Coach Jason Howell from Georgia Tech and Coach Mike Marra from Georgia Highlands College will lead the seminar, which is being hosted by the Cass baseball team and will be held in the school cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.
Howell is the assistant baseball coach/pitching with the Yellow Jackets. Marra is the head baseball coach at Georgia Highlands. Both programs have Bartow County baseball players
Adam Williams, Cass head baseball coach, said the seminar will help teach Bartow County baseball players and their parents about the recruiting process.
“This is an opportunity to learn about what your child could be doing right now in order to improve his chances of earning a chance to play collegiate baseball,” Williams stated. “All ages of players and parents are invited and encouraged to participate.”
Williams said there are a lot of talented Bartow County baseball players who potentially could take their game to the next level.
“I can count 10 or 12 Bartow baseball players right off the top of my head who are playing college baseball now,” Williams said. “We want all our players to know about the process. It only makes Bartow County baseball better when we have as many of our players as possible playing at the next level.”
The coach said one way to do that is to educate youngsters and their parents early how to enhance the chances they can use baseball to help pay for their educations. “We want to teach our players and their people how to do the right things on and off the field.”
He said while that means familiarity with college recruitment rules, athletes can help themselves in other important ways.
“Probably the biggest thing is to teach them how important grades are in baseball,” he said. “There’s not a lot of baseball money out there, and players usually need more money than is offered in athletic scholarships.
“The average player in the College World Series is on a scholarship paying 53 percent of the costs of their obtaining an education. We want to educate them that grades are very important. Academic money can help cover those other costs.”
Williams said for most youngsters, their junior year in high school is a “very big year” in terms of recruitment.
However he said the free seminar is intended to reach youths long before their junior and senior years.
“This is aimed at youngsters from all over the county,” he said. “We are inviting anyone with an interest in college baseball to attend.”
Persons with questions are asked to contact coach Adam Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-353-4688 or @cassbaseball on Twitter.