The College Calendar: Part I - Summer & Fall
December 5, 2017
The jump from one level to the next can always be daunting. Think back to playing at the 11-12 year old level and the jump to the “Big Field”. Think back to just a couple of years ago and realize how much faster the game has become at the current level. These jumps will continue to happen – entering college, at each level of the minors, and peaking at the Major League level.
In preparation for college baseball, and as part of the recruiting experience, we will be taking a look at some of the rules, limitations, and expectations for college baseball players throughout the year. As a younger player, exploring the college decision, understanding the calendar can help sift through potential schools, their development process, and how they organize their development plan.
Over the next few weeks we will dive into the different sections of the calendar. Today we begin with the summer and fall, specifically looking at incoming Freshman. In the coming weeks we will tackle the post-fall / winter, the spring season, and also the summer. We hope this gives players and families a realistic view of potential expectations, allowing them to communicate at a higher level with schools and coaches as they move through the recruiting process.
The Summer Before
The summer after graduation can be an exciting time. Some may deal with the MLB Draft and a big decision on whether to attend school or start the real world with a job as a Minor League player. For most, they will be getting ready for their Freshman year. Be aware there are pitfalls as long time friends will be separating and parents may begin to realize their “baby” is leaving the nest. For the player, the realization should begin to set in that he will be competing for time on a field with players that have 3-4 more years of experience. This experience exists on the field, in games, in practice, in the weight room, and in the classroom. There will be an ease about their day, as they know what to expect. For the incoming player, the more preparation and organization that exists, the better the transition can be in the first semester.
Players should spend the summer preparing. The way one prepares can be discussed, based on the player’s strengths and weaknesses. The college coaches will assist in this decision. Some thoughts that can be discussed with coaches in the recruiting period and again after committing include: