College Recruiting Services

Going Yard aims to offer the highest level of support for the players that wish to play College Baseball. We have put together a step-by-step baseball recruiting guide explaining the navigation of the recruiting process. This process can be difficult and overwhelming but hopefully, our guide can help you out. 

Here are a few requirements that we need the athlete to fulfill in order to get the full recruiting experience:

-The ability to send video files to upload to a player profile

-Access to an area for training

Once you have fulfilled the requirements you can continue to our recruiting services sign up(hyperlink). Throughout the sign up process

 

College Preparation 

  • You can find schools of interest or schools interested in your profile by using our recruiting services
  • Create a list using our provided documents including prospective schools that we will attract that are good athletic and academic matches 
  • We will acquire clips of film from you to promote through our services
  • Send letters of Interest to coaches 
  • Go on unofficial visits to colleges 
  • Student-athletes should film or update their skills tape. We ask for feedback from all college coaches asking for what they would like to see to optimize our video building services
  • Continue to research prospective schools and narrow the list of target schools 
  • Fill out questionnaires 
  • Update the skills video and get it re-evaluated 
  • Follow up with coaches in a timely manner. Respond to every coach. It is important that our program maintains a positive rapport with the coaches. You will be contacted by coaches. If it is not a school of interest, please politely decline the offer.  
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list 
  • Further, narrow down the list of target schools 
  • Make official visits (if recruited)
  • Guided applications to schools 
  • Guided application for all financial aid opportunities 
  • Sign and commit to a school and program 
  • Find out the summer workout schedule

Tips to remember: 

  •  Athletes must always keep in mind that coaches are checking Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts to gauge whether a recruit will be a good representative for their team and the school. 
  • Student-athletes can contact coaches at any time, but Division 1 and Division 2 coaches can’t personally respond until 2nd-year midget.  
  • Division 3 and NAIA coaches are not limited as to when they can contact student-athletes 
  • Do not apply to a school that is not a good athletic or academic fit. This is where target school research is helpful 
  • Most D1 programs begin recruiting players in their 1st year of 18U here. If a player is athletically and physically gifted at this point, they will begin to track that player’s progression. 
  • Some schools like to have players attend their camps on campus in person. Given our geographic location, this is often not very feasible, we can help with our services to provide lines of communication with these coaches should your player be a prospect of a particular program.

Going Yard will help to make sure you are aware of the following deadlines and can provide a convenient one-stop-shop for all associated information and applications. 

  • NCAA Amateurism Certificate 
  • SEVIS (Student Visa Application) 
  • Immunization Records 
  • Power of Attorney on local bank account 
  • College applications 
  • NCAA and/or NAIA Eligibility Center registration 
  • Final transcripts 
  • Proof of high school graduation

Create a strong skills video 

“Attention-getting” does not mean special effects, flashy editing or dramatic music (this should be avoided). We are talking about a video that will get the athlete on a coach’s radar and on their list of recruits they want to pursue. 

  • Lead with the strongest skills and keep the focus on the fundamental skills specific to your position 
  • Again, this is a skills video; coaches will request game footage if they want to see it 
  • Make sure to get fully warmed up before filming 

Reach out to the schools on your target list 

  • Introduce yourself in an email to the college coach. An impactful subject line will compel the coach to open an email. Recruits should mention their graduating class, GPA, position, key stats and if a video is attached.  
  • Continually follow up with coaches with transcript updates, enhanced stats, and new skills videos. Congratulate them on a recent win and invite them to watch you compete.

Understanding scholarship offers and how to negotiate 

Full-ride baseball scholarships are rare. Because baseball is an equivalency sport, coaches will divide their limited scholarships (for example, 11.7 at the Division 1 level) across their rosters. Families looking to ease the financial burden of college will want to pursue academic scholarships that will put the student in a position to attend a college and try out for the team as an unrecruited walk-on (in this scenario, it is crucial the student-athlete confirms with the coach prior to enrollment that they will be allowed to try out for the team). Few things to remember:

  • Division 1 and Division 2 schools can begin to make scholarship offers after 1st-year midget baseball.  
  • Student-athletes are only allowed five official visits 
  • Division 3, NAIA, junior colleges and Division 2 schools recruit during senior year. This is a time where we may look to set up a tryout.  

How can families negotiate for a better scholarship offer? The best bargaining tool an athlete has multiple offers from other schools. No coach wants to lose out on a recruit for whom there is a strong interest. 

College baseball National Signing Day—sign with your top school 

All that is left is for the recruit to formalize their agreement to attend their chosen school. Many athletes do this by signing the National Letter of Intent (NLI), a legally binding document that commits the athlete to attend a college or university for one academic year and the school to provide agreed-upon financial aid for that year. Not all schools use the NLI, so the recruit should check if there’s a document for them to sign. 

How to use the baseball recruiting guidelines 

College baseball scouts evaluate players by arm strength, fielding range, speed, and hitting for power and average. Recruiting guidelines offer a good benchmark for student-athletes to compare themselves with athletes competing at the college level. What are college baseball scouts generally looking for at each position? What skill sets should individual position players have? This section breaks down divisional recruiting guidelines to give recruits and their families a better understanding of what will be expected of them at each position. Keep in mind: 

  • Recruiting guidelines are just that: guidelines. These are an indication of what coaches generally look for, but there will be exceptions. Coaches are looking for the best fits for their team. 

What age do scouts look at baseball players? 

Here are a few benchmarks that we have noticed the average player at each collegiate level achieve:

Pitcher:

Division 1 

  • Pitch velocity: 86-88 MPH consistently; up to 95+ MPH 
  • Command of at least 2 pitches 
  • ERA: below 2.00 
  • At least 1 K per inning pitched 
  • Walk less than 1 batter per 2 innings pitched 

Division 2 

  • Pitch velocity: 84-86 MPH consistently – 90+ MPH 
  • Control of one off-speed pitch and 1 additional pitch thrown to spots consistently 
  • ERA: below 3.00 
  • Around 1 K per 1 inning pitched 
  • Walk around 1 batter per 2 innings pitcher 

Division 3 and NAIA 

  • Pitch velocity: 77 MPH – 82 MPH 
  • Control of at least one off-speed pitch and developing another 
  • Strikeout to walk ratio of 1:1 
  • ERA: 2.50–3.50 

Junior College 

  • Pitch velocity: 80 MPH consistently; up to 95+ MPH 
  • 1 or less than 1 K per inning pitched 
  • ERA: below 4.00 

Catcher: 

Division 1 

  • Height: 6’1” 
  • Weight: 185–200 lbs.  
  • OBP: .500 
  • Slugging: .600 (minimum 2 at-bats per game)  
  • Pop Time: 1.95 and below consistently (verified by a neutral source) 
  • ERA below 2.00 

Division 2 

  • Height: 6’0” 
  • Weight: 180 lbs. 
  • OBP: .450 
  • Slugging: .550 (minimum 2 at bats per game) 
  • Pop Time: 2.0 and below consistently (verified by a neutral source) 

Division 3 and NAIA 

  • Height: 5’11” 
  • Weight: 180 lbs. 
  • OBP: .400 
  • Slugging: .500 
  • Pop time: 2.0 – 2.1 

Junior college 

  • Height: 5’10” 
  • Weight: 170 lbs. 
  • OBP: .350 
  • Slugging: .450 
  • Pop Time: 2.1 or below

Middle infielder: 

Division 1 

  • Height: 5’8″–6’2″ 
  • Weight: 165–190 lbs. 
  • 60-yard dash: 6.4-6.9
  • infield Velocity: high 80’s and above from SS 
  • OBP: .500 
  • Slugging: .600 (minimum 2 at-bats per game)  

Division 2 

  • Height: 5’8”–6’2” 
  • Weight: 165–190 lbs. 
  • 60-yard dash: 6.9 or below 
  • Infield Velocity: Low 80s and above MPH from SS 
  • OBP: .550 
  • Slugging: .450 (minimum 2 at-bats per game)  

Division 3 and NAIA 

  • Height: 5’11” 
  • Weight: 170 lbs. 
  • 60-yard dash: 7.0 or below 
  • Infield velocity: 78+ MPH from SS 
  • OBP: .400 
  • Slugging: .500 

Junior college 

  • Height: 5’10” 
  • Weight: 165 lbs. 
  • 60-yard dash: 7.1 or below 
  • Infield velocity: Upper 70s MPH from SS 
  • OBP: .350 
  • Slugging: .450 

Center fielder:

Division 1 

  • Height: 5’9’’–6’2’’ 
  • Weight: 175–210 lbs. 
  • Infield velocity: 87–95+ MPH from the outfield 
  • 60-yard dash: below 6.7 
  • Infield velocity: 87–95+ MPH from the outfield 
  • OBP: .500 
  • Slugging: .600 (minimum 2 at-bats per game) 

Division 2 

  • Height: 5’11” 
  • Weight: 180 lbs. 
  • 60-yard dash: below 6.9 
  • OBP: .450 
  • SLG: .500 (minimum 2 at-bats per game) 

Division 3 and NAIA 

  • 60-yard dash: 6.9 or below 
  • OF velocity: 80+ MPH 
  • OBP: .400 
  • Slugging: .500 

Junior college 

  • 60-yard dash: 7.0 or below 
  • OF velocity: 78+ MPH 
  • OBP: .350 
  • Slugging: .450  

Coaches Connected with us:

NCAA D1- 243 connected coaches

NCAA D2- 274 connected coaches

NCAA D3- 360 connected coaches

Juco (Junior College)- 542 connected coaches

NAIA- 321 connected coaches

Professionals- 3 connected coaches

-INDIVIDUALIZED- With the services we offer we hope to create a personalized approach to finding a post-secondary school of interest and finding a training program that best fits the athlete.

-ANALYSIS- Throughout the recruiting process coaches will want to figure out what type of athlete you are. Through video analysis, you will be able to showcase your skills.

-COMMUNICATION- Acess to communicate with a coach about the recruiting process and program.

Recruiting Services Levels:

Bronze:

-Filmed reps

-Updated field-level profile

Silver:

-General programming (12 months)

-Filmed reps

-Updated field-level profile

Gold:

-Individualized programming (12 months)

-Filmed reps

-Updated field-level profile

-Baseline adjustments (monthly program adjustments)

Platinum:

-Individualized programming (12 months)

-Filmed reps

-Updated field level profile

-Baseline adjustments (monthly program adjustments)

-Communication with coaches through video and text