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INSIDE THE NUMBERS


by: Bob Howdeshell
High School Baseball Web


Total number of participating teams and players in high school and college baseball programs -- as reported by the various institutions


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National Federation of High Schools

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Teams

Participants
14,988 455,414
(1,622 girls)

NCAA

National Collegiate Athletic Association

NCAA

Division I

Division II

Division III
274 224 319
Participants Participants Participants
8,439 6,899 9,825

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National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

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Teams

Participants
320 9,600

NJCAA

National Junior College Athletic Association

NJCAA

Division I

Division II

Division III
185 114 85
Participants Participants Participants
5,550 3,420 2,550

COA

California Junior College Association

COA

Teams

Participants
87 2,175

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Totals For 2 & 4 Year Colleges / Universities

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Teams

Participants
1,608 48,408



Now we'll take a look "Inside the Numbers"

The following is a compilation of the odds for a high school player to either get drafted by a professional team or play college baseball.

Making the Pros

We will make some assumptions on the total numbers of players eligible each draft year.

High School Players @ 114,159 seniors
NCAA (4 year schools) @ 12,581 juniors & seniors
NJCAA (2 year schools) @ 11,520
COA (@ year schools) @ 2,175
That gives us 140,435 "draft eligible" players.
140,129/1,500 = 94

1 player in 94 will be selected in the Major League Baseball Draft

Playing in College

High School seniors = 114,159
College "seniors" (or sophomores when related to juco's) = 13,137
That means their are 114,159 graduating high seniors versus 13,137 slots open

114,159/13,137 = 10.1

1 high school player in every 10 has a chance to play in college

These numbers are not completely accurate, due to several reasons (foreign born players, players dropping out of school, etc.). But it is a fun look "At the Numbers."



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