winter schedule as you did for your freshman and sophomore years

        DO NOT LET UP ON ACADEMICS

     

  • ○  Familiarize yourself with the NCAA admission / eligibility requirements NCAA Online or check with your school's guidance counselor

    Feb -March
     

  • ○  Send out your spring high school schedule
     

  • ○  Prepare a videotape to be sent out when requested (do not send unsolicited tapes
     

  • ○  Plan visits to as many schools as possible this spring and summer
     

  • ○  Some schools have "Junior Days" during the spring season ... don't be shy write a letter to the coach and ask about them.
     

  • ○  All of these visits are "unofficial" this means that the college can not pay for any part of the visit. These are done on your own.
     

  • ○  Make contact with showcase groups - Work on getting your information to them - So that if you qualify they can send out an invitation - If you wait until school is over for the year, it may be too late! The better showcases fill up fast.
     

  • ○  June and July are the primary showcase months
     

Summer 

  • ○  Send out letters to college programs - Tell them about your high school junior year (11th) season - Sending stats is okay
     

  • ○  Focus this summer should be on attending "Select or Advanced" college camps.
     

  • ○  In this environment you will be able to gauge yourself against some of the best players, at each camp. The college coaches will be able to do the same.
     

  • ○  The summer between a player's junior and senior year of high school is very important

    JULY 1st
     

  • ○  Phone contact from college coaches is permissible
     

  • ○  July is Showcase month.
     

  • ○  Attend a Pro Try-Out Camp in your area -- these will be listed in the message section of your daily newspaper's sports section.
     


  • Senior (12th grade)


    July - August
     

  • ○  Seek out a team that plays fall "showcase" tournaments (pro scouts can be helpful with this)

     

  •     DO NOT LET UP ACADEMICALLY ! ! !

     

  • ○  Review core academic requirements with your guidance counselor. Make sure you are "on track"
     

  • ○  Send out your fall baseball schedule
     

  • ○  If you do not think you will sign in the early National Letter of Intent (LOI) period, usually the second week of November. Request information on Christmas camps ... especially from schools that you are most interested in .. or those that have shown an interest in you.

    November
     

  • ○  Early signing period -- dates vary slightly from year to year

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    • ○  Update college coaches on any changes to your fall schedule
       

    • ○  You can contact college coaches (by phone) at any time (prior to July after your Junior year they can not call you)
       

    • ○  Continue your fall and winter schedule as you have in previous years

      Official Visits
       

    • ○  If you are offered an official visit -- prepare for your visit with a list of prepared questions. Be prepared for any questions the college may have for you.

       


       

     


    This is it! The year that you have been preparing for! ENJOY IT!

    Good Luck