Because policies regarding Covid-19 continue to evolve, I strongly encourage you to monitor the NCAA and NCAA Eligibility Center pages. (You can search both sites for Covid-related protocol or eligibility changes.) *** Individual college guidelines regarding vaccination, masking, attendance, class format, etc., vary from school to school, so before you take any recruiting trips or visit a college, you may want to check its website or ask the coach for relevant guidelines.
The pandemic could impact recruiting as well as college health and safety protocls even after life seems to return to normal. But the extended years of Covid eligibility should cease to have a major effect on recruiting after the 2024 graduating class. (This tends to be more of an issue at the Div. I level anyway.) What may linger beyond restrictions and extra years of eligibility will be the financial impact Covid has had upon college enrollment, tuition, departmental and athletic funding.
Let me reiterate. If you really want to play softball in college, develop a game plan to ensure you're at the front of the recruiting class when coaches start looking for commitments. Stay patient, stay informed, stay active...and stay well!
NOTE: For information on recruiting, consult my book, Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level, available on Amazon. The Kindle/ebook edition is only $9.95! (The paperback is $34.95.) Fantastic group discounts are available!
Visit the CSC page in this site for more information on Collegiate Softball Connection or the Recruiting Workshops page to learn about the Zoom recruiting meetings I offer softball teams/families! If you need recruiting guidance, have recruiting questions, etc., email or call me. Team registration discounts on my Basic Connection are an affordable option for teams and families. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.