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Recruiting Guide

The College Softball Recruiting Process

Below is some information to help you with the recruiting process, including the NCAA Rules

Timeline.

Frequently Asked Questions, Do’s & Don’ts and the Realities of Recruiting.

THE RECRUITING TIMELINE

Prior to the Junior Year in High School

At the beginning of your ninth grade year, you become a prospective student-athlete.  All rules

regarding recruiting go in effect at this time.  You may visit an institution at your own expense as

often as you wish, and all contacts with a coach must be on the college campus. The athlete can

call the coach, but the coach cannot return the phone-call or email (except Division III where the

coach may call or write starting with the athlete’s first year in high school).

Junior Year of High School

September 1: Coaches may send athletes recruiting letters, emails and information about the

athletic program. Coaches may not call prospects; however, until after July 1 for Division I and

June 15 for Division II.  (See Division III exception above).

Early in the Junior Year

Register with the Eligibility Center

https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibiltycenter/common

Take the ACT and/or SAT and request scores to be sent to the Eligibility Center

Begin your amateurism questionnaire

After completing your junior year

 Request your high school to send your transcript to the Eligibility Center.

College coaches may initiate in-person, off-campus contacts for Division I schools as of July

1; for Division II, as of June 15; for Division III, as of the end of junior year.  Division I and II

coaches are allowed three total contacts with a prospect or her family members during her

senior year in high school.  Coaches may only call prospects once a week, and these calls

may include conversations with other family members.

Senior Year of High School

First Day of Classes:

On-campus official visits may begin.  Before a college may invite you on an official visit, you

will have to provide them with a copy of your high school transcript (Division I only) and SAT

or ACT score.  You are limited to one official visit at five different institutions.

National Letter of Intent

Signing: Early signing begins the second Wednesday in November of your senior year.  The

late signing period begins the second Wednesday in April of your senior year.

Near or at the End of your Senior Year

Complete amateurism questionnaire. 

Guidance counselor must send final transcript with proof of graduation to the Eligibility

Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When should I contact colleges?

A: The winter of your sophomore year.  It is never too early to start the recruiting process.

Q: How do I start the process?

A: Begin by making a list of colleges you are interested in attending; make it a broad list.  There are

many opportunities to play softball in college, so don’t limit yourself. Do your homework and send an

introductory letter to those colleges.  Make sure to include: Your return address, your graduation

year, a brief introduction about yourself, your summer team’s name and your high school.

Make sure each letter is personalized (e.g., goes to the current head coach and that you have

proofread it

carefully).  Additional items to include are your player profile, transcript, game schedule and skills

video DVD or internet video link.  Make sure you register with the NCAA Eligibility Center; see your

guidance counselor for assistance.  Make sure you take the SAT and ACT early in your junior year.

Q: What should be in my skills video?

A: Your video should be five to ten minutes long’ it should include an introduction that says who you

are and

Hitting off a tee, machine, front toss or pitcher; video from the side and behind.

Field your position from the front and the side.  Make sure to show fielding and throwing

Pitchers should throw all of their pitches, and the video should include shots from behind the

catcher, behind the pitcher and from the side

No need to get fancy or include game footage; keep it short and simple.  Remember coaches

have a lot of videos to watch.

Make sure your graduation year is clearly marked on the video

Q:  Should I attend college camps?

A: Yes. This is a great way to be seen and to figure out if you will fit in with a certain team or coaching

philosophy. This also provides you with an opportunity to learn and develop as a player. 

Many colleges have both summer and winter clinic and camp opportunities.

The Do’s & Don’ts

Don’t approach a college coach while playing in a tournament. A college coach cannot speak to

you until after your team has completed play in the tournament for the weekend and only after

June 15 for Division II or July 1 for Division I after your junior year. A college coach may speak to

your parent or guardian before the completion of the tournament. However, doing so will count

as one of the three allowed face-to-face contacts between you and the coach. Even if you are

not playing in the tournament but are watching, a college coach cannot talk to you or your

parents before July 1 after your junior year in high school.  Just to be safe, let the coach

approach you when he or she is allowed to do so.

Don’t try to hand your video or player profile to a college coach at a tournament.  If you can’t

mail this information, ask your summer ball or high school coach to give it to the coach.

Do stay on top of your grades? First and foremost, you are attending college to receive an

education.  Coaches will look to see if you are working hard in the classroom as you are on the

field.  Check with your high school counselor to make sure you are taking the right core courses

- 16 core courses for Division I, and Division II and that your GPA is where it needs to be. Refer

to www.ncaa.org for core course descriptions and required GPA.  Be sure to enter “9999” code

when registering for the ACT or SAT.  This requests for your official test scores to be sent directly

to the Eligibility Center.

Realities of Recruiting

Of the over 1100 college fielding fastpitch softball teams, only about half offer any form of

softball scholarships.  This means that the majority of girls playing softball in college right now

aren’t receiving athletic-based aid.

Even at the “fully-funded” programs (meaning 12 full scholarships for Division I and 7.2 for

Division II) most players on the team will get only partial scholarships and some may have to

make the team as walk-ons.

Without a doubt, every college-bound softball player would love to be offered a full athletic

scholarship.  But unfortunately, the competition for athletic aid is getting tougher each year.  Be

prepared to look at all of your financial aid options.

If you have any more questions about recruiting you can visit:

Guide for the College-Bound Athlete - http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/CBSA17.pdf Softball Recruiting - www.varsityfastpitch.com Selecting an NCAA Division - http://varsityfastpitch.com/division.htm Don’t Forget Division III - http://varsityfastpitch.com/college_div_iii.htm Comparing NCAA Divisions - http://varsityfastpitch.com/index_htm_files/FSM%20Issue%2054.pdf Playing in Division I - http://varsityfastpitch.com/index_htm_files/FSM%20Issue%2053.pdf Playing in Division II - http://varsityfastpitch.com/index_htm_files/FSM%20Issue%2050.pdf Playing in Division III - http://varsityfastpitch.com/index_htm_files/FSM%20Issue%2051.pdf Playing in the Ivy League - http://varsityfastpitch.com/index_htm_files/FSM%20Issue%2049.pdf Softball Program / College Selection iPhone / Android App http://varsityfastpitch.com/bystate.htm
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© Copyright 2004, 2018 Long Island Bandits Fastpitch. All Rights Reserved.

Recruiting Guide

The College Softball Recruiting Process

Below is some information to help you with the

recruiting process, including the NCAA Rules Timeline.

Frequently Asked Questions, Do’s & Don’ts and the

Realities of Recruiting.

THE RECRUITING TIMELINE

Prior to the Junior Year in High School

At the beginning of your ninth grade year, you

become a prospective student-athlete.  All rules

regarding recruiting go in effect at this time.  You

may visit an institution at your own expense as

often as you wish, and all contacts with a coach

must be on the college campus. The athlete can

call the coach, but the coach cannot return the

phone-call or email (except Division III where the

coach may call or write starting with the athlete’s

first year in high school).

Junior Year of High School

September 1: Coaches may send athletes

recruiting letters, emails and information about

the athletic program. Coaches may not call

prospects; however, until after July 1 for Division I

and June 15 for Division II.  (See Division III

exception above).

Early in the Junior Year

Register with the Eligibility Center

https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibiltycenter/comm

on

Take the ACT and/or SAT and request scores

to be sent to the Eligibility Center

Begin your amateurism questionnaire

After completing your junior year

 Request your high school to send your

transcript to the Eligibility Center.

College coaches may initiate in-person, off-

campus contacts for Division I schools as of

July 1; for Division II, as of June 15; for

Division III, as of the end of junior year. 

Division I and II coaches are allowed three

total contacts with a prospect or her family

members during her senior year in high

school.  Coaches may only call prospects

once a week, and these calls may include

conversations with other family members.

Senior Year of High School

First Day of Classes:

On-campus official visits may begin.  Before a

college may invite you on an official visit, you

will have to provide them with a copy of your

high school transcript (Division I only) and

SAT or ACT score.  You are limited to one

official visit at five different institutions.

National Letter of Intent 

Signing: Early signing begins the second

Wednesday in November of your senior year. 

The late signing period begins the second

Wednesday in April of your senior year.

Near or at the End of your Senior Year

Complete amateurism questionnaire. 

Guidance counselor must send final

transcript with proof of graduation to the

Eligibility Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When should I contact colleges?

A: The winter of your sophomore year.  It is never too

early to start the recruiting process.

Q: How do I start the process?

A: Begin by making a list of colleges you are interested

in attending; make it a broad list.  There are many

opportunities to play softball in college, so don’t limit

yourself. Do your homework and send an introductory

letter to those colleges.  Make sure to include: Your

return address, your graduation year, a brief

introduction about yourself, your summer team’s

name and your high school.

Make sure each letter is personalized (e.g., goes to the

current head coach and that you have proofread it

carefully).  Additional items to include are your player

profile, transcript, game schedule and skills video DVD

or internet video link.  Make sure you register with the

NCAA Eligibility Center; see your guidance counselor

for assistance.  Make sure you take the SAT and ACT

early in your junior year.

Q: What should be in my skills video?

A: Your video should be five to ten minutes long’ it

should include an introduction that says who you are

and

Hitting off a tee, machine, front toss or pitcher;

video from the side and behind.

Field your position from the front and the side. 

Make sure to show fielding and throwing

Pitchers should throw all of their pitches, and the

video should include shots from behind the

catcher, behind the pitcher and from the side

No need to get fancy or include game footage;

keep it short and simple.  Remember coaches

have a lot of videos to watch.

Make sure your graduation year is clearly marked

on the video

Q:  Should I attend college camps?

A: Yes. This is a great way to be seen and to figure out

if you will fit in with a certain team or coaching

philosophy. This also provides you with an opportunity

to learn and develop as a player. 

Many colleges have both summer and winter clinic

and camp opportunities.

The Do’s & Don’ts

Don’t approach a college coach while playing in a

tournament. A college coach cannot speak to you

until after your team has completed play in the

tournament for the weekend and only after June

15 for Division II or July 1 for Division I after your

junior year. A college coach may speak to your

parent or guardian before the completion of the

tournament. However, doing so will count as one

of the three allowed face-to-face contacts

between you and the coach. Even if you are not

playing in the tournament but are watching, a

college coach cannot talk to you or your parents

before July 1 after your junior year in high school. 

Just to be safe, let the coach approach you when

he or she is allowed to do so.

Don’t try to hand your video or player profile to a

college coach at a tournament.  If you can’t mail

this information, ask your summer ball or high

school coach to give it to the coach.

Do stay on top of your grades? First and

foremost, you are attending college to receive an

education.  Coaches will look to see if you are

working hard in the classroom as you are on the

field.  Check with your high school counselor to

make sure you are taking the right core courses -

16 core courses for Division I, and Division II and

that your GPA is where it needs to be. Refer to

www.ncaa.org for core course descriptions and

required GPA.  Be sure to enter “9999” code when

registering for the ACT or SAT.  This requests for

your official test scores to be sent directly to the

Eligibility Center.

Realities of Recruiting

Of the over 1100 college fielding fastpitch softball

teams, only about half offer any form of softball

scholarships.  This means that the majority of

girls playing softball in college right now aren’t

receiving athletic-based aid.

Even at the “fully-funded” programs (meaning 12

full scholarships for Division I and 7.2 for Division

II) most players on the team will get only partial

scholarships and some may have to make the

team as walk-ons.

Without a doubt, every college-bound softball

player would love to be offered a full athletic

scholarship.  But unfortunately, the competition

for athletic aid is getting tougher each year.  Be

prepared to look at all of your financial aid

options.

If you have any more questions about

recruiting you can visit:

Guide for the College-Bound Athlete - http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/ CBSA17.pdf Softball Recruiting - www.varsityfastpitch.com Selecting an NCAA Division - http://varsityfastpitch.com/division.htm Don’t Forget Division III - http://varsityfastpitch.com/college_div_iii.htm Comparing NCAA Divisions - http://varsityfastpitch.com/index_htm_files/FSM%20Iss ue%2054.pdf Playing in Division I - http://varsityfastpitch.com/index_htm_files/FSM%20Iss ue%2053.pdf Playing in Division II - http://varsityfastpitch.com/index_htm_files/FSM%20Iss ue%2050.pdf Playing in Division III - http://varsityfastpitch.com/index_htm_files/FSM%20Iss ue%2051.pdf Playing in the Ivy League - http://varsityfastpitch.com/index_htm_files/FSM%20Iss ue%2049.pdf Softball Program / College Selection iPhone / Android App http://varsityfastpitch.com/bystate.htm