[quote=“Chris O’Leary”]The problem with this idea is that kids this age are generally too young to be taken seriously by scouts.
They may just be early maturers and might not be able to scale; to maintain their advantage over other kids. Scouts are also so busy worrying about HS Seniors that they don’t have much time to spend on HS Juniors and very little time to think about younger kids.
In most cases, a kid will enter a scout’s radar in their Sophomore or Junior (and sometimes but rarely Freshman) year when they are playing up to the Varsity team.[/quote]
I agree, at that young age the scouts aren’t that serious. But they do take notice and will likely return to see those they took notice of once they’re Jr. and Sr. in high school.
Obviously the chances of being noticed by scouts increase when playing on 16U through 18U teams. The Indiana Bulls orginization based out of Indianapolis has been very successful at getting their high school-aged players noticed and signed with D1 colleges.
Travel ball isn’t just for the younger players. There are numerous high school aged travel teams. But it’s difficult to break into these teams if you haven’t played travel ball at the younger levels.
I guess the only point I was attempting to make was there are other options besides high school ball for good players to get noticed. Maybe I took the long way around to get there??