This is a question I received during the video presentation this past Sunday, and one that I get quite frequently, that definitely needs a good explanation.
The answer to this question has a lot of factors to consider before it can be answered completely.
First, and most importantly, where does your high school team play during the summer? The best part of being on a travel team is the fact that they TRAVEL all around the country playing in high exposure tournaments against the best competition. Most high school teams do not have the budget to travel nor the talent to be able to compete on a national level. Some high schools do, but it’s tough to compete against a team that recruits statewide and sometimes even nationwide as a school that gets players from one county.
Second, what kind of talent does your high school team play? Like the first question, the ONLY way to get better is to play the absolute best competition possible. If you are not constantly being challenged and pushed by the other team you’re playing, you will never learn how to play against that upper level of pitching/hitting and you will not learn how to compete to win! Believe me, I love winning more than anyone, but if you just play weak competition and steamroll everyone, you’re not doing yourself any favors!
Finally, what kind of track record does your high school have at putting guys into the level of baseball that you desire to play? Will you be the first player drafted or to play D1 baseball in the past 20 years? Does the high school team put 4-5 players into D1 schools EVERY year? If the high school team is capable of doing what you need them to do great, but if they have no proven history of handling high-level players getting exposure, it’s probably not going to benefit your career!
The number one item you have to make sure you’re protecting is your career! You need to do what is going to help you reach your goals first! You only get one chance to achieve your dream. When you look at yourself in the mirror 20 years from now, you don’t want to wonder, “What if…”