8 Ways Showcase Camps Can Be a Waste of Money

burning money by going to a showcase campRemember when camps were something you did for a week or two in the summer or maybe over a weekend with a scouting troop? High schoolers didn’t go to camps, they worked at them to save up money for college. Not anymore. At least not for high school athletes interested in playing at the college level.

Showcase camps are a convenient, although increasingly expensive, way to get recruited. Given that most college athletes don’t receive scholarships, it can be hard to see the ROI on attending showcase camps. It’s not that showcase camps are automatically a waste of money. But they’re certain to be if you make the following mistakes. Continue reading

Baseball Camps and Prospect Showcases

Baseball player in dugout representing baseball camps and showcasesThis 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 below.)

If at all possible, you want the coaches from the college you are interested in to see you play. This is a qualified statement since some colleges will recruit players strictly off video. These tend to smaller colleges or schools without any recruiting budget. Of course, all coaches would prefer to see you play and baseball camps can be a very effective way to get in front of several college coaches in a very short period of time. Continue reading

Getting Recruited for Athletic Scholarships is All About Knowing the Numbers

baseball scoreboard representing knowing the numbers of athletic scholarshipsThis shouldn’t be a surprising statement to anyone involved in sports. After all, every sport starts off with the most basic of numbers, wins and losses, or first, second, and third place. Potential college players and their families have probably spent a significant amount of time and money the last few years trying to improve their personal numbers to improve their odds (more numbers) of getting an athletic scholarships. But you need to pay attention to more than your personal numbers if you’re serious about playing in college. Continue reading

Baseball Ends

Little League player walking off field representing baseball endsMy son graduated from college in 2015. He quit playing baseball in 2013. Baseball had been such a presence in his life that quitting the team was one of the hardest decisions he had to make. But as I try to decide what to do with the popup net and catchers gear still sitting the garage, I realize how many of the decisions we made because of baseball. Continue reading

5 Ways to Get Smart About the National Letter of Intent

hand signing the national letter of intentWe’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 with.

Why? Because it’s not allowed under the rules. Continue reading

5 Financial Mistakes that Can Limit Your Chance of Playing Your Sport at the College Level

5 financial recruiting mistakesSo 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 following college recruiting mistakes. Continue reading