College Softball Programs by State

Softball team huddleIf you want to play college softball, you should probably be looking in California, New York, or Pennsylvania. However, if you’re looking specifically for Junior College teams, you should be focusing on Illinois and Texas. The states with the most D1 softball programs are New York, California, and Texas. The D3 college softball programs are concentrated in Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. Continue reading

9 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Playing College Baseball-Part 2

keeping score book representing one way to improve chances of playing college baseballI’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 field that will set you apart from other players. It isn’t just about having the best skills; it’s about making it as easy as possible for coaches to know that you have the skills and choose you over another player. Continue reading

9 Ways to Improve Your Chances of Playing College Baseball-Part 1

Baseball pitcher practicing to improve chances of playing college baseballHere 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 player into a D1 player. It is about making it as easy as possible for a college coach to recruit you from the hundreds of other players that he has to choose from. Continue reading

When Will College Coaches Start Contacting Me?

Student wondering when college coaches start contacting him(Updated for 2019) 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 April of the player’s junior year–according to the NCAA recruiting periods and contact rules the coach couldn’t call him until July. Continue reading

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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