Parents always ask, what should I be doing to get my kid seen by colleges? What events are best to attend? Are college camps worth it? When it comes to world of college baseball recruiting, the answers are simple:
- Attend national events such as Perfect Game;
- Attend college camps; and
- Join a quality travel ball team.
Between practices, games, administrative work, and recruiting, a college coach’s time is spread very thin, so they must be as efficient as possible. Perfect Game, ProspectWire, TeamOne, and USA Baseball (among others) give coaches this opportunity by putting on national showcases and tournaments. Why attend these events? Simply put, because they are the best at providing the platform for high school baseball players to showcase themselves to college coach’s and pro scouts. The World Wood Bat Association tournaments held by Perfect Game average nearly 200 teams for each age group, and with approximately 20 players per team, there are close to 4,000 players at each individual tournament! With such a wide selection available, college coaches can go game to game to find the next players for their school, and without having to travel from place to place. The recently formed World Scout League, has had over 600 teams signed up for events all over the country. Going to these massive tournaments and showcases is a must if you want to get yourself on the map and eventually play at the next level.
Camps are also a great recruiting tool for college coaching staffs as well as players. In addition to performing specifically for the coaches, they also provide both the player and their family the opportunity to see the school’s athletic facilities and campus. Also, attending a school’s camp shows them that you are interested by taking the time and money to attend the event. Identifying five schools you would like to play at and then attending their camps is a great way to get yourself on the map for these programs. Most college camps are held in the fall, and can give you a good spring board into the spring and summer seasons.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting on a good travel ball team. The explosion of travel ball has been steadily climbing over the past couple of years and is really making high school baseball obsolete when it comes to recruiting. These teams provide coach’s the opportunity to see you compete against the best talent from all over the country. Teams such as East Cobb (GA), Orlando Scorpions (FL) and FTB Mizuno (FL) churn out Division 1 talent on each of their teams, in fact in the class of 2010 alone the three programs combined had 114 college commitments. Having that concentration of talent allows coach’s to see many of their recruits at one time. Finding a team with good talent that goes to the right events is the key, fortunately for the high school baseball players they are littered all over the country.