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    Quote Originally Posted by Statmaster
    Yes, and a showcase is a way to make these boys PAY money to go through a few drills. :argue:
    Are you saying your son's happiness and a chance for him to impress a couple of college coaches and parhaps advance his baseball career isn't worth paying a little money for??

    Not all showcases are sour, good can come out of most of them if the prospect can really play at a high level.
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    Also, a lot of these showcases are great experience. It allows a player to play with a good quality team, in front of some scouts. And generally, they're played on some really nice fields.

    Like it or not, the showcases are here to stay. It is the best bang for the buck for the college programs. They spend recruiting travel money and go one weekend and see 250 "Players" that are showing the dedication and desire to play at the next level. Much easier than going to the couple hundred HS games it would take to see the same kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Statmaster
    Yes, and a showcase is a way to make these boys PAY money to go through a few drills. :argue:
    If one college coach observes a player, offers a chance to walk on or a possible scholarship, than those few drills certainly paid for themselves. Not all that glitters is gold and not all showcases are bad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Play 2 Win
    Like it or not, the showcases are here to stay. It is the best bang for the buck for the college programs. They spend recruiting travel money and go one weekend and see 250 "Players" that are showing the dedication and desire to play at the next level. Much easier than going to the couple hundred HS games it would take to see the same kids.
    With lack of funding for most Division 1 baseball programs, than add in Division II, III, Juco and Naia programs, most coaches do not have the luxury or financial means to observe players. A lot of professional scouts will travel in similar areas and watch the larger populated areas play, rather than driving 1-2 hours to watch a good player, play against a less competitive team.

    A lot recruit within a certain mile radius of their school, for the larges portion of their roster and will try to sign a standout player (usually a pitcher or catcher) that can make an immediate impact.

    It is also extremely difficult for coaches to attend high school games during the season, since they are so involved with their own program and they most of the time will attend games between two schools, they may have potential recruits playing at the same time. Others will send assistant coaches or recruiting coordinators at certain times during the year.

    These showcases are for the most part, beneficial to a player if college coaches attend and observe. I would urge anyone to find out as much information regarding who is running the program and see how many they have ran before, plus what colleges are actually present during these showcases. Not all are good but most can certainly benefit the player.

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    Well said Augie. When considering a potential showcase, try to determine HOW MANY and WHICH college coaches will be attending. If you get a response like "70 have been invited," that's not good enough. In that case, ask HOW MANY and WHICH college coaches attended the same showcase last year. If you don't get a positive response, I would not recommend the showcase.

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