If Madison Avenue is to be believed, the holiday season is the time for shameless self-promotion. So if you're looking for a gift that's useful, has some meaning, and won't go out of style in two months, consider buying your softball player a copy of my book, Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level. I promise you will not regret it...money back guaranteed. For more information, click on this link.
Other great softball presents include a 30 minute phone consultation** with me where you can ask questions about recruiting and make sure your player is on track OR the gift of one of CSC's two service options, the Basic Connection or the Fast Track. If you want to ensure your athlete gets the most experienced recruiting guidance possible, check my services out at this link. (If you need references, check out my references page or email me!) Happy Holidays!
**Phone consultations are free during the month of December, but will return to the regular fee as of 1/1/18.
12-1-17 IT'S DECEMBER. CHILL OUT!
For would-be college softball players, December is a good time to do a road check. Here are some things you might consider:
1) The state of your health (mental and physical):
Do you have any sports injuries, minor or major that need attending to? Now is the time to rest, do rehab, and fix those problems. Are you suffering from softball burnout? Here's a clue...if someone says softball and your pulse starts to race (and not in a good way) or you feel an uncontrollable urge to put your fist through the nearest wall, you probably need a break. December is a great time to step back, put your softball equipment in the back of the closet, and focus on other things in your life. Go out and have some fun that is not related to your sport.
2) The state of your college search:
If you're a senior and you still really want to play in college, but you haven't found a school to recruit you, it's not too late. But you might need some guidance. Consider giving me a call or emailing me for suggestions (and options).
If you're a junior, December is the perfect time to figure out where you are and what you need to do as you go into spring. Here again if you aren't sure about next steps, give me a call or email me.
If you're a sophomore or a freshman, make sure you're on track academically and that you know what you want to do and when you want to do it in terms of your college search.
December is the perfect time for a break. From my perspective, it's fine to not throw a ball or not swing a bat or not think about softball for a short period of time. And if after a couple of weeks, you find you don't miss it at all---not even a tiny bit---perhaps it's time to rethink your collegiate game plan and start focusing on other things in your life that you love. But if you're still a die-hard softball player, a break will refresh you and make you eager to get back out on the field once the new year rolls around.
11-17-17 BE THANKFUL YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR!
Having your child participate in sports such as softball can be trying, demanding, time-consuming and expensive! But while you’re worrying about how you’ll pay next summer’s travel ball expenses or fretting because some other parent's player is being recruited by a certain college team and your player is not, please take a minute to step outside yourself. Here are just a few things to be thankful for as 2017 winds down.
* Be glad your daughter is healthy enough to play sports. * Be glad she understands the importance of a college education and that she works hard to keep her grades up. * Express your thanks to all the people who have helped her get where she is today-coaches, teachers, mentors, friends… (And while you're at it, thank yourselves as well!)
When you’re considering New Year’s resolutions at the end of the year, consider rearranging your priorities. Put her health, welfare and happiness-both short and long term-at the top of your list. Put getting a college education ahead of finding a big name team to recruit her. Look down the road and consider what a positive college experience and a university degree will mean to her when she’s 25 or 35 or 45! (It wouldn’t hurt you to think about what it might mean to you in the event you need your child to support you in your old age!)
Here’s another good New Year’s resolution…develop a softball budget…and stick to it! For example, weigh the cost of two tournament tee shirts against the price of my book. (I promise that you need my book, but do you really need another tee shirt?) Pack a healthy lunch instead of buying reheated, high fat concession stand hot dogs. At a tournament, stay at a lower priced hotel even if it means you can’t sit by the pool with other parents rehashing every pitch and swing and play of the day. Only buy the equipment your player really needs. Don’t buy that $350 bat just because it’s pretty or because you believe it will make your player a hitter. Put that money away for visits to colleges. Spend wisely, and it will pay off down the road. Finally, resolve to put your creative energy into a well-run college search, and that will pay off too! If you think you might benefit from my expertise...give me a call!
11-1-17 FINANCIAL AID REMINDER REDUX -- OR IS IT ACID REFLUX!
Parents really need to start working on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or "FAFSA" now if you want your 2018 grad to get financial aid beyond athletic money. If you hope to qualify for academic aid, diversity based aid, geographic diversity based aid, work study, loans, need-based grants, merit awards, and so on, be sure to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible and have it sent to the appropriate colleges. Once you have submitted your FAFSA, you can go back in and make all of your changes up until March 2nd. So I suggest parents do their FAFSA now, and then re-submit it before March 2nd if necessary. Also, you might want to check with the colleges you're applying to or attending to see if they have any additional financial aid requirements beyond the FAFSA. (Canadian students need to consult the financial aid office at any colleges recruiting you because you don't apply for aid using the FAFSA.)
Here's a link to the FAFSA web page where all your questions will be answered! http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Be aware that financial aid at some colleges is distributed on a first come, first served basis. And your athlete probably won't get a specific financial aid offer (separate from athletic or softball-based aid) until she's applied and been accepted. So have her complete her application to schools she's considering at the same time you're working on the FAFSA. The sooner all the paperwork is submitted, the sooner you're likely to know if a college will be financial fit for your player as well as an athletic and academic one!