Things to consider when thinking of possible schools…
1. Realistically estimating the level of college baseball you as a player could compete at.
- This can start with reviewing any number of informative documents online that breakdown what average numbers and ability levels are for D1, JUCO, D2, D3, NAIA and so forth.
- Need to have a candid and honest conversation with Coach Geary
- Does school offer what you’ll be pursing?
3. Academic integrity of school
- What is their academic reputation?
- If it’s a Juco, will credits transfer to a 4 year school?
4. Cost and what is affordable
- Is there financial aid?
- Is there work study?
- Will I have to take out a loan?
- What is an acceptable cost?
5. Consider cost and possible future career
- How long will it take to pay off college loans?
- This is purposely listed last, because all of the other things listed prior are arguably more important.
- Furthermore, even if you end up in elite company and play after college at some point you’ll need a job other than playing baseball. So making sure your education and college experience is a solid one beyond baseball is the best play.
These are just a few things I would suggest that person strongly look at when trying to decide on a possible college to attend. There are several variables that should be looked at before baseball is ever a consideration. The bottom line is that there are no guarantees with baseball. But it is all but guaranteed that a person will need a college education for the rest of their life.