State Participation Overview

2023 State Participation Overview: South Dakota

You’re interested in playing college baseball, but what are your chances of making it to the next level? While many tout national probability as gospel, it turns out your odds of playing at the next level vary greatly depending on where you live.

If you live in South Dakota and are wondering what percentage of high school graduates from your state play at each college level and where they are playing, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we team up with our friends at College Baseball Insights to provide you with state-level overview of your chances to play at the next level.

You can see an overview of our resources, methodology, and limitations on our College Baseball Participation Overview Main Page, as well find overviews on other states and regions.

South Dakota by the Numbers

In the table below, you’ll see how many high school players from South Dakota are playing at each level of college baseball and how South Dakota compares nationally and to other states in the Midwest Region. South Dakota has its own high school governing body and doesn’t supply information to NFHS, so there is no data to understand probability of playing at the various college levels. You can see the complete Midwest breakdown HERE.

Where Are They Playing?

Image and data credit: College Baseball Insights

The Breakdown

South Dakota has it’s own high school baseball association, so high school player participation data from NFHS is not available. When we look at the overall number of South Dakota grads playing college baseball at each level, it’s no surprise that the raw totals are below average based on population (5th lowest population total of all states) and weather (cold!). South Dakota has the most participation in NAIA, where it sends 78 players and the least participation at the D3 level where it has 10 players. The state houses on D1, three D2, and 3 NAIA programs.

Want to see additional states and regional breakdowns? Find them HERE.


This article was written with data and insights from 3rd party sources, College Baseball Insights and NFHS High School Participation Data. Data and insights are subject to revision and/or change. We’ve attempted to display as accurate a picture as possible with the information that is available. Readers should be aware that college baseball roster data is fluid and changes throughout the year. Every attempt is made to reconcile data and keep up with changes, but this article may not reflect the changes or updates from 3rd parties. Insights cannot account for gap year programs, misreported roster information, or other inaccuracies which may slightly alter the numbers and percentages used in this article. Insights are subject to change and are based on best available information.