5 Facts About College Baseball Camps

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With the summer in full swing, you are probably balancing a mix of travel team games,

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showcases, summer camps, and the occasional family dinner. It seems like this summer there are more options than ever for college camps. More schools are running their own camps, and running multiple sessions on top of it. D2 & D3 schools once attended D1 camps and recruited from there. Not anymore. Now, everyone seems to be running their own summer or fall camp. Everyone also seems to have your email address to invite you to the camp, right? Dear Prospect, You’ve been identified as a top player in your area. We would like to see you play. Our summer camp is being held on…Does this sound familiar? Before choosing the college camps to attend, there are a few things you should understand.

5 Things to Understand About College Camps

1) An invite does not mean that you are being recruited.
By NCAA Rules a college camp has to be open to any and all potential attendees. So, automatically this is not an exclusive invite. I’m sure you’ve gotten a camp invite and wondered, “how did they get my email address?” If you’ve attended an event or filled out a questionnaire, chances are more colleges than you think have your email. Just because a coach has your email address does not mean he is interested in you, recruiting you, or even knows who you are. Now, this doesn’t mean that you will never be recruited by that particular school, but the initial point of contact is no distinction of interest. Coaches want to see players who they can recruit, but they also want to fill their camp. This leads to our next point…

2) Coaches do make money off camps, but…
My first year coaching I was a volunteer. That means my full-time job was unpaid by my employer. The only way I made money was working college camps, showcases and giving lessons. Coaches run camps for 2 reasons. First, to identify talent. Second, to make money. The most important thing to remember is just because coaches make money off their camps does not mean they won’t recruit a guy who is good enough. I’ve only ever heard people categorize camps as “money makers” when they left the camp without being recruited. Nobody who has ever gone to a camp and gotten interest from that school has called it a money-maker. This leads to our next point…

3) If you do well enough to be recruited, the coaches will tell you.
Coaches do not keep it a secret if they like you. They will do everything inside NCAA rules to let you know that they feel you are a player they would like to pursue in the recruiting process. Going to their camp provides them with a hands-on experience that they don’t get by watching you in team games or showcases.. You get to work with the staff under their structure and tutelage. If you stand out to them, they will absolutely let you know during or after the camp. This leads to our next point…

4) No feedback is still feedback.
You attend a camp, show your skills, shake the coaches hand, say thank you, leave the camp, and don’t hear anything from the coaching staff. What does that mean? Well, read between the lines. No feedback is still feedback. Coaches normally will only reach out to you if they like you, not if they don’t like you. Some camps will even provide a written evaluation with feedback. If you are in doubt, then reach out to the coaches and ask for feedback as to where you stand in their recruiting class. This leads to our final point…

5) The players in attendance represent a fraction of the players interested in that school.
Often we hear how well a player did at camp. They feel that they were the best player at the camp, but nobody called them after. Why didn’t they hear anything? Being the best at camp does not automatically put you in the recruiting mix. Coaches are on the road all summer evaluating talent. The players at a specific camp are only a small portion of the players who a coaching staff will evaluate throughout the year. Since camp is open to any and all potential players, the quality of talent in attendance is out of the hands of the coaching staff. A school might be interested in a handful of players who attended their camp, or they might not be interested in any.

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