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Asking The Right Questions

All of the players we talked to told us that it was important to ask questions when you get a chance to talk to coaches. If you get to visit a college program (officially or on your own), you should ask players questions, too. If you’re like some high school players, you might feel too intimidated or shy to ask questions, but you have to remember that you are going to make a decision that will affect the next four years (and possibly the rest) of your life. You should do everything you can to make sure that you have all the information you need. You should make a list of the questions you would like answered before you go to a visit, camp, or showcase. While each player will have his own questions about the programs that interest him, here are some general questions to get you started.

Questions For Coaches:

  1. What do you think is the most common reason players choose to play in your program?
  2. What are the graduation rates for baseball players?
  3. What kinds of academic support are available for players? Is study hall required?
  4. What trips will the team be taking during the season?
  5. What are the workout requirements during the season, during the summer, and during breaks?
  6. How many freshmen play during the season? How many are red shirts?
  7. How many people are you recruiting at my position?
  8. What is the policy for walk-ons?

Questions For Players:

  1. How hard is it to balance your time between the classroom and the field?
  2. How well do you get along with the coaches?
  3. How much time do you spend on baseball outside of playing games?
  4. Do you get academic support? From tutors? Professors? Does it help?
  5. What is the area like? What is it like to live here? What do you do during your free time?
  6. What do you like best about the school? Least?
  7. Does the team get along both on and off the field?
  8. If you could choose again, would you still come to this school or go to a different school?

I’ve had a few kids who were at camps that felt comfortable talking to me. I’m really happy to share information with them. I’ve seen how all of us deal with recruits and everyone is always willing to answer questions. When you’re young, you’re a little shy. You don’t want to be that person who asks a dumb question. But there is no dumb question when you are looking for schools. You’d be surprised how willing and able people who have been there are to share information. – Daniel Cepin, Outfielder, UC Davis (2007-2011)