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Unsigned Seniors Can Still Get Recruited to Play College Baseballl: Here Are Some Tips!

Although you may have missed some college baseball opportunities, the door isn’t yet fully closed. Even some NCAA Division 1 programs might still be looking for players in your senior year. Situations change and openings pop up. If you want to make sure not to miss a last-minute opportunity, this article will provide you with some practical tips which you can use. You can take advantage of these tips during your senior year of high school. These tips are here to help with your recruitment.

TIP 1: UP-TO-DATE VIDEO

Keep your highlight video updated. Make sure you make a mid-season highlight video available for college baseball coaches to view. They will want to see your progress in your senior year. Then, at the end of your season, add all the additional highlights to your video. It is in your best interest to make sure your highlight video is 100% updated. You want the college baseball coaches to see a clear representation of what you can do as a player.

TIP 2: CONTACT COLLEGE BASEBALL COACHES WHO ARE STILL RECRUITING

If you are unsigned as a senior, it is very important to continue contacting college baseball coaches who have not yet filled all of their roster spots. The first step with this is to make sure you do not waste your time contacting schools that have already completed their roster. You need to look for schools that are specifically still recruiting, and more importantly, target the schools that are recruiting for your position.

For example: If a school is recruiting pitchers and you are a center fielder, don’t waste your time putting yourself in for that spot. Instead, find a school that is recruiting a pitcher instead of trying to get the attention of a coach who is looking for something else.

TIP 3: KEEP AN OPEN MIND TO DIFFERENT BASEBALL DIVISIONS

Maybe you had your heart set on playing NCAA Division 1 baseball Now that you are a senior, and still unsigned, it is time to look at other options. There is no reason to give up on your goal of playing NCAA D1 baseball. You should keep contacting coaches that are recruiting your position. However, NCAA D2, NCAA D3, NAIA, JUCO, CCCAA are all great options to play baseball at the next level.

NCAA Division 1 baseball programs recruit years ahead of time. They have massive recruiting budgets, additional specific recruiting staff and, resources to complete their recruitment early. Even with this massive budget and resources, there will still be limited opportunities for seniors to sign with a D1 baseball program.

In contrast, the other college baseball divisions do not have nearly as bigger budgets to work with to recruit their players. Although these divisions are going to be just as serious about their recruitment, they are not going to have the same allocations and resources as the Division 1 baseball schools. These divisions are far more likely to have roster spots and scholarships still available in your senior year. Don’t let others discourage you by saying it’s too late. It is not. You can still get recruited in your senior year. You just have to put the work in and consider playing in a different baseball division.

NOTE: If you are unable to secure a spot on a division 1 program in your senior year, you need to decide whether you want to do 2 years of Junior College and then transfer to D1 or play in a different division and go straight to a 4-year school.

Out of the remaining divisions, NCAA D2 will have the next biggest recruitment budget and scholarship money available. Here is a list in order of largest to smallest recruitment budgets and scholarship money available, starting with the largest first:

  1. NCAA D1
  2. NCAA D2
  3. NAIA
  4. NCAA D3 (they don’t have athletic scholarship money but they do have academic grants and scholarships – this option should not be over looked)
  5. Junior College

Considering Your Options as a Unsigned Senior

When considering other divisions besides NCAA Division 1, as an unsigned senior, you should first send your information to all the baseball coaches in these divisions who are still recruiting your position. Even if you are not 100% sure that you want to play in one of these other baseball divisions, it is a good idea to get your information out there and see what these schools have to offer you.

If a baseball coach from one of these divisions is interested, it is a good idea to have an open-minded conversation with the coach. If you like what the coach has to say, going on a visit to the school would be the next step. You might find yourself surprised with what other baseball divisions have to offer. Players in these divisions have great college baseball careers, they get a top-level education and have great college experiences and memories.