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**OPEN TRYOUTS** Showcase / Travel Team

East Coast Whitecaps ·
Saturday May 18th at 10AM. Location is at Lakewood Park in Norfolk, VA. If you are interested please visit our site and contact us! www.eastcoastwhitecaps.comWe are trying to fill our summer roster.Ages 14-18 welcome!
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Retrainh ·
I would have to say that this team is very well put together. They have an all around approach to the way they are handling this team and it shows in their practices and meetings. I'm excited to watch my kids play for this team this year and I hope we have a great year with many more to come. The team site is awesome, whoever did their website design did an amazing job. ( www.eastcoastwhitecaps.com ) Look forward to next practice coach(s)! -Ronnie
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East Coast Whitecaps ·
Thanks Retrainh! We are trying our best! Look forward to seeing you this weekend.
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redbird5 ·
Do you have a roster of players?
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East Coast Whitecaps ·
yes we do. it will be online in days to come. www.eastcoastwhitecaps.com
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D1 Recruiting Rule Changes

JeffnNYC ·
Anyone care to weigh in on the changes to D1 baseball recruiting that were adopted last week? Here's an overview of the proposals if you missed it: https://d1baseball.com/features/division-council-adopts-baseball-changes/ It's interesting to me that the article leads with the change to official visit policy. Tell me if I'm wrong, but coaches don't like this because they will end up having to spend more money to bring their recruiting targets to campus during their junior year whereas under...
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Texas Junior High Bat Certification

FreeInDeed ·
My son is starting middle school (in Texas), and I would like to buy him a new bat. I want to make sure I buy him the right bat before spending the money. We are new to the DFW area and he is going to a new charter school. I'm having trouble contacting the coaching staff, so I asked the Athletic Director what bat certification should I be looking at. He told me BBCOR -8. I have never heard of a BBCOR with -8 drop, only -3. I emailed Texas UIL Baseball and they told me that for regulations I...
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Rising Junior Summer Strategy

McCajun ·
My 2018 RHP/OF is stuck sitting at 80 mph despite growing to 6'3"/175 since he broke 80 as a 13 year old. Living in the remote northwest without high school baseball, he attended one major showcase and did some guest pitching last fall (for a receptive southern travel team that has asked him back) have produced one serious D3 nibble for his arm and bat, and one WAC D1 "stay in touch" reach out. Past summers at home have always featured hi-level club ball from May-July where the kid played...
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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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TPM ·
See topic "NCAA announce re fruiting rule changes" already in discussion.
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JeffnNYC ·
Thanks, and sorry to have missed it.
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Re: Arizona Fall Junior Classic 2016

SanDiegoRealist ·
Just submitted my son's application for the 2019's AZ Fall Classic Junior All Academic game in October 2017, but they did not ask for a video link on the application, just the GPA or SAT/ACT Scores, High School, email for school counselor...and not surprisingly my credit card number :-( . Just as an FWIW, video was not asked for.
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StrainedOblique ·
Excellent event. Video isn't important . Just GPA / Test scores. The try-out part of the event is stacked w/ schools as is the all-star game in the evening. Good luck!
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Backstop22 ·
I'm not sure if the itinerary is the same for the Junior Classic as it is for the Senior one, but be sure to let your travel team coach know that your son may be invited to the tryout and that he could be selected for the Academic Game that night. They now have scheduled other games and activities for that same Thursday, so there could be a conflict with his travel team schedule. Better to be safe than sorry and tell the coach of your plans. My 2017's team was cool with it, but his day...
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Gov ·
I included video in an email I sent directly to AZ Junior Classic, parallel to completing the application. At the time we were searching for a team for my son to play on and I thought it would help the process. I apologize, I may have mentioned I submitted a video link on the application, that was incorrect. I only wish we had thought about the ACT testing dates . Son was already signed up for ACT and he wanted a score prior to going to HF Jupiter in Nov. So son didn't play in the weekend...
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DiamondsRmomsBF ·
Great info. Keep us posted if you hear from any coaches. Would like to know how it works. Thinking of taking my 2019 next year. How and when do you sign up for the academic tryouts? Is it open to every one who qualifies academically?
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MAM ·
FWIW -- I'm not sure of exact NCAA rule -- but the coaches are not able to talk to the players at the Junior Fall Classic. We learned about it last year...
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smokeminside ·
Anyone with a 3.7 GPA or 1200 SAT (new version)/ 27 ACT score can apply for the tryout. Not everyone is picked for the tryout. Tryout consists of 60 yd. dash, defensive workout, and two rounds of hitting. A LOT of kids tryout but as Gov said they whittle the numbers down to two manageable teams. The game is very well scouted, but so are the tryouts themselves. Just getting to tryout is a nice way to be seen by a captive audience. There are no other games going on during the tryout, so the...
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Re: Arizona Fall Junior Classic 2016

Bogeyorpar ·
Any idea how they "select" the ones to tryout? Do they base it on academics? Clearly they haven't seen the kids play so can not be based on skills. Has anyone heard any kids got denied? So far anyone who applied seemed to have been selected to tryout. Other question (I remember it's already discussed somewhere): it seems logical that if you are aiming for D1 you go to the Junior event; if you aim for D3 you go to the Senior event. True?
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JCG ·
I had an email exchange with the tournament owner before the 2015 Jr. Classic, and she told me that they had not turned away anyone up to that point for the Jr. Classic, though they do for the Sr. Classic. I do not know what their criteria are. Test scores + reputation of kid's travel team? Just a guess. As for your second question, that makes sense if you assume that most D1 schools have gotten all their commits for the following year by the time of the Sr event, and that D3 schools don't...
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Gov ·
Bogey, to be selected for the tryout they review academics and skills video. I was told it's easier to gain entry to the Junior HS event because people are just learning about the event and the players don't have enough graded semesters for the high academic colleges to be looking seriously at them. For the Senior HS event you'll have more kids scrambling to be seen due to their short time line to get an offer. Good for the D3's, it's a one day or weekend event to get a last look to fill...
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smokeminside ·
There's likely some truth to the D1 jr classic/D3 sr. classic distinction. However, my 2017 got some mid-major D1 interest coming out of this year's sr. classic, and several D3s got in touch with him as well, both at the event and by email a few days later. Gov, how did the skills video work? We didn't submit any for the tryout; wondering if it might have been useful to get selected for the actual game.
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Gov ·
It was an item asked for on the application. We figured we'd include the video to increase the odds of being selected. I'm not sure if it influenced his selection for the game or not... I guess it could have put him on the radar... At the tryout he performed well and it's a small pond in a way - kids with a 3.7 that can play. Minor note: the game was pitching dominated, only a few kids hitting, and the same 2-3 kept hitting. My son had 2k's & F3, so his bat was off at the game, which was...
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StrainedOblique ·
The Academic try-out / all-star game is a A+ event. My son did it in 2014 . Lots of schools and yes, the coaches do not speak to the rising Jrs. But they do email. Uncommitted guys need to follow up w/ emails to coaches in attendance. Expressing interest in the schools and updating them on standardized testing prep work or test scores
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roothog66 ·
I definitely think there is something to this. My son, a 2018, attended the Senior event and, while their were a pretty good number of recruiters watching when he pitched, the only D1's I spotted were schools there because we had pre-arranged it. The VAST majority standing there were from D2's, D3's and JC's - lots of JC's.
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Re: Catcher Skills

redbird5 ·
Wesley, As a 16 year old, you have a good base to work with. I would recommend three things immediately: 1. Lose the Knee Savers. This should allow you to get lower in your stance. Also along that line...get more flexible in your hip flexors. Take a yoga class. You have a pretty good sized frame and you will need to present a low target at times. Flexibility is very important. 2. Find a long toss or arm strengthening/stabilizing program. We use Jamie Evans' Velo-City (...
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CaCO3Girl ·
Has your velocity been clocked on your throw down?
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standballdad ·
Originally Posted by redbird5: Wesley, As a 16 year old, you have a good base to work with. I would recommend three things immediately: 1. Lose the Knee Savers. This should allow you to get lower in your stance. Also along that line...get more flexible in your hip flexors. Take a yoga class. You have a pretty good sized frame and you will need to present a low target at times. Flexibility is very important. 2. Find a long toss or arm strengthening/stabilizing program. We use Jamie Evans'...
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Wesleythecacther ·
Originally Posted by CaCO3Girl: Has your velocity been clocked on your throw down? I have been clocked at 75 mph.
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Wesleythecacther ·
Originally Posted by standballdad: Originally Posted by redbird5: Wesley, As a 16 year old, you have a good base to work with. I would recommend three things immediately: 1. Lose the Knee Savers. This should allow you to get lower in your stance. Also along that line...get more flexible in your hip flexors. Take a yoga class. You have a pretty good sized frame and you will need to present a low target at times. Flexibility is very important. 2. Find a long toss or arm...
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Re: Rising Junior Summer Strategy

leftyshortstop ·
What kind of grades and SAT scores?
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cabbagedad ·
Sounds good. Be careful not to overdo it with the arm. If he is like most kids his age, even though he has hit a height spurt, there is still much maturing his body will likely do in the next few years. That, along with keeping mechanics in check, should help considerably with the boost in velo he is hoping for. It just might not happen on the "early D1" timeline that kids would like it to happen. Control what you can control and best of luck. As always, enjoy every step along the way.
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McCajun ·
LeftySS: unweighted 4.0 GPA.
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McCajun ·
Thanks Cabbagedad. I'm a newcomer and grateful for the sage advice here.
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CatsPop ·
Train for bigger, faster, stronger. Will be a special summer for your son.
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Goosegg ·
Figure out which schools fall within your target list. If your travels take you near any, visit. Add and subtract as you learn what your S wants/doesn't want. Prepare for standardized tests. Find a good PC. Find a good athletic training program. Play catch with dad. Stay on top of grades. (If summer, prepare a list of books.) Youve got a decent baseball approach sketched out.
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BucsFan ·
Given his GPA and that he is not lighting up the radar gun, he/you may be thinking academics is his calling card to attract interest from non top tier programs. If high academic D3 and D1 schools in non-power conferences is the goal, I'd strongly consider HeadFirst Camp (probably Sacramento best for you) and/or one of the Stanford Camps. Lots and lots on this site (just use search button) and online on both.
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fenwaysouth ·
I agree with everything that has been offered by others. Your son has time to develop his skills in his frame. You've mentioned he is a RHP/OF sitting at 80. What about batting and his speed....are these tools that he could leverage at the next level or does he prefer to pitch? I ask this question because many people at your son's age are beginning to decide between position player or pitcher. One of the best things we did when my oldest son was about your son's age was get him a pitching...
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RJM ·
Another skill that opens doors is foot speed. A player can't steal first. But a lot of college coaches light up when they see top level foot speed. Given the 60 is often one of the first tests at a showcase foot speed is a great first notice.
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Branson Baseball ·
MC, You have received a lot of great feedback. And you have some elements of a sound Summer plan already. Many families with a profile similar to your son's focus too much on playing games the Summer before the player's Junior year. Local leagues, travel tournaments, big showcases, getting seen by colleges, etc. That can be great if the rising Junior is ready for that exposure. But many are not... yet. I recommend to players at this stage to focus (as others have noted) on: standardized test...
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kandkfunk ·
MC, We have son's the same age and I'm thinking we live in the same general part of the country. My son is a LHP/outfielder sitting about 80 right now. He is a few inches shorter than yours and his velocity has shot up over the last 9 months or so (sat high 60s as an incoming Freshman). You've gotten a lot of great advice. After reading this site for a couple years and talking to my son's coaches, we've developed a plan for the summer that sounds similar to yours. I'll PM you with his plans.
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Re: Dream School or Practicality for a Rising Junior?

Enjoying the Ride ·
He is a 2019. Way too early to give up on the dream school, IMHO.
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Re: Dream School or Practicality for a Rising Junior?

RJM ·
Already having nine commits in your son's class provides an indication of where he stands. It doesn't matter they haven't offered any first or third baseman. Schools select baseball talent/athletes who can be moved around to different positions. They may have made offers to five shortstops they believe can be moved to any position. Corner infielders have to be mashers to be recruited. Or a shortstop pushed to the corner on their travel team by a superior talent. It's not time to give up.
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Backstop22 ·
I guess it would depend on the comment you made above: "He attended two previous camps there, the last at which both the hitting and the head coaches told him he would be hearing from them." So did he hear back from the head coach or recruiting coordinator within a week or so from the prior camp? While he is not yet a Junior and there are restrictions on contact, as you noted, the school already has 9 commitments from his class. So they have clearly found a way to connect with those players.
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Re: Dream School or Practicality for a Rising Junior?

PGStaff ·
Get in front of as many college recruiters and MLB scouts as possible. When and if they see what they want, they will be coming to you. Usually college recruiters already know whether they want someone long before the camps. Very few just show up, surprise the recruiters, and get offered. Unless you have improved tremendously from the last time you attended the camp, what will be different? The secret to being recruited by your dream school is to have many other similar schools that want...
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Goosegg ·
It all depends on your budget, but consider the Headfirst camps which tend to attract more top academic schools and many of those schools haven't really started recruiting yet.
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TPM ·
Because everything you said isn't only true, but right on the money. You hit that option up at the top!
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Midwest Mom ·
Thank you all. Helpful (and practical).
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3and2Fastball ·
Rising Junior is way too early to give up dreams. Depending on how big of a school it is (Power Five?) how many of those 9 recruited 2019's will even attend college? (Opting instead for the MLB Draft)
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2019Dad ·
This is brilliant. Most kids -- and parents -- would think that the schools they are interested in are the only ones they want to talk with or get in front of. But PGStaff makes a great point -- " If a bunch that saw you want you, another bunch who weren't there will also want you ."
 
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