Looking for information on college softball recruiting is a frustrating experience. It seems that there are lot more websites out there interested in selling you their recruiting services than providing information. But such sites do exist and some of them are actually recruiting services. However, before you decide to hire a recruiting service, use the following sites to educate yourself on the college softball recruiting process.
One Must Read
If you’re only going to read one thing, 10 Burning Questions with Softball Recruiting Consultant Cathi Aradi is it. The interview does an excellent job providing an overview of the softball recruiting process and includes a list of common mistakes players make.
Two Rules to Know
If you’re serious about playing softball at the college level, you need to know the rules for recruiting. Not knowing the rules is not an acceptable excuse for violations. Knowing the rules will also allow you to make it as easy as possible for coaches to recruit you. You should download the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete and the Play NAIA publications. And if you have any questions, call the organizations and ask!
Three Sources of Help
You can pay someone to help you through the college recruiting process or take advantage of the experience of those who have already gone through it. There are multiple softball specific forums but the biggest and most active are DiscussFastPitch.com and Hey Bucket. Both offer forums just for college softball recruiting.
The third place to visit is the Athletic Recruits section of College Confidential. While not specific to softball, it provides a wealth of information on the college selection process.
Four Topics to Ponder
Verbals. Apparently there are eighth graders out there who have verbally committed to play for a college. There have been proposals before the NCAA to forbid the practice of verbal commitments but so far, no rules have been established.
The Coaches Perspective. This is a great article from the Willamette softball coach on recruiting from the D3 level. Given that D3 has the most softball programs in the NCAA, this is a perspective worth considering.
Academics. Too often players and families put academics on the back burner to focus on everything softball. This article is a reminder that your GPA can open or close doors before a coach even has a chance to see you play.
Video. Video is a key component of the recruiting process. You don’t have to pay for an expensive video service with Hollywood level production. This sites provides a detailed description of what and how to record a skills video.
Five Sites to Visit
These are all pages stuffed with information on just about every aspect of the recruiting process for college softball. There will be some overlap between the sites, but all are worth a visit.
College-Bound Student Athlete. This site is from the Southern California ASA and includes a sample letter to a college, recruiting calendars, college testing dates, and recruiting definitions.
Metro Express Recruiting Guide. One of the better resource websites by a softball team now known as Team Impact. It includes times, players profile samples, and cover letter samples. Pay attention to Targeting Identifying College and 10 Ways to Chase Away a College Coach.
Fastpitch Recruiting Web Source. This is a FAQ with Cathi Aradi, the person in the interview I listed in the Must Read section. She answers questions on everything from college summer camps to early signing to specific skills for a college catcher.
Cindy Bristow’s Softball Excellence. The Dugout section offers a variety of information and resources. Many of the questions in the Ask Cindy section are oriented to coaching but you can find a few references to college. There is a recruiting category under Articles that includes information on speeds and times.
The College Solution. Okay, this one really isn’t about softball. It is all about college and paying for it which is going to be a concern for the vast majority of college softball players.