This is a guide to the website resources for college baseball recruiting.
College Baseball Conference Profile (free)
This email comes once a week and contains a basic college profile for a selected baseball conference. The information includes baseball team operating expenses, most recent conference standings, size, admission rates, graduation rates, tests scores, and average net price.
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College Search Cheat Sheet
Are you worried about finding the right college for your kids? Does the idea of researching colleges make you nervous? Do you find the idea of finding and paying for college daunting? Do you just want to know how to get started? If you answered "yes" to any to the previous questions, I've got a college search cheat sheet for you. I call it my
What You Need to Know About Verbal Commitments
If you're looking to play college athletics, you can't help but hear about verbal commitments. And if you're pursuing an athletic scholarship, chances are that you'll be making a verbal commitment yourself. Plenty of powerhouse schools expect athletes to verbally commit long before National signing day. So the sooner you can make a verbal
Can College Athletes Receive both Athletic and Academic Scholarships?
You would think this would be an easy question to answer. And it is for NCAA D3 schools since they aren’t allowed to offer any athletic scholarships so the answer is no. As for D1 or D2 schools, if you just stop and think about it a little, you would begin to realize that there’s no way it could possibly have a simple answer. Why is that? Just
How to Get Recruited to Play College Baseball
So your first question is what would a homeschool mom know about how to get recruited to play college baseball? Simple, it's like everything else in homeschooling--once our son decided that he wanted to play baseball in college we realized that we would have to figure out the process ourselves. A lot of what we learned can be applied to anyone
Want to be Recruited to Play in College? Draw Them a Map
It doesn’t matter how many scouts or coaches show up to a tournament--if they don’t know you’re there you won't be recruited to play in college. I remember one summer “showcase” tournament sitting in the bleachers behind home plate, pretty much by myself because it was over 100 degrees and if people couldn’t find shade, they left. Why was I still
Questions to Ask College Coaches on College Recruiting Visits
The following is a list of questions to ask college coaches during a college visit. These questions won't be relevant for all sports or all colleges. For example, D3 colleges do not give out athletic scholarships so there's no point in asking about them. Some questions may be more appropriate for a second visit than a first visit. After all, if a
When Will College Coaches Start Contacting Me?
If you're serious about playing college athletics, you need to understand when and how college coaches start contacting you (officially) and when you can contact them. I remember sitting in the bleachers in April and listening to one parent's angst that the baseball coach from a particular college hadn't called them yet. The fact was that this was
Should You Use an Athletic Recruiting Service?
As students and parents start to wade into the college athletic recruiting process, they’ll soon see all kinds of advertisements, websites, and offers from athletic recruiting services. All promise to help you with getting an athletic scholarship because, they’ll tell you, they have access to people and information that you don’t. And as the
4 Things You Should Know Before You Contact College Coaches
Nobody likes wasting their time and college coaches are no exception. So when you start to contact college coaches, be sure that you are prepared. If nothing else, what sort of impression do you think you make when the coach has to inform you of basic facts regarding the school or finds out that you aren't qualified to play on his team? For
5 Ways to Get Smart About the National Letter of Intent
We’ve all seen the pictures in the local paper, high school seniors signing their National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play for a specific university or college. Sometimes there are proud parents in the pictures. Other times, you’ll see team colors or maybe a football. What you won’t see is a coach from the university the student is signing the NLI
Who Pays for a College Athlete's Health Care?
All college athletes are required by the NCAA to have healthcare insurance. The NCAA does not mandate colleges to pay the healthcare costs for athletes. Should a player be injured, the parent's insurance is considered the primary insurance for paying for the athlete's injury costs. This shouldn't come as a surprise since the term "student-athlete"
50-50 Highlights: NCAA D3 Colleges
When high school athletes and their families start looking at colleges, it often comes as a surprise to many that the largest NCAA division, D3, doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. Students may receive academic scholarships and financial aid but no scholarship for participating in collegiate athletics. The philosophy behind D3 athletics is
How to Find Student-Athlete Graduation Rates
The NCAA has a public service announcement stating that most of their athletes go pro in something other than sports. They actually provide a table with the probability of competing beyond high school and the percentage who actually make it to the professional level. Given this information, any sensible athlete should pay serious attention to the
9 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Playing College Baseball-Part 2
I’ve already listed four of the nine things that you can do that will improve your chances of playing baseball at the college level in a previous post. These tips aren’t going to make a D2 player into a D1 player. They will give the D2 player a better chance at actually playing college baseball on a D2 team. These are the things you can do off
9 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Playing College Baseball-Part 1
Here are nine things that you can do that will improve your chances of playing college baseball. These aren’t about improving specific baseball skills, although that may happen. It’s about giving you the edge over another player who has the exact same stats and ability ratings as you do. In other words, these suggestions aren’t going to make a D2
Reality Check Part 2: Playing College Baseball
Hopefully, the previous post demonstrated that the chances of getting a scholarship to play college baseball aren’t very good. Sometimes I think parents talk about the baseball scholarship as a way to justify the amount of time and money their family is spending on baseball. Claiming that it’s all to pay for college is an easy and obvious
11.7 Reality Check: College Baseball Scholarships
At the end of my son’s last high school summer baseball season, I was struck by the number of players who had graduated and didn’t know yet where they were going to attend college. I heard a lot of talk from parents about “maybe walking on” to various teams and see what happens. These were good players, the majority better than my son who did
College Baseball Teams by State and Division
Do you know which state, Texas or Pennsylvania, offers more college baseball teams? You're wrong if you said Texas. Texas offers more D1 and Junior College programs but Pennsylvania has twice the number of D2 baseball teams and over three times the number of D3 teams. Knowing which states offer which types of college baseball teams can improve
What High School Baseball Players Need to Worry About to be Recruited by Colleges
It seems that weekly, if not daily, you’ll come across another story about how today’s generation has been coddled with self-esteem trophies since their first little league game and have been told that their clay pots are special no matter how lumpy and cracked. This has an especially insidious strain in high school sports that can undermine a
What do College Baseball Coaches Want?
Just before Christmas I shared some information from the College Baseball Profiles College Coaches survey and the importance of high school baseball--at least in New England. Today I want to point out some of the other survey results about college coaches and the baseball recruiting process. Contacting Coaches I found one of the most
High School Baseball Still Counts
Anyone interested in playing college baseball needs to head over to College Baseball Profiles and read their latest College Coaches Survey. The focus is on New England colleges but it's worth reading for some much needed insight in college baseball recruiting. Today I want to focus on one conclusion of the report-high school baseball still
What Athletes Need to Know About the Ivy League Academic Index
If you're interested in playing your sport for one of the Ivy League schools, you need to understand the Academic Index. I'm assuming that you already know that the Ivy League does not provide athletic scholarships and that you're hoping to use your athletic abilities to help you get admitted. After all, recruited athletes have approximately a 30
College Baseball Recruiting Timeline
When looking at this recruiting timeline, keep in mind this is geared for baseball players. In many ways, your senior high school baseball season will not count. The majority of coaches (not all) will have already filled their recruit classes for the following year (your college freshman year). Depending on the division and conference (think
Do you have to specialize in a sport to get a scholarship?
Should you play more than one sport in high school if you want to play at the college level? Focusing on a single sport would seem to provide players with the ability to develop advanced skills to stand-out from the competition. However, there are plenty of people out there arguing that playing multiple sports provides athletes with significant
6 Things High School Baseball Players Must Have on Their Athletic Profile
There are a variety of ways to format an athletic profile for baseball. And, yes, you want to have an athletic profile you can print out or email to coaches. Having an athletic profile in PDF form is very handy to attached to an email to a coach, especially if the college doesn’t have an online recruiting form. They are also nice to have
15 Sample Athletic Resumes and Letters
(I’ve added other resources since I originally published this article so I'm now up to 22 samples. Recently, I've only been adding resources that offer something other than a generic resume template. However, if I come across a great sample only resume, I'll be sure to include it.) There are plenty of samples of athletic resumes/profiles on the
3 Types of Players that Don't get Recruited by Colleges
There are a lot of athletes and their families that are expecting to play their sport in college. And far too many of them are actually counting on an athletic scholarship as part of their plan to pay for college. Yet, the truth is that most of these players won't be recruited to play in college, much less get a scholarship. If you're one of the
Why My Spreadsheets Don't Include the Coaches' Email Addresses
My College Athletic Spreadsheets do not include any coaches’ information. No email addresses for baseball coaches or phone numbers for softball coaches. I occasionally get requests to include the coaches’ email addresses but I have no intention of doing so. Why? Because athletes serious about getting recruited to play in college isn’t going to
Getting Recruited for Athletic Scholarships is All About Knowing the Numbers
This shouldn’t be a surprising statement to anyone involved in sports. After all, every sport starts off with the most basic of numbers, wins and losses, or first, second, and third place. Potential college players and their families have probably spent a significant amount of time and money the last few years trying to improve their personal
Must Read for High School Baseball Players and their Parents
There is a post at the Next Level Baseball Player blog that all high school baseball players who want to play college baseball and their parents should read “A Raw Look Inside College Baseball Recruiting.” It’s an email from a coach at a D1 university responding to a father who asked why his kid isn’t good enough to play for the coach’s college
8 Ways Showcase Camps Can Be a Waste of Money
Remember when camps were something you did for a week or two in the summer or maybe over a weekend with a scouting troop? High schoolers didn't go to camps, they worked at them to save up money for college. Not anymore. At least not for high school athletes interested in playing at the college level. Showcase camps are a convenient, although
5 Ways to Get Smart About College Baseball Recruiting
As you start the college baseball recruiting process, you need to know what you don’t know. And sometimes it feels like you would rather not know than try to make sense of all of the information out there. Not only is there so much information out there, so much seems contradictory. Sometimes you just need a baseline to start with so that you can
How to Answer Coaches Who Ask What Other Schools Are Recruiting You
Once again honesty is the best policy. When coaches ask what other schools are recruiting you, just name the schools. There are actually two ways to be dishonest in answering the question. The first is to not tell which schools are recruiting you and the second is to lie about which ones are. Understanding why you shouldn't do the former explains
12 Things You Need to Know About Athletic Scholarships
I'm always amazed at how little players and their families know about athletic scholarships. Given that most of them have been justifying playing their sport for the chance at a college scholarship since middle school, you would think they would be better informed. The following are 11 things you need to know if you're looking for an athletic
5 Financial Mistakes that Can Limit Your Chance of Playing Your Sport at the College Level
So far I've covered signs that you don't understand the college athletic recruiting process and mistakes players and families make about their ability and what it means. Today, I'm going to cover mistakes related to finances when looking for athletic scholarships. If it's really about using sports to help pay for college, you need to avoid the
4 College Recruiting Mistakes to Avoid When You're the Best Player on Your Team
A lot of high school players and their families believe that being the best player on their teams is their ticket to playing at the college level. The truth is that star high school athletes are likely to make some assumptions about their ability that will undermine their chances of playing in college. Here are four college recruiting mistakes
5 Signs that You Don't Understand the College Recruiting Process
If you spend any time on the internet or reading books on college athletic recruiting, you'll see lists of common mistakes made by families during the recruiting process. The interesting thing is that there isn't a lot of variation in the mistakes mentioned, it appears that people are making the same recruiting mistakes over and over. You have to
Must Reads about the Odds of Playing College Sports and Receiving Athletic Scholarships
Just a casual browsing of my blog would reveal that I'm not anti-athlete. When my son wanted to play baseball in college, I spent a lot of time educating myself about the college baseball recruiting process and shared the information here. However, there's a big difference between playing college sports and receiving an athletic
What is a walk-on player in college sports?
College athletes without a scholarship that play on a team that offers scholarships are generally referred to as "walk-ons." There are two types of walk-ons players, preferred or sometimes called recruited or invited, and just plain walk-ons. If you're going to be a walk-on, "preferred" is definitely the way to go. Why the Coach Should Know You
Should you tell coaches about an injury during the recruiting process?
Just asking this question suggests that it's possible to hide the injury from the college coaches. I suppose it's possible if it occurs off-season and the player isn't actually on crutches or doesn't have an arm in a sling. But how many sports today actually have an off-season? Even those players being recruited in sports that do have a limited
What Athletes Need to Know Before Starting the College Recruiting Process
This is a basic introduction to the college recruiting landscape. I'm sure there will be many who will read this and think, "you've got to be kidding-how could you not know this?" Yet, you would be surprised at how many families don't know that D3 schools don't offer athletic scholarships or that some rules will depend on the college's conference.