A baseball showcase is an event that allows you as a student-athlete to show off your baseball skills. But, unlike a baseball camp, there is no instruction or teaching involved.
Are baseball showcases worth going to?
The answer is complicated. Sometimes showcases are a good idea, other times they’re not worth the money or the effort required to attend. Overall, it’s probably a good idea to go to one or two showcases a year, but be sure the showcase is right for you before you write a check and pack up the glove and cleats.
Reasons to go to a baseball showcase.
- When coaches from a college you want to impress are at a showcase it’s a good idea to go. Make sure by asking the showcase organizer for a list of college coaches that will be in attendance.
- The showcase can provide you with measurable information about your skills. You can use statistics taken at a showcase, like your running times or throwing velocity, on your profile. And you can measure yourself against other athletes and find out what areas you need to work on.
- Some baseball showcases add the names of attendees to databases that college coaches have access to. Being on a recruiting list can’t hurt.
- It’s good overall experience.
Reasons to skip a baseball showcase.
- If you plan on attending a showcase to be “discovered”, you should reconsider. The large number of athletes on hand makes it extremely hard for you to impress any coaches who aren’t already familiar with you.
- Showcases can be expensive. Pick and choose a select few baseball showcases to attend.
- If the showcase occurs during an NCAA “quiet period” it means that no NCAA division 1 coaches can be there. If you’re hoping to play college baseball at an NCAA school, then any showcase held during a quiet period should be avoided.
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