Baseball Scholarships
There are 285 division 1 and 230 division 2 colleges that offer NCAA baseball scholarships. That's a total of 5,428 scholarships in the NCAA alone.

Not all scholarships are full-ride; most are classed as "equivalency sports" like NCAA baseball. This means that a coach can divide the scholarships between a larger number of baseball players. Say 25 partial instead of 12 full-ride scholarships. If you are good enough, of course, then a full-ride baseball scholarship is always a possibility.

The NCAA allows each Division 1 baseball program 11.78 scholarships and in Division 2 there are 9 available. NAIA colleges can offer a maximum of 12 scholarships.

Junior Colleges with good baseball programs can be an excellent option and frequently have scholarship money. Take a look at some of the Division 1 rosters and notice how many of the players are JUCO transfers. This is also a good source of JUCO's that have good programs. The benefit is if you make a Junior College team, you will more than likely play your freshman and sophomore years. Unless you are a superstar, you will most likely not see much playing time at a D1 school in your freshman and sophomore years. D1 schools look for Junior College transfers because they have a better feel for their skills and are getting players that have had a couple of more years of experience playing at the collegiate level.

NCAA Clearinghouse Information

Register On-line:
1.  Go to NCAA Clearinghouse website - Prospective Student-athletes
2.  Click on Domestic Student release Form
3.  Have a Visa or MasterCard charge card available for the $$ fee
4.  Print a copy of your student release from and the transcript
release form (copy #1 and Copy #2)... the transcript release form allows the
high school to send your transcript and test scores to the clearinghouse.
5.  Select a personal identification number (PIN) 4 digits


6.  Give Copy 1 and Copy 2 of your transcript release form and $$ to
your school counselor.  She will mail transcripts and test  scores to the NCAA Clearinghouse

7.  If you retake the SAT or ACT and want scores sent directly to the
NCAA Clearinghouse, mark code "9999" on the SAT/ACT registration form.


8.  Your PIN number to access your status
9.  Colleges recruiting you must request eligibility information from
the Clearinghouse
10.  Complete a Records Release Form in the Counseling office to be
placed in your file for college recruiters.
11.  Make good grades in Core classes


For any athlete that wants to continue playing sports in college, knowing about the importance of the "Clearinghouse Rules" is imperative.


A central clearinghouse will certify your athletics eligibility for Division I and II. If you intend to participate in Division I or II athletics as a Freshman, you must register and be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. The following web links will better clarify this process and start you on your way to being certified. This process will cost you $ and can be done with your school or on the web (credit card needed). This eligibility clearinghouse basically is verifying that you took the required approved NCAA Core Courses while in high school. Since the NCAA is verifying your Core Courses, it is recommended that you apply AFTER your Junior year. When you take your SAT's, be sure to mark code 9999 on the test and your scores will automatically be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse.

All of this information plus much more is located at:

Also, to get a feel for the NCAA, go to:

Get Players Scouted


Suggestions for Players and Coaches
by: Tom "T Bone" Baker

Here are some tips and insight into how to help your player "get scouted" by the professional baseball scouts.  The source of this information is Pittsburgh Pirates scout Tom "TBone" Baker.

Play summer ball at the highest level possible:
The better the competition the better you become.

Attend tryout camps and showcases beginning with:

  • The summer between your Sophomore and Junior years.

  • Attend as many as possible (only one team has to like you).

  • Watch the papers for announcements.

At the camp:

  • Stretch and thoroughly loosen-up.

  • Give it your best but stay within yourself.

  • Don't hurt yourself for one day.

  • Don't wait for tomorrow to get in shape.

Typical camp schedule of events:

  • 60 yard sprint in pairs.

  • Run through the line.

  • Catchers throw to second.

  • Pitchers throw in bullpen

  • Outfielders throw to third and home

  • Infielders field grounders and throw to first.

  • Selected players bat.

Game time:

  • Warm up properly.

  • Always take practice serious.

  • Throw with authority

  • Hustle

  • Run out all hits.


Send schedules to scouts and college coaches:

  • Date & time - opponent - location

  • Directions to home field

  • Phone number to confirm.


Send rosters to scouts and colleges:

  • name

  • positions

  • bats - throws

  • height - weight

  • birthdate - graduation year

Schedule better teams:

  • It's better to evaluate a good hitter against a good pitcher.

  • It's better to evaluate a good pitcher against a good hitter

Play on weekends:

  • Part-time scouts usually have a real weekday job

Play in tournaments:

  • Several teams in one location attract more scouts

Play in larger towns:

  • Better chance of being seen

Report results to media:

  • Scouts can read

Send data to scouts and coaches:

  • Mass email lists will save time

  • Email can also cut down on late night calls

Communicate with school's main office:

  • Make sure they know your game information

  • Even who's pitching and whose on the DL

College coaches should host a scout day for your team:

  • It's like a tryout camp plus an intersquad game

Host an off-season showcase for high school players:

  • Scouts and college coaches can both attend

  • It's great added exposure for area players

A team or player web site is a great help:
It should include a schedule

What do scouts look for?

  • foot speed

  • arm strength

  • hitting ability

Scouting structure:

  • General manager

  • Scouting director

  • Special assignment / advance scout

  • National crosscheckers (2 to 4 for each team)

  • Supervising scout (covers 3 to 4 states)

  • Scout

  • Associate scout


My name is Clay Parker and I am the area scouting director for National Scouting Report here in North Louisiana. We help educate and assist student-athletes and their parents with the recruiting process.


Here's my personal website:


If you have any specific requests about recruiting and/or you are interested in getting your child more exposure for college ball, feel free to contact me.




Clay Parker

National Scouting Report

Area Scout - North Louisiana