I get lots of emails from parents stating that their son/daughter was offered a “preferred walk-on” spot and they frequently have been lead to believe it means more than it does.
So, what DOES it mean to be a preferred walk-on?
It means only what the coaching staff at that particular college intends it to mean.
- At one college being a preferred walk-on may mean that you are treated just like any scholarship athlete, guaranteed a spot on the roster through the end of your season, and may even see playing time if you earn it.
- At another college, however, it may only mean that you don’t have to go through an open tryout at the start of the school year to be a member of the practice squad. You could be subject, however, to be cut from the team at any time.
In certain sports, especially Division I baseball which has an NCAA roster limit of 35 players during the spring season, preferred walk-ons are subject to be cut from the team prior to the start of the season.
If a Division I baseball team has more than 35 athletes on their Fall practice roster, any walk-on athlete, whether “preferred” or not, needs to be aware that they are at risk of not being retained on the 35-man roster.
If you’d like to discuss your offer of a preferred walk-on spot, or you are a current college walk-on and think that you may be cut from your team, contact me at 913-766-1235 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation to review your options.