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2015 Northern Virginia HS Showcase Camp @ GMU

jmrw20 ·
2015 Northern Virginia HS Showcase Camp @ GMU Grades 9-12 Location: Raymond H. "Hap" Spuhler Field Saturday, September 5, 2015 to Sunday, September 6, 2015 Camp Cost: $250.00 Link: http://collegebaseballcamps.com/patriots If you have any questions...
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2015 Northern Virginia HS Showcase Camp @ GMU

jmrw20 ·
2015 Northern Virginia HS Showcase Camp @ GMU Grades 9-12 Location: Raymond H. "Hap" Spuhler Field Saturday, September 5, 2015 to Sunday, September 6, 2015 Camp Cost: $250.00 Link: http://collegebaseballcamps.com/patriots If you have any questions...
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2016 player who just ended first season in HS Baseball, how do I start to be recognized by college coaches?

mbarrett5 ·
I would LOVE to play baseball in college. My dream is to play baseball at a top college to get the best education possible, while playing the best sport in the world. I just ended by first year, in which I played JV. I was one top hitters on the team...
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16U & 18U Summer Showcase team tryouts

Serious Baseball ·
The professionally coached Texas Select teams are looking to add a few solid players to the team rosters. We will be playing in showcase tournaments mainly in the DFW area with 2 out of town tournaments.  We are holding practice/tryouts every Sunday from 12:30 - 3pm at our team practice field (weather permitting) 213 Sunray Lane, Sunnyvale.  The season will not begin until the HS ball is over and ends around the first of August.   Visit www.claysmithbaseball.com to find out...
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8th Annual Best of the 757 Baseball Showcase @ Virginia Wesleyan

BOT757 ·
THE OPPORTUNITY: Top players regionally, as well as state-wide, will be invited to perform and showcase their talents at the 2015 Best of the 757 Baseball Camp & Showcase . In its 8 th year, the event has been modified and will include 2-days of activities, where players will get to play in front of a large contingent of scouts, major college baseball programs, and other baseball decision-makers; participate and be measured in baseball specific athletic tests; and showcase...
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Is Travel Ball a necessity?

D17 ·
Let's say a kid is on varsity his sophomore year and doesn't play much. Doesn't play travel ball in the summer but plays with his HS summer team. Then he breaks out and has a huge junior year, but does the same thing again next summer, not playing travel ball. What are the chances of this kid getting recruited? Is travel ball a must for being recruited nowadays? 
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Coaches Clinic this December

Thunderking ·
Bernie Walter's Winning Edge Coaches Seminar is a dynamic informative coaching clinic by the University of MD Director of Baseball Operations. Coach Walter has been the USA Baseball National HS Director and has also led the USA Baseball Junior...
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Playing for HS and Showcase at same time?

JeffLovin ·
I am a newbie, so please accept my apologies up front if I have posted to the wrong area.  We have a situation where we have a player on the JV team at his school in Texas but he is also playing on a tournament team.  Glancing through the...
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fenwaysouth ·
Michael, Welcome. I suggest you start here (URL below), and come back with specific questions. Good luck. http://www.hsbaseballweb.com/recruit_timeline.htm
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Branson Baseball ·
I have a D1 ballplayer and a 2016 like you. Sent you a dialog. I agree with Fenway's advice...start with the timeline. We did and it's a huge help!
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RJM ·
I'm asking the following question as a reality check, not to be antagonistic ... Since you're a JV player why do you believe you have potential to play college ball. Before you approach college programs, what level of college ball do you believe you can play? The reason I'm asking is my experience of hearing high school kids thinking they could play D1 ball without having a clue about the level of competition.
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Aleebaba ·
I doubt if there are any rules to prevent this, but HS coach would likely not like this at all. There are unwritten rules that Select team ball starts after HS, as there is always a concern for injury and overuse, (especially with pitchers). If your son gets hurt playing on the weekend the HS coach will get very angry and make it harder for him and others to play on team in the Summer. That is why there is an unwritten truce.
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JeffLovin ·
Originally Posted by Aleebaba: I doubt if there are any rules to prevent this, but HS coach would likely not like this at all. There are unwritten rules that Select team ball starts after HS, as there is always a concern for injury and overuse, (especially with pitchers). If your son gets hurt playing on the weekend the HS coach will get very angry and make it harder for him to play on team in the Summer. That us why there is an unwritten truce. Thank you!
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Bulldog 19 ·
In many states, it is not allowed. I know in Illinois that applies at any level. Have seen freshmen teams have to forfeit games because of it..
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baseballmom ·
Your best bet is to contact UIL directly. Darryl Beasley, asst. ath. dir., 512-471-5883, dbeasley@uiltexas.org . You may want to consider the coaches position, if the JV player would be considered for a move to Varsity come playoff time. I'm in Dallas, & unless it is a reversal or a very recent change, I don't believe UIL would allow it. I know Varsity players could not. Son did attend a couple tournaments/showcases in the fall, missing a day of school each time due to travel, no...
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Camartin ·
UIL does not govern activities outside of school; May students participate in non-school activities? Answer: Students may participate in non-school activities at anytime. This means that a student may play, practice or praticipate in a try-out for non-school teams The statement above was copied directly from the baseball manual in the Q&A section. The manual can be viewed on http://www.uiltexas.org/baseball .
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baseballmom ·
Yep, familiar with the above. OP didn't specify whether these were weekend tourneys, or otherwise conflicted with HS season schedule. That is the unknown factor. Times have changed.
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d8 ·
Had this come up for the first time last year and there were no real problems. Kid was a catcher. He did not miss his HS games. Only time it affected him was he had a weekend tourn and did not get in until 2-3 a.m. Monday morning and we had a district game Monday afternoon. He was dragging after 4 tourn games and getting in lat and then playing that Monday
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Camartin ·
I would think that any HS kid that skipped a school practice or game, would very quickly find himself playing for the showcase team only, so there would be no further conflicts. Time spent at HS practice or games would not be "outside of school". School activities come first. I haven't seen much of this problem beyond freshman ball. Once you get to the older, the tounaments don't typically start till June, do they? My son's team will start practices in early May, but always on Saturday or...
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JeffLovin ·
Thank you for all of the great answers.... Just to clarify.... There is no conflict between the high school team and the tournament team. High school games and practices are during the week. Tournament games are on the weekend. We had always heard that it was the coaches that didn't want their players playing and getting hurt outside of school, and then we heard that it was a UIL rule, but the UIL rules for texas do not actually state whether they can or cannot play during a district season.
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baseballmom ·
JeffLovin, My opinion only, but kids need an adequate amount of down time/ recovery time & study time. There is truth to the saying "there's only so many bullets in the holster"...During HS season, 2 games a week + 1-1/2 to 2 hrs a day practice, during a week seems like plenty of playing time for kids under 18 & not in College. After HS season is done, there's 3-4 days a week until mid Nov. That's still a lot of innings, AB's or whatever. When he gets to college baseball will consume...
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Re: 2016 player who just ended first season in HS Baseball, how do I start to be recognized by college coaches?

Dadcoach ·
My son is also a 2016 and has had the good fortune of being "noticed" by several scouts just after his first HS season. A key word many younger players need to understand is "projectabilty". My son had a great season but more important than current stats, his talent in the projectable future is ideal and this matters more to scouts and D1 recruiters. At age 15 he is 6'2", weighs 170lbs and can throw in the mid 80s. It may seem unfair but size does seem to be a big factor. Hitting with power...
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GoHeels ·
Originally Posted by RJM: I'm asking the following question as a reality check, not to be antagonistic ... Since you're a JV player why do you believe you have potential to play college ball. Before you approach college programs, what level of college ball do you believe you can play? The reason I'm asking is my experience of hearing high school kids thinking they could play D1 ball without having a clue about the level of competition. I completely understand where you are going with this,...
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Re: 8th Annual Best of the 757 Baseball Showcase @ Virginia Wesleyan

BOT757 ·
Evan Kirsch, Assistant Coach at Delaware St. (D1) just confirmed his attendance. Evan will also be one of the coaches helping work the showcase.
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Re: 8th Annual Best of the 757 Baseball Showcase @ Virginia Wesleyan

BOT757 ·
Spencer Martin, Head Coach at Methodist University (D3) just confirmed his attendance. More colleges are committing each day, so stay tuned for additional updates!
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BOT757 ·
Frank Leoni, Head Coach at Marymount University, just confirmed his attendance. Stay tuned for additional updates!
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BOT757 ·
Current list of colleges who have committed to attend: - Bridgewater - Delaware State University - Dickinson College - Eastern Mennonite - Geneva College - Marymount University - Methodist University - Randolph Macon - Virginia Wesleyan College (Stay tuned as we are adding colleges every day!)
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Gov ·
Originally Posted by BOT757: THE OPPORTUNITY: Top players regionally, as well as state-wide, will be invited to perform and showcase their talents at the 2015 Best of the 757 Baseball Camp & Showcase . In its 8 th year, the event has been modified and will include 2-days of activities, where players will get to play in front of a large contingent of scouts, major college baseball programs, and other baseball decision-makers; participate and be measured in baseball specific athletic...
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BOT757 ·
We've invited over 350 college coaches to attend, and we'll be releasing attendance by mid-October and then again at the end of the month. The staff from Virginia Wesleyan will also be helping with the event. Additionally, all testing results will be sent to over 500 DI, DII, DIII and Junior College baseball coaches.
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BOT757 ·
Gain skills and be seen by over a dozen colleges who have already committed to attend -- including CNU, Norfolk State and Virginia Wesleyan. Results sent to over 500 colleges, and complete coverage by VirginiaPreps.com and WTKR! 2015 BOT757 Fall Baseball Camp & Showcase at Virginia Wesleyan (Oct 31/Nov 1): http://bestofot.com/757/event/2015-baseball-showcase/
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BOT757 ·
Tompkins Cortland College (upstate NY) just confirmed
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Re: Is Travel Ball a necessity?

smokeminside ·
Welcome to the site. You'll find a lot of help here from people who have already been through this, some several times. We're in the middle of the process for the first time with our 2017 son. In his case, I don't know that travel ball is a must, but the kid has to play in settings where coaches will be there to see him. For us that means targeting a few showcases and, if interest is demonstrated, some specific college camps. I suspect if my son had a chance, or the will, to join a good...
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lionbaseball ·
As my son is entering his junior year I am of the opinion that showcases and travel ball that targets showcases are a good avenue to get noticed by college scouts. My son attended a Complete Showcase in Houston a few months ago and there were 39 college coaches from D1 to NAIA. Another avenue is to make small clips of a player batting, pitching, catching, hitting and email college coaches directly. This is the cheapest way to go obviously. I know a local kid that was recruited to a large D1...
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Re: Is Travel Ball a necessity?

chefmike7777 ·
Depends. He has to be seen at some point by someone (college coach) who gives yes to him playing at the next level. So if the HS he goes to is a powerhouse that has lots of boys go to college then he might be seen at HS games, but generally college coaches don't go to random HS games. They are in season and are only going to the ones where they have a specific interest. If he has incredibly dominate tools of some sort (speed running, velocity as a pitcher, hitting with power) then maybe. But...
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Re: Is Travel Ball a necessity?

justbaseball ·
I never thought I'd see this title for a thread on here. Kudos! Its a great question that shoulda been asked before...just don't recall ever seeing it. Usually, its the opposite, 'Is HS ball a necessity?' My short answer is 'no, not a necessity' but in general its a good idea. Our older son was gonna get recruited whether he played travel ball or not, but it sure increased his opportunities. Our younger son was gonna get recruited by at least someone local, but travel ball together with...
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pabaseballdad ·
Boy, is this a loaded question! but a good one as Justbaseball said. Whether it's a necessity or not depends on a lot of things- does your son know where he wants to go? how long is his list? Does he want to stay local or does he want to expand his geography? How connected is his HS coach and does he promote his players? I can tell you in our case, travel ball helped tremendously. We rarely see a college coach at our regular season games, we are a 'northern' area, and our HS season is only...
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bacdorslider ·
In short ...yes it is.
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hsbaseball101 ·
Getting the best exposure for the least amount of money/effort is to compete against the highest level of competition. Kids from small schools often get recruited by coaches/scouts coming out to see the opposing team. Travel or HS, if your team doesn't compete against good competition, there won't be anyone at the games to find out who your kid is. That's the athletic director's job to schedule games against big schools. And if the team or your kid is able to play in tournaments, he'll most...
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Go44dad ·
I agree with the above posts on exposure through travel ball, but they all assume the player is already "good enough" for the exposure? How do most kids get "good enough"? They play travel ball. From a young age.
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Re: Is Travel Ball a necessity?

bacdorslider ·
Here's the thing on travel ball. If you want to play in college you need to find a few travel teams and do some homework. Find out where they get their other players, are they a local travel team or a national team. Talk to other parents and coaches in your area the teams are not hard to find. Then go talk to the travel team coaches and request a try-out. See where you stack up? Are you better of playing for travel team A or travel team B or travel team C ? Because you need to make sure you...
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bacdorslider ·
Also the problem with the OP idea , of breaking out is so subjective it's no help to the player. IF money is an issue most travel teams have a little set aside to help players in need... especially if you throw 90 or hit 400 foot shots I have never seen a travel team or travel org turn down a player because he could not afford it.
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Camm ·
A young man from our county played college ball without playing on his public high school baseball team in recent years. He played only travel ball.
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joes87 ·
BACKDOORSLIDER hits on something important. The travel team you play on is just as important as playing travel ball. If you are playing in a lower level program that does not do much to develop players and does not work to get them seen by the right folks, you might be better off not playing travel ball. Conversely if you are in the right program that knows how to get kids noticed and plays in the right places, it can open up avenues for your son that would not normally be there. Do you...
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Re: Is Travel Ball a necessity?

justbaseball ·
Boom! There it is. bacdorslider - the issue I would have with your first response is that it is just not true for a group of high schools where our kids grew up. I certainly would not say its a waste of time for kids at those schools - but it is not a 'necessity' for many of them. I have seen as many as 30 scouts at HS games in a certain HS league that has produced hundreds of college players...and some big leaguers too. (Full disclosure: Our younger son played in that league, our older one...
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Re: Is Travel Ball a necessity?

Bolts-Coach-PR ·
If he has some great games in front of the right people (right place, right time), sure... There's a chance... A slim chance - but still a chance. Why take slim-chances though?
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Re: Is Travel Ball a necessity?

bacdorslider ·
Justbaseball, I agree its not a necessity in the definition... but like anything else you should use all the resources available to you. Ones decision not to play travel ball should not be based on the fact that it's not a necessity . I think everyone understands that you do not have to play travel ball to play in college but travel ball ( exposure you would not get other wise) will help your chances and give you more opportunities.
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fenwaysouth ·
No it is not a necessity. Exposure to college recruiters and the baseball establishment is a necessity. Today, travel baseball is the most traveled path for that exposure. The big question is how much exposure is needed for a particular recruit for a particular college and understanding the barriers. JMO
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justbaseball ·
Aha! Straight to the point and far more concise that what I said. Nice job fenway!
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PGStaff ·
Nothing is absolutely necessary! Players have reached the very highest level taking many different paths. The thing that is vitally important is having the required talent and visibility. One without the other doesn't work. It doesn't really matter whether the player wants to stay local for college or travel across the country. The more interest a player creates the better opportunities he will have. So if the local college is offering 25%, what would they offer if you were being recruited...
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