I am a current college senior 2 semesters away from graduating. I play baseball, and I have played on the club baseball (NCBA) team at my university for the past 2 years. Basically, it is a low level college baseball where we play other major university's club teams, completely funded and ran by students. However, we do play a lot of the local junior colleges, so we do indeed see good competition.
Anyways, the reason why I never pursued college baseball directly after high school is because I was a below average player back then, and because of that, I never had any offers, so I decided to attend university. Two years into university, I discovered we had a competitive club program, so I decided to join that. I have gotten a lot better since high school, I have continued to work out and practice really hard as I still had the dream of playing at a higher level. I feel that I've gotten a lot better, as my fastball is now in the mid 80's range (couldn't throw past 75 in high school), and I have much better control of all my pitches. I am a very hard worker and have a huge passion for the game, and I will not stop working hard to achieve my goals. In fact I'm really working hard to be able to reach upper 80s by our upcoming spring season.
Anyways, I graduate in December of 2014, and was wondering what my college sports eligibility like? I will be 22 years old when I graduate. Since I never actually played for a "true" college team, only club, will I still be able to play as a grad student somewhere? Will I still have eligibility? I understand I have 4 years of eligibility once I start college, but like I said before, I have never played for a "true" college team, so basically I was just a regular student throughout my college years, and I don't believe if club baseball counts towards eligibility. Is D1 or D2 baseball worth pursuing if I wanted to play as a GRADUATE student somewhere? I've been debating between playing as a grad student (if I can), or trying out for an independent baseball league after college. Just wondering if I'll only have a year, or will I have more? Or if I should try walking on to my university's D1 team? (which is a very difficult task, regardless of talent). And let's say I only do have only one year of eligibility left after I graduate, would there be any university out there willing to take me only for a year? Even if I do attend graduate school there?
Somebody that is familiar with NCAA rules, please help me out, thanks!!