Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level by Catharine Aradi
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Articles  Information relating to all aspects of the college search for athletes.
Decide Why You Want to Play in College Before You Start!
Recruiting FAQ      Q & A related to recruiting and the college search process for athletes. Post your recruiting questions here!   
It’s Just My Opinion  9-18-18   Are We Having Fun Yet?
Recruiting News      Updates on guideline changes from the NCAA or NAIA!   News Flash! NCAA "reboots" Div. I softball recruiting!
Collegiate Softball Connection    CSC offers "concierge recruiting services". For details, visit the CSC page on this site or download a brochure.
Phone Consultations       If you have questions about your college search, schedule a phone consultation and have access to the most objective recruiting advice available!  For info, email
This page is designed to help college-bound softball players gain a competitive edge while searching for the right college. The information provided here will help athletes as well as their parents and coaches. It includes: 

COLLEGIATE SOFTBALL CONNECTION                                                        

Educating families, empowering athletes, and ensuring a successful college search for over 25 years! 

If you're the parent of a softball player who dreams of playing in college, chances are you've heard every version of recruiting hype there is!

All too often, these statements turn out to be misleading...if not downright wrong! But by the time parents figure this out, it's usually too late. Multi-sport, corporate services and for-profit recruiting camps want you to believe being recruited is as easy as writing a check. Only Collegiate Softball Connection works one-on-one with families to help you navigate the complex maze that is the college search. Let CSC help you beat out the competition and find a spot on a college team.

Families have two levels of service to choose from. On the Fast Track, you receive personalized guidance through the college search from noted recruiting expert Catharine Aradi along with an introduction to between 450 and 500 colleges at all levels of competition.  As an alternative to the Fast Track option, teams and younger players can choose the Basic Connection. This offers a low-cost way to expand the player's exposure opportunities. For more information on CSC services, call CSC, email, or download a brochure!

If you or your parents have recruiting questions you would like answered by an expert, phone consultations are also available! 


I'm Catharine Aradi, softball recruiting consultant and owner of Collegiate Softball Connection.  For over twenty years, I've worked directly with several thousand softball players, and I have helped many more through my book, Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level.

A few years back, (now part of Flo Softball) polled over 250 of the top youth coaches in the country to find out who they felt were the most influential people in fastpitch. On their list of the “Ten Most Influential People in Softball,”  I was number eight. Others in the top ten included Olympian Lisa Fernandez, former UCLA head coach Sue Enquist, and Univ. of Arizona and  USA Olympic coach Mike Candrea.   

If you have recruiting questions or comments, please email:
“Coaches call Cathi Aradi’s book the
Bible of Fastpitch Recruiting!” StudentSportsSoftball
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"Play for our travel team and your daughter is sure to get recruited!"  (Optional add-ons include: " a Div. I team!" "...and get a big scholarship!" "...just because of who we are!")  LUCKY YOU IF THIS IS TRUE!  
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