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Monday, August 10, 2009

Division I Baseball - Playing at the Highest Level

Division I Baseball - Playing at the Highest Level

By Gary V Hawkins

Are you a high school baseball star hoping to make it to Division I baseball? If you are, I have some good news for you and some bad news for you.

First, the good news. Division I baseball coaches will always need talented players.

The bad news: It is extremely difficult to make it to the Division I level. However, there are other opportunities to play college baseball other than Division I.

Players who make it to the top level of baseball level are extremely skilled and talented. These players are not only the best players on their team, they are usually one of the top two or three players in their entire league, conference or even region. Let's take a look at some of the requirements of reaching the division I baseball level:

1. Size And Strength

It takes size and strength to play at the top level. Don't let anyone fool you, these guys are true athletes and they train very hard to become even better athletes.

2. Arm Strength

No matter what position you play, arm strength will be critical. If you don't have great arm strength, college coaches at this level will not usually have any interest in signing you.

3. Speed

Division I baseball is also a game of speed. Once again, no matter what position you play, speed is a critical factor.

4. Bat speed/mechanics

Coaches can teach hitting, but they need kids who are already natural with the bat and they can then coach them to become an even better hitter.

5. Grades

If you don't have the grades to stay qualified to play, coaches will most likely look at the next guy and pass you up.

If your dream is to play division I baseball, keep working hard on the field, the weight room, and the classroom. All of these factors will determine if you can play at the top level of college baseball or not. If you can't reach division I, don't forget all the other excellent opportunities to play college baseball at the Division II, Division III, NAIA and even junior college level.

Once you reach your sophomore or junior season in high school, start making contact with the coaches you think you could play for. Even if you don't play for UNC, Rice, Arizona State or any of the other division I baseball power houses, you can still play the game you love at the college level.

Gary Hawkins is a well known recruiting and athletic scholarship expert and the author of a popular 17-page free report titled: "Five Secrets You Must Know To Get Recruited For Athletic Scholarships"

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