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Recruiting Time Line

This is a general lay-out of the schedule or “time line” that a high school baseball player can follow, in an effort to play baseball at the college level. This timeline was developed by getting input from former college players, parents, college coaches and high school and college academic advisors. 

To the Player:  You will get very tired of hearing this … but if you do not take care of your academics (grades) it will not matter how good you are on the baseball field, if your dream is to play college baseball academics are a part of the package!

Settle into the high school environment … get to work developing good classroom and home study habits. Learn to manage your time.
Play fall baseball, if available
Long toss after school
Run sprints and medium distance
Plan your winter baseball schedule
Locate an indoor facility that offers “top level” instruction (NJ Marlins)
Long Toss
If possible, target and attend one (1) college Christmas camp
November – January
Continue winter work-outs / get ready high school team try-outs
Keep working hard on those grades
March/April – May/June
High school season
June – July/August
Summer league seasons
Play the best and most competitive baseball that is available to you (NJ Marlins Teams). Best teams, best tournaments, against the best the competition possible
June – July
Attend a college baseball program’s “week long” camp.  This is the best way to “get noticed” by your favorite school. Many colleges sign players as a result of their attendance at the camps.
Continue to “hit the books” hard!  Your grades this year count as much as any other year.  Follow the same off – season schedule as last year.  Meet with your high school guidance counselor — tell him/her of your desire to play college baseball … you want to be “on track” with the required core courses, as well as other needs, such as foreign languages.
Follow the same spring and summer schedule as last year.  Play as many summer baseball games as possible … the more you play the more experience that you will get and the more you should improve.

July – August
Attend a Pro Try-Out Camp in your area — these will be listed in the message section of your daily newspaper’s sports section.
Start learning about Showcases (NJ Marlins) (and make contact with several of the directors — find out if they may be interested in including you in one of their events.
Send out your first contact letters –  Ask your high school coach to write letters to a few preferred colleges. Include a copy of your fall schedule (if available)
Written contact by college coaches is allowed
Register with the NCAA Initial – Eligibility Clearinghouse (your high school guidance counselor should have these forms)
Register for the fall ACT / SAT standardized tests … most students take these tests at least twice … try to avoid the spring dates, as they may conflict with your high school season Request that your ACT/SAT test scores be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse (there is a box on the application form that you check for this)
Find more information about the NCAA Clearinghouse
Continue the fall and winter schedule as you did for your freshman and sophomore years
Familiarize yourself with the NCAA admission / eligibility requirements NCAA Online or check with your school’s guidance counselor.
Feb -March
Send out your spring high school schedule
Prepare a videotape to be sent out when requested (do not send unsolicited tapes)
Plan visits to as many schools as possible this spring and summer
Some schools have “Junior Days” during the spring season … don’t be shy write a letter to the coach and ask about them.
All of these visits are “unofficial” this means that the college can not pay for any part of the visit. These are done on your own.
Make contact with showcase groups – Work on getting your information to them – So that if you qualify they can send out an invitation – If you wait until school is over for the year, it may be too late! The better showcases fill up fast.  June and July are the primary showcase months
Send out letters to college programs – Tell them about your high school junior year (11th) season – Sending stats is okay.
Focus this summer should be on attending “Select or Advanced” College Camps
In this environment you will be able to gauge yourself against some of the best players, at each camp. The college coaches will be able to do the same.
The summer between a player’s junior and senior year of high school is very important
JULY 1st
Phone contact from college coaches is permissible
July is Showcase month and East Cobb Tournaments
Attend a Pro Try-Out Camp in your area — these will be listed in the message section of your daily newspaper’s sports section.
July – August
Seek out a team that plays fall “showcase” tournaments (pro scouts can be helpful with this)
Review core academic requirements with your guidance counselor. Make sure you are “on track”
Send out your fall baseball schedule
If you do not think you will sign in the early National Letter of Intent (LOI) period, usually the second week of November. Request information on Christmas camps … especially from schools that you are most interested in or those that have shown an interest in you.
Early signing period — dates vary slightly from year to year
Update college coaches on any changes to your fall schedule
You can contact college coaches (by phone) at any time (prior to July after your Junior year they can not call you)
Continue your fall and winter schedule as you have in previous year
Official Visits
If you are offered an official visit — prepare for your visit with a list of prepared questions. Be prepared for any questions the college may have for you.
The Coaching Staff of the NJ Marlins has been instrumental in many New Jersey area kids success not only on the field throughout high school but helping their players and parents with the recruiting process and getting into College. Our staff has over 30+ years in College or Pro recruiting and any question or help you might have we can answer!
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