There are about 1000 college baseball teams and almost 400 junior college baseball teams. So playing baseball after high school should be easy, right? Well, not exactly. According to the NCAA nearly 500,000 high school students play baseball each year. With that many players, even the best athletes can have a hard time getting noticed. If you are a western Pennsylvania high school baseball player and want to continue to play baseball in college, the WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association is dedicated to getting you on the radar screen of college coaches. College coaches regularly check this website and being included will help to get you noticed. The rest is up to you on the field and in the classroom.
If you are not included in our prospect listings, please ask your high school coach to recommend you. Also, take the time to fill out the online form linked below. Please also keep the WBCA updated on your progress, especially with academic information. It would also be helpful to update the summer team you play for and any showcase or camps you plan to attend. This information can be emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Understanding the Colleges
College baseball is played by schools affiliated with the NCAA and the NAIA. The NCAA divides its schools into three divisions. There are almost 300 schools that play NCAA Division I baseball and which can have no more than the equivalent of 11.7 baseball players on scholarship. Slightly more than 200 schools play NCAA Division II baseball and have a scholarship limitation of 9 players. Over 300 colleges play in NCAA Division III and do not offer scholarships.
Slightly more than 200 colleges are affiliated with the NAIA and can have a maximum of 12 scholarship equivalents.
Junior colleges (with the exception of many California junior colleges) are typically affiliated with the NJCAA. NJCAA schools are in one of 3 divisions. Division I schools can offer full scholarships. A scholarship from a Division II school can only cover tuition, fees and books (no room and board). A Division III school does not offer scholarships.
Due to the scholarship limits (and not all schools offer the limit), full scholarships are not all that commonplace. Be realistic in your expectations.