Over 1,700 universities in the USA offer scholarships for baseball players that would like to combine baseball with their studies. College baseball is the way to become a better baseball player, to develop, train and compete in an environment surrounded by other dedicated student-athletes.
In addition, you will earn a university degree which will lay the foundation for a successful career. Many college baseball players see playing in college as a pathway to professional baseball career.
How does college baseball work?
College baseball is a bit different than “regular” baseball; in organisation and in atmosphere. You don’t play for a club team, but for a university team. This is the highest possible competition for junior players out of the United States.
On average, a team consists of 35 players, with whom you will train almost every day. Your team will compete against other university teams in your conference and on a national level. The ultimate goal? Winning the conference! This means you will qualify for the national championships, where only the best teams in the US can play.
The biggest difference between college baseball and regular baseball is the atmosphere during games. Baseball is one of the biggest sports in the US and many fans come to watch every single game. Teammates and fans are extremely loud, support each other and create chants to hype everyone up. Don’t be surprised if thousands of fans show up at a game and start screaming for (or against) you: the energy level is very high!
College baseball fun & facts
Did you know that…
- In college baseball it is more common to move directly to the MLB from a junior college?
- One of the largest college stadium in the US have more than 24.000 seats?
- Boys in the US sometimes start searching for baseball scholarships when they are 12 years old?
- When you your college team wins the College World Series, you will be crowned as the national champion?
- A large portion of the NCAA Division 1 players turns pro after their college careers?