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No one ever warned me about how many requirements, forms and websites are needed when your kid is playing college baseball.

Keeping up with it is a full-time job. It feels like everyday, you get a new email or text from the AT, HC, AD or recruiting coach with instructions on something being due that was never on your radar and requires medical appointments or tests, etc. And it's usually due in five days.

I really love it when they say to fax everything, and then, days later you are told to register for another website - different from the other half dozen sites they already had you register with - and that you have to upload everything that you faxed or else you won't be able to move forward with the other five things they want you to do...

They really expect an 18 year old to be on top of all this and run down every that's required by the short deadlines given?

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All schools are different, but nothing that was required for either son had a few day turn around. And not much required from the athletics department. Most things were school requirements such as medical forms, placement tests, etc.

One thing to watch out for. Most schools force you to opt out of medical insurance. If you don't your bill will be several thousand more. Assuming your kid is covered, you'll likely want to opt out.

A few things that helped with my oldest, and hopefully with my youngest have been.

1) start using Google calendar (or similar) for everything. Put everything in the calendar. Besides helping with things coming up, it's sometimes very helpful to look back.

2) I've tried to stress to my kids that if you have something that can be done in under 10 minutes....Do it *now* do not procrastinate. I am not holding much hope that this will stick.

3) A bit off topic, but have your kid start using a password manager. The idea being is you do not want to share passwords across websites, etc.  At the very least make sure their passwords for college are unique.

4) Have forms for medical and possibly financial power of attorney filled out, and notarized (if necessary) before they go away. Once they turn 18 you will have a difficult time at best dealing with any medical situations if you do not.

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