RJM posted:CaCO3Girl posted:RJM posted:2boydad posted:
I can't speak for pitcher's but for position players your HS can impact where you play at the next level. Better programs have better track records for feeding into college. It is also more competitive to make the team. Weaker programs Just the opposite. Hence the rise in spring leagues here in Calif. At Stanford camp I heard a Pac 12 RC tell the boys that one of the questions he asks head coaches is how many D1 players the head coach has had come out of his HS. If it has been few or none, then he is less apt to consider a player from that school. It's thought that weaker schools don't prepare a kid for the D1/D2 levels as well.
Everyone knew my sons wanted to play college ball at any level, and most of the players were on the team just for fun with no aspirations beyond HS ball. Some were surprised that they didn't transfer. My sons were told by more than one local college coach that anyone going to their HS wouldn't be ready for college baseball, That the good serious players transfer. It didnt stop them, although it did limit their exposure despite being on a recognized travel squad. They still found college spots. They played for their HS and now one is playing out of state and the other is fighting it out in JUCO.
Just realize that the better programs have more options but it may be more difficult to make the team and get play time. It is also who you know and who they know.
I disagree. If you’re a D1 prospect chances are you’re on a quality travel team. You’re seeing plenty of quality competition all summer. You’re seen by a lot more colleges coaches than playing in high school. Chances are you’re quality travel program has better college contacts than the typical high school coach.
Only if the parents can afford it, and sometimes they can’t or think it’s ridiculous to drop 5K on a 10th graders travel ball team. Are there the hole in the wall teams that play it cheap, yes, but they aren’t well known.
If a player is a D1prospect and can help a travel team win he doesn’t have to worry about cost. Some team will find a way to cover the costs.
Usually I agree with 99% of what you say, but youth baseball has become such a big business I just haven't seen this altruistic attitude. I would call a 10th grader in the mid 80's with movement a D1 prospect and there are more than a handful that aren't playing on quality teams in GA because the cost is just too high. Then again the cost is supposed to be high when you play 7+ PG events. However, to be a quality team you have to play the best competition, the best competition is at PG, PG (rightly so) costs big money, so the team fees are more, many parents just can't afford it, so their kid is not on a quality team. They go to a team that plays in 1 PG event, or none. They aren't seeing the best of the best then, so I would not call it a quality team.