Education how it can help you in your baseball career

By Michael Rosenthal

Back in the 1950's and 1960's, you could become a professional ballplayer with a just high school education. Before that, if you had the skills and talent, the education was less important. Players didn't get drafted by teams when they were still in school like they do today. Interestingly enough, your GPA means everything. Maintaining it is critical to being on or off that team when you're in high school or college. Just remember that if you're an aspiring ballplayer, that education will give you something to fall back on if you don't make it in pro baseball, or to help you once that career is over.

The point I'm trying to stress is that whether you pursue a career as a pro ballplayer or not, you could never put a price on getting your education. What I have found even more interesting is that now there are several educational avenues for baseball careers off the field. In the past decade, several "universities" so to speak, have arisen on the internet. Most of them target a variety of non-ballplayer employment opportunities. Not only that, but there are tons of sites that list available jobs in baseball as well.

I will tell you right up front that getting an education online is no different than attending classes offline in a college or university --- it will cost you money and you can't avoid that. Even the job listing publications available charge you a subscription fee, so be prepared to spend money on these things. Let me give you an example. A very close acquaintance of mine is an aspiring umpire who works mostly in the high school and college circuit, and occasionally gets the opportunity to work a Class A game. He spent ,000 to attend one of the only two MLB sanctioned umpiring schools in existence.

On a positive note, what I have discovered while doing some research for this content is that these educational avenues for baseball careers are highly targeted in their instruction. In other words, they focus on exactly the course of study for the career that you are pursuing. The only subjects that you enroll in are core studies, unless of course they are subjects that can be directly applied what you will be doing while working in your career. You might want to look at Sports Management Worldwide (the link is http://www.sportsmanagementworldwide.com) just to get an idea of some of the courses they offer. They offer a baseball GM and scouting course, as well as courses in the following:

  • Sports Administration
  • Sports Broadcasting
  • Sports Business Management
  • Sports PR and Journalism

They also show links on their site to Sports Management Degrees and Sports Career Conferences. With a little bit of research, I'm sure you can find more options, though SMWW appears to be one of the most prominent educational avenue a for baseball career.