Recruiting

The college baseball recruiting process can be a very long, tedious and sometimes confusing.  Understanding this process can go a long way in leading to a successful and enjoyable experience as you make the difficult decision as to what your college baseball future holds. The Indiana Twins Baseball Club is committed to leading, partnering and guiding you through this process.

College Baseball Scholarship Opportunities

As can be seen from the charts below, college baseball is a very competitive environment with only the select individuals achieving this level. When reaching this level, it is uncommon to receive a full ride scholarship, but rather, scholarships are spread throughout the entire team roster. It is our Twins philosophy and commitment to develop and prepare all of our players to reach this goal.

College Baseball Teams (2017 – 2018)

Division Number of Schools Number of Athletes Average Team Size Scholarship Per Team Average Athletic Scholarship
NCAA  I 297 10,353 35 11.7 $     15,746
NCAA  II 267 10,389 39 9 $       6,281
NCAA  III 389 13,356 34 NA $        NA
NAIA 187 7,080 38 12 $       6,487
NCCAA & Other 4 year 32 696 23 NA $          639
NJCAA Division 1 188 5,640 30 24 $       2,360
NJCAA Division 2 130 3,900 30 Tuition, Fees, Books $       2,405
NJCAA Division 3 79 2,370 30 NA $       NA
CCCAA & Other 2 year 118 3,609 31 NA $          260
Totals 1,687 57,413 $       4,909

 

Odds of a high school athlete playing College Baseball
Number of US High School Baseball Players 491,790
Number of US College Baseball players (see table above) 57,413
% of US High School Players competing at any College Level 11.6%
% of US High School Players competing at NCAA I Schools 2.1%

 

College Baseball Position Guidelines

Below is a link to the college baseball recruiting guidelines by position and college division/level as defined by the NCSA College recruiting website. It outlines the physical and statistical attributes most often seen by position and level of collegiate play.  Note that these are guidelines and exceptions are always the case.

http://www.ncsasports.org/recruiting-tools/college-baseball-recruiting/baseball-recruiting-guidelines-Get-Recruited

College Baseball Recruiting Action Plan

Freshmen Year (15U)

  • Create a list of prospective schools considering athletics, academics, location and school size
  • Research the schools for baseball compatibility, personal interests and academic majors offered
  • Create a video of your baseball fundamental skills (fielding, hitting, pitching and catching)
  • Create a profile on the Indiana Twins Sports Recruits and Field Level website.
  • Send introduction letters to coaches via Sports Recruits. DI and DII coaches cannot personally contact you until your Junior year. DIII, NAIA and NJCAA coaches can contact you at any time.
  • Go on unofficial visits to colleges you may have interest in
  • Pick camps and showcases to attend after the season to gain visibility
  • Build relationships by making phone calls, sending letters and emailing coaches
  • Study, Study, Study!! High Grade Point Averages =  $$$$$

Sophomore Year (16U)

  • Continue to Research schools
  • Create a video of your baseball fundamental skills (fielding, hitting, pitching and catching)
  • Continue to build relationships by making calls and sending letters/emails
  • Send introduction letters to coaches via Sports Recruits. DI and DII coaches cannot personally contact you until your Junior year. DIII, NAIA and NJCAA coaches can contact you at any time.
  • Fill out online recruiting questionnaires (college baseball websites)
  • Continue to make unofficial visits
  • Pick camps and showcases to attend after the season to gain visibility
  • Start to narrow your list of potential schools
  • September 1st of Junior year DI and DII coaches can send you more personalized letters and emails
  • Study, Study, Study!! High Grade Point Averages =  $$$$$

Junior Year (17U)

  • Create a highlights video of game action and a video of your baseball fundamental skills (fielding, hitting, pitching and catching)
  • Be proactive and follow-up with coaches; ask coaches where you stand on their radar
  • Continue to fill out online recruiting questionnaires
  • Register for NCAA Clearinghouse (D1 and DII) or NAIA Eligibility center
  • Take ACT/SAT
  • Respond to every coach that reaches out; coaches are a tight knit network and communicate
  • Continue to make unofficial visits to schools
  • Continue to narrow down your list of schools
  • Pick camps and showcases to attend after the season to gain visibility
  • DI and DII schools will start to make offers
  • Contact coaches frequently to show interest
  • DIII, NAIA some DII and Junior Colleges still recruit during Senior year
  • Study, Study, Study!! High Grade Point Averages =  $$$$$

Senior Year (18U)

  • Make official visits – only allowed 5
  • Pick camps and showcases to attend after the season to gain visibility
  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a timely manner
  • Apply to the schools- applications
  • Retake ACT/SAT if necessary
  • Apply for Financial aid – FAFSA.ed.gov starting January 1st
  • Sign and Commit to a school and program (Last day to sign is August 1st)
  • Determine your schools fall schedule to plan for summer baseball

 NCAA Registration Requirements

There are two situations where you need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse (now called the Eligibility Center). If a college coach asks you to register or requests your NCAA ID number, you need to create your account. The second situation is, if you are in your Junior year and you are sure you are getting recruited by an NCAA DI or DII program.  Visit: https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/ for details and requirements for the eligibility center.

If you are going to a Junior College, NCAA DIII school or NAIA program, you don’t need to register with the NCAA. The NAIA has their own Eligibility Center http://www.playnaia.org and there is nothing you need to do for DIII or Junior College programs

Registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center does not help you in the recruiting process. Recruiting is about getting evaluated by the college coaches who are the right fit for you. The eligibility center process handles your academic and amateur eligibility once a coach is interested. 

NCAA Recruiting Calendar Defined

What is a contact period?

During a contact period a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete and visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.

What is an evaluation period?

During an evaluation period a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.

What is a quiet period?

During a quiet period, a college coach may only have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents on the college’s campus.  A coach may not watch student-athletes compete (unless a competition occurs on the college’s campus) or visit their high schools. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.

What is a dead period?

During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.

 

NCAA Division I Recruiting Calendar/Rules

 August 1-26, 2018 Contact Period

August 27 through September 13, 2018 Quiet Period

September 14 through November 11, 2018 Contact Period

November 12-15, 2018 Dead Period

November 16, 2018 through January 2, 2019 Quiet Period

January 3-6, 2019 Dead Period

January 7 through Febuary 28, 2019 Quiet Period

March 1 through July 31, 2019 Contact Period

 

                                                           Sophomore

Recruiting Material You may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires, but no recruiting materials.
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
Coach cannot call you.
Electronic Correspondance Not Permitted.
Off-Campus Contact Not Permitted
Official Visits Not Permitted
Unofficial Visits Unlimited

                                                             Junior

Recruiting Material You can begin to receive recruiting material and information from the coach on September 1st.
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
You can receive one per week starting September 1st of your Junior year
Telephone calls are unlimited during contact periods.
Electronic Correspondance You can begin to receive electronic correspondence from the coach on September 1st.
Off-Campus Contact Allowed July 1st after your Junior year.
Official Visits Beginning September 1st of Junior Year
Unofficial Visits Beginning September 1st of Junior Year

                                                            Senior

Recruiting Material You can receive recruiting material and information from the coach
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
Coach can call you once per week starting July 1st.
Telephone calls are unlimited during contact periods.
Off-Campus Contact Allowed but no more than 3 times.
Official Visits You can start official visits on the opening day of your classes.
You get one per college and a maximum of 5 visits to D1 schools, and unlimited for D2, D3 and NAIA schools.
Unofficial visits Unlimited

 

 NCAA Division II Recruiting Calendar

 

June 1 through November 11, 2018 Contact Period

November 12-14, 2018 Dead Period

November 15, 2018 through April 14, 2019 Contact Period

April 15-17, 2019 Dead Period

April 18, 2019 through May 31, 2019 Contact Period

 

                                                              Sophomore

Recruiting Material You may receive brochures for camps, questionnaires. and non athletic recruiting publications
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
After June 15th preceding Junior Year, coaches can call, text, and email you unlimited.
Off-Campus Contact After June 15 preceding Junior Year, these contacts are unlimited.
Official Visits Not Permitted
Unofficial Visits Unlimited

                                                                 Junior

Recruiting Material You may receive brochures for camps, questionnaires. as well as recruiting material and information from the coach.
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
Official Visits After June 15 preceding Junior Year, these contacts are unlimited.
Unofficial Visits Unlimited

                                                                Senior

Recruiting Material You can receive material and information from the coach
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
College coach can call, text, and email you unlimited.
Off-Campus Contact Unlimited
Official Visits You can start official visits on the opening day of your classes.
You get one per college and a maximum of 5 visits to D1, and unlimited visits to D2, D3 and NAIA schools.
Unofficial visits Unlimited

 

NCAA Division III Recruiting Calendar/Rules

There is no defined recruiting calendar for Division III, however the below rules are in place.

                                                    Sophomore and Freshman

Recruiting Material You may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires.
You can receive recruiting information and material from college coaches.
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
College coach can call you an unlimited number of times.
Off-Campus Contact Allowed after your sophomore year
Official Visits Not Permitted
Unofficial Visits Unlimited

                                                                      Junior

Recruiting Material You can receive recruiting material and information from the coach.
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
College coach can call you an unlimited number of times.
Off-Campus Contact Allowed after your Junior year.
Official Visits Allowed after January 1st
Unofficial Visits Unlimited

                                                                      Senior

Recruiting Material You can receive material and information from the coach
Telephone Calls You can call the coach at your own expense.
College coaches can call you an unlimited number of times.
Off-Campus Contact Allowed
Official Visits You can start official visits on the opening day of your classes.
You get one per college.
Unofficial visits Unlimited

 

NAIA Recruiting Calendar/Rules

There is no defined recruiting calendar for NAIA, however the below requirements are in place.

Student-athletes must meet 2 of the 3 requirements below in order to be eligible for the NAIA:

  1. Achieve a minimum of 18 on the ACT or 860 on the SAT.
  2. Achieve a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Graduate in the top half of your graduating class.

NJCAA Recruiting Calendar/Rules

There is no defined recruiting calendar for NJCAA, however the below requirements are in place.

  • Every student must be a high school graduate with an academic diploma, general education diploma or a State Department of Education approved high school equivalency test.
  • Each institution is different when it comes to academic eligibility requirements.  It is recommended that each potential student-athlete discuss their athletic eligibility with the specific college.

Recruiting Rules

  • No institution shall permit an athlete to be solicited to attend by the promise of a gift or inducement other than an athletic scholarship.
  • An institution may pay for one visit to its campus by direct route, for a stay not to exceed two days and two nights.  The paid visit must be limited to the campus and local community where the college is located.
  • A student-athlete must have completed his/her junior year in high school in order to receive an official recruiting visit by a member NJCAA college.
  • While recruiting a potential athlete on campus, a college representative may purchase meals for the athlete.  The value of the meals may not exceed the amount provided to a college employee while traveling on college business.

 

College Baseball Links

http://www.ncsasports.org

http://www.athleticscholarships.net

https://www.fieldlevel.com

https://www.sportsrecruits.com

https://web3.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp

http://www.playnaia.org