Seniors - wow yes you are now a senior. I'm sure the only people getting slapped in the face by that thought are the parents but it's true - senior year has arrived!
Priority #1 - If you have not already done so, please register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you do not register, you will not be eligible to play at an NCAA Division I or Division II school in your freshman year, take official visits during your senior year or receive Div. I or II athletic financial aid. You can register at www.eligibilitycenter.com - Be sure, when you register to take your ACT or SAT that you request that your test scores be sent to the Eligibility Center. The request code to enter is 9999. Please do this even if you are planning on attending a junior college - I can't get long winded and detailed in this post - just trust me you really need to do this, it's not a good path going through the process as a non qualifier - just as they say - "Just Do It".
I have been getting several calls and e-mails on the topic of official vs unofficial visits so I figure it's a good time to add it into this post. What has to be understood is that these rules vary widely from all three NCAA divisions, the NAIA and the NJCAA. Remember, however, that these rules do not prohibit an athlete, even before their senior year, from initiating contact with college coaches or visiting the school on their own. One of the most effective ways to get on a coach's radar and to get an idea of whether the school is a good fit for you is to visit the school. NCAA schools at all levels are allowed to host athletes on both official and unofficial visits.
An Official Visit is one in which the school pays for the athlete to come and see the campus. The nature and extent of the visits and benefits is strictly controlled by the NCAA. In baseball, you can have one expense-paid (official) visit to a particular campus beginning on the opening day of classes of your senior year and may receive no more than five official visits. You can't have an official visit unless you have given the college your high-school (or college) academic transcript and a score from a PSAT, an SAT, a PACT Plus or an ACT.
During your official visit (which may not exceed 48 hours),