Softball Players Making College Choices Before Their First High School Games

Great article about the perils of early-aged softball recruiting.

Link - 2014 Rankings

Final rankings for the 2014 season are posted. As in the past, national tournament play is a major factor in if and where teams are ranked. 2014 Rankings

2015 GOLD National Championships head west to Hillsboro and Salem, Ore.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today that the 2015 ASA/USA Girls’ 18-Under and 16-Under Fast Pitch GOLD National Championships, two of the most prominent tournaments in Junior Olympic (JO) play, will be hosted by the Oregon ASA. The 18U GOLD, which will be held in Hillsboro, Ore., and the 16U GOLD, which will be held in Salem, Ore., are slated for July 19-25, 2015.
 ”What an exciting year to have both of our top ASA/USA JO National Championships in the state of Oregon,” said Oregon ASA Commissioner Mike Wells. “The Hillsboro and Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation, along with the Washington County Visitors Association worked hard to secure the 18U GOLD while the city of Salem has run several successful ASA/USA National Championships. Thank you to all parties involved for all of their hard work and the Oregon ASA is confident both sites will do an excellent job hosting both prestigious events.”
Returning to Oregon for the first time since 2003, the 18U GOLD will be played at the Gordon Faber Sports Complex with additional playing fields at PCC/Rock Creek Sports Complex in Hillsboro. The Gordon Faber Sports Complex features six fields plus two all artificial turf fields while the PCC/Rock Creek Sports Complex has four fields. Each complex features warm up areas behind portable fences at each field and digital scoreboards on all fields. The Gordon Faber Sports Complex also features locker rooms for umpires, meeting rooms and an enclosed dog park within walking distance. The complex is also the home of the Hillsboro Hops, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“Oregon’s Washington County is thrilled to host ASA’s premier tournament in 2015,” said Carolyn McCormick, president and CEO of the Washington County Visitors Association. “The history of girls’ fast pitch softball is rich in the Pacific Northwest and we’re honored to grow that legacy by hosting the top teams in the country. The players and coaches will have worked hard to qualify for the tournament and we’ll work just as hard to make sure they have a great experience.”
Located 22 miles from Portland International Airport, Hillsboro is Oregon’s fifth largest city and sits within Washington County. Referred to as “Portland’s cool next door neighbor”, Washington County is just 10 minutes away from downtown Portland and 90 minutes away from the Oregon Coast and iconic Mt. Hood. The area also offers nationally renowned golf courses, award-winning wineries, tax-free shopping and endless outdoor recreational activities.
Known as the “Softball Capital of the Northwest”, Salem, Ore. Will host the 16U GOLD at Wallace Marine Park, which is 60 miles south of Hillsboro. The complex features five playing fields and is the original star designed complex in the nation. Wallace Marine Park Softball Complex opened in 1986 and was renovated in 2007, when the City of Salem Public Works Recreation Services took over running the park full time. The infields and out fields were also refurbished in 2012 after the complex was completely flooded. All fields at the complex are lighted, have scoreboards and bleacher seating, with Les Schwab Championship Stadium Field as the main field for championship games. The complex sits at the edge of the beautiful Willamette River and is a short walk across the pedestrian walking bridge to Salem’s Riverfront Park which sits on the edge of Salem’s vibrant downtown.
“Salem looks forward to welcoming the 2015 16U ASA/USA GOLD participants, their families and the high caliber of play during the tournament,” said Mayor of Salem Anna Peterson. “Salem is a major softball City and our partnership with this tournament is proof that Salem and softball go hand in hand.”
As the capital city, Salem is rich with historic sites, tax-free shopping, museums, galleries, parks, wineries and outdoor recreation that are located within walking distance of downtown. The city has a long history with ASA/USA Softball and has hosted 21 ASA/USA National Championships, including the 2003 18U GOLD National Championship and five girls’ fast pitch Western Territory National Championships. This year Salem, also known as Softball City USA, will host the ASA/USA Girls’ Fast Pitch 10U and 12U Class A Western National Championship July 27-August 3, 2014, and the Men’s Slow Pitch Class D Western National Championship August 30-September 1, 2014.
“It is an honor to host the 2015 16U ASA/USA GOLD in Salem,” said Angie Morris, CEO of Travel Salem, Marion and Polk Counties Destination Marketing Organization. “In Salem we recognize the tremendous dedication it takes from the players to get to this level, and Travel Salem will do everything in our power to make sure this an experience that the players and their families will never forget.”
Clearwater hosted the 2013 18U GOLD National Championship with the Atlanta Vipers-Giles (Kennesaw, Ga.) taking the title. Oklahoma City will host the next ASA/USA Girls’ 18U Fast Pitch GOLD National Championship, July 20-26, at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex while Broken Arrow will host the inaugural 16U GOLD National Championship at Arrowhead Park July 21-26. The 18U GOLD is held in Oklahoma City every other year with locations in the east and west alternating in the off years while the 16U GOLD is held in proximity to provide college coaches and members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC) the opportunity to identify and recruit a large volume of athletes at the two locations.
Locations of other 2015 ASA National Championships were announced by ASA/USA Softball following the 82nd Annual Council Meeting last November. A full list of National Championships can be found at
About ASA
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 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit
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

Amanda Scarborough’s High School Softball Season Survivor Guide

Amanda explores 4 ways YOU can become a better softball player this season, in her HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL SURVIVOR GUIDE


ESPN Begins Softball Coverage this Weekend

ESPN’s 80-game regular season schedule begins March 23rd with both a SEC and a Big -12 battle.

ESPN NCAA Softball Television Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time Matchup Network
Sun, March 23 2:30 p.m. South Carolina vs. #1 Tennessee ESPNU
7 p.m. #10 Texas at #16 Baylor ESPNU
Mon, March 31 6 p.m. # 12 Florida State at UNC ESPNU
Fri, April 4 9 p.m. Arkansas at #6 Alabama ESPNU
Sat, April 5 5 p.m. Auburn at #3 Florida ESPNU
Sun, April 6 3 p.m. Arkansas at #6 Alabama ESPN
Thu, April 10 11 p.m. #5 Washington at #20 Stanford ESPNU
Fri, April 11 8 p.m. #1 Tennessee at #11 Texas A&M ESPNU
Sat, April 12 3 p.m. #2 Oklahoma at #16 Baylor ESPN
Sat, April 12 10 p.m. #5 Washington at #20 Stanford ESPN2
Sun, April 13 1 p.m. #1 Tennessee at #11 Texas A&M ESPNU
Mon, April 14 7 p.m. #12 Florida State at Notre Dame ESPNU
Wed, April 16 7 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
9:30 p.m. Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
Thu, April 17 9 p.m. #10 Texas at # 2 Oklahoma ESPN2
Fri, April 18 8 p.m. #3 Florida at #11 Texas A&M ESPNU
Sat, April 19 4 p.m. #19 LSU at South Carolina ESPNU
6 p.m. #3 Florida at #11 Texas A&M ESPNU
Sun, April 20 3 p.m. Syracuse at #12 Florida State ESPNU
Thu, April 24 8 p.m. #21 Georgia at # 6 Alabama ESPN
Fri, April 25 10 p.m. # 8 Oregon at #20 Stanford ESPNU
Sat, April 26 12 p.m. #21 Georgia at # 6 Alabama ESPNU
Mon, April 28 7 p.m. Maryland at Notre Dame ESPNU
Thu, May 1 8 p.m. # 6 Alabama at # 17 Missouri ESPN
Sat, May 3 2 p.m. # 6 Alabama at # 17 Missouri ESPNU
4 p.m. # 14 Kentucky at #21 Georgia ESPNU
6 p.m. #20 Stanford at #13 UCLA ESPNU
7:30 p.m. #3 Florida at Arkansas ESPN
Sun, May 4 1 p.m. #3 Florida at Arkansas ESPN
3 p.m. #20 Stanford at #13 UCLA ESPN


























Wed, May 7 4 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Play-In Game No. 1 ESPNU
6:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Play-In Game No. 2 ESPNU
Thu, May 8 11 a.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 1 ESPNU
1:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 2 ESPNU
4 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 3 ESPNU
6:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Quarterfinal No. 4 ESPNU
Fri, May 9 3 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Semifinal No. 1 ESPNU
5:30 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Semifinal No. 2 ESPNU
Sat, May 10 2 p.m. ACC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN2
3:30 p.m. American Softball Tournament – Championship ESPNEWS
8 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN2
10 p.m. SWAC Softball Tournament – Championship* ESPNU
Sun, May 11 Noon Big South Softball Tournament – Championship ESPNU

NFCA/USA Today March 18 Poll Out

Some movement in this week’s collegiate softball poll. Florida still sits atop the pedistal, UCLA creeps up to #2.

USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll – March 18, 2014 (Article)

The USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll is voted on by 32 NCAA Division I head coaches, one representing each conference. Current 2014 records are shown, first-place votes are in parentheses.


Rank Team Record Points Previous
1 Florida (23) 28-2 791 1
2 UCLA (9) 26-1 769 3
3 Oregon 23-3 735 2
4 Tennessee 24-3 709 4
5 Washington 20-5 625 5
6 Michigan 19-6 615 8
7 Arizona 23-6 588 6
8 Kentucky 21-4 577 9
9 Alabama 24-4 536 10
10 Florida State 25-4 512 11
11 Arizona State 27-5 498 7
12 Baylor 22-4 481 12
13 South Alabama 22-3 427 14
14 Georgia 25-2 381 15
15 Texas A&M 21-7 313 13
16 Minnesota 21-3 295 18
17 Nebraska 18-8 276 17
18 Missouri 16-7 269 16
19 Tulsa 24-3 249 20
20 Louisiana-Lafayette 17-6-1 185 23
21 Auburn 24-4-1 140 24
22 Oklahoma 18-8 133 19
23 Northwestern 15-5 73 25
24 Stanford 23-8 61 21
25 Notre Dame 19-7 35 22

Others receiving votes:

James Madison (24), LSU (22), USF (20), Hofstra (18), USC Upstate (12), Lipscomb (11), Arkansas (9), DePaul (5), Virginia Tech (4), Long Beach State (2).

What do Coaches Look for in a Recruiting Video?

What is the right way to create a softball skills video? Charlie Adams of NCSA gives us a few things that college coaches are looking for.

Helpful Softball Recruiting Insights from a College Coach and Current College Player

8 Things to Know About Softball Recruiting

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 to Know About Softball Recruiting


Cathi Aradi- Author of Preparing to Play Softball at a Collegiate Level, has penned another fine article about what that Letter of Intent actually means and what your aid package might or might not include.


Softball Excellence Insider Issue #159

Cindy Bristow’ ushers in a new year with her current issue of Softball Excellence Insider

Cindy Bristows Softball Excellence Insider Free Softball Newsletter

Softball Excellence Insider January 7, 2014 Edition

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