I just wanted to give a bit of hope to parents who don't have the time or money for travel ball. But, their son still dreams of playing in college. We are not anti-travel ball, we just didn't have the time and money to participate. (We have four kids.) So, here's what we did instead:
1) We found a terrific local pitching coach for our son when he was 13. We paid him for one hour a week year around. Together, they worked on developing three pitches and velocity.
2) We continued with these lessons and he kept working - until he had something worth showing. (This was key) He also played on his HS team in a strong league to get some game time on the mound.
3) Finally, as a rising Junior, he was hitting 90 with three pitches. It was time to hit the showcases.
4) He wanted to get into the best academic school possible, so we took him to Headfirst and Showball the summer between junior and senior year. (He had a 4.2 and a 34 ACT.)
5) Before attending, our son emailed all the schools he was interested in attending and included a verified 90 velo. As well as his grades and test scores.
After the events, and over the next 4-8 weeks, our son was contacted by 10 HA colleges. Mid-D1 to D3. He recieved four offers and in the end choose a top ten ranked college with a strong degree in his field of interest. It was a school he probably wouldn't have gotten into with out baseball. (The 40 year plan.)
So it all worked out, and he'll be stepping onto the college field this fall.