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Academics Are Important: College Coaches Survey

A Reminder about Grades

Every once in a while, we like to remind college baseball hopefuls that academics are incredibly important. As you already know, good grades are critical in the college baseball recruiting process. You must meet minimum academic qualifications to be eligible to play college baseball. But, having quality grades and test scores will open up many more college baseball options. Many coaches will not consider recruiting a player who is just barely eligible. They believe that marginal grades can make players an off-field risk. Also, good grades and test scores are the best way to make college more affordable. Academic aid opportunities outnumber opportunities for athletic scholarships. The bottom line is academics are important, whether you like doing schoolwork or not. 

Other Resources

Here are some articles that have provided information and tips from educational professionals to help you stay focused and improve your grades. They are worth your time to read: 

Better Grades Mean More Opportunities 

Get the Grades: Get Organized 

5 Ways to Improve Your Grades Even if You Hate Studying 

Another article,  Your Transcript Tells Coaches More Than You Think, describes the way coaches use a recruit’s academic record to evaluate desire, motivation, competitiveness, risk and much more. In our coaches, survey we asked them to rate the importance of good grades when evaluating potential recruits.  Coaches have been nearly unanimous in stressing that academics are important. The average rating coaches have given for the importance of good grades has been 8.5 (out of 10). Almost no coaches ranked grades lower than a 7 and over 1/3 of respondents giving it a 10 out of 10! Also, SAT/ACT scores have been ranked as highly important for recruiting by college coaches, with average rating of close to 8.

College baseball coaches of all levels have responded to our survey with a clear message to recruits—if you want to play at the college level, you must do well academically. If you haven’t taken care of business in the classroom in the past, it’s not too late to turn things around. Get ahead to start this school year and stay ahead. College coaches are going to ask about your grades and test scores and the bottom line is your academic success matters a great deal.