In todays summer market...it is competitive. Many people are trying to influence you and your decision on what is the best road to help your son get to the next level. We understand.
1) Look deep into the Organization. Don't be sold by a sexy name, or locations you play. What really matters is who is going to be advocating for your son. Who do they know? Are they passionate about helping and do they really care about your son......or their Organization?
2) More than 90% of players sign within 250 miles of where they reside. With this FACT...you should spend 90% of your time playing in this area. In fact, if you are a pro prospect...scouts have regions or territories they cover. When you leave their territory....you actually make it more difficult, not easier.
3) Why spend THOUSANDS of dollars, do the math. Sure, people like coaches need to be compensated for their time, but when a team has 15 - 20 players (which at the High School level is the norm) many teams are simply digging in your wallet. This also shows you what type people or Organizations you are dealing with. Take a minute as a parent, and do the math.
4) Make sure the Organization is one that also EDUCATES and TRAINS the athlete, not just a show and go group. If they are constantly flying guys in, or rotating players....they are more concerned with their name (Organization name) than the players.
5) See who the Organization takes credit for helping? Many of them take credit for Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. Its almost funny how if they saw a player....they helped him.
6) If the Organization won't take time educating you the parent on the process, they won't take the time to help your son! See if they travel to High School Games and to watch them, and if they don't....how do they truly know what the player has to offer? I know...scary, as very few Summer Teams spend time going scout and watch their own players to know their strengths and weaknesses.
7) Although baseball is a team sport...the summer is about YOU!
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