Recruiting 101 – The Importance of Being Seen

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!

About Rick Allen

25+ years NCAA Rules Expertise, including Director of Compliance at 2 major DI schools

Former President of National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC)

Conducts compliance reviews and audits at NCAA Schools throughout the U.S.

Consulted with NAIA schools transitioning to NCAA membership status

Dad of a DI & DII student-athlete

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6 Responses to Recruiting 101 – The Importance of Being Seen

  • Vergil Morgan

    Ryan,

    I would like to know what showcase tournaments are best for female softball players. Also some of the locations.

    Thanks for a very informative site
    Vergil Morgan
    Softball Caoch Calvary Christian High School

    • Coach,

      We don’t have info for specific showcase tournaments or locations, but I would suggest you check with the ASA website for tournaments in your area, or with some ASA club coaches in your area.

      Ryan

  • Gina

    My son is a junior in high school. He is both a CC runner and T&F, running the 800m and 1600m. His academics are very stong – 4.25 weighted GPA, 4th out of 447. Should we concentrate more on finding a school with good academic scholarships (we will not receive any need-based aid) and then add in the athletics? Do you recommend using recruiting services that charge fees? Thank you!

    • Gina,

      I don’t recommend using recruiting services that charge high fees. Your approach to look for schools with good academic scholarships is a good approach, but there are obviously a number of other considerations as well, such as the connection your son will have with the head coach.

      You may be interested in a new downloadable transcript that we’ve just added to the “Store” of our website titled “Informed Athlete’s Guide to Campus Visits” as a resource for your family when your son is visiting colleges this year and next.

      Rick

  • Elyse

    I enjoy reading these articles, but do not see much info on two-sport athlete conflicts. My HS junior athlete is as good a lacrosse player as he is a hockey goalie, and now begins the nightmare of scheduling showcases and tournaments for the summer. He has been asked to join a showcase lax team which has him traveling far and wide, with major schedule conflicts with the highly competitive USA Hockey Development opportunities, which he also needs to attend to be seen. A what point does he have to choose which sport he wants to commit to for college?

    • Elyse,

      Since your son is a HS junior and will be a senior next year, he is already at (or at least very near) the point where he needs to choose which sport he wants to commit to, unless he is considering attending a prep school after high school, and prior to college. If he does that, he may be able to wait just a bit longer, but not much longer.

      Rick

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