I'm not always able to post regularly in the spring because so much is going on with softball. My clients---juniors and sophomores alike---are working to getting their packets together and out to college coaches. And I'm busy directing traffic and putting their profiles on coaches' desks. I also like to track college games on TV and see some local high school games.
From February to May, I'm working as hard as I can to make sure my players are prepared to make the most of their upcoming summer travel ball season. The point here is that recruiting---for 90% of players---is hard work. If you think it's not, you're probably not ready to take on the challenges of college and college softball.
And if the proposed Div. I recruiting guidelines do go into effect at the end of this year, recruiting is going to get tougher for both coaches and players. That's not a bad thing, but it will require families to have a thorough understanding of how recruiting actually works--and not how some corporate recruiting service or facile website tells you it works!
3-1-18 A MESSAGE TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS...
I'd like to remind you how proud you should be of what you've accomplished in your life so far. Some of you have had it easier than others, but you've all had obstacles to overcome and challenges to face. (And not just with softball!) If you've found a college to call home with a team where you can contribute, congratulations to you! But if you are considering not playing in college, there are a few things you might want to think about.
Take my word for it, college softball is rarely what athletes expect it to be. It requires tough choices and sacrifices, and it is definitely not worth doing if you're not passionate about it. Sitting the bench isn't fun either. While there are some girls who can do it happily, most girls who get to college and realize that they'll be sitting the bench whether it's on a D-I team or a D-III will tend to look for other activities to enrich their lives.
It's never a good idea to opt for a school you don't really like or that doesn't fit your needs or that your parents can't afford simply because the coach has offered you a spot on the softball team. And it's better that you figure this out now before you've gone off to a school on the other side of the country.
Whatever you do next as graduation approaches, look at your glass not as half empty, but as completely full. It's simply going to be full of something different than you expected. None of your current softball buddies will be making $100,000 a year playing professional softball five or ten years after they graduate. Everybody will be doing something else. And if you need to start doing that something else sooner rather than later, then so be it. Be happy, be proud, congratulate yourself on your achievements so far and look forward to the new challenges that college will bring. Cherish the memories you've created, but feel good about the new ones to come!