Academics Development Freshman Planning & Research Tools

It’s Never Too Early to Start

Would it surprise you to know that some of the more competitive college baseball teams have already verbally committed players who have never even played a single high school game? It’s true. There are ninth graders who already know where they will play in college. We think this is a little crazy, but we certainly agree that it is never too early to start thinking about playing college baseball. Your search for the right college team will have many twists and turns. Starting early helps give you time to develop a plan, take the time you need, and enjoy the recruiting process. It may seem crazy to start your search for the perfect college team for you, but KPB is here to help you every step of the way.

One of the most important reasons to familiarize yourself with college baseball early is so that you make sure you stay on track with your academic progress. Grades start counting towards your NCAA GPA and course requirements in 9th grade. Check the NCAA’s minimum academic requirements here to make sure you are not falling behind. Making progress towards academic requirements is important because it will allow you a cushion in case you have a setback or need to retake classes. You probably are not thinking about this now, but having good grades and test scores will make a huge difference in the schools you can consider. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to be a good student! In a questionnaire we sent to college players of all different levels and from all over the country, about 40 percent of the players said they wished they had tried harder academically in high school. Take it from them: familiarize yourself with the NCAA academic requirements freshman year and work hard on those grades.

“One thing that was big for me was setting goals each year. Not necessarily statistically, but goals like what travel team do I want to play on or how much stronger I was going to get. Do I want to play division 1? Setting goals for yourself, you’ll work as hard as you can to attain them. It’s the same in college.” – Tim Busbin, Pitcher, UC Davis (2009-2010)

Another reason why you should start looking into college baseball as early as your freshman year or before is because they might be already looking for you. College coaches are trying to find elite players earlier and earlier. Believe it or not, you can land on a college coach’s radar even as a freshman! If you can attend camps put on by colleges as a freshman, you can learn a lot about how to conduct yourself around coaches, see first hand the skills you need to master, and gain practice and confidence for similar showcases/camps you may attend as a junior or senior when your game has improved and you are physically ready.

Trust us: it’s never too early to start thinking about college baseball. Developing a plan to look into schools and become a better player will pay off big in the end. Keep hitting the books, keep working hard to get better, and start familiarizing yourself with college baseball. Playing in college will take a lot of hard work and dedication, but if you plan ahead, you can make sure you have fun every step of the way!