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How to Find the Right Baseball Camp, Tournament or Showcase for Your Recruiting

 

When it comes to the baseball recruiting process, perhaps the most important factor is “exposure, exposure, exposure.” Baseball camps, showcases and tournaments offer the opportunity to put a student-athlete’s skills and talents in front of the very people they need to impress. The fact is, very few student-athletes advance to the college level without participating in them in some way, so making an informed decision on which events will be most beneficial to the athlete in the recruiting process is essential.

Whether student-athletes have been sent baseball camp or showcase brochures because they’re actively being recruited, or are simply in some type of database or on a list that a coach purchased or obtained, the question is the same: How important are these player platforms? Are they worth the money? Will they help in the recruiting process? We’ve provided the answers in this section.

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How to choose the right baseball camp, showcase or tournament

Finding the right event will depend largely on the athlete’s age and skill level. Attending a baseball camp as a freshman or sophomore is primarily to learn more about a program, to meet coaches personally, learn their coaching philosophy and to evaluate the campus. When deciding on camps as a freshman or sophomore, the most important factors are:

  • Does the recruit have enough interest in this program to make attending this camp worthwhile?
  • Does the recruit legitimately feel like they could possibly play at that college?
  • Will the family have time to tour the campus and experience college life?
  • Has the coach asked the recruit to call them and talk about their program?Programs that are truly interested in recruits at the Division 1 and top Division 2 levels will ask recruits to call them and they will provide their number.

For upperclassmen, the best way to decide on college camps is to figure out how interested coaches are in the recruit as a prospect. Again, if the coach has seen the athlete play in a game, at a showcase, or another camp then it is highly unlikely they need to evaluate them at their camp again. The most important factors when deciding on camps as an upperclassman are:

  • Is the program recruiting for the athlete’s position in their grad year?
  • How many players are they looking to bring in for the athlete’s position in their graduating class?
  • Has the coaching staff evaluated the athlete’s recruiting profile and video?

Another factor in choosing a baseball camp is which college programs will be participating. If several programs in which a student-athlete is interested in will be attending, it may be a good event to attend to showcase the athlete’s skills to multiple coaches. Recruits can determine this by attaining a list of participants prior to the event. If there are only one or two programs on the list, then it may be better instead to attend one of their individual college camps.

Insider tip: As a freshman or sophomore, it might be more beneficial to attend a baseball camp closer to home rather than spending time and money to attend camps further away, unless the recruit is going to be in the area for travel or vacation.

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Baseball showcases: Get third-party verified combine numbers

Baseball showcases are often hosted by third-party groups and include workouts and at least one game. They do not always include instruction. Some of the most prominent baseball showcases are:

The point of baseball showcases is for athletes to get legitimate, measurable numbers in order to demonstrate their abilities to college coaches and scouts. Showcases can also be a good way for athletes to show off their skills in front of college coaches.

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Travel ball tournaments: Compete against other elite athletes

Over the past decade, the growth of travel teams and private-run competitions has superseded the importance of high school teams in terms of generating exposure in the recruiting process. Travel ball tournaments offer coaches the opportunity to watch hundreds—if not thousands—of prospects in one location or weekend. They give student-athletes the opportunity to display their skills in front of multiple coaches—ideally representing schools on their target list—and to gauge the caliber of the competition.

Which event will be most beneficial for the recruit? Attending the biggest events can be a double-edged sword. College coaches will want to be where the largest collection of athletes will be, but that also means it’s easier for the recruit to get lost in the shuffle. Generally speaking, coaches attend these events to evaluate the list of athletes they have already identified as potential recruits, and not to discover new talent. It is up to recruits to be proactive in reaching out to coaches and making sure they get on that list. 

Timing is also an important factor. Division 1 coaches, especially, must abide by the recruiting calendar. Student-athletes are advised to confirm that any event claiming that Division 1 coaches will be in attendance is taking place during a recruiting period when they are allowed to attend. 

There are some events that generate media exposure. College coaches may not attend these, but may still be monitoring them. Find out what kind of follow-up and outreach these events do with college coaches before deciding whether or not to attend.

Insider tip: Follow up with each coach of interest after attending their university camp or receiving new combine numbers. This is key to staying on their radar and building a relationship. Athletes should ask the coach directly if they had a chance to evaluate them and if they had any feedback. It's OK for recruits to ask where they stand in their recruiting class. Learn more about establishing contact with coaches.

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Third-party baseball camps: Get exposure to a broad group of coaches and scouts

These camps or events are hosted by outside organizations and are designed to provide athletes with exposure to a broad group of college coaches and scouts. Most third-party camps have hundreds of athletes participating, which makes it unrealistic to expect a coach to evaluate every athlete in attendance. These camps are typically more expensive than the other camps, but if athletes do their homework, they can be beneficial. Similar to baseball tournaments, athletes should make sure they are on coaches’ radars before the event.

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College baseball camps: Specialized instruction and a chance to meet with college coaches

At baseball camps (also known as baseball clinics), recruits will receive specialized instruction in fielding, pitching and hitting, often by college coaches and staff from the college hosting the event. In addition to connecting with college coaches, athletes also benefit from instruction at a higher, and possibly even pro baseball, level. Recruits are able to play against the athletes they are competing against for roster spots and see what level of competition is out there. If a coach is unable to come see a recruit compete in person, these events can be a great way to get evaluated.

Most college baseball camps don’t require an invitation to attend, but that doesn't mean recruits need to attend all of them. Athletes need to be honest about their abilities and expectations. If they are not likely to play Division 1 baseball, they shouldn’t attend a camp at a Division 1 school with Division 1-level recruits.

Insider tip: Multiple colleges might be represented at a single baseball camp. Potential recruits who cannot make it to the specific camp of a target school should find out if the coaching staff will attend other camps. Finding a baseball camp at which multiple target schools will be participating offers more bang for the buck.

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Find baseball camps and showcases in your area

Use our events finder tool below to find recruiting events in your area. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 866-495-5172.

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2019 European Showcase

Brno-jih-Komarov, CZE
Showcase
Perfect Game
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
8 a.m.

The 1st annual European Showcase is held at Draci Brno Stadium in Brno, CZE, May 29th. The event will give players from all across Europe an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of the Perfect Game Scouting Department.

7U-14U Midwest Challenge (Mar 29-31)

Lee's Summit, Missouri
Tournament
Triple Crown Sports
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
8 a.m.

This event grew to 85 teams in 2016. Over 100 teams in 2017. Each age division Champion will receive a PAID ENTRY to the TCS MIDWEST REGIONAL on July 5th-8th in Lee's Summit. This event will sell out early in several age divisions. Get in early to confirm your team's spot. We have two different divisions of play.

7U/8U KC Summer Slam (May 31 - Jun 2)

Lee's Summit, Missouri
Tournament
Triple Crown Sports
Friday, May 31, 2019
8 a.m.

TCS RINGS CHAMPIONSHIPS is replacing the Team Appreciation event. This event Sold Out in 2018. Get in early to confirm your spot. We have two different divisions of play.

9U-18U Missouri/Kansas State Championships (May 31 - Jun 2)

Lee's Summit, Missouri
Tournament
Triple Crown Sports
Friday, May 31, 2019
8 a.m.

Our top competitive level is our D1 or Major/AAA division, which you will see listed simply as 9u, 10u, 11u,12u,13u, and so on. This division includes "Select" teams and is open to any team that wants to compete at that level. Many of these teams are made up of the best players in a city or county. This is our most competitive division and, frankly, the one we hope most teams will choose to enter. Players get better when they are challenged by the top competition. When you see D2 that refers to AA teams. D2 is designed for teams that are not yet ready to compete with the top teams.

Albuquerque Pathway Games (May 31 - Jun 5)

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tournament
Triple Crown Sports
Friday, May 31, 2019
9 a.m.

We are entering our 2nd year for the Pathway Games event, which once again takes place in Albuquerque, NM at the new Albuquerque Regional Sports Complex. Each field has high school level field lighting and is made of entirely synthetic turf and includes two bullpens and dugouts. Bleacher seating with shade canopies at each field provide spectators a great view of the game. The complex features a multi-purpose building with a full concession stand, press boxes, locker rooms and an event room on the second level with incredible 360-degree views of the Rio Grande Valley.

Pathway Games Albuquerque (May 31 - Jun 5)

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tournament
Triple Crown Sports
Friday, May 31, 2019
9 a.m.

This will be the second year for the Pathway Games event, which now takes place in Albuquerque at the new Albuquerque Regional Sports Complex. Each field has high school level lighting and is made of entirely synthetic turf and includes two bullpens and dugouts.

10U-13U Silver Series Championships - Springfield Area #1 (May 31 - Jun 2)

Springfield Area, Illinois
Tournament
Game Day USA
Friday, May 31, 2019
12 p.m.

**NO ELITE TEAMS** This event is intended for teams that are in the middle "silver" or bottom tier of their travel baseball league. We ask that top level "elite or gold" teams do not register for this event, so that we can have some parity in pool and playoff games. Part time travel teams or house league All-Star teams are also welcome. Game Day USA administration will NOT be responsible for conducting research to qualify teams; we are trusting Head Coaches to classify their teams properly.

10U-14U Super Regional - Cincinnati #2 (May 31 - Jun 2)

Cincinnati, Ohio
Tournament
Game Day USA
Friday, May 31, 2019
6 p.m.

Game Day USA is proud to have hosted teams from twenty-five (25) different states and Canada last season. 2019 will be a record year, with over 200 tournament events scheduled. Registration is now open for Spring/Summer 2019.

8U-13U State Wars - Crown Point (May 31 - Jun 2)

Crown Point, Indiana
Tournament
Game Day USA
Friday, May 31, 2019
8 a.m.

Game Day USA is proud to have hosted teams from twenty-five (25) different states and Canada last season. 2019 will be a record year, with over 200 tournament events scheduled. Registration is now open for Spring/Summer 2019.

8U-14U Wolverine Championships #1 (May 31- Jun 2)

Ann Arbor Area, Michigan
Tournament
Game Day USA
Friday, May 31, 2019
6 p.m.

Game Day USA is proud to have hosted teams from twenty-five (25) different states and Canada last season. 2019 will be a record year, with over 200 tournament events scheduled. Registration is now open for Spring/Summer 2019.

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