As a former collegiate baseball coach and current travel team director, I get the question of what do I need to do to get a baseball scholarship. I wanted to put together a quick breakdown of what we discuss with each of our travel players.
1. Approximately 10-12% of high school baseball players in 2015 went on to play college baseball. When looking at all high school seniors and draft eligible college baseball players 1/94 were drafted. With those facts only a select few get to play at the collegiate or professional level.
2. The maximum allotted scholarships available at the college level for fully funded institutions.
DI – 11.7
DII – 9
DII – 0
NAIA – 12
Junior College – 24
3. How to choose a school – We asked our guys to rank the following topics in order of priority. This will determine where they feel they can play at the next level, and more importantly how far away they are willing to go to play baseball.
Size of School
4. Top 5 Schools you would like to play at… This list will give us as a staff a guideline of what level of baseball the player feels he is capable of playing. Sometimes this is the hard question, because many players have a false sense of their abilities.
5. What college coaches evaluate while recruiting:
Parent’s high maintenance?
When a PLAYER, (NOT THE PARENT) has completed this information and gains an understanding of what it takes to play college baseball it is at that time we can start to narrow down the schools that we contact on behalf of that player. We do bring the parents in to discuss the final decisions obviously, but in many cases if the parent completes the above information it is not the same as when the player does the work. å