Pedaldad posted:fenwaysouth posted:Pedaldad posted:
But, all their baseball teams sucked. My son said that just wasn’t what he was looking for. So baseball first with pre-req classes followed by the real academics when baseball is done.
I agree with your statements about college baseball and STEM degrees in general. I understand 100% where you are coming from.
I will disagree that if you want to pursue both STEM and college baseball that you have to settle for teams that "suck". But, I guess "sucked" is in the eye of the beholder...in this case, your son. There are D1 programs that can provide both a high level STEM education and a mid-level D1 baseball experience for those that are passionate about both....I believe that was the OPs question. I've seen it with my own eyes many times on the baseball field. These teams may not be as deep as higher level D1 teams but there is D1 talent throughout their lineups.
I agree completely that there are schools that can provide it at every level. What I am saying is that anyone puts themselves at a disadvantage if you are trying to compete at a HA school while playing a truly competitive sport.
You will get slaughtered in the classroom by your classmates that are every bit as bright as you, but don’t have the demands of a sport.
As Pedaldad said, sure you can do both and I agree that the athlete is at a disadvantage. The issue is attaining the grades to move on after graduation. A high GPA is required for my son to even entertain thoughts of securing a spot in a Physician Asst. grad program. 800 to 1,000 applicants for 40 spots at most schools. I'm sure not all STEM programs are so driven by GPA. At all levels of BB there are only so many hours in the week. And, when the player is spending an average of 25-30 hours on the field, it's very tough to excel in the classroom without the additional hours to study.