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.  

Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level by Catharine Aradi
Check out the Book page for an excerpt and ordering information.

Collegiate Softball Connection   CSC offers "concierge" recruiting services. For details, visit the CSC page on this site or download a brochure.

Recruiting News
Updates on guideline changes from the NCAA or NAIA! Updated September 2020. The D-I dead period runs through Sept. 30, but the D-II quiet period has been removed.

Information relating to all aspects of the college search for athletes.
Reaching Your Goal May Require Some Hard Choices

Recruiting FAQ
Q & A related to recruiting and the college search process. Post your recruiting questions here!

Suggested recruiting schedules for high school players.

Zoom Recruiting Meetings
This one-hour workshop provides an overview of recruiting for softball teams and families and helps players learn how to be as competitive during their college search as they are on the field. For information, email

Phone Consultations
If you have questions about your college search, why not schedule a phone consultation and have access to the most objective recruiting advice available!  Email for details.


CSC has been educating families, empowering athletes, and ensuring players conduct 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. 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. 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 or your player beat out the competition and find a spot on a college team.

Families have three levels of service to choose from. With the Fast Track and Head Start options, 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. Travel teams can opt for the Basic Connection. This offers a low-cost way to expand your entire team's exposure opportunities while helping your parents/players stay on track. For more information on CSC services, call CSC, email, or download a brochure!


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.  

If you have recruiting questions or comments, please email:
“Coaches call Cathi Aradi’s book the Bible of Fastpitch Recruiting!”
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