How long ago was your son a college freshman baseball player?
What level was he playing? Juco, D3, D2 or D1? Something else? D1 SEC E school, true freshman last season(2021).
Did he stay at that school through graduation? If not, how many different colleges did he attend? N/A will be sophomore in upcoming season (2022).
If he switched schools, why did he switch? NA
How much did your son play as a freshman? If he did not play, was he redshirted? If he was redshirted, when was he told about it? played in 49 games with 44 starts in the infield between 2nd and 3rd base. not redshirted
What were the biggest surprises and challenges for your son freshman year? level of competition of every day practice and games, especially facing SEC arms. Pressures of winning and succeeding is huge and is something you cannot understand until you get there.
Overall, how was your son's experience as a freshman baseball player? Did it meet, surpass or miss his expectations? How about in regard to your expectations as a parent? I would say it probably surpassed his expectations if he were to look back on the season as a whole because he came into a loaded team with 8 of 9 returning starters from the 2020 covid shortened season. He was very confident coming in but I think it was eye opening for him to see how much talent there is at the college level and how narrow the margins are that separate each player. There were definitely ups and downs for him during the season that looking back should of been expected, but are tough mentally to deal with at the time. As a parent, he surpassed our expectations both on the field and with his academics. Watching his on field successes and struggles during the season were both amazing and painful at times, but watching him fulfill his lifelong dream of playing college baseball on the biggest stage has been nothing short of amazing!
Based on your son's experience as a freshman baseball player and your's as the parent, what advice would you have for the freshman player and his parent? To come into school in the best physical and mental shape possible and to be ready to compete from day one. Eating right and work outs can be a separator. Also to keep an even keel and remember the overall big picture of life outside of baseball as playing college baseball is more than a full time job and is a grind mentally and physically and can seem all consuming. Remember to remind your son that baseball is what they do and not who they are and that you are proud of them always no matter the results of on field successes or failures.
Did your son complete 4 years of college baseball eligibility? If not, why? TBD.