Updated: Mar 3, 2019
One of the biggest factors that comes into play when making a decision about colleges is the culture of the baseball program. This may be the biggest factor in determining the day-to-day enjoyment level for the player. How do you know what it’s going to be like? How do you really know?
In short, you may never truly know before you make a decision, but you can take steps to make a more educated choice. Here are some factors to consider:
Are you just a number or are you valued? The recruiting trip to a college will be a sales pitch. There will be things said that will not happen. However, do you believe in the coaches that are there? Do they seem genuine about wanting you to succeed?
After you commit, do they keep in touch? The great programs keep some level of dialogue with their incoming recruits. Both the player and the coach get busy with their own seasons, but communication should not stop.
What are practices like? Yes, some programs will put on a different face when a recruit shows up to campus. If at all possible, go to practice unannounced and watch. This will give you a good indication of what practice is actually like.
Who is the head coach really? The head coach is largely responsible for the environment of the program. The tendency is to ask a current player what the coach is like — he’s most likely not going to bury his own coach. If possible, find a player that used to play for that coach and get his opinion. You’ll probably get a more accurate description.
Do players transfer out? Turnover in every industry screams chaos. Baseball does have its fair share of transfers, especially at the JUCO level. However, if there is a revolving door with the roster, it’s a good idea to look a little deeper into the situation.
These are just a few of the factors to consider when looking at a college program. At some point, you will have to take a leap and put your trust in the program. Until that point in time, make sure you do your due diligence.
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