My son is considering a semester abroad probably in the Fall 2012. He will be going to the seminar to learn the details in a couple weeks at his college. My son is sophomore Ivy baseball player and engineering major. If he is intrested, he will be talking to his coach who will most likely encourage him to do this in the Fall not the Spring ;-). Typically in the Fall, they have workouts, internal scrimmages, and work on specific plays. Starting positions are won and loss in the Fall, as well as depth charts determined for position players. Last year he was a (freshmen) starting pitcher, so I don't think he would miss too much as a position player would.
Does anyone have any practical experience with a semester abroad? How does it affect the athlete and/or their studies? Would your son or daughter do it again? What would you do differently?