Maximizing Exposure to College Programs

Following is some great advice regarding maximizing exposure to college baseball programs from The BBR.com:

  • Only elite players (1% student-athletes) receive full-scholarships. Most receive 10% to 50% of full-tuition & must pursue other financial-aid / scholarships.
  • Student-athlete & family must be realistic & should not focus entirely on Division I programs.
  • Student-athlete with lower-division ability should concentrate on local exposure at college camps.
  • Student-athlete & familiy pursuing college baseball scholarship must be persistent & pro-active while following the steps outlined below:

Play High School & Summer Baseball

  • The best way to get noticed is to play & show tools.
  • Student-athlete should not transfer schools to play for a more competitive team.
  • Play on high profile, competitive summer travel team. Local leagues don’t provide enough exposure.
  • College baseball coaches scout high school baseball student-athletes during summer because college baseball season takes place during spring.
  • Play weekend tournaments in larger towns, allowing college coaches to cover more games, teams, & players.

Contact College Baseball Coaches

  • Student-athlete & family should be proactive and contact college coaches during summer after 10th grade.
  • College coaches begin evaluating student-athletes during junior year (50% of all baseball scholarships awarded during fall, before senior season).
  • Local coaches may know student-athlete, but family must contact out of town coaches.
  • Have professional scout or coach for opposing team contact program on student-athlete’s behalf to provide unbiased & qualified evaluation of student-athlete’s ability.
  • Good coaches follow up with all contacts and see student-athletes that request evaluation.

    Contact Guidelines:

  • Never contact college baseball coach at home.
  • Student-athlete should contact baseball office, not parents.
  • Personalize contact letter to coach using correct title & last name.
  • Keep contact letter concise (1 page max).
  • Contact letters must be typed or neatly written & double-checked for errors.
  • Don’t be discouraged if coaches don’t respond.  Follow up aggressively with letter & phone call.

     General Information: 

  • Name
  • Age
  • Contact Information (Address & Phone Number)
  • Height / Weight
  • Current photograph
  • Personal statement describing student-athlete’s academic & athletic goals and desire to play college baseball at specified institution.
  • List jobs & volunteer / community work.

Academic Information:

  • Graduation Year
  • Academic Transcripts
  • GPA
  • Class Rank
  • SAT or ACT standardized test scores
  • Academic Honors
  • Name of high school guidance counselor

Athletic Information:

  • Position(s)
  • Bats / Throws
  • Honest description of athletic performance history, statistical info, & athletic awards.
  • Limit local media.
  • Evaluation & reference from opposing coach or professional scout.
  • Current schedule of high school, summer team, camps, & showcases that student-athlete will be attending (date, time, location, & directions).
  • Send performance updates after tournament games & showcases.
  • Name of high school coach.

Attend Professional Baseball Tryout  

  • Contact professional baseball teams to locate open tryout schedule for each area.
  • Attend professional baseball try out camp during summer after 10th grade.
  • Professional baseball teams & MLB Scouting Bureau host tryout camps, open to amateur baseball players.
  • Professional baseball tryout camps attended by college coaches & professional baseball scouts.
  • Players can attend as many tryouts as they choose.
  • Tryouts are free.
  • Players must be at least 16 years-old to participate.
  • Players can tryout at one (best) position.

Tryout Camp Overview:

  • Bring own equipment.
  • Administration
  • Warm-Up
  • Position players run timed, 60-yard dash.
  • Infielders & Outfielders field & throw from position.
  • Catchers throw to 2nd base in simulated stolen base situation.
  • Pitchers throw 20-25 pitch bullpen & 1 inning simulated game.
  • Selected players hit.
  • Play scrimmage game, which provides scouts opportunity to evaluate game reactions & instincts.

Attend Baseball Showcase  

  • Student-athlete should attend at least one showcase during summer after 10th grade to increase exposure.
  • Unnecessary to attend multiple showcases due to prohibitive cost of attendance ($250-$750 plus expenses).
  • College coaches & professional baseball scouts attend major showcases.  (Pro scouts asked by college coaches to identify potential student-athletes.)
  • Provides opportunity to compete & compare ability against players with similar or more talent from other states.
  • Parents should investigate events before allowing student-athlete to attend.

Attend College Baseball Camp  

  • Beginning freshman year, student-athlete should attend one college baseball program camp per-year.
  • Provides coaches opportunity to evaluate & compare student-athletes.
  • Provides opportunity for student-athlete & family to meet coach and visit college campus.
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