Scroll through Twitter and you’ll find an occasional tweet from a High School kid stating their commitment to some college. These social media posts feed the fire that is burning deep inside thousands of kids across the country looking for a chance to play College Baseball. Many kids see their friends, teammates, opponents, etc committing and they begin to grow anxious, wondering when they will get the opportunity. And unfortunately, the anxiety usually leads to bad decisions.
Many parents have become zombies; following the masses towards Travel teams, Perfect Game Showcases or signing up with a recruiting service. Understandably many do so because their kids are asking, or begging. Many register for these events/services because they just don’t know any better. They see travel teams advertising the number of kids that have played in their program that have gone on to play collegiately. Many sign up for a Recruiting Service because the sales pitch is so enticing. Many register for Perfect Game or PBR Showcases because of the rankings; and feel their kid needs to be ranked (not knowing what that even means!).
The bottom line is that parents are WASTING THOUSANDS of dollars chasing the College dream. Sure, many will say that it was worth it; but do they say the same thing behind closed doors; or are they beating their heads against the dining room table wondering why the letters or calls aren’t coming. Families can’t continue throwing a bunch of wet paper towel against the wall, hoping something will stick because the paper towels aren’t cheap! If you’re a family that has the cash to spend, go for it. Pay the thousands in Travel team fees/expenses. Go to as many Perfect Game Showcases as time allows. And add your child’s resume to as many Recruiting Service websites as possible. But, if you’re interested in a more targeted approach, continue reading.
We’ll be posting our recommendation for Sophomore year in about 2 weeks.