Going off to college is exciting, know there is a whole new baseball world that's waiting for you is even more exciting. I just finished my freshman year of college and I wanted to share some of the things I wish I had known/ I learned. Disclaimer: This is written from a players perspective of college baseball, so there will some things that parents probably won't want to know about. Understand that you are a freshman: It doesn't matter if you're the number 1 recruit in your class or a...
Wow! That’s one of the best posts ever made here. Results may vary based on the demands of your degree. But there is time for a social life. All the teammate and baseball stuff is dead on. I was standing outside a hotel one night when a university logo’ed bus pulled up. On the bus was a friend and former teammate of my daughter I hadn’t seen in a year. We chatted for a while. Then she was called. She smiled and said, “I may be leading the country in scoring. But I’m still a freshman. I have...
Ok, I'm in my 50's and I believe I was just put away by a 19/20 year old who is in more touch with baseball reality than I could ever be. And to think my kid distorted the truth a bit when he told me how college was.... . Great post.
God bless you BLUD15. Son who just finished frosh year as well felt it was very accurate + from the heart. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with those that are getting ready to face what you just went through!
They are going to need things form y'all and y'all will need to know things from them. I wouldn't expect daily communication because things do get busy during the school year but several conversations a week is about the norm, I would say.
Great post. I'm guessing that at nerdy D3 colleges "your mileage may vary" on some of these points like social status and parties, but there's alot of universal truths there too. I passed it on to my rising Frosh. Thanks!
I think the thing that surprised our whole family is how much there are actually two teams in college baseball — a team of pitchers, and a team of everyone else. My son headed off to college with a teammate from HS. They lived on the same floor, about three doors apart, one is a pitcher, one a MIF. We would ask our son "how's the SS doing?" "I don't know, never see him." Heard from the other boys parents that they got the same thing in reverse. Just something we really didn't expect.
With all due respect, the biggest party weekend I ever experienced in my college years was on the Harvard Yard my Freshman year with high school friends from there, Dartmouth, Brown, Princeton, and Williams. Partying is virtually universal on college campuses of all stripes, colors, and levels.
I have searched this site and the web but really can’t find much info. I know all schools have fall ball and this how the team is finalized. Is there a schedule any where, is it mainly inter squad? The NCAA site said the coaches get 8 hours per week, is that right? Any info would be appreciated.
It will depend on the school. You might want your son to ask the coach if they are planning to post a schedule on their website. The reason why I'm recommending your son do it is for him to show the coach that he is taking responsibility and very interested in knowing everything about the program. Also, if this is his first year in college, it will also give him the opportunity to mental prepare for the fall.
I will add that in the fall, you will probably need baseball pants and a ball cap. From my sons experience, Uniforms were not handed out till the team was decided. In fall he used his own Baseball pants and cleats. A ball cap from HS or a Summer team. what ever he had handy. And whatever Dry fit shirt was clean. Once the team was decided and cuts were made Uniforms and hats would be supplied. He still used his own Pants for practices through out his college career. This probably pertains...
I didn’t read all previous posts, but: get prepared to compete against guys who are as good or better than you wrap your mind around losing time at a position because you are young capitalize on every moment you are given to perform outwork everybody else, regardless of any stigmas associated with being a “try hard” dont be “that” freshman
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