The coaching staff at Catch-All Baseball prides itself in the motto of "student first, athlete second." Success on the baseball diamond maybe short-lived if one does not produce in the classroom. This does not only include doing well academically, but taking the correct courses and completing the necessary process to maintain athletic eligibility. Ask any major college coach and they will tell you that they recruit "student-athletes." Thus, Catch-All Baseball demands that their student-athletes have the same dedication and work ethic both in the classroom and on the field. We encourage our student-athletes and their parents to work together to answer the following questions:
What Classes Should I Take in High School?
(9th through 12th Grades)
Everyone who wants to enter a four-year college or university as a freshman should take these classes. The California State University and the University of California has the same college preparatory pattern. (Shoot for A's and B's in your courses, but earn at least a C grade. Remember, you need to have a 3.0 overall GPA.)
English: 4 years of college preparatory English composition and literature (take one each year).
Math: 3 years (4 years is recommended), including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or higher mathematics (take one each year).
History and Social Science: 2 years, including 1 year of U.S. history (or 1 semester of U.S. history and 1 semester of civics or American government) and 1 year of social science.
Laboratory Science: 2 years, including 1 biological science and 1 physical science.
Language (other than English): 2 years of the same language (American Sign Language is applicable).
Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year of dance, drama or theater, music, or visual art.
College Preparatory Elective: 1 more year of any college preparatory subject.
These classes total 15 units (a unit equals one year or two semesters). You will need to plan to take four of these classes almost every year you are in high school.
Why Are These Courses Important?
Reading, writing, math and science form the foundation upon which to build your knowledge and expand your mind. It's important to master these courses in middle school and high school as they will give you the tools you need to succeed in college and beyond:
Reading: Reading-literature, fiction and non-fiction-and lots of it helps improve vocabulary, verbal skills and writing ability.
Writing: Expressing yourself well is important in every field of endeavor. Learn good research and writing techniques. Get feedback and give yourself plenty of time to rewrite and edit your writing assignments to do the best job possible.
Computing: In today's technological world, having an understanding of math and science is a must. Progressing from basic math to algebra to geometry, calculus and trigonometry will give you the tools to open your mind to new ways of thinking and problem solving.
Web Site Recommendations
Catch-All Baseball recommends the following web sites to assist you with the college preparation and athletic recruitment process:
CaliforniaColleges.edu has been developed in collaboration with the California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), California Community Colleges (CCC), Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), and the Department of Education (CDE) to allow students to obtain information about higher education opportunities in California. The site aims to become the portal for all colleges and universities in the state. CaliforniaColleges.edu provides two major functions; (1) college exploration, including virtual campus tours, criteria searches, and (2) a student-campus matching assistant guidance and counseling, including information on financial aid and admissions planners for first-year and transfer students.
For information about the CSU's 23 campuses the CSUMentor website features:
Admission information, including how to apply to a CSU campus online
Virtual tours of each campus
Financial aid information
Answers to commonly asked questions
A student planner for each grade level
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) produces a very informative piece designed to provide an understanding to the high school student-athlete and their parents of the rules and regulations needed to compete at the college level in one of the Association's three divisions. This is a MUST read for any prospective college student-athlete.
As a prospective student-athlete at a Division I or II institution, you have certain responsibilities to attend to before you may participate. One of these responsibilities is registering with the NCAA's Clearinghouse. This process should be completed before the beginning of the student-athlete's sophomore year of high school.