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For a limited time, Headfirst has reduced the price for its upcoming Honor Roll Camp in McKinney, Texas (The Ballfields at Craig Ranch) on June 6-7 to $395.00 – a 50% reduction! Coaches from some of the country's best colleges and universities including Emory, Georgetown, Hendrix, Southwestern, Villanova, and Yale will be in attendance (for a complete list click Here).

With over thirty college coaches committed to attend, Headfirst’s nationally-recognized Honor Roll Camp can help students get extraordinary exposure and save families thousands of dollars in tuition and travel costs that would be required to gain comparable exposure elsewhere. This discounted price is good only until April 30, 2009.

Please note: the start time for Camp on Saturday has been moved to 12:00 p.m. to accommodate students taking SAT Subject Tests (formerly ‘SAT IIs’) on Saturday, June 6th. If you have any further questions, please let us know here or contact John Bramlette at We hope to see you in McKinney in June.
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I have posted this before but I want to post it here as well..

Headfirst has a very good reputation for putting on quality showcases and they are very well connected with college coaches, especially with coaches from schools with strong academics. If you do a search on HSbaseballweb you will find several reviews and positive comments.

Cheapseats son attended the Headfirst Camp in Richmond, Virginia last August and it was an excellent, well-run showcase. The coaches were accessible and approachable.

It is great for the DFW area to have one of the Headfirst showcases coming to our the past they have only been held in California, Virginia, and Florida.

This is a quality organization with an excellent track record. This is a great opportunity, especially at this discounted price.
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Dtiger - that is a good point...typically subject tests are taken on a different date than the regular SAT which requires planning to make sure you get them both in. Most college guidance folks I talked to recommended taking the subject tests in May or June (end of your junior year).

I heard more than one story of students interested in highly academic schools that did not realize until too late that they needed subject tests. Not all academic schools require subject tests but I believe all the Ivy's and MIT require certain ones.
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First, I've had more contact with the people running Headfirst, and I can tell you that they do a great job in their niche. I'm surprised at the price cut, but they obviously are trying to get the ball rolling here in Texas.

I doubt they care what grades you have. However, they know you're not going to pay money to go to a camp with coaches specifically from academic schools if your son can't get in. So here's a little info from the coaching side of things:

I coached at Emory and UVa, both elite academic schools (sorry, that's not very modest, since I also have degrees from both). At the time (2000 - old SATs), it honestly took around a 1300 with a 3.7 GPA to have a good shot to get in to Emory on your own. Emory is DIII. As SAT goes up, required GPA goes down, of course, with lots of other factors included, not the least of which is how much financial aid would be needed. This is general speak, and there are exceptions to every rule. BUT, if we wanted the kid to play ball, we could get him in at Emory with a 3.0 and 1000. It would take some effort (limit to a couple guys like that a year), so we wouldn't extend that effort unless we thought he was an impact player.

The same concept was true at UVa. The academic standards were simply not lowered unless we offered an athletic aid scholarship, showing our real interest in what he could bring to the school athletically.

This may surprise some, but I think this type of thing is pretty much true across the board. Justification: bring in special people who make the school's community more successful.

One more thought: I'm sure the officials at these schools would prefer I didn't share this information. Sometimes, the lesser accomplished academic kids struggled when they got there, but there were also lots of times when they did just fine. I, of course, think this was due to their academic motivation, not their academic ability.

Best wishes.

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