DIY College Rankings College Baseball Recruiting Resources


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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.

Spreadsheets

DIY College Rankings Baseball Spreadsheet

Spreadsheet with over 1500 four and two-year institutions that have baseball programs.

College Application Tracking Spreadsheet (free)

Spreadsheet to track your college application deadlines. Just sign-up for the up-dates using the box to the left.

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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 almost twice the number of D2 baseball teams and three times the number of D3 teams. Knowing which states offer which types of college baseball teams can improve yo...
8 Infographics to Help You Understand College Athletic Recruiting
If you're a high school athlete or the parents of an athlete who wants to play at the college level, the sooner you understand the college athletic recruiting process, the sooner you can use the process rather than have the process control you. And while the chances of being paid to be an athlete in your particular sport may be minuscule, it can't ...
Using Baseball to Get Into College: The College Application Essay
When people think of using baseball to get into college, they're usually thinking about a coach offering a full-ride scholarship to play on the team. For those who still hold such delusions, time for a reality check. But there are still all sorts of ways baseball can help you get into college, including providing content for your college applicatio...
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 when...
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 anyone serious about getting recruited to play in college isn't going to spam e...
Baseball Camps and Prospect Showcases
This post has been updated. I've added some camps, updated links, and removed some that don't seem to exist anymore. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. (I list specific camps by date on the calendar.) If at all possible, you want the coaches from the college you are interested in to see you play. This is a qualified statement sinc...
Who Pays for College Athletes 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" ...
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 the...
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 p...
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 w...
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 th...
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 excu...
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 ...
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 tryi...
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 bas...
Is it too late to get recruited for college baseball if you are already a senior?
No. It may not be ideal but it’s still possible. Even if you have already graduated from high, school it’s not too late. Between the MLB draft pulling players from teams to players at the D3 level not receiving enough financial aid to attend the college, there are plenty of reasons why it’s not too late to get recruited for college baseball i...
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 ...
D2 Baseball Programs and Conferences
As is the case for most sports, Division 2 is the smallest for baseball in the NCAA. According to the Office of Postsecondary Education, in 2012 there were 262 D2 baseball programs in 44 states. Pennsylvania had the most with 21, followed by California and North Carolina. D2 programs out-numbered D1 programs in 16 states and D3 programs in 21 state...
Moneyball College Admission Rules: Know How Much You're Paying and Why
I don't know about you, but I'm always leery when the price of a good or service I'm considering purchasing isn't readily available. The phrase, "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" starts echoing in my head. However, although most college websites don't have their costs readily accessible, it doesn't seem to be an issue for most people. I hav...
Strength and Conditioning for Incoming College Freshman Student Athletes
If you read any books on college athletic recruiting, you'll come across a section that discusses the biggest surprises to new college athletes coming from high school. I can't think of a single one that doesn't mention the dramatically harder strength and conditioning programs. In fact, I'm willing to bet it would come in first by a wide margin ov...
Moneyball College Admission Rules: A College is not a Guarantee
If you're looking for data for your own Moneyball college admission search, check out the sample spreadsheet in the DIY College Search Spreadsheet class for free. In Moneyball, Michael Lewis lists five rules that Billy Beane uses when shopping for baseball players just before the trading deadline. It's important to remember that these aren...
OU Football Coach Supports Paying College Athletes?
If you have even been in a conversation about the role of college sports, at some point someone will talk about misplaced priorities in terms of spending and complain that the football or basketball coach makes more than the university president, much less the highest paid professor on campus. Another person will inevitably respond with that no one...
How to Answer Coaches Who Ask What Other Schools Are Recruiting You
Once again honesty is the best policy. 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 why some are tempted to do the latter. One reason why ...
What to Read to Understand the O'Bannon vs. NCAA Trial
Now I'm not saying you should know what the O'Bannon vs. NCAA trial is about or even care. If you have any interest in college basketball or football, it's highly unlikely that you haven't heard about the trial. But if this is all new to you and you start to wonder what all the fuss is about during the expected two-week trial, I suggest reading the...
11 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 schol...
Five 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 fo...
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 b...
5 Signs that You Don't Understand the College Athletic 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 mistakes over and over. You have to wonder since...
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 ...
College Recruiting Reading Suggestions: Academic Index for Ivy League Athletic Recruits
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 p...
50-50 Highlights: NAIA Colleges
The NCAA is not the only college athletic organization with sports programs. The National Association for intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has over 250 members. Like the NCAA, the NAIA regulates the number of scholarships available and students must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center. NAIA offers fewer sports than the NCAA but does offe...
How Much do D1 Colleges Spend on Baseball Programs: 2012
Table and map showing D1 Baseball expenses by school.
50-50 Highlights: NCAA D2 Colleges
NCAA Division 2 colleges, like Division 1 schools, offer athletic scholarships. However, they do not offer as many scholarships in many sports and are not required to sponsor as many varsity teams as D1 programs. It is the smallest of the three NCAA divisions. Of the 263 NCAA D2 colleges, only 42 qualify as 50-50 schools.  Only 14 of the ...
13 Links to get Educated 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 a sport in college and receiving an athletic scholarship. ...
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 th...
Free College Admissions Resources You Should Know About: Guides for Athletes and Students with Disabilities
Free college planning PDFs for athletes and students with disabilities.
Are College Baseball Players Happy?
Do you know what you're in for if you end up playing college baseball? Sure, you've talked to the coach multiple times and have done your overnight with the player. And you probably know about being able to do three things in college, study, play ball, and party but athletes only get to pick two. But do you really think you know what it's going to ...
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, recruited, invited,?  or preferred walk-ons and just plain walk-ons. If you're going to be a walk-on, "preferred" is definitely the way to go. The preferred walk-on has actually be...
College Recruiting: What Athletes Need to Know Before Starting
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...
College Recruiting Reading Suggestions: Coaching Changes
If you have even the slightest interest in college athletics, I don't think it's possible to have missed all the press on the college football post-season coaching changes. As coaches leave one school for another, there is the question about what happens to the players he recruited. And if you're an existing, or hopefully soon to be, athletic recru...

  1. baseballdad63 says:

    Sometimes small schools are the best option.

    I am a parent and wanted to tell you about a small school that my Son has attended the last two years and loves it. If you need a school and want to get a chance to play college baseball please look up Florida’s best kept secret Florida Christian College (FCC) a 4 year college. You can earn many degrees that are not seen on the website, call the Registrar for information on how you can earn a major in the field you desire. Visit them at FCC.EDU then click on the athletics page, baseball and fill out the athletic form. Read about all of their accomplishments and give them a shot. My Son did and is very happy. Good luck with your college search!

    • Michelle Kretzschmar says:

      This school is a member of the National Crhistian College Athletic Association and is considered a special focus school. You can find out more information at the College Navigator

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