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Top 4 Ways on How to Get A Baseball Scholarship

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

1. Keep in short and only target a few schools.Websites and baseball coaching associations are great tools to target the school of your choice. You not only can get some great advice, but also be able to view some resources and pick up some baseball hitting tips

2. Even schools down the road you think you would want to play for, contact some or one of the coaches there to intiate a conversation. Always consider baseball hitting videos of yourself (more on this to come), as well as a profile on your baseball abilities that can be inserted on a website or Facebook. This doesn’t mean you need to spend $100′s of dollars on a fancy website. You can create your website, or even use a video hosting company. Get some advice on your videos from coaches….. who knows, they have some baseball hitting tips to pass along. 

3. Schedules are tough for coaches, and they may not get out as much as they would like to see a player. Coaches sometimes may only have about an hour to see you play, and may not get a good idea of what you can do! In regards to recording some baseball hitting videos, be sure to have these handy. Don’t send them 6 video tapes. Show highlights of you hitting, pitching, or fielding… Make sure it’s no longer than 8-10 minutes. If you’re good, and they see something in you, they’ll make the time to come out and see you play, maybe even with a baseball scholarship in hand.

4. Hopefully, the coach will come out and see you play after you’ve sent the video, but be sure to follow up afterwards! When a baseball coach likes you playing ability, don’t limit your self. If the college is close to you, hop in your car and attend… who knows, you might get some face time with the coach. Sometimes they may not have any scholarships left even if they are interested, but get their email and phone and stay in their future plans. This is what happened to me… Right up until the beginning of the fall season, about 2 months to go, I got a call from Frank Walton, UAB’s hitting coach, giving me a scholarship.

 Also, be sure to attend local baseball clinics and MLB tryouts… it can be a great learning experience, and even pick up some techniques from other players.

Tips on How to Get a Baseball Scholarship

Monday, May 4th, 2009

1. Keep it short and only target a few schools. Get out there and search for coaches and colleges on the internet and target the school accordingly. If you contact the coach directly, it will get your name out there, and you may not only get some great advice, but you may also be able to view some resources and pick up some baseball hitting tips from their website, clinics, etc.

2. Always be active and contact the coach of the school you might be interested in playing at. Always consider having someone take some baseball hitting videos, or pitching videos, as well as write up some highlights on your career,  so you develop a profile page to market yourself . There are sites out there already that can highlight your talents on a site… usually for a monthly fee. Host your video on your Facebook account. Always be sure to obtain some techniques or advice on what you’ve shown him….. who knows, they have some baseball hitting tips to pass along. 

3. With their own games and schedules tying them up, it can be hard for a coach to get some time to come see you play. When a coach does come to see you play, it might not be the best game you played! You will be unique if you can record some baseball hitting videos and have that to give to them to view on their own time. Don’t send them hours and hours of footage. Be precise in your video… ten short minutes should be enough. If you’re good, and they see something in you, they’ll make the time to come out and see you play, maybe even with a baseball scholarship in hand.

4. If the coach has had a chance to see you play after sending the video of you hitting, pitching, fielding, etc., make sure you pick up the phone or shoot him an email to follow up! If a coach see’s you play and likes your ability, don’t forget to keep following up yourself. Ask around, and check with some local coaches to get some more information about the college. When coaches have limited resources and are down to a few or no scholarships, don’t let detract you from contacting them down the road. I was in the process of picking a college when I got a call from UAB hitting coach Frank Walton, the school I ended up playing at,  had a scholarship open up a couple of months prior to the season. 

Also, be sure to attend local baseball clinics and MLB tryouts… Being in front of professional scouts raises your ability, as well as playing with talented players to pick up some great ideas.