Wednesday, March 4, 2009

HS Coaches...Make Sure Your Players Are Placed For The Summer

This year, more than ever, it is nearly impossible for a college program to scout a high school game. Because of the uniform Feb. 22nd start date, teams are forced to squeeze 56 games by the same ending date. That results in a 5 games week...more than any other College sport. Coaches and recruiters have no time to see high school players actually play. The recruiters are usually the assistant coaches. They are needed at the games and at practices.

Therefore, more and more recruiters are going to rely on the big name summer showcases and tournaments to scout talent. As we have stated many times on Rounding Third, Showcases and high profile tournaments in the summer and fall months are the most cost effective way for college coaches to see a huge group of prospects at one place.

Gone are the days of the traveling recruiter paying a visit to Johnnies home. The state of the college recruiting biz is a sophisticated and intense procedure. With college baseball approaching top revenue status with new TV contracts with CSTV, Fox, Comcast and ESPNU, there is accountability at stake here. Even without the shortened season, recruiters already embraced the showcase and tourney scene because it gave them an opportunity to see the best playing the best. Occasionally they would head over to a high school game if time allowed, but now there is no time.

The solution? Coaches...your high profile underclassmen need to be placed on teams that will benefit their chances to play at the next level.

Don't have time? Consider the lack of time a college coach has with year round conditioning, fall ball scrimmages, and media guide prep. They still find the time to place their players in summer leagues like the Cape Cod, Northwood’s, Alaskan League, California Collegiate, Cal Ripken and the Carolinas to name a few. This is a tremendous opportunity for their players, because these elite summer leagues combine the best of all the colleges. Why do the college coaches place them in that situation? Mr. Obvious Sez...To Make Them Better Players!!!

So, why should high school coaches place their players? Plain and simple...College Development Programs (CDP's) provide better competitive baseball and it will make them better there is the added benefit that they will be noticed by the dozens of scouts that will attend those venues that they play in.

Now...HS baseball is better baseball from the aspect of team camaraderie, school spirit, bigger crowds and tons of local press...Don't misunderstand what we are saying...CDP's, by virtue of the top all league players all playing on one team against alike teams is what makes it more competitive.

So, it's a win-win for the player and the HS coach. The player gets better and the coach gets a more seasoned, tougher leader next season. It's not too late...get on the phone now...CDP the high school coaches...we have hundreds of you reading this blog everyday. Use the college coach analogy when explaining the benefits of CDP's...


Anonymous said...

This article is really good for the soph/Junior high school player. My son is graduating this year and has secured a scholarship. We have seen the High School season becoming less of an importance and Summer Ball more relevant in particular "Showcases" or "All Star Games". The reason he received a scholly was attending one of these. Otherwise he would have never had any visibility.

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