I was wondering if anyone had experience choosing a high school due to baseball programs. Son is a rising 8th grader and will play 14u travel ball this Fall. The high school we are zoned for has a strong baseball program and many players are cut freshman year. The school is large with over 2500 students.
Son would like to play high school baseball, and I'm nervous he will not make the team. We know approximately 40 players in his year group who are currently playing travel ball, and the JV team takes around 9 freshmen each year.
Zoned school doesn't have a middle school developmental program, and son currently plays for another local high school developmental program run by the varsity coach. Son could opt to attend this school by selecting a choice academic program only offered at this school. The coach at this school really likes son and has said he'd love to have him on his team.
I've casually asked son if he'd consider attending the developmental program school, and he is thinking about it. Ironically, son is a very confident kid and thinks he will make the team at his zoned school. Does anyone have experience with their player choosing another school due to the baseball program? We could also look at private schools, which would also be easier to make.
Thanks in advance for any feedback.