Last Updated: April 10, 2016
Beyond South Burlington American Legion Baseball
Dear Candidates / Parents -
Most High School Varsity baseball players who have aspirations to play on a college baseball team also play in summer leagues, such American Legion baseball. Recently I have been exposed to the process of college baseball search and NCCA processes.
I have updated the News section of this web site with some information under the category of Athletic Performance Measurements and College Recruiting
Some observations I have regarding NCAA scholarships:
The athletic financial assistance for baseball players is different than football or basketball where NCAA Division I basketball and football (FBS only) is a head count sport where one (1) scholarship equals one student athlete. Baseball, on the other hand, is an equivalency sport for NCAA scholarship purposes, so partial scholarships can be awarded to meet the NCAA limit per school.
Most NCAA varsity programs are equivalency sports which means awards can be split into partial scholarships in any proportion up to the maximum allowed. For example, an NCAA Division II school can allocate a number of partial athletic scholarships. So, an example might be that a NCAA Div II school has a maximum of 9 equivalent scholarships may be spread across 18 student athletes. This assumes that a school’s athletic scholarship program is fully funded.
For these baseball players the first check point is their academics. Recently, I spoke with a few college coaches and former college coaches and they told me that they looked at grades from two perspectives; 1) GPA, and 2) grade trends. They expressed some concern over the freshman – sophomore with 3.5 - 4.0 average whose grades drops to 2.5 – 3.0 in their junior year… Although the GPA overall met their criteria, the downward trend was a concern. Two Ivy League coaches told me that they have different criteria. They indicated that they don’t get serious about reviewing a player’s grades until their senior year to ensure academic success.
Many of the coaches suggested looking onto junior colleges (NJCAA) to lower overall costs of attending college as well as it allows the player to further maturation and skill development.
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