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Kevin Hussey | Oct 4, 2014 6:30:00 AM

Quality, Scholly #'s & Travel - Info For College Baseball Prospects

College baseball prospects looking to play college baseball have a long list of options they can choose from in regards to which school best suits them. There are over 1600 schools in the US that offer a baseball program. The different types of schools include NCAA D1, D2, D3, NJCAA (Junior College) DI, D2, D3, and NAIA D1, D2. All of these schools except for the NCAA DIII and NJCAA DIII can offer you athletic scholarships. Although DIII schools cannot offer athletic scholarships, they can still give you academic money to help with tuition costs. All athletes who are not on scholarship are considered walk-ons. A walk-on is an athlete who is on the roster but will not receive any athletic money from the school. There are two types of walk on athletes - preferred walk-ons and regular walk-ons. A preferred walk on is an athlete that is recruited by the schools coach but there is no scholarship money available. Regular walk-ons are students at the school that will have the opportunity to try out for the team during walk-on tryouts.

When beginning to navigate the options of playing college baseball, there are a number of things to consider that don't necessarily hold true from one level to another. Here is a quick synopsis of a few of those things at the NCAA DI, DII and NAIA levels.

Division I

There are just under 300 division I baseball programs in the United States.

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Topics: scholarship, ncaa, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship, naia, mlb, aaa

Richie Schueler | Sep 13, 2013 12:49:00 PM

The 5 Styles of Recruiting for College Baseball Prospects

This entry comes to us from our friends at StudentAthleteWorld.com. If you are remotely thinking of seeking a college baseball scholarship, or a scholarship in any sport for that matter, you need to visit their website and they will take great care of you.

Which one are you? Really? Honestly? Where do you fall? And will you rethink your strategy after reading this?

  • Random Recruiting- You rely on chance encounters with coaches. If a coach is randomly at your game you will consider that school. Maybe you see a team on TV and think you’d like to play for them so you go to their camp. 

  • Rolodex Recruiting- You will rely on the college coaches that your high school coaches or your parents know. You or your coach plan to just send video to the 5 local colleges in an hour radius of your home. Sure these connections may be helpful to get your foot in the door. But is it enough? 

  • Crystal Ball Recruiting- Based primarily upon guess work. This method relies upon people who has little or no knowledge of the recruiting process. You might believe you are D1 and not target any other level schools, and find yourself with no offers. You might believe that if you are not D1 material then you can’t play in college. Not always does the strongest, fastest or highest jumping student-athlete get recruited if someone else has better grades, character, and work ethic. If you do not put yourself in front of the college coaches and allow them an opportunity to say yes or no then you are speculating or guessing as to your recruiting.

  • Passive Recruiting- This tends to be the trend of thousands of student-athletes and their parents across the United States. Parents have little or no time to have their student-athletes recruiting mapped out, researched and assisted. Thousands of parents taking zero initiative in their student-athlete's recruiting and relying upon someone else to make the college decision for them; a decision that will impact the next 40 years of the STUDENTathlete's life.

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Topics: scholarship, myths, college baseball, college baseball recruiting, college baseball scholarship, college recruiting strategy

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

Ryan Armstrong | Sep 15, 2011 11:15:00 PM

Do You Want A Baseball Scholarship? Measurement Is Key!!

How will you know until you KNOW?

Let’s face it, most feedback baseball parents and athletes receive from coaches is subjective. Things like “They’re doing great”, “If they work hard they’ll get it” or “They’re just fine”. This is usually followed by some technical jargon that doesn’t really mean much to the average person. What is missing? Quantitative feedback. Something you can SEE, COUNT, MEASURE!

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Topics: scholarship, university, baseball parents

Mike McCarthy | Feb 24, 2011 4:26:00 PM

5 Academic Questions to Ask if Seeking a Baseball Scholarship

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Topics: scholarship, recruiting, college, ncaa, university

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