• College Athlete Advantage

Should I play for this club team?

As the calendar turns to year, let’s look at some of the factors your family should consider when deciding on a club team.

  • Development. Does the team practice? If so, how often and how productive are they? Do the coaches take time to discuss details of the game so that you as a player can improve? Do the coaches hit fly balls and ground balls before the game? Are you able to get in swings besides what you get in a game?

  • Playing time. How many players are at your position? Is there a rotation or is it based on performance? Does the coach bring in random players for certain tournaments that take away your field time? How big is the roster? Does the coach cap the number or take as many players as he can?

  • Winning. Nobody likes to lose, but some coaches put a bigger emphasis on winning than others. How important is winning to the team? Are the tournaments about winning games or developing players? A team that puts a premium on winning can be a positive thing as long as this is communicated with your family up front.

  • Exposure. This is such a buzzword for club teams. If they’ve played in certain tournaments before, they should be able to tell you the expected turnout of college coaches. Is the coach doing anything pro-actively to help you get recruited? Have colleges been contacted before the event to let them know about certain players? Does the coach have an updated roster and pitching rotation to give scouts/coaches when they come up to the dugout?

  • Travel. What are the expectations regarding travel for baseball tournaments? If the team is traveling to other states to play, what is the reason? Are there rules or expectations for the road?

  • Cost. What should your family expect to pay? What does this cost go toward?

  • Level of enjoyment. Obviously, this is not a direct question you can ask the coach. However, it’s still game after all, and having fun should be part of the equation. There is something to be said for a player enjoying playing for a certain team or coach. The opposite is also true — if you’re not having any fun, then it is probably time to make a change.

  • Coaching staff. Are they leaders of young men in baseball as well as in character development? Do they want the best for their players or is it all about them? What is their background in baseball and coaching? Are they easy to communicate with or do they avoid talking with parents?

Hopefully this helps as you think about some of the important factors to consider when choosing a club/travel team. By getting more of these questions answered, you can feel confident that you’re making an informed decision.

For more information about the College Athlete Advantage Recruiting Program please call Mike Orchard @ 407-489-7509 or email:

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