Going from playing high school baseball to NCAA Division I baseball can be a challenging proposition. There are only 300 schools that play Division I baseball and they are limited to no more than 12 full scholarships (which are typically split among players on the team) for their baseball program. In most cases, players playing Division I baseball are either playing on a partial scholarship or none at all. Improving your skills to their fullest, doing well in game situations and getting the word out to prospective coaches and schools are step to playing Division I baseball.
Develop your skills fully. Practice as often as you can, such as going to the batting cage and taking extra fielding practice with friends, family and coaches for a position player. Work on your pitches and delivery if you are a pitcher. Develop new pitches or additional ways to throw your current pitches, such as changing your arm angle or the way you grip the ball.
Increase your stamina, strength and speed. Do plenty of cardiovascular exercises to increase your stamina and speed, such as running, bicycling and swimming. Work out with light weights with many repetitions and sets to increase your strength. Work on developing your legs, especially if you are a pitcher, through leg presses and lifts and squat thrusts.
Play well during games. Showcase your skills during real-game situations, such as regular season and playoff games. Have someone in the stands recording you while you are playing so you can compile a highlight video to send out to prospective NCAA Division I college coaches.
Develop a list of Division I colleges for which you want to play; the list should be broken down into three columns: one column featuring your dream colleges, the ones you really want to play for; the second column should list the schools that you believe you could play for, based on your skill level and anticipated positional openings at the school; and a fall-back list of schools that you would be willing to play for if unable to play for a school in the other columns.
Work with your high school coaches to contact the schools for which you want to play. Contact potential college coaches through email, regular mail and eventually phone calls. Introduce yourself to them, let them know you are interested in playing for them and why, and talk about your experience. Consider including your highlight video or DVD with this initial contact or save it for any return responses you or your coach receive.
Play in baseball camps and tournaments for high school ages players; many college coaches use tournament and camps as a way to gauge future talent and some are even run by the coaches themselves.
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