How to Get Recruited to Play College Baseball

player sliding into base representing how to get recruited to play college baseballSo 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 trying to play college sports but the specifics here will be on baseball. Continue reading

What High School Baseball Players Need to Worry About to be Recruited by Colleges

high school baseball player not worrying about recruitingIt 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 player’s chances of getting recruited to play college baseball.

Think about it, combine the me generation with a standout high school athlete and the too often accompanying egotism, you get a package of entitlement that will keep even the best players off a college baseball team. Continue reading

11.7 Reality Check: College Baseball Scholarships

Baseball player sliding representing 11.7 Baseball ScholarshipsAt 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 know where he was going. Continue reading

15 Sample Athletic Resumes and Letters

kid holding baseball representing need for sample athletic resumes(Another year and another three resources have disappeared from the list. But I’ve added 5 new resources with some different sports as the examples so it should be easy to find different ideas–including phone scripts– to get started. If you don’t like any of the samples you see here, you can easily find others on the internet. )

There are plenty of samples of athletic resumes/profiles on the internet. After all, it seems just about every recruiting website has one posted. It’s just tedious going through all the search results to find something useful. Well, I’ve just saved you the trouble–you can thank me later.

And yes, you should have an athletic resume. If for no other reason, having the resume will allow you to easily complete all of the online profiles teams require prospects to complete. This way the information will be all in one place. Continue reading

5 Ways to Get Smart About College Baseball Recruiting

player sliding into base representing ways to get smart about college baseball recruitingAs 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 make sense of the rest of the information. So before drowning in Google search results, try these resources first.

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How to Answer Coaches Who Ask What Other Schools Are Recruiting You

truth behind torn paperOnce 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 why some are tempted to do the latter. Continue reading

How to Figure Out Your Chances of Getting a College Athletic Scholarship

girl with equation to calculate chances of getting a college athletic scholarshipIt would be nice if there was a formula somewhere that high school players could use to calculate their odds of getting an athletic scholarship. All they would have to do is to enter their stats, maybe their high school or club team, and the formula would tell them their chances and even indicate how much to expect! Wouldn’t that be nice? Continue reading

6 Things High School Baseball Players Must Have on Their Player Profile

baseball player representing what needs to be on athletic profileThere are a variety of ways to format an athletic profile for baseball. And, yes, you want to have an athletic profile, also called a player or baseball profile, you can print out or email to coaches. Having a baseball 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. Continue reading

Division 2 Baseball Colleges and Conferences

empty baseball dugout representing division 2 baseball colleges(Skip to the end of the post to see the list.) NCAA Division 2 is the smallest for baseball colleges. It has only 269 members compared to 296 for D1 Baseball and 382 for 32 Baseball. However, unlike D3, Division 2 Baseball colleges offer scholarships although not the same amount as D1 schools. D1 schools are limited to 11.7 while D2 have a max of 9. However, an advantage Division 2 Baseball colleges have over D1 schools is that they are allowed to have tryouts. What better way to find out where you stand with a coach than by having an actual tryout? Continue reading