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There are about 1300 college baseball teams and over 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 through emails to colleges and our junior showcase. We will try our best to get you noticed. The rest is up to you on the field and in the classroom.
We ask high school coaches to recommend players to include in our mailings to colleges. Please ask your high school coach to recommend you. Also, take the time to complete the form, linked below, and return it to us. Please also keep the WBCA updated on your progress, especially with academic information. This information can be emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the link to the “Player Information Form”.
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 over 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 athletic 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 rare. Be realistic in your expectations.