If you are a high school baseball player (or any athlete) who hopes to receive a college athletic scholarship, the most important thing you can do is get your name out there. Playing in front of coaches gives yourself a better shot to put your name in that coach’s head.
Some kids are fortunate enough to have coaches find them, but there are many out there who need to be proactive and take the initiative. It is important for a young player to put forth the effort not only on the ball field, but in selling himself to college coaches. Even though baseball is not in season, the fall and winter months are crucial periods for high school baseball players who want to play at the next level. This is when many colleges have “showcase camps” to evaluate high school players.
In my opinion, Perfect Game USA has great showcase events that are highly organized. They usually have good attendance from many coaches across the US, as well as pro scouts, if that’s your goal.
These showcases are very helpful and beneficial to any young baseball player in search of a college scholarship, as they give you a chance to display your abilities in front of a number of college coaches (coaches at D-1 schools, many junior colleges and schools from other divisions will attend).
While these showcases are not guaranteed to get you a scholarship offer to a high Division 1 school (although it does happen), there are many other doors that can be opened by attending one of these camps.
When should you start attending these showcase camps? The earlier the better!