Visit athletic department websites to assess team rosters. A team loaded with seniors could mean early playing time, since holes in the depth chart will open after they graduate. On the other hand, a logjam of freshmen could mean a redshirt season—and a few years of paying dues.
Google the team’s coaches. Have they been with the program for a number of years? If they have switched jobs a lot, they might continue that pattern.
Watch the team play. Attend a game on campus, if possible. Look for how your skills fit in with the team’s style of play.
Identify the attributes you possess that mesh with the team’s style. For example, if bunting and speed on the base paths are your strengths, look for teams that play small ball to outscore their opponents. Try to find a team that can use your skill set.
During your collegiate career, you could spend more time with the trainer and strength staff than with the head coach, so make sure to get their insights.
During your campus visits, talk with players to see what it’s like to be member of the team. Ask about practice plans, off-season schedules and the time commitment required of student-athletes.
Visit the school’s academic buildings and the team’s stadium or arena, practice venue, weight room and athletic training room. Make sure you’re comfortable in all these areas. They could become your home away from home.
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