I have yet to train a young athlete that discussing goals on their first day didn’t include “Going D1”.
Even the athletes who start with us post high school and are junior college or lower divisions, have the primary goal of getting to a D1.
But despite this being a ubiquitous goal, many athletes and their parents lack information on the recruiting process.
Here’s a few pieces of info:
For NCAA D1 College Baseball, there are 35 roster spots per team; but only 11.7 scholarships.
For this reason, most baseball scholarships are “partials”, typically ranging from 65%-25%. The percent often varies by the year as well: for example, many athletes receive scholarships that end after their 3rd year of college, OR are larger freshman year (ie 65% Fr year, down to 25% Soph/Jr year). Nearly all baseball scholarships are also tied to a GPA: the athlete must maintain a certain GPA in order to retain their scholarship.
Signing Day for baseball is the second week of November. Baseball athletes can still sign later in the signing period, but as most schools available money was already used, signing later usually means no actual scholarship.
“Walk On” “Preferred Walk On”, or scholarship: it doesn’t matter the status, all athletes still have to make the team. Some schools try to keep their numbers right around the 35 roster mark, but most schools recruit a surplus, and make cuts.
Most colleges cut in the late fall prior to the NCAA dead period, allowing athletes a chance to transfer for the spring semester. Some however do cut in the spring, even up to right before opening weekend in February.
Next Week: how to get offered!