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How to Get Recruited for College Baseball
From the NCSA web site The college baseball recruiting process is just that: a process. There are no shortcuts. But the more knowledge student-athletes have about each step in the journey, the better they will be able to navigate its twists and turns and appreciate just how competitive it is to be recruited for baseball. After all, more than 500,000 student-athletes play high school baseball, and less than two percent will go on to play college baseball at the Division 1 level. Baseball scholarships are not as plentiful as they are in other sports. At the Division 1 level, there are only up to 11.7 scholarships for each school; at the Division 2 level, there is a maximum scholarships limit of only nine. But for those who have the grades, the athletic talent, the passion for the sport and a strong work ethic can get recruited for baseball. This step-by-step baseball recruiting guide highlights the benchmarks and milestones student-athletes need to reach throughout the recruiting process. Yes, it may be frustrating at times; things may not go according to plan. But NCSA’s information and insider tips will motivate student-athletes to be proactive in the process and take charge of their recruiting journey. College baseball recruiting tips Before going into detail on how to get recruited for baseball, here are some general college baseball recruiting tips that will help keep the process moving forward: Above all, start early: Being recruited for baseball is highly competitive and every day an athlete does not do something to advance their recruiting process, you can assume another recruit out there is doing just that. Do the research: Below you’ll learn how to create a list of target schools that will be the best match for you. Remember, don’t just think about baseball when choosing a school. Consider the big picture and whether the school will be a place you will be happy for the next four years and a good match academically, socially, culturally as well as athletically. Be proactive: We emphasize throughout this guide that you cannot wait for coaches to find you. It is up to you to reach out to them and to follow up on any communications or contacts. College baseball recruiting timeline Freshman year Research two to three schools per week. Create a list of 100 prospective schools that are good athletic and academic matches. Film a skills video. Send letters or emails of introduction to coaches. Go on at least three unofficial visits to colleges. Pick two to three camps and one or two showcases to attend after the school season. Follow up! Build relationships by making phone calls and sending letters and emails. Tips to remember: Once coaches have identified a potential recruit, they chart their development throughout high school, at camps, in school and on the field. In addition to baseball skills, they are also considering character; how the recruit carries himself on the field and with this teammates and coach. It is never too early to write a letter or email or call coaches. Student-athletes can contact coaches at any time, but Division 1 and Division 2 coaches can’t personally respond until junior year. Division 3 and NAIA coaches are not limited as to when they can contact student-athletes. Do not apply to a school that is not a good athletic or academic fit. This is where target school research is helpful. Sophomore year Student-athletes should film or update their skills tape and get it evaluated by a third-party.. Continue to research prospective schools and narrow the list of target schools. Continue to build relationships by making calls, sending letters and emails with coaches from programs identified to be a good fit. Fill out questionnairesMake unofficial visits. Junior year Update the skills video and get it re-evaluated. Follow up with coaches in a timely manner. Respond to every coach. Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list. Continue to fill out questionnaires. Continue to make unofficial school visits. Further narrow down the list of target schools. Tips to remember: Division 1 and Division 2 schools can begin to make scholarship offers. Contact coaches individually at least once a week. Do not bombard a coach with emails if they have not responded. Senior year Make official visits. Follow up with coaches in a timely manner. Apply to schools. Apply for financial aid. Sign and commit to a school and program. Find out the summer workout schedule. Tips to remember: Student-athletes are only allowed five official visits. Division 3, NAIA, junior colleges and some Division 2 schools still recruit during senior year. Set up tryouts and invite the right coaches. Be aware of deadlines for: NCAA Amateurism Certificate. FAFSA. College applications. NCAA and/or NAIA Eligibility Center registration. Final transcripts. Proof of high school graduation. When does recruiting start for baseball? According to the 2018 NCSA coach’s survey, the majority of college programs begin to recruit athletes in sophomore and junior year. Division 1 is the only division that will actively recruit during the freshman year. Read about the NCAA’s Division 1 rule changes that impact early recruiting. How do baseball coaches recruit? Our survey finds that coaches use various sources to find recruits. Division 1, Division 2 and junior college coaches primarily look to travel team relationships, while a majority of NAIA coaches mostly use baseball camps as a source for recruits. Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 and junior college coaches are most likely to actively evaluate athletes they’ve identified as potential recruits at showcase camps and travel tournaments. NAIA coaches are more likely to evaluate recruits during personal workouts with the student-athlete. What division level is right for me? One of the most important initial steps athletes will take in the recruiting journey is a self-evaluation of their expectations and talent. The recruit’s family and current coach will be instrumental at this stage, as they can help the athlete better understand the best division levels to target. This step of the process is critical, as it will influence the schools the family researches. Here are key questions recruits need to ask themselves: Am I ready for the demands of being a college baseball player? Playing baseball in college demands commitment above and beyond a student’s academic workload. There will be early practices, training sessions, home games and travel. Studies have shown that the time spent on playing baseball in college—depending on the division—is roughly equivalent to a 40-hour work week. Am I good enough to play college baseball? Which division level will be the best talent fit? This is a good time to bring in the athlete’s current coach for their analysis of the athlete’s current skill sets, athleticism and prospects for improvement. Athletes should also watch college games at each different division level to get a better feel for the caliber of play. They can also get evaluated by a third-party, like NCSA, to better understand the right division levels based on their athletic talent. Research schools and create your target list Researching schools is a critical first step in the recruiting process. As student-athletes compile their target list, here’s an easy way to organize schools: 5–10 safety schools: These are the athlete’s go-to schools. Nothing is a sure thing in choosing a college, but these are schools for which the athlete more than meets the academic requirements and athletic expectations. Recruits should connect with these coaches early in the process to express their interest, so they are up to speed in case one or all of their target schools fall through. 10–15 target schools: These schools and baseball programs are solid matches; they are at the top of the athlete’s list and are considered recruiting priorities. 5–10 reach schools: Also known as “dream schools,” these schools would be a stretch for the recruit either financially, academically or athletically. But, athletes thrive on competition and adding these schools to the list is a good goal to set. As recruits progress through the process, this list will be an evolving recruitment tool. A school considered a favorite may be revealed to be not the best fit. A so-called "Cinderella school" may emerge as a strong candidate. Continue to update the list as the recruitment process unfolds. Create an attention-getting skills video "Attention-getting" does not mean special effects, flashy editing or dramatic music (this should be avoided). We are talking about a video that will get the athlete on a coach’s radar and on their list of recruits they want to pursue. The skills video is an essential tool by which recruits introduce themselves to coaches, and in many cases, it’s the main way that coaches will evaluate a recruit’s athletic talent. Here’s some general skills video advice: Keep the video under five minutes. Lead with the strongest skills and keep the focus on the fundamental skills specific to your position. Again, this is a skills video; coaches will request game footage if they want to see it. Make sure to get fully warmed up before filming. Read more about creating an impactful skills video. Reach out to the schools on your target list Introduce yourself in an email to the college coach. An impactful subject line will compel the coach to open an email. Recruits should mention their graduating class, GPA, position, key stats and if a video is attached. Coaches are most likely to respond to an introductory email if they feel the recruit is a good fit for their program and they have strong key measurables. If there is no response to the email, follow up with a call to the coach. Respond in a timely manner to all coach correspondences. This includes recruiting letters, emails, direct messages, social media and more. A timely response indicates to the coach an athlete is organized and has a good work ethic. Continually follow up with coaches with transcript updates, enhanced stats and new skills videos. Congratulate them on a recent win and invite them to watch you compete. Visit our College Recruiting Guide for more information about how to contact college coaches. Attend travel tournaments, college camps and showcases to get exposure to college coaches These events are important to college coaches in identifying talent, especially at the Division 1 level. More than 90 percent of coaches at these elite programs cite travel team relationships as their primary source for their recruits, according to NCSA’s research. More than half of NAIA, Division 3 and junior college coaches we surveyed indicated that they find recruits at camps and tournament showcases. Manage the baseball recruiting process What does it mean to manage the baseball recruiting process? It means being proactive and remaining diligent in moving the process forward. Recruits should answer any communications from a coach in a timely manner. Until an offer is received, recruits need to take all the appropriate steps to make sure they remain on a coach’s radar. Below is a helpful timeline to help recruits ensure that they are where they should be in the baseball recruiting process. Keep all social media platforms professional It is easy for some student-athletes to take social media for granted and not give a thought to what they post. But scholarship offers have been revoked for social media offenses, such as inappropriate photos, offensive language and questionable re-tweets or shared posts. In extreme cases, so have offers to attend a college or university. Recruits shouldn’t let a tweet undo all the hard work they’ve done. Athletes must always keep in mind that coaches are checking Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts to gauge whether a recruit will be a good representative for their team and the school. Read more about managing the recruiting process. Understanding scholarship offers and how to negotiate Full-ride baseball scholarships are rare. Because baseball is an equivalency sport, coaches will divide their limited scholarships (for example, 11.7 at the Division 1 level) across their rosters. Families looking to ease the financial burden of college will want to pursue academic scholarships that will put the student in a position to attend a college and try out for the team as an unrecruited walk-on (in this scenario, it is crucial the student-athlete confirms with the coach prior to enrollment that they will be allowed to try out for the team). How can families negotiate for a better scholarship offer? The best bargaining tool an athlete has is offers from other schools. No coach wants to lose out on a recruit for whom there is strong interest. Visit our College Recruiting Guide to learn negotiating strategies. College baseball National Signing Day—sign with your top school All that is left is for the recruit to formalize their agreement to attend their chosen school. Many athletes do this by signing the National Letter of Intent (NLI), a legally binding document that commits the athlete to attending a college or university for one academic year and the school to provide agreed-upon financial aid for that year. Not all schools use the NLI, so the recruit should check if there’s a document for them to sign. Congratulations on completing the recruiting journey. Athletes have earned the right to celebrate this important milestone in their life. The hard work the recruit’s family has put in to get to this moment will serve them well as they move forward.
Max Preps Top 25 High School Teams National Ranking - Includes 7 Teams From Texas.
Posted Monday May 20, 2019 by Kevan Askeland | maxpreps.com 1. (last week No. 1) IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), 24-1
Notes: The Ascenders have four players ranked among the top 50 high school draft prospects for the 2019 MLB draft, including Brennan Malone, Kendall Williams, Rece Hinds and Josh Rivera.
This week: Season over. 2. (2) Argyle (Texas), 35-1-1
Results: Defeated Brownwood 22-0 and 11-1 in the third round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Stats: Chad Ricker tossed a no-hitter with six strikeouts and also had two home runs with seven RBI in the 22-0 win. Bo Hogeboom added a double, a grand slam and six RBI, while Cade Merka had a double and a home run and Dillon Carter had a home run. Preston King went 2-for 3 with a grand slam in the second game while Carter and Ricker each had a home run.
This week: Plays Canyon in regional semifinals. 3. (3) Georgetown (Texas), 36-2-1
Results: Defeated Porter 13-1 and 4-3 in 14 innings in the third round of the Class 5A state playoffs.
Stats: Wesley Dixon and Ty Tilson each had two hits and a double in the first game and Tilson had a walkoff double in the 14th inning in the second game.
This week: Plays Santa Fe in regional semifinals. 4. (5) New Hanover (Wilmington, N.C.), 24-1
Results: Defeated Southeast Guilford (Greensboro) 7-1 in third round of Class 3A playoffs and beat Terry Sanford 8-1 in quarterfinals.
Stats: Kyle Smith had a home run and Chase Nixon drove in four runs against Southeast Guilford. Alex Sniffen had a two-run double against Terry Sanford.
This week: D.H. Conley in semifinals. 5. (6) Cypress (Calif.), 31-3
Results: Defeated La Mirada 1-0 in Southern Section Division 1 semifinals and Harvard-Westlake 2-0 in section championship game.
Stats: Cameron Repetti and Brett Wozniak both struck out five over nine innings with Repetti also getting a double against La Mirada. Peter Werth added a pair of doubles. Repetti struck out six against Harvard-Westlake while Luke Davis went 3-for-3 with a double.
This week: Season over, California Southern Section Division 1 champions. 6. (7) Blanchard (Okla.), 39-0
Results: Defeated Kingfisher 7-4 in the semifinals and Harrah 14-5 in the finals to win the Class 4A state championship.
Stats: Bryce Madron was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Jack Kiker and Payton Miller each had a double in the win over Kingfisher. Kiker had a home run against Harrah while Kale Miller had two doubles. Jace Beck struck out 10.
This week: Season over. Oklahoma Class 4A state champions. 7. (8) De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 27-1
Results: Defeated James Logan (Union City) 5-0 in first round and Monte Vista (Danville) 2-1 in second round of North Coast Section Division 1 playoffs.
Stats: Eric Reyzelman had 12 strikeouts in six no-hit innings against James Logan. Kyle Harrison struck out 10 against Monte Vista.
This week: Foothill (Santa Ana) on Tuesday in semifinals. 8. (12) Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), 35-3
Results: Defeated Sam Houston 8-2 in Class 5A state championship game.
Stats: Brody Drost had a double and home run with five RBI in the win.
This week: Season over. Louisiana Class 5A state champions. 9. (13) DeSoto Central (Southaven, Miss.), 34-3
Results: Defeated S. Martin 3-1 and 5-0 to win Class 6A state championship.
Stats: Cade Smith struck out 10 in the first game while Kyle Booker and Shemaar Stapleton each had a double in the second game.
This week: Season over. Mississippi Class 6A state champions. 10. (4) Colleyville Heritage (Colleyville, Texas), 33-3
Results: Defeated Mansfield Legacy 13-3, but then lost 3-2. Won the third game 7-3.
Stats: Bobby Witt Jr. went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI, while Mason Greer and Joey Koetting each had a double in the first game. Chandler Freeman had two doubles and Greer had one in the third game.
This week: Plays Amarillo in regional semifinals. 11. (9) Cypress Ranch (Houston), 31-4-1
Results: Defeated Round Rock 2-1, lost 2-1, won the third game 3-0.
Stats: Matt Thompson struck out 12 in the first game. J.J. Goss struck out 10 in the loss. Thompson had a triple and two RBI in the third game.
This week: Plays Rockwall in regional semifinals. 12. (10) Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.), 38-3
Results: Defeated Halls 9-2 in regional opener, but lost to Hardin Valley 5-2 in second round. Topped Tennessee (Bristol) 2-0 in sectional to advance to state tournament.
Stats: Ashton King had a home run while Hunter Merrick went 2-for-4 with three RBI against Halls. King also had a home run against Tennessee.
This week: State tournament 13. (15) Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), 34-4
Results: Defeated North Gwinnett 9-6 and 9-3 in Class AAAAAAA semifinals.
Stats: Jonathan French and Stephen Hrustich each hit a home run in the first win. Hrustich also had four RBI in the second game.
This week: Hillgrove in state finals on Monday. 14. (16) Kingwood (Texas), 29-5-2
Results: Defeated Dickinson 6-0 and 17-2 in third round of Class 6A state playoffs.
Stats: Masyn Winn struck out 13 in the first game and also had a home run in the first game. Tanner Evans also hit a home run while Luke Johnson had a double and a triple.
This week: Plays Houston Lamar in regional semifinals. 15. (17) Lake Travis (Austin, Texas), 33-4
Results: Lost to Johnson 2-0, won 12-6 and 1-0.
Stats: Parker Guerin went 4-for-4 with three RBI and Brett Baty had a double and a home run with four RBI in the second game. Baty struck out 13 in the third game.
This week: Plays Laredo United South in regional semifinals. 16. (25) Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 26-7
Results: Defeated Mountain Ridge 9-0 in semifinals, defeated Corona del Sol 8-1 in Class 6A state championship game.
Stats: Shane Murphy threw a shutout with five strikeouts in the win over Mountain Ridge. Brock Selvidge had a home run, going 3-for-3 with three RBI against Corona del Sol.
This week: Season over. Arizona Class 6A state champion. 17. (14) Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.), 27-6-1
Results: Defeated Huntington Beach 6-2 in Southern Section Division 1 semifinals. Lost to Cypress 2-0 in section championship game.
Stats: Drew Bowser was 4-for-4 with three RBI in the semifinals.
This week: Season over. 18. (18) Notre Dame (SO) (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), 24-7
Notes: Notre Dame returns four players from this year's Mission League champion that rank among the top 50 juniors in California by Perfect Game, including Lucas Gordon (LHP), Daylen Reyes (SS), Devan Ornelas (MIF) and Tyler Stromsborg (RHP).
This week: Season over. 19. (19) Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.), 26-4
Notes: The Lancers return four players from the NHSI champions that rank among the top 50 juniors in California by Perfect Game, including Max Rajcic (RHP), Christian Rodriguez (RHP), Chad Born (OF), and James (Tank) Espalin (SS).
This week: Season over. 20. (11) Sam Houston (Lake Charles, La.), 36-5
Results: Lost to Barbe 8-2 in Class 5A state championship game.
Stats: Braden Duhon and Brandon Goodeaux had the only hits in the loss.
This week: Season over. 21. (21) The Woodlands (Texas), 29-6
Results: Defeated Klein 7-3 in third round of Class 6A playoffs.
Stats: Cameron Caley had two triples and Casey Sunseri had a double.
This week: McKinney Boyd in Regional semifinals. 22. (20) Huntington Beach (Calif.), 25-7
Results: Lost to Harvard-Westlake (Studio City) 6-2 in Southern Section Division 1 semifinals.
This week: Season over. 23. (27) American Heritage (Delray Beach, Fla.), 28-2
Results: Defeated Bishop Verot 3-0 and Oxbridge Academy 8-0 in first two rounds of Class 4A state playoffs.
Stats: Jacob Lojewski had a home run and three RBI against Bishop Verot.
This week: Plays Trinity Christian Academy on Friday. 24. (29) Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.), 26-4
Results: Did not play. Playoff game with Palo Alto rained out.
This week: Palo Alto in first round of Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs on Monday. 25. (35) Desert Oasis (Las Vegas), 34-7
Results: Defeated Arbor View 10-5 in second round of Class 4A state playoff. Defeated Reno 8-6 in third round and Reno 9-1 in state championship game.
This week: Season over. Nevada Class 4A state champions.
Tips From the Pros
Warming Up • Start your hitting session with the 'High Tee' drill. - Put the tee chest high and stand in your normal batting stance. - When hitting, focus on staying on top of the ball. - Also focus on getting the hands through the ball quickly. • Work on hitting balls away then down the middle, then inside. - Most pitchers work the outside of the plate. - Spend your practice time wisely by attacking those outside pitches. • Bring the Tee down to a lower height and repeat working outside to inside. Working Out • When training for the season be sure to use a combination of workouts with weights and without. - Training accessories like the TRX, Medicine balls and body weight exercises will help you gaiN functional strength. - Training in a rotational plane helps with bat speed and power. - Its typical for a pro to get a good workout in 3 times a week while training for the season and 2 times a week during the season. Nutrition • Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of being an athlete - Eat healthy: Fruits, vegetables and lots of fluids. - Avoid fried foods especially during the season. - Younger players want to be sure to have a good weight going into the season and try to maintain that through the season. - Hot weather and a lot of baseball can lead to muscle loss. - Be sure to eat healthy and keep your protein intake high. Tips for Getting scouted • Play in the most competitive leagues with the best teams. - College coaches are busy with their own season during the spring to watch High school players - By playing with the best of the best, scouts and recruiters will be in attendance and have an opportunity to see your skills. • Go to showcases with multiple colleges and scouts. • Take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself if you're willing to make the sacrifices necessary to take your game to the next level. • Without 100% commitment, its unlikely to happen
What You Need to Know about 2018 USABat Standards
Posted on April 4, 2018 by Phoenix Bats You’ve probably heard the news from USA Baseball about bat standards for Little League Baseball, AABC, Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken, Dixie, Little League, and PONY leagues, but if you haven’t, you might want to sit down – effective January 1, 2018, metal bats without USA Baseball certification mark are no longer allowed on the field for those organizations. NOTE: USSSA has not adopted the USABAT requirement. What Has Changed? According to USA Baseball, the reason for the change is to make metal bats perform more like wooden bats. According to the USA Baseball's site, "USA Baseball’s national member organizations believe that a wood-like performance standard will best provide for the long-term integrity of the game." Of course, players can still use any one-piece wood bat with or without the USA Baseball Certification mark (composite wooden bats must be certified). However, USA Baseball still encourages metal bats because "wood is a scarce resource,” which we know isn’t the truth. USA Baseball insists that player safety was not the main reason for the change, saying that "Youth baseball continues to be one of the safest of all sports for youth participants." But at the same time, we’ve seen many articles about young player injuries resulting from the exit speed of metal bats. Over the years, metal bat standards have reduced the exit speed of bats significantly. What Bats are Allowed? With this change, we've heard from many parents shocked that their kid’s $300 to $400 metal bat is now obsolete. They're calling us to learn more about wooden bats as an option (which under Rule 27, our wood bats are a viable, legal option). Many parents are also going this route because the benefits extend well beyond safety- by building a better swing, batters using wood are driving the ball farther than they were before.