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