Not only has COVID-19 stopped the baseball season for college and high school athletes, but it has also changed the way colleges and even the Major League recruit their potential customers. The head coach of the College of the Desert baseball team, Sam DiMatteo, has trained for the current situation to provide the best possible insight to young student athletes.
“With qualification does not count and children who live and the new high school children come in, and even with pro ball, smaller draws and less attached teams and boys who would normally play pro baseball, it kind of runs, and it affects almost everyone from the top completely down to the bottom. It’s a crazy thing to see happen here. ”
NCAA and NAIA at all levels has given the spring athletes in 2020 an extra year of qualification and on top of that MLB draft is cut more than half this year, you can bet that many ball players who want to become professionals, stay an extra year in college.
One of these ball players is Bryan Leef, a native of SoCal, and Palm Springs Power alum who is taking advantage of an extra year of availability by continuing his baseball career at the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky.
“It definitely affects everyone across the country, myself and anyone who wants to play professionally, because it’s much harder to be prepared. I
will definitely play at a professional level, that’s why I still play and why I love to play every day, and why I choose to come back this year. So with the whole COVID situation, I see it as a positive. I can come back and show my skills, and finish the season. I will try to play as much as I can, as well as my teammates, they will all come back and play. And hopefully some of us or some of us will be picked up in MLB draft. ”
Coach DiMatteo has a decent understanding of what this new backup jam in the baseball world can mean for young athletes, and therefore he encourages them to be open to other possibilities.
“Every player’s situation is going to be different, every program’s situation will be different, so it’s just very important for athletes right now to understand
, which college they are going to or the college is interested in them and you will be on the field. You will not be two, three years behind a bunch of old
r guys, and then you go somewhere and there is not much playing time. ”
Along with that, DiMatteo has heard more about the level of competition in junior and social colleges this year.
“I’ve heard it orally, and it makes sense to me that Junior College is going to be the most competitive it’s ever been because of that, you know, because of a lot of these good players who ‘like’ Well, I’m going to stay away from four years, and I’m going to come here because I do not want to encounter that log stop. ”
Introducing Braden Schiffner, Braden is a current high school senior from Denver, Colorado, and he brings his talents to the COD baseball program. Braden is positive that this was the best decision for his baseball career.
“I did not think I got attention from any of the big schools in California. Therefore, coach DiMatteo made it very clear to me that he thought it was a good place for me to come in and get the chance to play even with all the kids who lived with the extra year. “I am very excited to get out and play at the next level and get to some warm weather. ”
During these times of COVID-19, all young athletes can do have hope. Hope sports come back and hope you make the right decision, while continuing the “gate” to achieve your dreams, take it from DiMatteo.
“Have big goals, have big dreams, always do those things, but you also have to be reasonable about what happens to the current situation if you have to make adjustments on the go. I mean, it’s life. ”