College Softball Scholarship FAQs
Meet with coaches. Play in front of them. Call coaches from home and send them your skills tape. Coaches don’t get a ton of calls, if you make the call it will show a good level of interest in the program.
The softball timeline is faster than most sports. Division I schools are looking at prospects during their Freshmen and Sophomores years, and usually finalize the recruits list by Sophomore year.
Invitations and camp brochures go to thousands. Contact coaches before going to a camp and find out where they are in the process and to assess whether the camp or showcase is the best one to show your skills at the position. You might go to the camp and they may not be looking in your position, be smart about which ones you decide to attend.
Make a skills video. Most coaches don’t have time to look at a game video. Focus on showcasing your mechanics.
Timing is key. Division I coaches are particular about your age, positions and clubs. It’s important to keep all your options open. Timing is key because you want to start the process early, reach out to coaches early and play for a 18-under gold team.
Focus on starting early. Go to college camps, clubs and tournaments. Build a relationship with coaches. If you’re starting your recruiting process during your junior year and senior year find out where they are in the recruitment process. Coaches like to hear from players, give them a call.
The process starts early. Division I schools make verbal offers during Freshmen year and usually starting to make a list of prospects in the 8th grade. Usually commitments are around Sophomore year.
High School ball is important, but travel ball gives you the ability to improve year round and to gain exposure. Playing for a competitive travel ball team is important because college coaches recruit more during the summer and fall.
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