Does anyone have any input on this camp? There are 2 sessions coming up. Appears to still have openings.
Just wondering if it has a good reputation, worth
the money (500+).
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My son is playing D3 ball out of state. He made the team as a walk-on. We went to the BIV when he was a rising senior - he had one or two letters from it, but no calls at all. If your son has been contacting D3 coaches (or above) and has been assessed to have the ability to play college and wants to go to college in VA, then I would say go. If not (on any of the 3 above) you may be throwing $500 away - well they do get some instruction. I know that others here have gotten calls from coaches and had a much better experience - hopefully your son will too.

Tim Robertson
Thank you for the response. He is a rising junior.
I may skip it this time and try to find some less expensive weekend showcases in the Fall.
Is your son having a good experience with his college team?
Well he started most of his freshman year. Last year he got 1 at bat. Not sure what is going on; but he likes the school and that's what he is going for (Rochester Inst. of Technology - engineering)

Tim Robertson
Pat -
Something else to consider - where is your son? Is he D1 material? Not sure? I would try to get him evaluated and be prepared to be told that he is not where you thought he was. My opinion (which is not much) is that the difference between D1 and D3 is not much; it isn't obvious to many - other than maybe size. Also, how much does he want to play? Something else that isn't said too much (or I was deaf) is - what is his speed (read 60 yd. time)? Many "good" players are too slow. We went to an Orioles try-out the other year - it was run and then throw from position and they said many of these try-outs are cut off after only the run - no hitting; the only ones who got a chance to hit were those that ran by their cutoff time (I believe 7 seconds)and threw well from their positions. There were maybe 100 or so HS and college players there - it was cut to 15-20 for the hitting. They said they were happy if they found 1 prospect. I will say that they cover speed and acceleration training there at the camp - the camper has to put it into practice. It's not a bad camp, but as I said before - does your son have the ability, has he tried to make any contact with coaches, does he want to go to school in VA? I do know that many did the BIV as rising juniors and then did PG and other showcases as rising seniors. If your son is iffy about college or college in VA, maybe a D3 prospect (but not sure), and not willing (read - hasn't) to contact and talk to coaches himself - then maybe it would be a waste of money. If someone you trust has told you he can play college, he's maybe about VA colleges, and has tried to phone and/or has talked to several coaches - then this could be a great camp. Sorry for the rambling. Hope this helps. Make sure you read the timelime on the main site and other posts here that will give you a more well rounded focus on what to do and when.

Tim Robertson
Please search for past threads on Best in Virginia/BIV. Lots of info posted over the years and too much to repeat here.

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