Player Pathway Considerations
The debate of player pathway is a difficult one to navigate at the best of times. In looking at the options and opportunities there are a number of key considerations to take into account.
Probably the most important one is, what is it that we want for our son or daughter. Naturally, as players get older they will be able to provide more input in that discussion. In essence there are a number of common directions, such as;
Play locally until they age out
College or Varsity Ball, is the goal to win a scholarship or simply play?
Pro Ball (MLB, International, Sponsored….)
Once you know the answer to that question, players have a lot to explore. Questions like, what is most important to obtaining that goal, what does it take to play to that level.
How do I get them proper exposure? Do they have to attend scout camps, or can a simple phone call have the same or better impact?
Where do I find the best competition to push them to be their best? Who will their competition be?
What are the most important things to look for in a program? Examine that program thoroughly, what does their model look like, what is their core mission?
Does the player have the ability to balance their time commitment to baseball along with other interests, such as academics, family, and social? Understanding that scholarships require a strong academic element, does the player have the time to get proper study time in?
The youth sports industry provides a plethora of opportunity and choices. Taking the time to examine goals intimately and ask questions allows you to genuinely evaluate the most probable path to success. It is worth it, the financial and time commitment can be substantial.
SOMBA has invited Grant Rimer and Trevor McGuire of BC Baseball to share their insights and answer your questions in an effort to help you understand and evaluate your future path. Grant Rimer is the Director of the BC Baseball 18U Division including the College Prep division. Grant also co-ordinates and hosts the annual BC Baseball 18U AAA and College Prep Showcase and Scouting Combine. Grant has both managed and coached in the PBL. Trevor McGuire was the Director of the BC Baseball 15U AAA division. Trevor has also played in the US collegiate system.
There will be a meeting Wednesday October 24th at 6:30PM at the Penticton Community Center regarding player pathways and high level baseball