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Recruiting Resources

Below are resources to find the right college & softball program for you, as well as what it takes to go through the recruiting process.  Take the time to do your research and it will save you a lot of time (and money) in the long-run.  Do not sit back and wait to get "noticed".  That's the single biggest mistake high school student-athletes make.  They wait to get "noticed" or send out mass emails hoping to get a coach's attention.  Then, they take the first good offer they receive.  That's why so many freshman don't stay at a school for more than their first semester or leave after their freshman year.

You don't need to spend hundreds, or thousands, of dollars on recruiting services.  Get good grades; be the best softball player you can possibly be; find your dream school; and take control of your future by getting the coaches' attention and showing them you are the player they want!

Please remember, starting in 2016, the NCAA phrase is now, "2.3 or take a knee."  You must have a 2.3 GPA in college to be eligible to play sports at a NCAA college.  While this might not sound like much, think of it this way...  Your first semester in college is usually a light academic load (you might only have 4 classes).  If you struggle a little and have three C's and one B, your GPA is 2.25 and you are ineligible to play.  Coaches don't want to risk having any of their players being ineligible.  That's why coaches prefer to recruit players with GPAs of at least 3.0 in high school.

Below you will find just about every resource you need to find the right college for you and to guide you through the process.

Recruiting 101 PowerPoint presentation (PDF version).  This file is stored on an external drive.  You may need to download it to view on your computer.

NCAA College Search (Use this link to search for your perfect NCAA or NJCAA school.  You can filter schools by degrees and several other criteria.)  This search is similar to the search engine all Case Batbusters players have access to through their NCSA accounts.

NCAA & NAIA College Search (This is another college search tool that allows you to filter schools based on what you're looking for.  This search tool includes NCAA, NJCAA and NAIA colleges.)  This search is similar to the search engine all Case Batbusters players have access to through their NCSA accounts.

Scholarship Search
(Use this link to search for and apply for unique scholarships nationwide.  There are also private scholarship search websites (use Google to find more).  But, this one will find A LOT of possible scholarships for you.  Some of these scholarships are $500 and some are worth several thousand dollars.  Apply, apply, apply!!!  Every little bit counts.

Use these sites to sign-up to take your SAT and/or ACT tests.

SAT Registration (Register for the SAT)
ACT Registration (Register for the ACT)

These sites will give you information about the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), as well as how to register with the NCAA to obtain an eligibility number.
NCAA Website
NCAA Eligibility Center (You must register if you want to play softball at a NCAA university.)
NCAA Core Courses (Here is the direct link to learn what counts towards your REAL GPA, according to the NCAA.  It's also where you can search for YOUR school to determine what classes you need to complete prior to graduating if you want to be eligible.)

On the following sites you can see a listing of all NCAA DI, DII & DIII universities in the country with softball programs.
NCAA Division I Softball Programs
NCAA Division II Softball Programs
NCAA Division III Softball Programs

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is another athletic association.  4-year universities either compete in the NCAA or the NAIA.  NAIA colleges tend to be smaller, private universities.  NAIA recruiting rules are much more relaxed than NCAA rules, so college coaches are allowed to speak with players almost anytime they want.
NAIA Website
NAIA Eligibility Center  (You must register if you want to play softball at a NAIA university.)

NAIA Universities with Softball Programs  (This site has a list of all NAIA universities with softball.)

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is similar to the NCAA, but is comprised of junior colleges.  Because of the large numbers of community colleges in California (and their different recruiting and scholarship rules), California has its own junior college athletic association known as the CCCAA.  Additionally, the Northwest Athletic Conference is comprised of community colleges in the Pacific Northwest.
NJCAA Website
CCCAA Website
NWAC Website

A couple of smaller, lesser known associations out there are the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
USCAA Website
NCCAA Website (Biola University is now a member of the NCCAA.  They were previously a NAIA university.)

If you receive a scholarship from an NCAA DI or DII college, you will sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI).  An NLI is a contract guaranteeing you certain things (usually money for college) and binding you to certain things (primarily that you are contractually bound to only play softball at one school for one season).  There are rules set in place if you, or the college, backs-out of the contract.
National Letter of Intent (NLI) Website

You will need (and want) to apply for financial aid.  Most colleges require it as a part of the process, regardless if you need financial aid or not.
FAFSA (Apply for federal financial aid)

No matter how good a softball player is, the odds of getting a "full-ride" athletic scholarship is small (especially as a freshman).  Most student-athletes have to combine various funding sources (athletic scholarship; academic scholarship; grant money; financial aid etc.) to get the most money possible for college.

Here is the breakdown of the maximum number of athletic scholarships allowed (assuming the college is fully funded).  As an example, a college may be "allowed" 12 scholarships according to NCAA rules, but if the college doesn't have enough money, they might only offer 10 scholarships (or less...).

NCAA DI: 12 scholarships
NCAA DII: 7.2 scholarships
NCAA DIII: Academic scholarships only (no athletic)
NAIA: 10 scholarships
NJCAA DI: 24 scholarships
CCCAA: No athletic scholarships.  However, attending a California Community College, instead of an out-of-state JC has some hidden advantages & big cost savings.
To make up the difference, grants and other scholarships are available.  On the FAFSA website, as well as the College Search website listed above, you'll find resources to search for other ways of reducing the cost of college.

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