We asked veteran baseball parents to share their experiences with you as a parent who is new to the recruiting process. Here’s what they told us.
If you could go through the recruiting process again, what would you change?
“Start sooner. Most baseball recruiting is really based upon the player’s Junior year in high school. Start talking to college coaches at least as early as a player’s Sophomore year.” Father, Active D1 Pitcher, CA
“Ask a lot more questions about the program and school. Things such as “how many players are you recruiting for my son’s position? How many returning players? Get more clarity on red shirting, and the expectation that he will be red shirted. Is there an emphasis on school – conflicts of class schedule and practice?” Father, Active D1 Catcher, CA
“I would suggest that they be more patient and evaluate all opportunities before deciding. Have the understanding that you don’t have to rush into a decision even if they pressure you to. Enjoy the process and celebrate the offers.” Mother, Active D1, Pitcher, CA
What general advice would you give to parents of high school players?
“There is no shame in red shirting your freshman year. While you may think your son is the best player on the field, remember there are 35 great players on the team. Don’t underestimate the huge leap it is from high school ball to collegiate ball. In most cases, a player benefits hugely, both on the field and in the classroom, from a red shirt year.” Linda Hirneise, parent of Grant Hirneise, Infielder, UC Davis 2004-2009
“Don’t be disheartened. Recruiting is not an easy process and takes perseverance and lots of things change at the last minute.” Father, Active D1 Pitcher, CA
“Talk to a lot of people who have gone through the process. Understand your options from current college players’ points of view based on their experience.” Mother, Active D1 Pitcher, CA
“Talk to other parents who have gone through the process. Talk to baseball coaches, batting cage owners, scouts, and get their opinions and thoughts about college coaches, programs, and where your son may fit, both academically and athletically. Cross check what you hear on the program you are most interested in.” Father, Active D1 Infielder, CA
“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. Even if your son wasn’t actively recruited, keep in touch with the coaches and remind them what a great addition your son will make to their team.” Father, Active D1 Pitcher, CA