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Kevin Hussey | Sep 27, 2014 6:30:00 AM

Academics & Playing College Baseball - 3 Areas To Stay On Top Of

Academics for a college baseball player can vary depending on their school and major. All students’ schedules will be different but there are rules that every student must follow. It’s important to be proactive with your academics and understand all the guidelines to maintaining your eligibility while playing college baseball.

Credit Hours

To be a collegiate athlete in the US you have to be considered a full-time student. In order to be a full-time student you must take 12 credit hours per semester (some exceptions). A credit hour is generally measured as the amount of hours a student will be in the class room. For example if you take a class that is 3 hours per week, you will receive 3 credit hours at the end of the semester. In order to graduate college, a typical degree will take a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students will be assigned an academic adviser that will likely set up a graduation plan to determine how long it will take to finish their degree.

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Topics: college, ncaa, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship, naia, njcaa, academic eligibility, credit hours

Kevin Hussey | Sep 24, 2014 6:00:00 AM

3 Reasons Why Canadians Need to Consider Junior College Baseball

For Canadian athletes looking to play college baseball, junior colleges (or "JUCO"'s) are often disregarded or seen as a backup plan for an aspiring collegiate baseball player. The reason for this is many people are unaware of the benefits a junior college can provide. Junior college baseball is often the best option for Canadians and athletes and parents need to understand why it may be the best fit.

  1. The BaseballJunior college baseball is highly competitive and is often where top prospects go to upgrade their draft status and develop their skills. The benefit of junior college is that top prospects are draft eligible after their first year and second years. NCAA baseball players are prohibited from the draft until after their third year of eligibility. For players who are not top prospects, junior college gives athletes the chance to compete at the college level but not compete against juniors and seniors (as they are only two year programs). Often times when a baseball player goes to a university straight out of high school, he is overmatched physically. This can often lead to a student sitting on the bench for a couple years while they mature. Not only do junior colleges allow students to mature physically but it allows them to develop mentally as well. 

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Topics: recruiting, college, ncaa, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship, college recruiting strategy, junior college, juco, njcaa

Richie Schueler | Jul 20, 2013 7:34:00 AM

Top 22 Recruiting Myths College Baseball Prospects Need to Know

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Topics: recruiting, college, ncaa, university, myths, baseball scouting, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship

Ryan Armstrong | Jun 29, 2012 12:41:00 PM

Canada Day - 4 Reasons to Celebrate Canadian Baseball

With Canada Day weekend rapidly approaching it's a good time to reflect on the state of the game in our country. Let's count a few highlights:
  1. With the recent success of Canadians like Joey Votto, Brett Lawrie, and John Axford (former TBZ employee), it seems that more Canadians are getting the opportunity to play the game at the highest levels. 
  2. This year alone Canada had 26 (62 total since 2011) players taken in June’s MLB draft, 10 of whom have already signed pro contracts. 
  3. Canada also has about 700 student athletes playing baseball and studying south of the border at US Colleges and Universities.  
  4. Even Canadian collegiate baseball programs are catching up, with the first ever CIS player being drafted this year (Shaun Valeriote - Brock Badgers - Toronto Blue Jays).

It certainly seems that over the last 10 years Canadians are taking their passion for training and hard work onto the ball field. Some may say we are at a disadvantage compared to our southern counterparts due to our climate, but one thing I know about Canadians is that we never back down form a challenge. Our athletes often travel great distances to receive premium training and competition and do so without hesitation. I think tenacity is one of our defining characteristics and it shows when our guys play tired, hurt, out of position, or in different climates. I think it’s that "never back down" attitude that takes our players to the next level.  

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Topics: college, baseball, canadian baseball

Kevin Horton | Jun 7, 2012 4:41:00 PM

11 Alumni of The Baseball Zone Selected in 2012 MLB Draft

With the MLB players draft in books for 2012 we would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to all The Baseball Zone Alumni who had their names called over the course of the last 3 days.  There were an unprecedented 11 players drafted who have trained at The Baseball Zone at some point over their young careers. 

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Topics: scholarship, college, Ontario Terriers Baseball, High Performance Program

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