By Jean Bedord | July 21, 2006
When you are deciding where to go to school, there are many considerations in choosing a college baseball program. Playing time is probably the biggest concern, in deciding between a junior college or a four year college baseball program. Both options have their benefits as well as downfalls. Usually a player has a better chance to play more at a junior college than he would at a four year school, but that is not the only factor to think about.
Junior college baseball programs tend to have fewer facilities and less money to spend than four year schools. You probably will not be taking airplane flights to your baseball games, nor will you be wearing your Nike jerseys like you can at some larger four year schools. But junior college programs have their advantages, namely game playing time. You are usually competing against players that are your age or a year or two older. They tend to be much more inexpensive. California junior colleges for example can cost less than one thousand dollars per semester. Another overlooked advantage of the junior college baseball program is that after spending two years there and improving, many times you can go to a better four year program than you could out of high school. Many four year schools rely heavily on junior college baseball players on a yearly basis.
Four year schools as mentioned above tend to have much more money to spend on their baseball programs. The facilities can be night and day better than junior colleges. When you go to a four year college out of high school, it is easier to graduate because you know what classes to take. You can concentrate on your major from day one if you choose because you are already there. You also have an opportunity to play for a longer period of time for the same baseball coaches. The things that they teach will have more time to sink in thus allowing you to perform better. Junior colleges tend to be commuter schools where many four year schools are not. The dorms and campus housing allow for the students to hang out with each other more, and this tends to be more fun and more of a college experience.
In conclusion there are many factors that you must weigh before making your decision. Each baseball player has different factors that are important to him. Hopefully these that were discussed will help you in your decision making process — remember to go where you are the most comfortable.
Your baseball pro, Steve Holm
P.S. Grades are an important factor in having choices! An athlete with a 3.0 or better has more options to choose from. Host mom, Jean