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Recruiting Information

Summit City Sluggers Recruiting Guide

 

DECISIONS
The recruiting process can be a very tough and stressful time for families.  There are a lot of factors that go into making a decision as to what college to attend.  Hopefully, the information here will make the process a little easier.  To Read More About Recruiting Guidelines and Timelines Click Here.

 

RECRUITING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
• Take a proactive approach and research the college programs that you want to attend. 
• Target the schools that are an athletic and academic match for you
• Reduce the number of potential schools to 50 or so from the 1,400 colleges in the nation that offer a baseball program

• Gather information on the internet regarding universities and their athletic programs. You can also speak with your guidance counselor, look through the Peterson's 4 year college Guide or The Sports Official Baseball Guide for information.    

INVESTIGATE THE TEAM ROSTER 
• Recent Recruits– Who's coming in with you. Is the coach stockpiling players at your position?
• Past Roster Patterns– How many Junior College players are on the roster and what is the ratio of upperclassmen to lower classmen?
• How many players are at your position and what year are they?
• Where are the players from? (This indicates how the coach focuses his recruiting efforts.) 
• Playing Time? Check underclassmen statistics to see how much playing time they had received

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING A COLLEGE

Location • Size of School • Cost to Attend • Social Life • Academic Reputation • Areas of Study

 

FACTORS IN ACCEPTING AN OFFER 

• Distance from Home? Do you want to watch your son play a lot and will your son become homesick?
• Family's financial situation
• Playing Time
• Is the school the right place without baseball?
• What size college do you want?
• Do you like the Coaching Staff?  
• The off-season conditioning and training facilities
• What kind of community support do they have?

 

CONTACTING COLLEGE COACHES

• Begin your initial contact letter with the coaches last name in the salutation. 95% of all letters that start, Dear Coach, are thrown into the trash can.

• Player should write the letter yourself.  If your handwriting is bad then type the letter. 

• Players should return all questionnaires to ALL schools that contact them even if they are not interested.

• Remember, Coaches talk to other coaches!
• Players should fill out their own questionnaire.  Coaches can tell if your parents wrote it.

• Keep your contact letter brief– if you write too much, they will not look (One Typed Page Maximum)

• Do not contact college coaches at their home

• Do not lie about your athletic abilities, accomplishments or academic standing.

• Do not send your school application to the coach to be processed

QUESTIONS TO ASK AT A COLLEGE VISIT

• What position/role do you see my son in?

• What players and what class make up those roles in the upcoming season?

• What other recruits make up those roles for the seasons beyond?

• What is the total cost to attend school (In State vs Out of State)?

• What is the highest scholarship offer currently on team (Don't Ask for Names)?

• What scholarship level do you envision for my son?

• How many years has the coaching staff been together?

• What's the graduation rate of the baseball program?

• Is there a solid academic support team in place to help assist student- athletes?

• Can you name some players that have increased their draft status after attending  your school?

 

NCAA Division I

• 11.7 full scholarships
• Scholarship monies can be divided 
• Full scholarships are very rare
• Some lower level Division I schools do not fully fund all 11.7 scholarships
• Blending of athletic and academic scholarship monies is permissible

NCAA Division II

• 9 full scholarships
• Scholarship monies can be divided 
• Full scholarships are very rare
• Many DII programs do not fund all 9 scholarships
• Blending of athletic and academic scholarship monies is permissible

NCAA Division III

• 0 athletic scholarships available
• Many Division III schools do a very good job of finding the players academic and other aid funding

NAIA

• 12 full scholarships
• Scholarship monies can be divided 
• Some NAIA programs don't fund the 12 scholarships
• Blending of athletic and academic scholarship monies is permissible

NJCAA Division I

• 24 full scholarships including tuition, room and board books and fees
• Blending of athletic and academic scholarship monies is permissible

NJCAA Division II

• 24 scholarships including tuition and books.  No room and board or fees.
• Blending of athletic and academic scholarship monies is permissible

NJCAA Division III

• 0 athletic scholarships
• These programs are able to field very competitive teams because they are typically very inexpensive to attend

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER 

• A 50% offer is considered a "good offer"
• Most Scholarship money goes to "up the middle" players (Pitchers, Catchers, SS/2B and Centerfielders)
• Two way players generally receive the highest offers
• Know what the offer covers– full tuition, books, room and board, student fees, etc.

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