2015 Signing Day

Signing Day is in the rear view mirror. Several major programs have introduced their 2015 classes.  Stop by the new Goldfastpitch Forum - General Discussion – area for links to your favorite team’s introductions.

 

 

Find Time for College Camps

It’s that time of year again, when travel ball becomes an intrigual part of summer life. Commits and non-commits should find time to attend college softball camps.  It’s a crucial time for coaches to see how coachable you are.  Visi

Softball Players Making College Choices Before Their First High School Games

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

Link - http://tinyurl.com/p55fjqb

Goldfastpitch.com 2014 Rankings

Final Goldfastpitch.com 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.

 

Goldfastpitch.com 2014 Rankings

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

 

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

THE ALMIGHTY SCHOLARSHIP DOLLAR

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.

THE ALMIGHTY SCHOLARSHIP DOLLAR

Camps Play Key Role in the Recruiting Process

-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.

It’s Never too Late to Find a Home

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

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