JUNIOR COLLEGE BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIPS
College baseball recruiting information:
Please note that while information about the NCAA College baseball recruiting process can be found elsewhere, The information contained on this page refers specifically to baseball scholarships to Junior colleges. It may be useful to familiarize yourself with both processes because while there are many similarities, a number of differences may be confusing.
The first step for any potential scholarship recipient is to get noticed. Unfortunately, being the very best player at a particular high school may not qualify a student to make a college team, let alone win a scholarship. There are roughly 30,000 high schools in the USA alone, and each of those schools has their own “Best Player”.
The harsh reality is that unless a player is truly exceptional, junior college coaches and recruiters do not have the time and resources to go out of their way to attract and sign him to their school. JC coaches do not have the big athletic budgets that NCAA coaches have, so they do not have the resources to actively recruit or hire scouts, but even with smaller budgets, many coaches don’t spend all of their baseball recruiting budget each year, simply because they were not approached by suitable athletes.
Players should not make the same mistake many of their peers make, and just assume that they will be noticed and recruited. For players to get recruited, especially at the JUCO level, they must take the initiative and play an active role in getting themselves noticed. The often overlooked – but obvious – first step is to make an introduction. Players must think of the baseball recruiting process as ‘selling’ themselves to a baseball program. While movies might make it seem like coaches need to sell their schools to a particular athlete, the opposite is true in most cases. Contacting the baseball coaches and letting them know what they have to offer their program is the only way most players can get themselves noticed.
The NJCAA allows 24 scholarships per school for the sport of baseball, which are full-ride financial aid grants. Some junior colleges may offer just partial grants in aid. Of course, as with any ‘marketplace’, the best products are the most valuable, so top athletes tend to receive the best offers. There are 184 division I , and 129 division II colleges that offer baseball scholarships, and each college can only offer a maximum of 24 in total. This is one of the major differences with the NCAA, where Universities can offer a larger number of partial scholarships.
Apart from the athletic benefits, candidates who have not performed as well academically as some of their peers, may find that enrollment in a community college can provide an additional opportunity to improve their grade point averages to levels that make it possible to apply to a four-year school.
A good place for potential JC baseball stars to begin their journey to college is at our Frequently Asked Questions page. See you on the field!