Not All Exposure Is Good Exposure
Updated: May 16, 2019
With all the different high school showcases, tournaments, camps and events, amateur baseball is taking off in the United States and it seems everyone is a beneficiary of it. Athletes get the opportunity to play more baseball in different parts of the country. Coaches get to see talent in ways not available before. Those who run these events make a healthy monetary profit as well. Everyone wins, right? Well, not exactly.
These events promise some sort of “exposure” to make it seem like a can’t- miss opportunity. Most showcases / tournaments do indeed make good on that promise. Some don’t, but the good usually outweighs the bad.
It seems parents will do anything for their child when it comes to the term “exposure". It could be a Perfect Game Tournament in Georgia for a week, followed by an Under Armour Showcase in Arizona the next weekend, rounded up with a college camp the weekend after.
Whew! That’s a lot of baseball!
In the parent’s mind, this can only be beneficial for their child, but there are some underlying factors and information about “exposure” and how it’s not always a good thing for an athlete.
In baseball, the old saying goes, “Timing is everything.” Coaches preach constantly about “being on time," whether it’s in the batter’s box, on the mound or in the field. The same thoughts must go into the process of being seen and ultimately selecting the right college at which to get an education and further one’s baseball career.
High school athletes want to do everything possible to be seen and play in front of college coaches and/or professional scouts. This should only happen when a player is physically and mentally ready to perform at the best of his ability in front of these eyes.
Summer baseball is a great time of the year, but it can also be grueling in different aspects such as weather in certain parts of the country or timing of events. Days in July and August can get ridiculously hot and constantly playing baseball every week / weekend will take a toll on an athlete’s body. This can lead to loss in foot speed, drop in throwing velocity or a slower bat speed at the plate. All these factors make it more difficult for an athlete to perform at his best. When players do attend these showcases, it is important to be well-rested, strong and conditioned.
A player showing himself to college coaches before he is ready to perform at the level required might result in him being checked off that coach's prospect list. Once off, it is difficult to get back on the radar.
An athlete should take time to develop into a strong, competitive athlete so when the time is right he can perform at full potential in front of the right coaches’ eyes.
By Tim Arakawa- CAA Regional Advisor
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