If I could take the knowledge I have today back to last August I would have pushed my son to start at his college in August of 2021 vs last August. Kudo's to the parents on this board that had the foresight to do just that! Having kids learn predominantly remotely from dorm rooms (few hybrid classes) was not ideal. Covid also created an environment of limited social interactions which was a mental strain as well. Baseball wise, depending on the school, you had graduate students and transfers swelling the numbers of kids on the rosters (as expected) and not just any kids but excellent players. If you were in a northeast D3 they also required masks at practice and during games, limited games to the conference only, no fans (crazy, there are 100 fans at our HS games at that team is 1-6) and only games on the weekends. So the season ends up only being 12 games and all but one weekend with only 2 games. Just think about what that means for pitching rotation.... It has to be short and the coach has to (a good coach would) pitch the top guys as much as possible. Also limited opportunities for those in the field too.
Through all of that my son's experience was still very good (season not over, conference championships to come too). He has great teammates/friends, great coaches, a great college for his education and things should be normal in the fall. He also grew an inch and put on 10 pounds of muscle and prob 10 more from beer.... I tend to never look back but perhaps it might have been better to have kept him home but we move forward!
Also, it is so easy to understand why the D1 portal is so active and in my opinion will remain so for the next 2-3 years.