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Next steps - guidance needed!

MWdad ·
First time poster...I've been stalking the site for awhile and appreciate all of the great info! It has truly helped me guide my 2020 LHH Catcher as he chases his dream. His dream is to play for a school in the south at the highest level possible w/ highest academics possible. He plays for a top travel team in Midwest and is just beginning his recruiting process. He does have interest from a few mid-tier D1 programs in Midwest but has been seen by very few outside of the Midwest to this...
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CaCO3Girl ·
It would do no good to email a coach out west unless they could see you. Most players say something like Hey Coach XXXXX I will be in <insert fancy tourney/showcase here > during XX/XX/XX. I'm very interested in your school, please come check me out I'm on team blah blah. Then list stuff about your school like grades and how your season went, why you are interest in their school...etc. BUT try to keep it short, LOL.
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baseballhs ·
I'm in no way an expert, but my 2020 is talking to a few schools and 2 came from attending the school's prospect camp and the other came from a coach being at a PBR event and seeing him. For the camps, the talked to him there and then had us stay and tour and then contacted his hs coach to have him set up calls. At PBR, I was sitting behind the coach and he called our club coach while he was there and asked my son to call on his way home. Not sure what state you are in,but the guy who runs...
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CaCO3Girl ·
UA/Baseball factory was kind of a joke. You get what you pay for. Yes, $99 to evaluate, the evaluation included a radar gun reading that was off by 10+ mph, when I asked about that he said he had been hearing that, the one kid was 90+ at other events and barely broke 80 at this one, and he'd look into it. Oh and your son made one of our national teams, and told me a date when my son would be in school, so I said no, sorry he's in school that week. He said oh well, not a problem, he made this...
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Catchers mask?

Iowamom23 ·
My son has informed me that he needs a new catcher's mask. Seems like we buy one every year (he's a sophomore). Any one have a favorite brand to recommend that might get him through high school? How long should a good catcher's mask last?
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Catcher's Gear Survey

kuechenrowe ·
Hello! I am a student who is currently working on a baseball related project for an engineering class and would love to hear some of your input about the topic. Here is the link to the survey, I would greatly appreciate any responses!...
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Traditional Catchers Mask

EStroup008 ·
So I am going to be a freshman this year, and have a good chance of getting put on varsity, and Im a catcher. This year I want to switch masks from hockey style to traditional but Im not sure. Does anyone have solid information on which one is better?...
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SUMMER CATCHER ONE-DAY CLINICs

Coach Rick ·
This CATCHERS CLINIC is a total of 3 hours, one-hour in Receiving, Blocking, and Throwing ; provides each catcher with two complimentary eBooks on catching (over 75 pages); plus a 4-page Workout plan used by college players. Parents and Coaches may attend for free, recording of any session is encouraged. In July and August, any catcher can enroll in these Clinics scheduled on four different week days/ locations for $135/ catcher. See schedule b elow... You must enroll in advance. Contact me...
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2021

camb3232 ·
I am a 2021 Catcher getting some attraction from some Northern D1 schools. How can I put myself out there to more schools down south and out west? Should I email head coaches? Attend more showcases?
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Golfman25 ·
Better check your rules. In our area a two piece is not allowed in HS.
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sportsdad&fan ·
Originally Posted by Golfman25: Better check your rules. In our area a two piece is not allowed in HS. Same here.
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CaCO3Girl ·
Here is a thread on it a few months ago...by the way in GA only the hockey mask is allowed too. http://community.hsbaseballweb...opic/catching-mask-1
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MidAtlanticDad ·
EStroup008, I'm the father of a former catcher. When you say "better", that means safer to me. Surprisingly, there are very few studies on this topic. The best one I have found is below. My layman's interpretation of the data is that both styles offer similar protection from balls hitting the mask directly on the nose. For catchers, that's where I worry most about concussions. Getting hit by a bat or being involved in a collision are also possibilities, and the hockey style is better in...
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Read it! ·
I have played with both, and so has my son who is now a Jr. in HS. We both prefer the hockey style because it is more balanced on our heads, making it easier to move quickly. The traditional mask tends to be heavy on the front side. However, it's really just a personal preference. Whichever one feels better to you and makes you more comfortable while doing the work would be the best choice. Before spending the money, though, see if you can borrow one for a game and try it out. Getting a feel...
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Rob T ·
If you are playing under NFHS, which is the most common rule set for high school - a skullcap / mask combo is not allowed. It has to be a one piece design that covers both ears, and which meets NOCSAE standards.
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Smitty28 ·
Originally Posted by EStroup008: So I am going to be a freshman this year, and have a good chance of getting put on varsity, and Im a catcher. This year I want to switch masks from hockey style to traditional but Im not sure. Does anyone have solid information on which one is better? And also what are some good traditional masks out there. I would like it to be under $90 and the skullcap under $40. Am I even allowed to use a traditional mask? I live in NC. Thanks guys! Why would you want to...
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EStroup008 ·
Originally Posted by Smitty28: Originally Posted by EStroup008: So I am going to be a freshman this year, and have a good chance of getting put on varsity, and Im a catcher. This year I want to switch masks from hockey style to traditional but Im not sure. Does anyone have solid information on which one is better? And also what are some good traditional masks out there. I would like it to be under $90 and the skullcap under $40. Am I even allowed to use a traditional mask? I live in NC.
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MidAtlanticDad ·
Originally Posted by EStroup008: No actually I am doing it because I have had 2 concussions in the last 2 years with my hockey mask. And its not cheap either. And if it keeps on going like it is then its a waste of money. "Cool Factor" doesnt matter when you have brain damage. The traditional style masks are pretty ugly IMO Foul balls to the mask, or another type of impact?
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EStroup008 ·
Originally Posted by MidAtlanticDad: Originally Posted by EStroup008: No actually I am doing it because I have had 2 concussions in the last 2 years with my hockey mask. And its not cheap either. And if it keeps on going like it is then its a waste of money. "Cool Factor" doesnt matter when you have brain damage. The traditional style masks are pretty ugly IMO Foul balls to the mask, or another type of impact? One from a foul to the mask, another from a backswing to the head.
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MidAtlanticDad ·
Originally Posted by EStroup008: One from a foul to the mask, another from a backswing to the head. In that case I would strongly encourage you to stick with hockey style. The traditional style helmet doesn't offer nearly as much protection from a bat backswing. I wish I could tell you which brand/model offers the most impact protection, but that information isn't available to the public, to my knowledge. The All-Star MVP4000 is "Specifically designed and tested for ball speeds exceeding 100...
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Coach Rick ·
I have had three concussions while catching. None from a foul ball to the mask. I have used both style masks; hockey (plastic) and old-style (steel). I always felt that the old style mask with helmet afforded me better protection from foul balls due to more heavy padding surrounding the face. It will fly off on the most direct hits, reducing the impact. In fact, my worst foul was a direct hit when I was wearing the hockey-style mask. Backswings are a greater problem than head injury. I have...
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3and2Fastball ·
Are you playing on a travel team that is playing the Perfect Game WWBA in Atlanta? Which Showcases have you done?
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RJM ·
There are a lot of top college prospects in the south and west. There are so many prospects relative to roster spots southern and western players come north to play college ball. The northern players who get recruited south and west are studs. Are you an absolutely dominant player in your area? Are you the guy everyone notices when they attend your games? Are you in the Tyler Beede, Rhett Weismann skill set? Are you willing to play D2 or D3 ball in the south or west? You stated you’re...
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pabaseballdad ·
Listen closely to what RJM said
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TPM ·
Great advice. Coaches from the south and west don't go north unless they have a specific reason to see someone and that player probably is a pitcher. You must come south to be seen. But only when you are ready to have them see you.
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Consultant ·
Camb; do you have any MLB tryout camps near your home? You may need a pro scout to evaluate your "tools". Bob < www.goodwillseries.org >
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Golfman25 ·
Ok, your son is putting you on. He probably wants something "cooler" than what he has now. Catcher's masks generally last forever as long as their head doesn't grow out of them. Now what doesn't last is the chest protector. After about two years use it smells like &^%$. With that said, get the All Star System Seven. Should last him thru high school.
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Iowamom23 ·
He may be putting me on, but he asked me to get exactly what he has now as a back up, so he doesn't want anything "cooler." It seems to be around the chin strap area that it kind of falls apart. Is the All Star System Seven a full set?
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IEBSBL ·
Wilson Shox 2.0 is amazing. Has 4 shock protectors on the mask that allows for give. I also agree with Golfman, your kid is blowing smoke. My last 2 Varsity catchers used the same mask for pretty much their entire careers and they played year around.
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MDBallDad ·
The All Star series 7 is a professional quality system and is available both as individual components and as a set. It is very pricey but will last for the remainder of his baseball playing days. There are many solid equipment manufacturers. This site has a nice overview but my recommendation would be once you have defined what you value in the gear (weight, protection, price etc.) try to find somewhere to try it on if you can. Sizing is a little different for each mfg. ...
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CaCO3Girl ·
I second the wilson shox 2.0, nice breathing room in the back as well as sturdy! This fall some super cool kid swung the bat and let go with one hand so it came around and popped the catcher/my son in the back of the head. It looked and sounded horrible, both sides had coaches running towards him the umpire immediately called the batter out, my son slumped down looking like he was passed out..about 5 seconds later he popped up, brushed himself off and said he was fine. People were waving...
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coach2709 ·
What do you mean by chin strap area?
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Batty67 ·
My son is one his 3rd set of All Star System 7 gear as he uses them year-round. As another poster mentioned, only the chest pad probably needs replacing due to wear and FUNK, but the boy wants his gear to match. A helmet can probably last 3-4 years of continual use, but my son did almost wear out a set of legs, with the plastic cracked complete in several locations. I always recommend the full hockey-style mask for safety.
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9and7dad ·
Big fan of All-Star gear. Mine caught up until senior year of HS and had a set for high school and a set for summer ball. I believe if you contact All Star they will tell you how to clean the chest protector to get away from the smell.
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Re: Catcher's Gear Survey

therookie ·
done
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CaCO3Girl ·
The survey took all of 3 minutes, with very good questions. Just responding to keep this in the top discussions.
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Wolf ·
Done.
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Buckeye 2015 ·
Done....heck, it took about 30 seconds...help this guy out
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lefthookdad ·
Done here
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Batty67 ·
Done as well.
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BishopLeftiesDad ·
Done youngest no longer plays but he was a catcher when he did.
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Scotty83 ·
Done
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FoxDad ·
Done!
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4baseknock ·
Done
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Catcherdad ·
Son completed. good luck with the survey
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PA2016Backstopdad ·
Completed
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Re: Next steps - guidance needed!

coachld ·
Make sure you pay attention to the recruiting calendar. It is quiet period thru 2/28/18 and contact period from 3/1/18-7/31/18. If pitcher/catcher camp is during quiet period, coaches can only see your son play while on their campus. Prospect camps are usually better during quiet periods with bigger events/showcases being better during contact periods. During contact period, make sure your son contacts those schools down south that he is interested in and lets them know where and when he...
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BaseballinCT ·
With your son's previous PBR participation, hopefully he will get invited to the PBR Futures Games in Indy in July as it is by invite only and the player must be uncommitted at the time of the tourney. Cost is @ 100 plus travel/lodging and may be in your neck of the woods. There are dozens of colleges there including schools from down south. My son and a summer teammate went this year (they are 2019). Son's teammate had a great tournament and a handful of southern schools (and others) took...
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BOF ·
Start by making a list of his 1. Stretch schools 2. Competitive 3. Easy. Make a mix of DX programs. Get the recruiting coaches and head coaches email address and send an introduction email with a profile (academic and athletic) Research the schools rosters and see where they recruit players from also as many in the south recruit mostly from their state due to state financed scholarships. I would consider all of those schools stretch schools. I would make sure you find out the contact...
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Iowamom23 ·
It sounds like he might have some specific schools in mind. Or if not, take a look at the rank percentage index to find the best southern schools, check their web sites for academic information and develop a list of schools that fit his criteria. Once you have that, email the coaches directly with links to your video and recruiting web site. You'll get camp invites, but also may generate some deeper real interest. And if he really likes the school, go to the camp if you can afford it.
 
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