I am talking to college coaches regularly, and what I suggested several weeks ago appears to be playing out. Whether or not a particular college team is impacted by this extension of eligibility will vary from one school to another. It will depend on the number of players in each grad year--2020, 2021, 2022, 2023. It will depend upon the school's division membership and the school's financial wellness.
All I can do is reiterate/repeat/restate over and over that if you expect to come out on the other side of this health crisis still really wanting to play softball in college, you cannot sit on those hands you're washing so often! Be proactive now--juniors especially--to make sure you're at the front of the recruiting class when coaches start looking or commitments. Remember, we just don't know how summer will play out, whether the virus will re-emerge in the fall--and if so, how this will affect scouting, recruiting, school attendance, athletic competition and so on. Life WILL return to normal, but it may take awhile, so stay patient, stay informed, stay active...and stay well!!!!
NOTE: Almost all of the coaches I'm hearing from are still eager to hear from and about new prospects! If you want to help me a friend in need, go to https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0842MLL6V and give someone you like a gift certificate for my book, Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level, on Amazon. The Kindle/ebook edition is only $9.95! (The paperback is still $34.95 but worth every penny!) Alternatively, refer that friend to www.fastpitchrecruiting.com for more information on recruiting, the college search, my book, and CSC! Thank you!
March 15, 2020 Common sense would tell us that the summer's travel ball tournaments will go on as they always have with families eagerly traveling to games around the country. And hopefully, you will have done your job of reaching out to colleges following the guidelines I provide in my book.
But WHAT IF the unthinkable happens? What if concerns--real or otherwise--about the spread of the corona virus result in college coaches staying home, or worse, tournaments simply being cancelled. (Because you can't play softball in nitrile gloves while wearing N95 masks, can you?) So, if ever there was a time for players--juniors in particular--to make sure they have their ducks in a row, this is it!
If you're really serious, you'll have your recruiting packets out in the mail to colleges by May and follow this up with a detailed email. Why? Because IF by some very unfortunate chance, travel ball is reduced or even cancelled, college coaches could be doing a lot of recruiting based on the players: 1) they've seen already and 2) the players who have contacted them with complete and accurate information. All I'm saying is if you're smart, you'll cover your bases just in case the best we hope for doesn't quite turn out to be what we get. (See March-April Article.)
If you need recruiting guidance, have recruiting questions, etc., email or call me. I am waiving my regular Phone Consultation fee ($30) through spring and probably into summer depending on how soon things return to normal. I am also offering 2021 grads a $100 discount off of my Fast Track program. Team discounts on my Basic Connection make it another affordable option for families as do discounts on group book purchases. (Call 415-456-6449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.)
In the meantime, stay well! Softball needs you all.
Visit the CSC page in this website for more information on Collegiate Softball Connection!