I-95 Metro Select Showcase?

Anybody have a player do this? Not cheap.

As a PO my kid hates these cattle calls. Waiting around for hours so he can spend 15 minutes throwing to 5 batters. I know though that it's pretty much the only way to be seen live in front of such a high concentration of schools.

Thoughts on the value here? Worth the ROI?

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Spent a ton of money on showcases last year trying to get exposure for my late blooming junior/senior. Not a pitcher. We're in New York, so I-95 was close to home. Unlike many of the other more prominent showcases, they discourage interaction with coaches on the field. 

They do give evaluations that are sent out to players and the college coaches. My son got a good eval and a couple of emails from coaches at small D3s. Not schools we were interested in, but gave him a bit of an ego boost. 

In the end, we did better with Headfirst (more expensive) -- got recruited by one of the dugout coaches. At I-95, and at all the other showcases, there is both bullpen and live pitching. Pitchers always get lots of attention.


My older son did very few showcases, I think if you play with one the proper organizations you will get the attention, coaches feed info to contacts and there are plenty of players on the squad that colleges show up. I think virtually every game we played in the scheduled tournaments or scrimmages was scouted.

My younger one is a 19 grad with the same organization, he will do one or 2 this summer just because...and that is about it.

I agree about "proper organizations." My son got into a high academic public school in NYC with a young coach and no connections to colleges. HIs travel team was a little better connected, but not great. My son always did well coming up from little league to high school, but he was never one of the guys who got the most attention. As a junior he was not on anyone's radar screen. The only way he was going to get a college interested was by getting in front of coaches. So, he did a lot of showcases. He got better and better as the summer turned into fall. He was hitting doubles and triples against live pitching, home runs in BP. The lack of response from coaches was baffling. Lesser players were getting commitments. Eventually, we broke through.

It's a racket for sure. There's lots to criticize about the whole recruiting process. If I could turn back the clock, we would do a lot of things differently. But my son got the job done and will be playing baseball at a good school. 

At the Headfirst showcase on Long Island, my son had a good rapport with one of the coaches in the dugout. He didn't do anything spectacular. A nice sac fly to the right field fence showed he could hit the ball deep. Looked reasonably solid in the field. We followed up with the coach, and eventually got an offer. This is D3, so no scholarship or binding commitment. The story gets more complicated later, but the positive interaction with the coach was the break through.

brosenyc posted:



It's a racket for sure. There's lots to criticize about the whole recruiting process. If I could turn back the clock, we would do a lot of things differently. But my son got the job done and will be playing baseball at a good school. 

I agree with the bolded, there are some great coaches out there, there are many more who don't fit into that criteria IMO. At the end of the day you have to do your homework, use your gut instincts and be willing to work hard. It is not a science.

Hello,

My son went last year and I thought it was great.  They don't discourage coaches talking to players, they do discourage it from parents.  I asked the gentleman running it and he said, he wants the coaches focused on the players and many like to review their notes and contact players.  It was well run, organized and we even received a video.  Head first is good too, but they have 5 fields going on and ALL the coaches are scattered.  I95 had the most coaches and we got the most bang for our buck.

 

GOOD LUCK

Jason Rylick posted:

Hello,

My son went last year and I thought it was great.  They don't discourage coaches talking to players, they do discourage it from parents.  I asked the gentleman running it and he said, he wants the coaches focused on the players and many like to review their notes and contact players.  It was well run, organized and we even received a video.  Head first is good too, but they have 5 fields going on and ALL the coaches are scattered.  I95 had the most coaches and we got the most bang for our buck.

 

GOOD LUCK

I agree with the kids being allowed to interact with the coaches. My son spoke to a few of them and some of those same coaches filmed his BP at the cages. 

^ Yes he did.  Not at the top line schools, they were looking at the 6"3 players, but he got six personal invites to camps, went to three, and then finally picked one that fit for him  I really liked they made a video... we comitted to a D3 school in January.  I know pitchers got the most looks and of course the big boppers.  1 field was the key.  we went to head first and it was good too, but too spread out, no video and a lot of social chats with guys distracted

i think that's a really good point Jason made above that people don't really know until they are there.  Yes the coaches at HF are very accessible, but they end up talking to one guy (who may or may not be good) and are often distracted.  Even parents (who should not but some cannot help themselves) talk to coaches and that means less availability.  Ivy coach spent 45 min with a dad last year -- pretty amazing despite a line of boys waiting to talk.

With 4 fields at HF, it is sometimes hard for your son to find the coaches your son wants to talk to when they are assigned to one field and your son is on another, etc.

 

My son had virtually no interaction with coaches at i95 because they were all off to the side and did not make themselves easily available. Head First is definitely more of a three ring circus (4 fields), but my son was able to speak at least briefly with multiple coaches. He ended up being recruited by one of his dugout coaches. The i95 people clearly want to differentiate themselves from the other big showcases, and I'm all for that. So, I don't want to sound too negative. They're also a newer organization and are probably still tinkering with the way they do things. Head First has a formula they've been using for years.

^ Totally right.  Both posts.  I know I spoke to the young man who run I95 who was very organized and said that he was worried that the coaches wouldn't focus on the players so they made it more separate.  He said moving forward he liked it, but would allow some more time for interaction.  They had their staff throw BP, hit fungos instead of coaches, which I liked. 

I do understand the social part, but it is dangerous.  My son at headfirst, same thing.  A few parents grab the ear and it is over they missed at least 20 kids hitting BP.

I am for whatever WORKS, but at least they have a plan and bottom line they have the best schools, even better than headfirst this year.

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