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Monday, August 29, 2011

College Scholarships


With over 1,600 college baseball programs across NCAA DI, DII, DII, NAIA and NJCAA programs, finding a baseball scholarship can happen if you have the right expectations. College baseball recruiting is very competitive.

Baseball scholarship basics:
Not all scholarships are full rides and most baseball coaches prefer to divide their scholarships between several players.
Each NCAA DI program can have a maximum of 11.7 scholarships per team, 9 per team at DII, 12 per team at NAIA and up to 24 per team for fully funded NJCAA programs.
The majority of college baseball players are not on scholarship.

Breaking down scholarships within a college program:
While each coach and college baseball program use their scholarship money a little different, there are a couple basics you should know.
Most baseball scholarship money goes to pitchers. Having a great pitcher on your team can win you games; period. That’s why coaches are willing to give scholarships to them first.
The more you do well the more scholarship money you can get. At the college level you need to be able to field and bat. Very rarely do coaches give money to designated hitters or defensive specialists.
Look to develop before making the jump. Taking the opportunity to play at the junior college level and get stronger can pay off with a scholarship your Junior and Senior year of college.

You don’t always get a scholarship as a freshman:
Unless you can come in and contribute to the team right away or possess a lot of potential as a pitcher you will probably not get a scholarship your freshman year. Something to consider, if a scholarship is your main focus you may want to look for opportunities at the NCAA DII, NAIA or NJCAA levels.

The secret about NCAA DIII baseball:
NCAA DIII programs can’t offer athletic scholarships, but, they can offer other forms of financial aid that often rival or are more valuable than athletic scholarships available at other division levels. For an athlete looking to play college baseball a great place to start is DIII.

Academics matter more than you think:
The NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA all have their minimum requirements for an athlete to be eligible. However, just because you meet the minimum doesn’t mean a coach will give you a scholarship. You need to know what the academic standards are for each program and make sure you are on track to meet those marks. Having a strong academic resume as a baseball player can make a bigger difference in the recruiting process then for other college sports. All information provided by