As a baseball coach and college recruiter, I want to give you the best advice out there when it comes to you or your son’s recruiting journey. One of the most frequently asked questions from a baseball parents standpoint is if college baseball camps are the right tactic to get offered a baseball scholarship. I want to answer this particular question for you today.
When it comes to college baseball prospect camps, it is very important that you consider 3 factors before attending any camp and spending hundreds of dollars to be there.
They are the following:
1.) Your current skill-level
2.) Your ideal college
3.) Your current communication with coaches
Your Current Skill Level
Your current skill level must be up to par before attending any college prospect camps. The biggest mistake I see is when young players go to a camp and they are not ready or underdeveloped. Camps are a good place to market your skills, but if you are lacking in skills it becomes very easy to scratch your name off of a prospect list.
My suggestion: Plan 6 months to a year out of when you plan on doing some college baseball camps and train for it. Train for it with the end in mind of you acquiring a college scholarship. If you show dedication for 6 months to a year with a clear goal in mind, you will have a better chance of displaying your skills enough to get noticed by a college coach.
Your Ideal College
When considering a baseball camp you should clearly consider your options for a good college to attend. There are thousands of colleges across the United States in multiple divisions. I can’t express how important it is to pick a school where you will best fit in and enjoy the experience.
Things to consider when picking a school: area, distance from home, weather, degree programs, head baseball coach, team personality, facilities, and school values. It’s important to do research on schools in all divisions: NCAA Div I, Div II, Div III, NAIA, JUCO. The best fit for you might be in a lower division, but don’t let that stop you from pursuing it. There are players in the major leagues from all of these divisions.
Your Current Communications with Coaches
As a college baseball prospect you want to acquire the skills of communicating with coaches and marketing your skills. The most effective form of communication is via email. Before attending any baseball camps, it is important to build up a relationship with the coaches who will be in attendance. Letting them know your name and your interest in their school will put you on the top of their list to watch that day.
A good email will include your name, year of high school graduation, position, recent stats and history, as well as a video if you have one. The most important part of the email will be your reason why you see yourself as a good fit at the college. It is important that your reason is not generic like I like the campus, or it has a good reputation. The best reasons are specific, accurate, and unique to every person. Creating this story type reason will give you an advantage over the other prospects at the camp. Psychologically, with a good reason why, the coach will be rooting for you to perform well that day.
All In All
All in All, I do believe attending college baseball camps are a good tactic for getting recruited. I just know that by following the outline above, you will have a much higher chance of a coach recognizing you and selecting you as a scholarship athlete. You can find college baseball camps online by doing a google search, or by going to a college of your choice’s athletic website.
Last piece of advice: Take this season of your life seriously. The school you choose to play baseball for will shape who you become as a person. Be in charge of your future, pick a school that you believe will be the best environment and healthy experience for you.