A guide to Underclassmen Baseball Showcase Camps
What should you bring to baseball camp? How many camps should you attend during high school? What type of baseball camp should you go to? These are just a sample of the many questions you might be asking yourself about attending baseball camps. Well, rest assured that attending summer camps does not have to be as difficult as finding your way around high school as a freshman.
For serious athletes with a passion for the game, try to attend at least 2-3 college baseball camps for underclassmen at colleges that are interested in you and where you think you could realistically end up playing college ball. These camps mainly take place during the summer, fall, and winter. During your freshman and sophomore years, it may be a good idea to attend camps closer to home and wait to travel further away for camps until your junior and senior year. This provides you time to develop as a player and gauge interest from colleges which require spending more on travel. To learn more about the many NCAA Athletic Conference Camps available try our handy guide.
Keep in mind that as a freshman or sophomore, college coaches at the Division I and II levels are not allowed to personally contact you yet. They are allowed, however, to send you camp brochures. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a potential recruit for this college. Sending out general information about camps or school brochures is just one way that these schools can get in touch with you and create interest in their programs. Most colleges at lower division levels are not identifying recruits as early as freshman and sophomore year, so use this opportunity to:
- Evaluate the coaches – not only are college coaches evaluating you, but you should also be getting to know them and their coaching style to decide if it’s a good fit for you
- Get a feel for the college – while you’re at camp, you can take a tour of the campus, meet with an academic adviser and decide whether that school is a good fit for you
- Learn! Use college camps for underclassmen to learn from the college coaches, the older players in attendance and the college players who are helping run the camp.
How to prepare for a college underclassmen baseball camps
Only a few high level athletes will be heavily recruited during their first two years of high school. If you think you’re one of these athletes, then make sure you’re calling college coaches and letting them know you’re attending their camp. Also, be sure you’re attending the college camps where the coaches have shown interest and inquired about you through your high school coaches, travel coaches, and professional scouts.
Finally, let’s talk about attending camps. Make sure you introduce yourself to the coaches upon arriving to camp. Look presentable at all times, which means wearing clean clothes on and off the field. Be a team player, keep up a positive attitude at all times, and listen to the coaches. Run, don’t walk, to the next drill and go above and beyond what is asked of you.
Be sure to bring your own gear including bats as well as baseball pants, a hat, gloves, and cleats. You can also bring your parents, just be sure they don’t interrupt the camp and allow you to do most of the talking, including asking the questions. Remember, coaches are recruiting you, not your parents. Have fun and good luck!
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