This post is for players that are in high school. If you’re not in high school yet, don’t worry about getting recruited, focus on becoming a better ball player. Learn to love the game of baseball because that is the best way to learn how to play with heart, and in the end, college coaches love players who play like they love the game.
That being said, once you’re old enough to start looking for a college, getting yourself on a great travel team is crucial to getting recruited. There are a few things you need to think about when choosing a team.
1. Get on a Good Team
Scouts want to be away from their players as little as possible so you’ll notice that the majority of them start to show up when playoffs start. They assume that the good players have made it to the playoffs. If you find yourself on a team who can’t make it to playoffs, you’re not going to get seen by most scouts.
2. Find a Coach Who’s Goal is to Get You Recruited
There are tons of teams these days that are just trying to take your money. My coach had been coaching and getting kids recruited for years so he had relationships with plenty of coaches. You want to find someone like that, and there are plenty like that. If you find yourself with a coach who at any point is unsure of what the next step is, you are with the wrong coach. You want someone who can guide you through the entire process and don’t be afraid to go out and find someone new. Your coach should be there for you, not for money.
3. Associate Yourself with People with the Same Goals
If you surround yourself with people who want to succeed you will be pushed to succeed. Also, if you play on the same team as guys who are just playing for fun, that looks really bad in front of scouts and they will immediately discredit you. Scouts are looking for guys who want to win and want to be pushed, guys who don’t care are a cancer to the team. If you find yourself on a team like this, leave immediately because if a scout sees you as a cancer that is a hard first impression to shed.