|High School Recruiting|
THE RECRUITING TIMELINE
This is a general lay-out of the schedule or "time line" that a high school baseball player can follow, in an effort to play baseball at the college level. This timeline was developed by getting input from former college players, parents, college coaches and high school and college academic adviser's.
To the Player:
You will get very tired of hearing this ... but if you do not take care of your academics (grades) it will not matter how good you are on the baseball field, if your dream is to play college baseball academics are a part of the package!
Freshman (9th grade)
* Settle into the high school environment ... get to work developing good classroom and home study habits. Learn to manage your time.
*Make the team
* Play fall baseball with the most competitive coaches you can find
(If they are focus on development, college and the pros-you have found the write coach)
* Long toss after school
(should be done every month until you graduate)
* Run sprints and medium distance
(Should be done every month until you graduate)
* Get on the High School team
(Shoul be done every month until you graduate)
* Plan your winter baseball schedule
* Locate an indoor facility that offers "top level" instruction or find a trainer who has played competiive colleg ball and understands player development and business of college athletics.
* If possible target and attend one (1) college Christmas camp
* Begin off season conditioning.
November - January
* Continue winter work-outs / get ready high school team try-outs
* Keep working hard on those grades
Prepare for and take PSAT
February - May/June
* High school season
* Record various games during season
May - July/August
* Summer league seasons
* Play the best and most competitive baseball that is available to you. Best teams, best tournaments, against the best the competition possible
June - July
* Attend a college baseball program's camp
* Play summer ball
* Record various games
This is the best way to "get noticed" by your favorite school. Many colleges sign players as a result of their attendance at the camps.
Sophomore (10th grade)
* Study and Take PSAT or ACT
* Continue to "hit the books" hard your grades this year count as much as any other year.
* Follow the same off - season schedule as last year.
* Meet with your high school guidance counselor -- tell him/her of your desire to play college baseball ... you want to be "on track" with the required core courses, as well as other needs, such as foreign languages.
* Follow the same spring and summer schedule as last year.
* Play as many summer baseball games as possible ... the more you play the more experience that you will get .. and the more you should improve.
July - August
* Attend a Pro Try-Out Camp in your area -- these will be listed in the message section of your daily newspaper's sports section.
* Play summer ball.
* Record various games
* Attend One Competitive showcase.
Junior (11th grade)
* Send out your first contact letters to colleges
*Put player profile online
* Have a professional highlight video made.
* High school coaches or club coaches or trainers should be sending out letters to preferred colleges
* Include a copy of your fall schedule (if available)
* College coaches should have made written contact.
* Register with the NCAA Initial - Eligibility Clearinghouse (your high school guidance counselor should have these forms)
* Register for the fall ACT / SAT standardized tests ... most students take these tests at least twice ... try to avoid the spring dates, as they may conflict with your high school season Request that your ACT/SAT test scores be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse (there is a box on the application form that you check for this)
* Continue the fall and winter schedule as you did for your freshman and sophomore years
DO NOT LET UP ON ACADEMICS
* Familiarize yourself with the NCAA admission / eligibility requirements NCAA Online or check with your school's guidance counselor
* Send out your spring high school schedule
* Prepare a videotape to be sent out when requested (do not send unsolicited tapes
* Plan visits to as many schools as possible this spring and summer
* Some schools have "Junior Days" during the spring season ... don't be shy write a letter to the coach and ask about them.
* All of these visits are "unofficial" this means that the college can not pay for any part of the visit. These are done on your own.
* Send out letters to college programs - Tell them about your high school junior year (11th) season - Sending stats is okay
* Focus this summer should be on attending "Select or Advanced" College Camps.
* In this environment you will be able to gauge yourself against some of the best players, at each camp. The college coaches will be able to do the same.
* The summer between a player's junior and senior year of high school is very important
* Play on a team that is AABC bound for regional or world series. These teams are always considered to have the best and most competitive play. If you get to the world series you will have the best exposure.
Senior (12th grade)
July - August
* Seek out a team that plays fall "showcase" tournaments (pro scouts can be helpful with this)
* DO NOT LET UP ACADEMICALLY
* Review core academic requirements with your guidance counselor. Make sure you are "on track"
* Send out your fall baseball schedule
* If you do not think you will sign in the early National Letter of Intent (LOI) period, usually the second week of November. Request information on Christmas camps ... especially from schools that you are most interested in .. or those that have shown an interest in you.
* Early signing period -- dates vary slightly from year to year
* Update college coaches on any changes to your fall schedule
* You can contact college coaches (by phone) at any time (prior to July after your Junior year they can not call you)
* Continue your fall and winter schedule as you have in previous years
* If you are offered an official visit -- prepare for your visit with a list of prepared questions.
Be prepared for any questions the college may have for you.
section for information about official and unofficial visits.
This is it! The year that you have been preparing for! ENJOY IT!
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