Scholarships in baseball are pretty rare. That’s not because it isn’t possible to obtain one, but because the number is limited and the requirements for getting one are rather steep, all thanks to NCAA regulations. With this said, if you’re determined enough, you can make it happen. Many people will be surprised to hear that there is a real need for talented baseball players, both in colleges and universities across the country.
The first thing you want to make sure is that you have the talent and skill to get to the next level. If you were an average player in high-school, chances for you obtaining a scholarship are pretty low. But this doesn’t mean that you have to be a blue chip or an all-American player to get into college baseball. Even if you don’t make into Division I or Division II, there are plenty of spots in Division III, the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and, why not, junior college.
Don’t leave it up to chance to get yourself noticed
One mistake that many high-school baseball players make is thinking that if they’re good enough to play in college baseball teams, they will be automatically recruited and awarded a baseball scholarship. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Many good players have this faulty perception which leaves them unnoticed by their coaches, with no chances of every getting promoted. Don’t leave it up to fate to get yourself noticed. You have to impress your high school coach, your AAU coach and everyone else that holds the key to your future in baseball.
Get on your coach’s radar
If you’ve got what it takes to make to the Major League, you need to put yourself out there and market your assets the best you can if you want to have a shot at a baseball scholarship. Contact college coaches and tell them about your stats, athletic aptitudes and your mastery of the game. Let them know how you can make their program succeed. Coaches are always on the lookout for good players, so get in their sights and do your best job to remain there as you might never know when you get the call.
Having read this, now you know what it takes to get yourself recruited to a college team. The road may not be easy, but the steps are obvious to all. The question remains: will you walk this road to the end and give it your best or will you remain content with what you have right now?