Decision-Making Junior Planning & Research Tools

Narrowing Your Choices For College

Now that you’re getting closer to making a decision on where to play college ball, you’ll need to start narrowing down your college choices into a manageable number. Here are some resources that can help you do that.

Interest From College Coaches

One of the easiest ways to narrow down your options will happen naturally. If a coach or program is not interested in having you come play for them it clearly will not work. It’s for this very reason that you can’t be afraid to seek out the “no” from coaches and can’t be scared of rejection. Better to find out if a program is an option rather than be strung along or have false hopes of something working out. In fact, rejection can work in your favor with the right mindset. We explain how here.

5 Steps to Finding Your Team

This article provides a step-by-step process to finding a school that matches your baseball and non-baseball interests. It is packed with information and tips, so read it first here.

Big Future

This  website was launched by the College Board (the people who administer the SAT) in 2012 and is filled with ideas about choosing schools based on their characteristics. This website is easy to use and is totally free. It allows you to search thousands of schools, narrow your search using hundreds of different criteria, save your results, and even search schools based on the level of baseball offered. You can start by clicking here.

Your Friends and Family

Talk to older players who have graduated from your high school and are playing baseball in college. Talk to your older friends about their college choices. Talk to your parents, cousins, uncles, aunts, siblings, and anyone else you can think of. Ask them all about how they made their college choices and how it all turned out.

Your High School Counseling Office

You can also do it the old-fashioned way and search in college listing books. These books can usually be found in the local library or your high school counseling office. Also, you can talk to your counselor. Be sure to tell him or her that you want to keep playing baseball!