American Legion baseball and other summer leagues help athletes improve their game, but that doesn’t always mean they get noticed by college scouts.
A local baseball expert who pitched in the Texas Rangers farm system will hold a seminar next week to help those athletes and their families.
Marty Davis, a product of Division III Marietta, said athletes and families who know the most about the recruiting process often have the most success.
He wants to give athletes interested in playing college baseball insight from his own experiences so they can reach their full potential.
“We have great athletes in our area, and I see them either not getting to the level – maybe they’re playing D-II and they could have played D-I – or they didn’t go through the process so they’re not getting any money and they’re walking on, or they’re sitting at home," said Davis. "That’s what we’re trying to help prevent.”
Davis, also a former college coach, calls the seminar "The Recruiting Game," and said getting recruited isn't just about how talented an athlete is. The more players and their parents know, the better off they'll be.
“Those parents who understand the process, those players who put in the time and effort in the recruiting side of things, can end up better even if they’re not as talented," said Davis.
The two-day seminar takes place July 17 and July 24 from 6-10 p.m. at the Harrison County Parks and Rec Building, and Davis recommends parents attend each session with their son or daughter. The seminar focuses on baseball and softball recruiting.
Interested parties may sign up online.