Not to over simplify the decision tree, my kid was fortunate to have interest from travel teams and he met with the coaches or org heads. He ended up picking a team that only promised him an opportunity to start and would advocate for him if he could demonstrate the skills to play at the appropriate collegiate level. He appreciated their honesty and I appreciated they told him he was accountable for his recruitment. The costs are somewhat high but I do not have time to sell raffles or other fund raising tchotchkes. I really did not want my kid to go the mercenary route to save me a few sheckles but it did weigh in on my mind more than 10 times.
Agreed. Everybody has some interesting stories. Again, our experience in the NJ and PA travel ball scene was not that uncommon.
I think Heslel has enhanced his business model. From my perspective, the true measure of a travel program will be "What percentage of players that you've placed at school xyz, stayed at school xyz for zzz number of years.
Note, there are some variables that are not in anybody's control, but there are some insights that a travel program will have about college baseball programs.