I recently stumbled upon a posting from NCSA, a student athlete recruiting service. A list of 8 things that may be elementary to most, but those new to the recruiting game may find helpful. Although I do not endorce any one particular service, I do find information on their webistes to be informative.
I recently stumbled upon a posting from NCSA, a student athlete recruiting service. A list of 8 things that may be elementary to most, but those new to the recruiting game may find helpful. Although I do not endorce any one particular service, I do find information on their webistes to be informative. 8 Things …View full post
Two heavyweights collided in the finals of the 2013 Premier Girls Fastpitch championship game. In the end, So Cal Athletics-Richardson was a run better, beating Team Mizuno-Stith 3 to 2. It was a valiant effort by Team Mizuno-Stith, who had fought their way out of the loser’s bracket playing five games the day before the …View full post
Atlanta Vipers Gold received a go-ahead two run homer from Madison Whitmire in the bottom of the sixth inning to propel them to the 18u ASA Gold Championship. Wagner’s Gold Dunn scratched out single runs in both the first and third innings to take a 2-1 lead entering the sixth. Lele Ocasio (FGCU verbal) pitched …View full post
Two heavyweights collided in the finals of the 2013 Premier Girls Fastpitch championship game. In the end, So Cal Athletics-Richardson was a run better, beating Team Mizuno-Stith 3 to 2. It was a valiant effort by Team Mizuno-Stith, who had fought their way out of the loser’s bracket playing five games the day before the championship. This title gives the So Cal Athletics it’s fourth 18u National Title in four years. Box Score GameLive
So Cal Athletics-Richardson Highlights:
Delanie Gourley (Florida signee) threw 7 strong innings allowing seven hits and two runs
Faith Canfield (Michigan verbal)had two hits including a two-run homerun
Brooke Marquez (Northwestern verbal)had two hits including a homerun
Team Mizuno-Stith Highlights:
Morganne Flores (Washnington verbal) had two hits including a double
Delaney Spaulding (UCLA signee) hit a homerun
Kaylee Carlson (UNC verbal), Andie Formby (UVA verbal) each threw three strong innings.
Atlanta Vipers Gold received a go-ahead two run homer from Madison Whitmire in the bottom of the sixth inning to propel them to the 18u ASA Gold Championship. Wagner’s Gold Dunn scratched out single runs in both the first and third innings to take a 2-1 lead entering the sixth. Lele Ocasio (FGCU verbal) pitched very well for Wagner’s as did Georgia Gatorade POY, Megan Betsa (Michigan signee) for the Viper’s. (Box Score)
-Please visit GoldFastpitch.com’s Camp listing for the most comprehensive list of college softball camps on the ‘net.
For each propective softball player or parent, deciding how to navigate the recruiting process ends up being very individualized. There are many resources out there that can help you through the recruiting process. Keep in mind, what is suggested may have worked for other players but may not always work for your unique situation. The best approach is not to ask these experts, “What should I do?” but to ask “What are the options I have to best showcase my talents?”. Understanding the options and becoming your own expert may be the best way to navigate the recruiting process for your own personal situation.
One of those many options for exposure is attending a college coaches’ instructional camp. Almost every collegiate coach offers a camp or multiple instructional camps through the year. The most popular time for college camps are June and July. (See a comprehensive listing of camps on goldfastpitch.com). Why do college coaches always make time for their camps during their very busiest recruiting period? They do it because it is an integral part of their recruiting process.
College coaches will tell you, the most valuable opportunities to evaluate a player’s ability is when the player is at their camp. The player is right there at their own collegiate facility, interacting with their own coaching staff and/or players. Recruiting rules allow for direct communication with that player while they are voluntarily attending a camp on campus regardless of age or grade. If the coaches are looking for a specific attribute such as speed, strength, pitching mechanics, etc., you can be guaranteed that it will be a part of the camp’s training and instructional activities. Very quickly the coaches can find players who may have what they are looking for.
Receiving instruction from college coaches based on their philosophy can be very telling for a player as well. A player who has reached recruiting age has received instruction on mechanics and proper techniques through the years. The information received and the instructional method in which they receive through a coaches’ camp can also help determine for the player if that coaches’ method or philosophy matches up to what the player is comfortable with as well.
But here is the golden ticket regarding camps. Attending camps at the colleges that a player is interested in shows to that college coach that you are truly interested in their program. Players who commit to attending the same college camp year after year become very familiar with the coaches and the program. The coaches and the player build a relationship through time at camp that is invaluable to the recruiting process.
Camps are not inexpensive. In fact, budgeting for attending camps is as important as budgeting for the right travel ball program and handling the travel expenses that goes along with that. In addition, because of the timing of most college’s summer camps, planning for attending a camp takes coordination and communication with your travel ball programs.
Goldfastpitch.com offers a comprehensive list of camps offered by collegiate programs across the country and are sorted by date.
YES It’s true, 8th graders are receiving verbal interest, some might say offers, from big time programs. But, those same programs are looking for 2013′s and 2014′s as well. Read more about this topic over at OnDeck Softball. Looking for Players in Classes of 2013 & 2014
The following article was written by Carly Schonberg and originally published on fastpitchpower.com
I’ve had a number of parents come to me in the past month or so with the following conundrum: their daughter has worked extremely hard with a private coach to get her pitching or hitting mechanics to a particular place. Then when her high school season starts, the coach tries to change her mechanics to something completely different. This is an extremely difficult and delicate situation that must be handled with care—no matter how much frustration it may cause you. Not every instance of this problem will be identical, and there’s no way to pin down a solution that will work every time. The following advice, however, may help you get through it as smoothly as possible.
I’m limiting this to high school ball because, presumably, if you’re having this serious a problem with your tournament team coach you have the option to leave and find another team. Middle school ball is very erratic with its rules, and you certainly won’t be missing much if you decide to skip it—unless your school district has a very cohesive and organized program from the ground up.
FIRST: Be Open Minded Yourself
I have personally been on ALL sides of this dilemma: I’ve been a well developed player with an under-qualified coach; I’ve been a player with a lot to learn from a particular coach; I’ve been a pitching instructor sending my precious pitchers off to all kinds of different school and travel coaches; and I’ve been a high school coach dealing with players of all backgrounds. After all my experience, I can say this with certainty: for every parent/player who thinks their high school coach doesn’t have a clue, there is a high school coach who thinks a player or her parent doesn’t have a clue. And both have been wrong, and both have been right.
At the very least, make an effort to completely understand what the high school coach is trying to teach and why. You may be surprised to find that he/she is more knowledgeable than you thought and might have something very useful to offer you/your child, especially if she is struggling.
What to Do When The Coach is Legitimately Teaching Harmful Mechanics
This situation may very well come up, and then it’s not just a matter of stylistic differences, but a matter of time and money invested in a player’s learning and, most importantly, her physical health and safety. There are plenty of inexperienced high school coaches out there who could very well be ignorantly teaching pitching/hitting mechanics that are likely to have negative effects on the body as well as performance.
In this situation, it is absolutely critical that the parent does not fight the player’s battles for her. Doing so will just create animosity between the coach and the parent that will ultimately be taken out on the player, consciously or unconsciously. Any questioning of the coach should be done respectfully by the player herself.
This is how she should proceed:
- ASK QUESTIONS. It’s the coach’s JOB to teach, and he/she should not object to answering questions asked in a respectful manner. Respectful is not “But my mom/dad/travel coach told me to do it this way!” Respectful is “coach, would you please explain to me why you want me to do it this way? I understand what you’re asking me to do but I’m not sure I understand what effect that will have on my pitch/swing.” Asking questions is also the only way to find out if, as I mentioned above, the coach might actually be providing some useful information.
- If you (the player) are certain, after asking and hearing the coach’s explanation, that his/her instruction is detrimental, politely explain WHY you were taught a certain way (this is why it’s important to UNDERSTAND what your pitching/hitting coach is telling you, as opposed to just doing what they say for the heck of it). Explain—without disrespecting the coach’s method—that you are comfortable that way and that you would like to be given a chance to prove that you can be effective. Results will speak for themselves; if you’re the best pitcher on the team, you’re crushing the ball at the plate, and most importantly you’re RESPECTFUL, your coach won’t have much choice but to give you playing time.
- If your pitching/hitting coach is a reasonable person who won’t let his/her ego get in the way, politely ask your high school coach if he/she would be willing to get together with your private coach to compare notes. Make sure to convey that the purpose of the meeting would be to enhance your understanding. Again, this must come from the player. The private coach should not approach the high school coach out of the blue.
- If that doesn’t work, learn how to nod and smile. Listen to the coach’s instruction without argument and simply continue doing what you were taught.
You may very well run into situations that won’t be remedied by any of the above suggestions. Here is the #1 thing to remember: high school softball is supposed to be fun. It’s an opportunity to represent your school, play with your friends, and grow as a person. If you are an extremely serious softball player with ambitions to play in college, remember that college coaches won’t come to watch your high school games; your summer tournament team is the vehicle that should take you to your final destination. Relax and enjoy your high school season to the best of your ability and use it as an opportunity to make an impression on your peers and younger players. If your high school team environment is so toxic that you absolutely cannot enjoy yourself, don’t put yourself in that situation. It’s not worth the frustration. Just play for your tournament team and focus all of your energy on that.
As a parent, obviously you’re going to have your child’s best interests at heart. Just remember to make fully informed and educated decisions rather than reacting rashly.
About the Author….
Carly is a windmill pitching specialist and co-founder of Fastpitch Power. She has been a pitching instructor in Westchester, NY for eight years, teaching both privately and in clinic environments. She also designed and built fastpitchpower.com. Please feel free to contact Carly at her website fastpitchpower.com
OKLAHOMA CITY — Seventeen athletes have been selected for the 2013 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT), the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The athletes selected hail from 10 states: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. The team will compete in preparation exhibition games in Glenville, West Virginia on June 24 before heading to the International Softball Federation (ISF) X Jr. Women’s World Championship (19-and-under), July 1-7, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. In conjunction with the exhibition game in Glenville, the West Virginia ASA will host a youth clinic on June 25. Tickets for the event in West Virginia and information on the youth clinic are available at http://wvaasa.com/.
Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz./head coach Cal State Northridge) will lead the Red, White and Blue into the summer as they look to defend the World Championship Gold Medal they won in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. Along with Flowers, four-time Olympian Laura Berg (Corvalis, Ore./head coach Oregon State), Trisha Ford (Fremont, Calif./head coach Fresno State), and Lisa Dodd (San Diego, Calif./head coach at UNLV) will join the coaching staff in Canada.
“Our staff is excited to lead these ladies into the World Championship arena this summer as we look to keep the tradition of USA Softball at the top of the podium alive,” said Flowers. “Being a part of this program is life changing and I am thrilled to work with this talented group of young athletes from all over the country. To represent your country in your sport is the highest honor and together we will work hard to be the best we can be and bring home the gold.”
2013 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team Roster
Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif./All-American Sports Academy)
#Erin Gabriel (Poland, Ohio/Gold Coast Hurricanes/Tennessee)
Andrea Hawkins (Bay City, Texas/Texas Impact Gold/Alabama)
Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif./Sorcerers Gold/Oregon)
Sierra Lawrence (Snellville, Ga./Atlanta Vipers/Michigan)
Haley McCleney (Morris, Ala./Gold Coast Hurricanes/Alabama)
Danica Mercado (Temecula, Calif./SoCal Athletics/Oregon)
Jessica Plaza (Huntington Beach, Calif./SoCal Athletics/Stanford)
Erin Shireman (Pearland, Texas/Texas Impact Gold/Texas)
Lee Ann Spivey (Palm Coast, Fla./Gold Coast Hurricanes/South Florida)
Lauren Young (Anaheim, Calif./Batbusters/Arizona)
Paige McDuffee (The Woodlands, Texas/Texas Impact/UCLA)
Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Batbusters/Michigan)
Mysha Sataraka (Honolulu, Hawaii/Kaikamahine/UCLA)
Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan./Wichita Mutangs/Florida)
Emily Crane (Troy, Mo./St. Louis Chaos/Missouri)
Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va./Williamsburg Starz Gold/James Madison)
*Nancy Bowling (Simi Valley, Calif./Batbusters/Arizona)
*Kelly Hanzel (Houston, Texas/Texas Impact)
*Erica Nunn (Apex, N.C./Wagoners Gold/South Florida)
# Member of 2011 Junior Women’s National Team
“On behalf of everyone at the ASA/USA Softball, I am excited to welcome the next generation of USA Softball National team athletes,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “Our Junior Women’s program has a rich history, having won four Junior Women’s World Championships including the Gold Medal in 2011. I know the 17 young women selected for the 2013 Junior Women’s National Team will continue the tradition of excellence in USA Softball. I congratulate them and wish them well in Canada and beyond.”
The identification process begins with athletes that are identified to the player pool from observations at the ASA Junior Olympic National Championships, the National Identification Program through Softball Factory, recommendations from college coaches, high school coaches and ASA Junior Olympic (JO) Coaches. The player pool is made up of athletes that have been determined by USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) as an elite softball player in the appropriate age group.
Forty athletes comprised the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team player pool. The 17 athletes and three alternates listed above were selected for the team by the five-member USA (WNTSC). The selection process is listed here on the USASoftball.com website..
The 19-Under age requirements for an ISF Junior Women’s World Championship are listed below as noted from the ISF Technical Code, Article 2, World Championships Competition.
2.08 Junior Championships are the age of 19 and under. At the World Championships for junior men and women, the age qualification is determined as of the 31st of December of the year prior to the championship. If a player reaches his/her 19th birthday any time during the year of the championship, that player is eligible for the Junior World Championship.
Year of Eligibility:
Click here to read the ISF Technical Code Reference ISF Technical Code Reference.
For more information about the Junior Women’s World Championship, visit the tournament website Junior World Championship Website.
About the ISF
Headquartered in Plant City, Florida (USA), the ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.