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Lynn University

njbaseballkid2015 ·
Anyone have info on them? Any info at all. I know about the school and education, but what about baseball? How/where they recruit, showcases they attend, how their camps are, and, above all, how to get their attention from all the way up in Jersey?...
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Rising HS Sophomore Advice

12whitesox12 ·
This is my second post on the site. I received great advice from my first post, but I am still unclear about some things. I am a future sophomore with dreams and aspirations of playing at Notre Dame, going pro, etc. My freshman year was disappointing from a baseball standpoint. I was second-string under a player who was probably a little better than me. He threw harder than me and was well known by the coaches before the season. When I got opportunities I produced, but I was still a utility...
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Advice for a Freshman

BLUD15 ·
Hey Y'all, I just graduated high school and am currently preparing for my freshman year of college. I'll be playing at D3 school in TX. If y'all have any advice for me about adapting to the college environment or really anything to do with college, please share!! Thank in advance!
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2022 - Where can I get a good assessment?

knownothingdad ·
I've been reading a lot of recruiting advice on this forum, and much of it seems to be specific to the level of the player. The advice given to an elite-level D1 talent is not appropriate for a D3 level player, and vice versa. As he is beginning his sophomore year of baseball and formulating his college recruiting plan, what is the best way for my son to get an honest assessment of his talent level? His high school and travel team coaches are excellent at teaching the game of baseball, but...
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2019 C/Utility out of England

benbritain2019 ·
I have little to no context of skill or coaching as a player in the United Kingdom, as the baseball infrastructure here is severely lacking. I'm 6'0, 175lb, with a hand-timed record pop time of 2.05. I try and self-coach as much as possible when practices are few and far between, emulating players on Instagram and YouTube. I've played international baseball with Team GB, which is probably at the same level as US high school, and I have a career average in those tournaments of .445. I will be...
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Advice On Transferring After/ During Freshman Year

AthleteDD ·
A little background information on my recruitment. My senior year in 2018 I committed to a private D3. However, towards the end of my Spring high school season the coach that recruited me stepped down. I reached out to a local D2 university that was previously following me. This school gave me a full ride for academics and the coach expressed interest, so I came here in the fall as a walk on. Do to budget cuts (As the CIAA no longer supports baseball in conference), I was informed that the...
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Catcher Skills

Wesleythecacther ·
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdHr6JAOE2s   Here is a link to my video from Baseball Factory. Here is a link to my Baseball Factory page: http://members.baseballfactory...er/_/109066/#member/   Can I have any catching advice, more on...
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Advice for Incoming College Freshman

BLUD15 ·
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...
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RJM ·
Get to all your classes other than ones you miss due to baseball. Do all your homework and reading on schedule. Most majors aren't that hard if you keep up. It can be a bear if you fall behind.
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PlayWithEffort ·
Arrive on campus in the fall in the best shape of your life.
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FoxDad ·
If your coach hasn't done so already, prepare a workout plan for the summer. You'll want to be in the best physical shape when you arrive on campus. The fall practices are basically the tryouts for the spring squad. And as mentioned, keep up on your school work. Once you fall behind it is difficult to catch up. Be ready for long days. My son's days started at 5 am for a 5:30 am work out, classes until 2 pm, then practice from 3-6 pm (sometimes later). Then dinner and any homework. In bed by...
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cabbagedad ·
If you are like most, there will be a lot of "firsts" when it comes to making your own decisions. You decide whether to go to class or not, whether to wake up or not, whether to party or not, whether to put the extra work in, whether to study sufficiently, whether to have a positive approach to things, whether to make right choices, etc., etc. Often, given the option for the first time, young men make a lot of the wrong choices. My advice would be to go into this determined to make the right...
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joes87 ·
Here is some advice based on my college track career. Admittedly it was 25+ years ago, but I think it probably still holds true. Class, class, class. Make sure you are attending class and keeping up with assignments. Its so easy in college to start to blow off class and assignments. I know right now your saying, yea no problem, but its tough to get to that 7pm class after having practice and weight room until 6pm. This needs to be you number 1 priority. Many schools will have...
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3and2Fastball ·
You cannot assume that you will show up in the Fall and have a spot on the roster. As other have said , you need to show up in the best shape of your life, prepared to battle for a roster spot and battle for playing time. Many D3's will have 50-75 players in the Fall, with just 35 roster spots available. And keep in mind that the coaches are out scouting this entire summer, looking for players to replace you in your Sophomore season.
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FoxDad ·
Yep - son's first day at practice had 53 players show up (D2 JuCo). They eventually self cut to 35 (grades, medical-health, disillusionment) by the spring season.
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Trust In Him ·
I want to add to the above comments on being in the best shape of your life. Talk to your trainer or a nutritionist and find out the proper things to eat. It's easy to slack off a bit now since just graduated, a few months until college begins, you want to sleep in, relax, etc. Now is the time to develop good habits thus when college starts you can step right in and feel comfortable knowing your body and mind is where it is supposed to be. Proper nutrition and sleep will help build body mass...
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Suds ·
Be VERY proactive in reaching out to your professors about you being an athlete. Learn which teachers are willing to work with you and which ones are more difficult.
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CaCO3Girl ·
1. Stay with your laundry, unless you bring it home to wash. Can't tell you how many people had shirts go missing. 2. Bring a microwave, I spent many nights in the student lounge studying and being able to make a bowl of soup or popcorn was a life saver. 3. Bring Shower Shoes, foot fungus is no joke! 4. Block out your study time. You may only have Monday night to study for your test on Friday. I would spend most of Monday making up half note cards with a key sentence on one side with a key...
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Catch1721 ·
You've seen tremendous advice thus far on the academic and athletic side. Don't forget about the social side, which has derailed more athletic careers than anything. Make good decisions, have fun but always stay in complete control of your actions. Earn respect by taking care of business in the classroom and on the field, not by being the life of the party. Align yourself with the upperclassmen that have taken this route and follow suit. Good luck.
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gunner34 ·
your ready you even have the lingo down. good luck
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Re: Advice on 3 potential errors (some weather-related)

Goosegg ·
IMO, No errors on any play. While the standard is ordinary effort, generally its interpreted as basically requiring the fielder either touch the ball or essentially have it go through him (e.g., infielder ball between his legs). Instance 1 was a miscommunication between three fielders; instance 2 was a player who will now never forget his sunglasses and use his glove to block the sun; instance 3 could be attributed to the weather. The good news is that the first two instances provide great...
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Ja'Crispy ·
None of those seem like routine plays 14u players would be expected make all of the time. I think if any of these plays are made the players gets a "ooh great catch". This is 14u ball and good teaching moments. I would mark them down as hits and remind the kids how to handle them better next time.
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Swampboy ·
As Goosegg says, the standard is "ordinary effort." You have to make a subjective decision. Considering the totality of circumstances--where the fielder was positioned, where and how the ball was hit, and other factors in play like wind and sun--should a player of average ability at that level of baseball be able to make the play while exerting ordinary effort? One unofficial rule of thumb I use is to put myself in the position of the pitcher. Could the pitcher have reasonably expected the...
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Golfman25 ·
If you're the pitcher's dad: All three are errors. If you're the hitters' dad: All three are hits.
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Swampboy ·
As a pitcher's dad, I often suspected scorekeepers of basing their decision on their assumption that it's better to call it a hit and have the pitcher's dad hate them than to call it an error and have both the hitter's dad and the fielder's dad hate them.
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Gov ·
Situation 1: Hit. If caught it would have been a great play by any of the three players involved. Not an ordinary effort play. Situation 2: Hit. IT's exceptional effort to block the sun with the glove to make the play, especially at 14. Chances are, even with sunglasses it could have been difficult to catch. Situation 3: Hit. It would take exceptional effort to quickly calculate the wind and rain effect. If the player made the play everybody would have clapped, suggesting it wasn't an...
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uid-bball ·
Thank you for all the responses. Great advice.
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DadintheBox ·
I have been keeping the book for years. I can't tell you the number of times I have had the "he should have had it" - "the standard is ordinary effort" conversation. However, this year, I have become frustrated by a first baseman who doesn't scoop well and never comes off the bag to block a ball. The throws could be better but a better first baseman would have cut the errors in half or at least held the runner at first instead of letting the ball get by him and the runner going to 2nd. All...
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Stats4Gnats ·
DadintheBox posted: …All this to say is that scoring is subjective and sometimes the wrong person is hit with the error (ex. SS makes a great play in the hole and throws off balance. Ball is a low throw that one hops. 1st baseman scoops and misses - E6. But a good 1B makes the play 9/10 times). ... I agree that a good F3 saves a lot of errors, but it doesn’t matter. Any throw that strikes the ground that would have put a runner out if it was caught, is an error on the thrower. OBR Rule...
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Kevin A ·
I mentioned this before. I don't really sweat what the guy who does the book. writes down. A lot of time and at lower levels its a dad that means well or another player. Not exactly experienced score keeping. If your trying to keep track and record at the HS level for college recruiters, thats a different issue. at 14/u it really doesn't to much. My son's a catcher and I know what he should and shouldn't get to....I dont sweat if the pitcher spikes the ball two feet in front of the plate and...
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FoxDad ·
This has been brought up time and time again, but HS stats are not reliable (Many times the official score book is kept by a parent or player in the dugout) and college coaches rarely (If ever) take them into account. What they do take into account is the player's tools. Not saying HS stats shouldn't be kept, but statistically the data set is too small to mean anything. Even at the college level where they play three times as many games in a season, the data set is not quite enough to mean...
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Re: 2022 - Where can I get a good assessment?

baseballhs ·
Post his measurables. By sophomore year you can start to get a pretty good idea.
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DesertDuck ·
Take him to a PBR showcase. They're usually not much more than a hundred bucks and he'll get to see how he stacks up with those in and around his age group. Will also get his numbers/measurable's verified and likely posted on their web site (for college coach's to see). I believe 2 franchises recently opened in CA ( 1 north & 1 south). Google search PBR California and you should find all you need to get your questions answered by the franchisees.
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baseballhs ·
And I would agree, if you don't have measurables, PBR is a good value.
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nycdad ·
As others have said, PBR is best bang for your buck. You didn't mention if pitcher or position.. IMO metrics much more straight forward as a pitcher, obviously more goes into a position player.
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knownothingdad ·
Baseballhs, here are his measurables. 6'4", 205 lbs, LHP/1B/OF, FB max 86mph, FB avg 82-84mph Here are a few other data points. High School: played varsity as a freshman for a Division I team in San Diego. 2.50 ERA in 14 innings, 7 appearances. .220 BA in 46 plate appearances with one HR. Arizona Sophomore Fall Classic: 4 2/3 innings, 9Ks, two hits, no runs
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baseballhs ·
Looks to be D1 based strictly on measurables.
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knownothingdad ·
BaseballHS, thanks for the input.
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cabbagedad ·
A few ideas... You have plenty of JC's in your area (Mesa, Grossmont, SDCC.). Contact one of the HC's and ask if he will spend 15 - 20 minutes at his convenience, his field to give your son an honest assessment, purely for reasons of figuring out which pond to fish in. A local JC coach will have enough qualifications, enough peripheral interest that they may be willing to do that for him but enough distance that they will likely do so with honest, if not harsh feedback (particularly knowing...
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RJM ·
A lot will depend on where he goes with velocity. He has the size D1’s love. He needs to get his velocity to 90+ to be a D1 recruit.** You should get him on a travel team or in individual showcases where he can be seen by D1 coaches. At his current measurables he would attract “follow” interest. He should be on a travel team with college contacts who can presell him as a “should see him pitch” recommendation before the events. His pitching coach may be prone to hyperbole. But “a lot of...
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knownothingdad ·
NYCDAD and DESERTDUCK, thanks for the PBR tip. He has played in a PBR tournament, but not a showcase. I will look into it. Would he get an objective assessment at a college camp, or would it be standard boilerplate feedback (get in the gym, work hard in school, etc.)?
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PABaseball ·
Take him to tryouts for the Top 10 or so travel ball teams in SoCal/AZ. If he makes any of the A teams that is a very good sign. 86 and size will get him D1 offers this coming summer if he has an off speed and can get the ball within the vicinity of the plate. I don't know how much he has been throwing or playing this fall but start making some phone calls to set up workouts. I know a few teams from the travel circuit, I'm sure the CA guys on here can point you in the right direction as well...
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baseballhs ·
Agree, we know several lefties that are hitting 87-88, but even non P5 D1s are wanting the 90. Granted, done of them are 6'4, and that plays into it. Assuming he isn't maxed out on velo, he projects D1. Take him to some camps at schools he is interested in. If they start falling all over him, you know you are in the right pond.
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If this is the first time he’s hearing this, with that size and metrics I would be shocked. Where the heck are you playing ball at that this kid isn’t already on a ton of radars?!
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cabbagedad ·
College camps - not likely unless they take a particular interest in you. Any assessment, if there is one, will be as you said - boilerplate with probably a positive spin but not likely to be specific direction with regard to which level you should be targeting unless it is clearly lower levels, which does not apply here. The exception would be if you or your travel team coaches know a RC or HC who will be there and ask specifically if they can take a look and give that assessment. Again,...
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knownothingdad ·
PABaseball, thanks for the advice. Do you know how I might start compiling a list of the top SoCal travel teams?
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That is far from what I am seeing. 87-88 as a LHP will get you an offer (D1)
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Knownothing, just PM’d you...give me a call
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knownothingdad ·
collegebaseballrecruitingguide, he has heard some positive feedback from a few people, but he hasn't been in the travel ball circuit since the age of eight and has made some major improvements in the last year. He plays on a travel team whose coaches focus on fundamentals and getting better, not on college recruiting. Several people have mentioned more recruiting-focused programs. Sounds like we'll need to consider joining one of them.
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CTbballDad ·
Your son has the frame and measurables to be a sure fire D1 prospect. I would make a list of schools he would like to go to and get in front of them ASAP. 6’4” LHP hitting 86 MPH at such a young age, will have coaches falling over themselves. Personally, I would also convert him to a PO so he can focus on all the small things related to pitching.
 
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