Top 5 Tips Every College Softball Hopeful Must Know
1.) When does the softball recruiting process start?
The recruiting process starts in middle school. Softball recruiting starts earlier than almost any other women’s sport. Competition for scholarships is high on both the athlete side and on the school side. Coaches are identifying recruits in the 7th and 8th grade and are even starting to offer scholarships to prospects before their freshman year of high school.
2.) How do I get discovered?
College coaches recruit based on verified information from neutral, independent sources, like NCSA. Don’t think that just because you play your game well, you’ll be discovered. College coaches identify softball prospects using online tools and databases well before they attend softball tournaments, games, and camps. Occasionally someone else will catch their eye but they are primarily there for the prospects they’ve already identified.
3.) How do coaches evaluate prospects?
The internet is your best recruiting tool. College coaches don’t have time to attend every high school game and every showcase during travel ball season. The majority of them identify top prospects by watching video highlights that they request or receive from a trusted third party. This is what convinces the coach to come out and watch you in person.
4.) Where am I qualified to play?
Less than 1% of student-athletes get a full ride to a Division l school. Make sure to set your expectations accordingly. There are over 1500 U.S. colleges and universities that sponsor collegiate softball and offer financial aid packages. More than 80% of these are not Division l schools.
5.) What is my coach’s role?
Don’t leave your future solely in the hands of your high school or travel ball coach. Getting recruited is a full time job and your coach has a whole team of players who will ask for their help. One coach doesn’t have the time, resources, or even the relationships to get a scholarship for all of his/her players.
The softball recruiting process is competitive and it’s important you stand out against your competition. Make sure college coaches know who you are. Click here to create your free recruiting profile and talk to a scout to get a free evaluation. It’s time to map out your recruiting game plan, don’t wait to get discovered.