The world of college baseball recruiting is a competitive one. Literally tens of thousands of student athletes from around the country are vying for a few hundred select spots on the nation’s most respectable college and university teams. This heavy competition can be daunting, but by understanding the process of recruiting for baseball, you or your student athlete can begin to get on the right track towards success. The process can seem complicated at first, so it helps to have someone knowledgeable about the recruitment procedure on your side. This may be a high school coach, a college coach, or one of several recruiting websites.
Websites can be a great place to learn about the recruiting process, which can often seem complicated enough to make your head spin. In addition to valuable information and insider insight, many websites offer a wide variety of services to help you or your child get ahead of the game when it comes to recruiting. These services may include creating a personal profile, making a personal video to be distributed to coaches and colleges, or recommendations on who to contact where. To be successful in the recruiting game, it’s estimated that student athletes should get in contact with 50-100 “right-fit” schools. Being evaluated by a professional and learning which schools are right for which athletes are among the first steps to mastering the recruiting process.
Ivy League Academic Index
The Ivy League uses a special “Academic Index” in order to evaluate potential athletes for their highly competitive baseball programs. While most recruiters probably won’t tell you details the Index, know that if an Ivy League program is recruiting you, chances are good they are using this as a measuring tool. Coaches use the index to measure a player’s recruitability, and it is combined with the athletic skill of a particular player in order to determine admittance. Roughly two thirds of the Ivy League Academic Index is based on standardized test scores, while the other one-third is based on class rank or GPA, depending on the school. For evaluation purposes, it’s important to know where you stand on the Index when moving into the next stages of recruitment.
Don’t Go It Alone
As you can probably tell by now, baseball recruiting is not exactly a straightforward or simple process. It is however, an exact science, in that there are definitive “right” ways and “wrong” ways to go about it. Only someone with a background in recruiting will be able to help you master the process, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.