What is a baseball showcase event? Baseball camp? Baseball combine?
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What’s the difference between baseball showcases, camps, clinics and combines?
Baseball showcases are designed for players who want to showcase their skills in front of college coaches. Showcases consist of workout sessions and at least one game. These events can be invite-only and they are restricted by the college baseball recruiting calendar. Baseball showcase events do not take place during “dead periods” when college coaches cannot contact players. In 2017, baseball recruiting dead periods take place January 5-8, April 10-13 and for a few days in November.
Baseball camps and/or clinics give high school players a platform to get noticed, but, unlike showcases, they also include instruction from college coaches. Camps are run like a college practice and player meet with and learn directly from college coaches. Baseball camps are open to everyone and feature instructors and evaluators from D1, D2, D3 as well as NAIA and junior college programs.
Baseball combines are only for high school baseball players who are looking to skip college in favor of the professional ranks. Combines are run by local pro scouts who are looking for major league prospects and few if any college coaches attend these events.
Ultimately, baseball camps offer more benefits for high school baseball players than showcases and combines.
Why are Baseball America Clinics better than baseball showcases?
High school baseball camps like the Baseball America Clinics offer features that cannot be matched by a typical baseball showcase event:
- We advertise which college coaches will attend each event.
- Workout sessions are performed on one field in front of all coaches
- All players meet one-on-one with college coaches and receive a written evaluation.
- Hands-on training with college coaches helps take you game to the next level.
- Games are controlled to maximize playing time for all participants.
- College coaches are on the field, in the dugout and always available
The Baseball America Clinics, formerly Top96, give high school baseball players unparalleled access to college coaches for instruction and evaluation. Baseball showcase events simply cannot compete.