Recruiting Guide

Hey everyone thanks for looking at this post!! I wanted to show you how Youth Metro Baseball can help you in the recruiting process…   Let’s starts with this… How many High School Baseball players will play in College? *Number of US High School Baseball Players 2016-17 …. 491,790 *Number of College Baseball Players …. 57,009 *% of US High School Baseball Players competing at any College Level …. 11.5% *% of US High School Baseball Players Competing at NCAA I Schools …. 2.1% **Thanks to Scholarshipstats.com http://www.scholarshipstats.com/baseball.html for the numbers OK, so looking at the numbers above you can see that the number of College Baseball Players is not a very large percentage of High School Baseball Players. YMB would suggest that when your son/player is 14 years old (8th grade) you should take a good look at how his skills stack up against other players his age, and TALK TO YOUR SON/PLAYER about what their goals are… This is the #1 step in the process!!! If the player doesn’t have the desire to play at the next level, THAT’S OK!! He can still enjoy baseball and play recreationally for as long as they want. If your player does have the desire and stacks up with his peers/competition, then the process should begin!! Just like anything in life worth having… IT TAKES HARD WORK!!! On top of considering the desire/goals and ability… ACADEMICS are a huge part of the process!! Without solid grades in the classroom there will be ZERO opportunities

TIMETABLE AND CHECKLIST

Freshman Year 9th Grade Aug – Sept: Get acclimated to High School and make sure you are getting your school schedule, study habits, and training schedule ORGANIZED. Organization is the key to success!! Aug – Sept: Find out who your High School Baseball Coach is and introduce yourself! You want him to know that you have goals to be on the baseball team and want to know how you can be informed about any workouts or meetings that will be available. Aug – Oct: Play Fall Baseball with a local Club Team that offers training/lessons. If you do not play with a Club Team, individual lessons/training should be seriously considered. Oct – Nov: Plan out your Winter Workout Schedule with your Club Team or Instructor/Coach. Remember that organization is the key to success!!  Oct – Nov: CHECK YOUR ADADEMIC STATUS BEFORE THE FIRST SEMESTER IS DONE. Without solid grades in the classroom there will be ZERO opportunities!! Nov – Feb: Research and attend at least one College Camp over the Christmas Break. This will get you acclimated to the process of working out with College Coaches and let them know that you have goals set to become a College Baseball Player Jan – Feb: Training for the upcoming season should be underway. This includes a daily workout routine and diet if necessary. If you have planned properly this should be something easy to just dive into!! Feb – May: Play your High School Season. Feb – May: Stay on top of those grades!! May – August: Play Summer Season. Play the best and most competitive baseball that is available to you. Best teams, best tournaments, against the best the competition possible. You need to continue to challenge yourself and see how you stack up to other players your age.  June – Aug: Attend a college baseball program’s camp. This is the best way to get noticed by a school/program that you would like to be a part of. Many colleges sign players because of their attendance at the camps. The coaches get to coach/work with the player while doing drills and training, and then get to see the players compete on the field by playing live games.  Sophomore Year 10th Grade Aug – Sept: Meet with your guidance counselor to make sure you are on track with your academics. Tell them that you have goals to become a College Baseball Player and they should be able to advise that the correct core classes and other electives are chosen. Aug – Sept: Talk to your High School Baseball Coach and ask him if there is anything you can do to help with any of the off-season workouts or meetings that will be available. Aug – Oct: Play Fall Baseball with a local Club Team that offers training/lessons. If you do not play with a Club Team, individual lessons/training should be seriously considered. Oct – Nov: Plan out your Winter Workout Schedule with your Club Team or Instructor/Coach. Remember that organization is the key to success!!  Oct – Nov: CHECK YOUR ADADEMIC STATUS BEFORE THE FIRST SEMESTER IS DONE. Without solid grades in the classroom there will be ZERO opportunities!! Nov – Feb: Research and attend at least one College Camp over the Christmas Break. You should continue doing research on all the different College Programs to see what the right fit is for you!! Jan – Feb: Training for the upcoming season should be underway. This includes a daily workout routine and diet if necessary. If you have planned properly this should be something easy to just dive into!! Feb – May: Play your High School Season. Feb – May: Stay on top of those grades!! This year means as much as any year. Don’t get comfortable and let things slip May – August: Play Summer Season. Play the best and most competitive baseball that is available to you. Best teams, best tournaments, against the best the competition possible. You need to continue to challenge yourself and see how you stack up to other players your age.  June – Aug: Attend a college baseball program’s camp. This is the best way to get noticed by a school/program that you would like to be a part of. Many colleges sign players because of their attendance at the camps. The coaches get to coach/work with the player while doing drills and training, and then get to see the players compete on the field by playing live games.  Junior Year 11th Grade Aug – Sept: Sept 1 written contact by College Coaches is allowed. You should be emailing College Coaches your information and a copy of your upcoming Fall playing schedule. Aug – Sept: Meet with your guidance counselor to help you register with the NCAA Initial – Eligibility Clearinghouse. They can also help register for the fall ACT / SAT standardized tests … try to avoid the spring dates, as they may conflict with your High School Baseball season Aug – Sept: Talk to your High School Baseball Coach and ask him if there is anything you can do to help with any of the off-season workouts or meetings that will be available. Also ask him to send a few emails/letters to some College programs that you think would be a good fit for you.  Aug – Oct: Play Fall Baseball with a local Club Team that offers training/lessons. If you do not play with a Club Team, individual lessons/training should be seriously considered. Oct – Nov: Plan out your Winter Workout Schedule with your Club Team or Instructor/Coach. Remember that organization is the key to success!!  Oct – Nov: CHECK YOUR ADADEMIC STATUS BEFORE THE FIRST SEMESTER IS DONE. Without solid grades in the classroom there will be ZERO opportunities!! Nov – Feb: Research and attend at least one College Camp over the Christmas Break. You should continue doing research on all the different College Programs to see what the right fit is for you!! Jan – Feb: Training for the upcoming season should be underway. This includes a daily workout routine and diet if necessary. If you have planned properly this should be something easy to just dive into!! Jan – Feb: Email your upcoming High School Season schedule to College programs that you thin would be a good fit for you. Also begin to put together some highlight videos for Coaches that inquire. Feb – May: Play your High School Season. Feb – May: Plan visits to as many schools as possible this spring and summer. Some schools have “Junior Days” during the spring season, so don’t be scared and email the coach for an invitation! All these visits are unofficial, so this means that the college cannot pay for any part of the visit. Feb – May: Stay on top of those grades!! This year means as much as any year. Don’t get comfortable and let things slip Feb – May: Start to familiarize yourself with the NCAA admission/eligibility requirements. You can also speak with your Guidance Counselor for assistance. You can also browse the NCAA website for additional info  May – August: Send out emails to College Programs telling them about your past High School season and Summer season (if under way). You should include stats for hitting/pithing, but also 60 yrd dash times, pop times, velocity, etc. Also include your Summer season Schedule with games and different Camps scheduled…  May – Aug: Play Summer Season. Play the best and most competitive baseball that is available to you. Best teams, best tournaments, against the best the competition possible. You need to continue to challenge yourself and see how you stack up to other players your age.  June – Aug: This Summer start to focus in on Colleges that you are really targeting to attend. Don’t attend camps that are heavy instructional, look for Select or Advanced College Camps. You will be able to compete against your peers to see where you stand… And the college Coaches will be able to do the same  July – Aug: July 1st phone contact from College Coaches is allowed. This also Showcase month, so it will be very important to be organized and into your daily training routine to help perform your best during this month. The Summer between your Junior and Senior year is a VERY IMPORTANT MONTH. Be organized and show these Coaches that you WANT IT!! Senior Year 12th Grade Aug – Sept: Contact your guidance counselor to review your core academic requirements and to make sure you are “on track” for attending the College you are interested in. Send out your fall baseball schedule If you do not think you will sign in the early National Letter of Intent (LOI) period. Request information on Christmas camps from schools that you are most interested in or those that have shown an interest in you. Aug – Oct: Talk to your High School Baseball Coach and ask him if there is anything you can do to help with any of the off-season workouts or meetings that will be available. Aug – Oct: Play Fall Baseball with a local Club Team that offers training/lessons. If you do not play with a Club Team, individual lessons/training should be seriously considered. Oct – Nov: Plan out your Winter Workout Schedule with your Club Team or Instructor/Coach. Remember that organization is the key to success!!  Oct – Nov: CHECK YOUR ADADEMIC STATUS BEFORE THE FIRST SEMESTER IS DONE. Without solid grades in the classroom there will be ZERO opportunities!! Jan – Feb: Training for the upcoming season should be underway. This includes a daily workout routine and diet if necessary. If you have planned properly this should be something easy to just dive into!! Jan – Feb: Email your upcoming High School Season schedule to College programs that you think would be a good fit for you. Feb – May: Play your High School Season. You can call College Coaches by phone at any time. Make sure you have your highlight videos and stats available for when they request it. May – July: Prepare yourself for Official and Unofficial visits. You need to be emailing and calling Coaches with your HS season stats, Summer Schedules, Highlight Videos, EVERYTHING!! This is the opportunity you have been working for!! If you have followed this guide through your Senior year you should be able to meet your original goal… To Become a College Baseball player!! This guide should have showed you how to be organized and keep your eyes on the prize. The recruiting process is a game of failures and NO’s!! You must be persistent and driven to reach your goal. There will be Coaches and Evaluators telling you why you can’t, but you must continue to believe in yourself!! Good Luck to everyone out there that read this and will use it as a roadmap!! Go enjoy the process and live your experiences to the fullest Find us on Facebook and Instagram. For more information like this please SIGN UP for our Newsletter