Baseball academies and baseball camps often provide a unique opportunity to receive quality instruction and, in some cases, professional and college exposure. Before deciding on a baseball academy or a baseball camp, you must first decide what you hope to get out if it. If exposure to professional or college baseball is your goal, it’s important to find out exactly who is running the camp, and who is providing the instruction.
Some baseball camps are actually run by either college baseball coaches or major league scouts. In this case, you know that the camp will provide your son a chance to show what he can do in front of legitimate evaluators.
Baseball academies are typically a little different than regular baseball camps. At a baseball camp, the focus is usually to instruct in a group environment and also provide some recreation and fun. A good baseball academy should be more focused on quality instruction. In the case of a legit week-long baseball academy that takes place in say, a spring training complex in Florida or Arizona, the focus is also on providing professional and college exposure. These baseball academies aren’t cheap, but the quality of the instruction along with the professional exposure could make it worthwhile.
Even if a major league scout evaluates your son at a baseball academy or baseball camp and doesn’t show interest in potentially signing him, the scout can give you an honest evaluation of which skills he needs to improve in order to become a pro prospect.
There’s a lot more to it than this, and there are specific steps you can and should take before investing good money into a baseball academy or baseball camp. If you want to learn how you can assist in your son’s potential pro baseball career (and how to make sure you’re spending your money in the right places), please consider purchasing “Live The Dream: Get Paid to Play Baseball.”
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