Many Cedarbrook players express an interest in continuing their baseball careers in college. While this is a goal worth pursuing, your primary interest in attending college should be in getting the best education you can. If your main reason for applying to college is so you can continue to play at the next level, or to attract a pro contract, you are making a mistake. Very few college baseball players ever see a pro contact, and college baseball does not make you more employable. Go to college to improve yourself academically and increase your options in the job market. Play baseball in college because you love the game and be willing to give it up if it interferes with your education.
Keep in mind that the most important thing in applying to college is not how good an athlete you are, but how good a student you are. That means that the higher your GPA, class rank and SAT scores, the more options you will have when you apply to a university or college, and the more marketable you become as an athlete. The sooner you come to this realization the better off you will be. In addition to your school of choice admission requirements, the NCAA has very stick eligibility standards. You must be registered with the NCAA ClearingHouse and meet the NCAA academic standards to play in division I or division II. Most of you reading this are probably juniors or seniors. It is still not too late to get academic help to get your GPA up as high as you can. If you are not happy with your SAT scores, take a course like the Princeton or Kaplan Review.
HOW DO GOOD GRADES AND HIGH SAT SCORES HELP YOU TO BECOME A COLLEGE BASEBALL PLAYER? Your goal should be to get into the best school you can to get the best education you can. At the same time, coaches at the best schools are looking for athletes who can meet the high academic standards of their institutions. The higher their standards the smaller the pool of potential players and the better your chance of being noticed as a baseball player provided you have the grades and scores to get in. What if my grades and scores are just average? There are hundreds of colleges and universities, all of which are trying to attract students with not only good grades but who also who have special skills. They are looking for students who can contribute to their drama departments, excel at dance, or maybe play baseball. For you, this means that your ability to play baseball gives you an edge in the admissions process over an other applicant with the same academic credentials, but only if you can get a coach's attention and make him an advocate for you in the admissions office of his school.
HOW D0 I GET THE ATTENTION OF A COLLEGE BASEBALL COACH? The best way is to have a great junior or senior year on a championship team. However, not everyone is lucky enough to play on a great team, and college baseball coaches don't have big budgets for recruiting. The next best thing is to contact the coach at a college or university that you think you might want to attend. Make sure you have taken the SATs or ACTs at least once and preferably twice before contacting a coach so he can get an idea from your scores if he can get you admitted to his institution. Try and pick a school that is not an academic stretch. It is important to do well in the classroom as well as on the playing field. Approximately two college student athletes per team per year become academically ineligible to play. How do you find a College that is a good academic fit for you? Time Magazine publishes a fall college guide called The Best College for You, which can be purchased at most bookstores. The guide includes a self-study, which helps you see what your chances are of being excepted at specific schools. You can do the same thing online at the College Board or Aesmentor.
Try to limit yourself to six to eight schools. Have a least one back up school on your list that you know you can get into and your parents can afford. Remember you want to play baseball so don't pick a division I school if you know your skills are better suited for division III. If you have been told that you are a division I player don't look down your nose at division II or III programs. Most division II schools can play with any division I school and their are a few pro contracts awarded to division III players