google-site-verification=39nfoImE9pSvzeOBInOzYWgIleJ9YB9Ck2ijqVwW6UA February for Juniors


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February for Juniors

January 21, 2017


Now that the high school season is getting set to start, it's time for all juniors to stay focused on your high school program and be the best player and teammate you can possibly be.  In addition to this, do not let your grades slack throughout this second semester, finish strong so you won't have to stress as much in your senior year or have any unnecessary pressure on you.


I am in the unique position of hearing everything and yes I do mean everything!  On a daily basis, I speak with college coaches, professional scouts, high school coaches, college admissions representatives, mothers, fathers, grandparents, guidance counselors and yes, even students. We all enter the season with great intentions and motivated to help our team win, but many times as the season progresses and playing time does not, parents and students tend to lose their motivation and focus.  The thought is how will anyone recruit me if I am not playing, or not playing well or I have even heard that "the coach is playing my son in the wrong position, how will college coaches know that he is a shortstop and not a second baseman."  My advice to all of you is to go to school and work hard in the classroom.  Go to practice and do your best on the field, be a class act and good teammate in the dugout.  These are things that will impress college coaches and admissions representatives.  Don't try to cut corners or find ways to cheat the system.  Your coach makes the lineup ... PERIOD!


Want to know nine great ways to be sure you are in the lineup every day?

1. Show up

2. Be on time

3. Follow ALL of the rules

4. Be respectful

5. Listen

6. Hustle everywhere

7. Show your passion for the game

8. Outwork everybody

9. Be better than everybody


Notice there is nothing in there that says "have a meeting with your coach to discuss playing time" or make a donation to the baseball program.  This relationship with your baseball program should be like a marriage and something where you are in it for better or for worse.  It shouldn't be that you will donate money if your son plays or you will only come to games or cheer when your son is playing?  I see that all the time and find it very hard to believe ... because when you fast forward that to college, what are you telling the college coach but much more importantly, what are you teaching your child?  


General Stuff

  • Between now and April your college list should begin to take shape and you should soon realize a Top 30 list or with Fallon Sports members we refer to that as your “Target Schools”

  • Use the internet and research possible colleges for admissions and baseball opportunities.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

  • Liquidate Custodial Accounts

    • This applies to families who seek need-based aid, which generally can include anyone with less than about $200,000 of annual family income.  Putting money in your child’s name gives a tax advantage, but it is a killer for need-based aid.  There are legal ways to spend down custodial accounts on behalf of your child.

Admissions – Getting accepted

  • PSAT Results

    • Be sure to evaluate your PSAT results

  • Prepare for the SAT or ACT

    • Carve out a little time to take a close look at one or both tests.  Depending on your schools calendar, you may have spring break for a little review.  If you are thinking about getting a tutor or taking a prep class, ask about the qualifications and experience of the person who will be teaching you.

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  • Choose Your Test Dates

    • Most juniors take their first