Congratulations! You should be proud of your son’s aspirations to play baseball in college. He’s about to embark on an exciting journey that will help him learn and practice valuable life skills. There are over 1,600 college baseball programs across all levels and divisions, and the college baseball community is a tight-knit group. Research has shown that there are great benefits to participating in college athletics, including higher graduation rates than non-student-athletes.
While the college search and recruiting process can be stressful, you can make it a lot easier and enjoyable if you educate yourself on the steps you and your son will need to take. Luckily, that’s what we do at KPB! We are here to help you understand the recruiting process and what it will take for your child to play college baseball. Our free resources will help you make the process more manageable with insight and information that comes from those who know college baseball best: current and former college coaches, players, and parents of players.
In addition to our resources, the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA provide all the information you need to ensure your son is eligible to follow his dreams. During your son’s freshman year, you should speak to his high school counselor to ensure your son is taking the correct classes to set up a future in college baseball. Sometime during his sophomore year, you should look through the NCAA materials about recruitment rules and procedures. Understanding the rules and requirements will ensure he remains eligible to play at the college level. The NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA are always the final authority on eligibility. Since the rules and requirements change periodically, make sure you check them early and often.
If you don’t know where to start with helping your son, you’ve come to the right place. We are excited to help you understand your role in the college baseball recruiting process and put you in a great position to help your son pursue his dreams. Get started by visiting our resource page for parents HERE.
“Support your player/son in his decision to pursue college baseball, but let him take the lead in the process—making a list of schools, contacting coaches, etc. It’s a great experience, and it’s his opportunity to really put his own time and effort into achieving his goal. If he’s not passionate enough about playing to do that, then will he be passionate enough to put in the work once he’s on a D1 college team? If not, maybe intramural sports would be a better choice.” –Mother, Active D1 Infielder, CA