The impact of coronavirus on college softball recruiting
To find out how softball recruiting has/will be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, check this page for updates. We will continue to update this information as it becomes available.
The NCAA recruiting rules are now different for each division level. NCAA D1 will return to normal recruiting rules on June 1, 2021. As of September 1, 2020, NCAA D2 and D3 have already resumed the regular recruiting rules. Stay on top of the latest news involving the extra year of eligibility for college athletes and how it impacts recruiting. See our full coronavirus resources section.
- Read more about USA Softball’s response to COVID-19.
Coronavirus updates for college softball recruiting
It can be difficult to keep up with college recruiting rules and new developments in college softball, especially when colleges have been impacted by COVID-19. Fortunately, NCSA regularly offers online events to share updates with the softball community. In this video, NCSA softball recruiting experts and former college players Jaimie Duffek and Renee Barrows discuss what college coaches are looking for right now, what to get on film, how to contact college coaches and more. Watch the video below:
Coronavirus updates for college softball recruiting It can be difficult to keep up with college recruiting rules and new developments in college softball, especially when colleges have been impacted by COVID-19. Fortunately, NCSA regularly offers online events to share updates with the softball community. In this video, NCSA softball recruiting experts and former college players Jaimie Duffek and Renee Barrows discuss what college coaches are looking for right now, what to get on film, how to contact college coaches and more. Watch the video below:
For many high school softball players, competing at the college level is a life-long goal
To get there, you need to know what it takes to get recruited by college coaches. The softball recruiting process can be tough, with many milestones to meet and boxes to check off. We’ve compiled the crucial information you need to know to find the best college softball program for you.
Below, we’ve outlined the major sections of our softball recruiting guide. This information was created by our team of former college softball coaches and athletes, who have experienced both sides of the recruiting process. Keep an eye out for their insider tips to get that extra edge in your recruiting. Use this softball-specific information alongside our college recruiting guide, which outlines the whole recruiting process from start to Signing Day, to learn everything you need to know to successfully navigate the softball recruiting process.
Learn how to get recruited for softball and find softball scholarships
Let’s start with the basics: How do you get recruited for softball? While no two recruiting journeys will be exactly the same, there are specific milestones that every softball player will need to achieve.
Review the softball recruiting guidelines for your position
Based on feedback from former college softball coaches and athletes, we’ve created a set of guidelines to help you gauge what division level might be best for you athletically. Use these guidelines as a point of reference in your recruiting process to make sure that you’re on track.
Familiarize yourself with the softball rules and recruiting calendar
The NCAA softball recruiting rules determine when and how college coaches can communicate with recruits. Brush up on the basics to know when to expect the various communications from coaches.
Find Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA and JUCO softball colleges
Thousands of schools across the U.S. offer softball programs. The trick? Finding the right school for you. This is one of the more difficult parts of the softball recruiting process, so we’ve laid out the differences between the divisions and some top colleges.
Create your skills video
While some sports require a highlight video with game footage, softball is a little different. Most college coaches want to see a skills video showing how well you field your position and your batting skills. College softball coaches rely on video to gauge recruits’ athleticism and skill level—and to make their initial evaluation of athletes. In other words, you need to make your video count!
How to make a softball skills or highlight video during COVID-19
Highlight and skills videos are now more important than ever. When coaches can’t participate in in-person recruiting, analyzing video footage becomes their primary way to evaluate prospects. But for many athletes, it can be hard to put together a new video without fresh game footage. That’s why NCSA recruiting expert Jamie Duffek and Division 3 softball coach Leslie Huntington shared some tips for how to get creative about filming new softball videos during COVID-19. Watch the video below:
Find the right camp, combine, tournament or showcase for you
In softball recruiting, attending an event can be a great way to compete in front of college coaches, get updated softball numbers and improve your skills. However, you need to find the best events to attend based on where you’re at in your softball recruiting process.