Things To Do For Baseball Scholarships
There are plenty of steps that recruits can take for baseball scholarships to make the recruiting process easier. Scholarships for baseball aren’t as abundant as they are in other sports, and that means doing every little thing that you can as a baseball recruit is essential.
1. Develop your baseball scholarship game plan and get evaluated by a third party.
Hundreds of potential college choices are out there, but you need to be able reach them if you want to be consider a serious recruit for college baseball. Involving a third party like NCSA is an important first step in the baseball recruiting process. College coaches rely on trusted third-party evaluations, and the exposure that NCSA provides can help ensure that your college choice is a good fit for both you and the school. Attending several baseball camps and showcases can add to your level of exposure to baseball coaches.
NCSA senior recruiting coach Brandon Liles explains the importance of college camps and showcases for baseball recruit.
2. Post your academic/athletic resume online
The Internet is the best resource for college baseball coaches to use to quickly access highlight videos, statistics, and academic information. NCSA has the largest digital platform available to high school athletes for baseball schoalrships, making it extremely easy to post profiles and videos. Your online resume makes you immediately visible to hundreds of coaches.
3. Create a winning highlight/skills video
Avoid showing in-game highlights. Instead show skills footage that proves that you are consistent even when it comes to the more difficult baseball skills. Don’t illustrate common plays like fielding grounders or shagging flies in your video. Separate yourself from other baseball recruits by filming plays that highlight your foot speed, weight transfer, and accuracy. Show yourself throwing a perfect strike to the cut-off man or gunning down a runner from deep in the hole at third base. At the plate, highlight your ability to consistently hit to all fields. Know what the tough skills are and prove that you’ve got the ability to perform them and deserve a baseball scholarship.
Baseball recruiting expert Jason Smith explains what each recruit for baseball should show on their highlight/skills video.
4. Contact 50 to 100 realistic baseball scholarship programs
Starting with a large pool of schools can help ensure that the perfect fit rises to the top when the baseball recruiting process comes to an end. Using NCSA’s digital space makes it extremely easy to get your information to dozens of prospective college baseball programs. Realize that the majority of college baseball teams aren’t in Division I, so set your expectations accordingly. More than 80% of collegiate baseball players compete at the Division II, Division III, NAIA or junior college level.
5. Realize that it’s not a four-year decision. It’s a 40-year decision.
College is a training center for life, and choosing a school is one of the most important decisions of your lifetime. Do your research and make an educated decision when you select a college. Input from a neutral third party like NCSA can match you up with a school and a baseball scholarship program that’s an ideal fit for you during the four years that you are there.
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