College Mail & E-mail: Where does it come from? The brochures and view books that flood your mailbox come courtesy of the standardized testers (PSAT, SAT, ACT) and those e-mails inviting you to every camp in the country are from being on a club team roster (Perfect Game, Fall Classics, Prospect Wire, etc ..) ... At the rate of a few cents per name, these places sell the names and contact information of millions of students to any institution willing to pay. As you register for each of the tests, you are asked to fill out a survey that asks dozens of questions about your academic record, interests and even your family income. If a college wants to send letters to all students who scored above a 2100 on the SAT, live in zip code 85284, are interested in Science and live in households with incomes of $100,000 and above the testing agencies can provide the names and addresses with a few keystrokes. To opt out of this process, either do not complete the survey or say “no” when they ask if you give permission.
Unfortunately in baseball, the screening process does not happen. If you play in showcase or combine type events, the organizers sell your information to college coaches. Yes, this is cool, but in reality causes a misconception in who is really interested and who are looking for your money. There are some tricks to avoid getting on these “lists” but still get the exposure you need - I can help getting past this frustration.
Each roster is provided in a scout packet or better yet college coaches can subscribe to Perfect Game or a service like that and BANG there is your e-mail, name, grad year - everything (except a real legitimate evaluation). The difference between the testing agency is at least their are filters with them on the baseball side of t