This post has been updated for 2022. Specific college baseball camps/showcases are listed 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 be 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.
Start with the College Baseball Camps
It is generally pretty easy to find college baseball camps for the major Division I baseball schools. However, as you start considering camps, you need to keep in mind that the college baseball prospect/evaluation camps are a way for the team to make money and pay at least one of its assistant coaches. So yes, there is a financial incentive for teams to hold as many as these as possible. They also would like you to return every year because as many will point out the 70%, 80%, or 90% of players on its current roster attended the camp!
Don’t get sucked into the marketing. Use the camp as a quick way to see how you measure up against the competition to better gauge which colleges you should be targeting. Before registering for college baseball camps, call and ask what sort of evaluations they’ll be providing and if they’ll let you know how you stand compared to other participants. If you don’t get an answer you like, move on to the next one because there will be plenty to choose from. (If you do attend the camp, just for fun, you might ask the college players working the camp what camps they attended when they were in high school and at what age.) After your first one, you should really only attend events where you’ll be in front of colleges that are likely to recruit you.
For those who end up targeting lesser-known baseball schools, players and parents need to be prepared to do some research on their own to find prospect camps. (See the DIY College Rankings Baseball Spreadsheet for more information) Many schools, even the smallest, will have some sort of high school prospect evaluation camp, usually in the fall or early spring.
Often, information about these camps won’t be posted until just a few weeks before the event. Therefore, it makes sense to get on the coach’s mailing list (by filling out a recruitment form) before the start of your junior year so that you will receive notices and know when to look for them the following year. Remember, there’s no point in spending money at these if they aren’t colleges you’re actually interested in attending.
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Getting in Front of Multiple Coaches
Another way to get in front of coaches is to attend a showcase/prospect/ID event where multiple colleges will be present. Generally, these events are not organized by colleges but often take place on college campuses. Most camps will usually have a list of colleges expected to be at the camp giving you the opportunity to identify camps that will have the greatest concentration of schools you are interested in.
However, just because a school is committed to showing up doesn’t mean the head coach will be there. Pay attention to see if the camp lists the coaches attending. Even if the head coach isn’t listed, this doesn’t automatically mean that you should write off the camp. This is where contacting the coach ahead of time can be very helpful. Based on his response and your review of the coaching staff on the school’s website, you can decide whether or not the camp is the best place to be evaluated by the school. Again, remember, there are likely to be multiple places during just one summer where the school and its coaches will show up. Choose wisely.
There are also colleges that will host a camp and invite coaches from other colleges to attend. However, the list of other coaches attending is not always available requiring you to contact the organizer for more information.
Don’t Waste Your Time and Money
Before you attend any event, it’s a good idea to contact the coaches and let them know you have video available. Usually, coaches have various ways of responding to let you know that they aren’t interested in recruiting you. Some may offer a detailed critique of your batting stance, but if you’re lucky, they’ll just say that you don’t fit their program, they already have three shortstops, or that they won’t be actively recruiting you.
Yes, I did say lucky. They have just saved you the expense of attending a camp and finding out then they aren’t interested. Of course, you can decide to go ahead and attend the camp in an effort to change their minds but at least you go in with the right expectations.
When you do attend college baseball camps, contact the coaches that you are interested in before the camp to let them know that you will be there. That way they’ll know to focus on you since they don’t have to “sell” you their school. There may not always be opportunities during the camp to talk to the coach but make sure you introduce yourself to the coach at the end of the camp and ask questions.
Also pay attention to the results of the different evaluations or metrics if available. Some college baseball camps and showcases will list all the players by position and the different metrics measured. For pitchers and catchers especially, this can be a good way to figure out where you stand compared to other prospects and target colleges appropriately.
Put in the Extra Effort
And finally, send a thank you note once you get home. Coaches have more people who want to and are qualified to play on their team than they can accept–wouldn’t you tend to remember the ones who are polite enough to send a thank you note? If a note is too formal, you can send an email which is still probably more than most players do. Also, since you attended the camp, this is the perfect time to call the coach to get a better feel for what he’s recruiting for now and where you might fit in. If he’s not interested, thank him and move on to your next option.
Baseball Camps, Showcases, and Combines
These are some of the camps/showcases/combines that have multiple college coaches and/or pro scouts. The locations listed indicates the area where the camps take place, not necessarily the geography of the college coaches that attend. As mentioned earlier, be aware that often the camps advertise that specific “college programs” have committed which is not the same thing as saying the head coach is going to be there. This is a really good reason to contact the coach before you attend to find out who will actually be representing the program at the camp. Perhaps more importantly, it is a good way to get the recruiting conversation going.
16 National College Baseball Camps and Showcases
These organizations offer camps nationally. However, the colleges participating may be regional or national.
ABC Sports Camps: List and registers for college camps including youth camps. There is no way to filter for just high school level opportunities. Varies if camp lists coaches attending.
All-Star Baseball Academy College Camps: Offers camps nationally. Lists participating schools and scouts. Requires an application for some camps.
Baseball Camps USA: Provides registration for a number of college prospect camps. Requires registration to see all camps. Also include sports other than baseball and youth camps with no means of filtering options. Also serves as a sort of recruiting profile.
Baseball Factory Team One Baseball: Not updated since 21. Requires an “invite.” Hosts camps but doesn’t list colleges attending only that results will be in a database accessed by subscribing college coaches.
Best in the US: Offers camps nationally. Lists colleges as well as specific coaches attending. Acts as a “qualifier” event for a national event.
College Baseball Group: Hosts camps nationally. Lists colleges attending.
College Baseball Prospect ID Camps: Hosts camps nationally. Lists colleges attending.
College Coaches Showcase Camp: Offers camps nationally. Lists colleges attending.
The Complete Showcase: Offers camps nationally. Lists colleges and coaches attending as well as those attending virtually who will provide 1-on-1 evaluations.
Exact Sports: Offers camps nationally. Another request an “invitation” to attend. Probably helps them with their self-reported “success rate” which is not defined. Provides a list of colleges and coaches expected to attend.
Headfirst Honor Roll Baseball Camps: Offers camps nationally. Specializes in academically competitive schools. Lists colleges and coaches expected to attend as well as those with Direct Digital Access.
Joe Wladyka Baseball: Not updated for 2022. Offers camps nationally. Lists coaches who use the service.
Junior Day Baseball: Offers camps nationally. Shows participating colleges but does not list confirmed coach. Includes a College Baseball Education Seminar.
Perfect Game Showcases: Offers camps nationally. Players must request invite. Doesn’t list coaches or scouts attending event.
Prep Baseball Report: Offers camps nationally. Requires invitation. Doesn’t list coaches, results posted and available for subscribing coaches. Uses live streaming.
Showball Showcase Camps: Offers camps nationally. Lists coaches, and coaches’ titles attending. Includes academic camps.
10 Regional Baseball Camps/Showcases
These camps are only offered regionally. However, the participating colleges may not be limited to just regional colleges.
Blue Chip Prospects: Camps in the northeast. Lists expected college attending.
Coach Traub Showcase Camp: Texas area. Not updated for 2022. Usually lists staff on registration form.
College Baseball Showcase Camps in Missouri and Kansas: lists camps in region being sponsored by colleges.
Crossroads Baseball Series: Appears to be in the Midwest. Coaches are not listed.
Diamond Skills Baseball Camps: Washington DC and Bethesda, Maryland area. Offers winter camps for high school players. Lists coaches and professional teams that have attended in the past but does not indicate which are currently expected to attend.
Elite Baseball: Pennsylvania and Maryland. Lists confirmed schools but not specific coaches.
Go Yard: New Jersey. Lists expected colleges but not coaches.
I-95 Stadium Series: Northeast: Provides list of confirmed colleges and coaches.
Quakes Baseball Academy: California. Provides list of colleges and coaches expected to attend. Also has academic camp.
Rising Prospects: California. Not updated for 2022.
Showtime Sports: Wisconsin, Minnesota. Lists colleges and scouts but not specific coaches.
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