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Recruiting 101 . Acers Fastpitch 2012 . Recruiting Process Realities . Full Ride scholarships are very limited (< 1%) Schools & Coaches get literally 100 emails a day The Head Coach rarely looks at the emails themselves

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recruiting 101

Recruiting 101

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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Recruiting Process Realities

  • Full Ride scholarships are very limited (< 1%)
  • Schools & Coaches get literally 100 emails a day
  • The Head Coach rarely looks at the emails themselves
  • Recruiting Service communications are almost always ignored and often trashed immediately
  • 2014 and 2015 players… Now is your time to get on the Radar for the college coaches

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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Finding the Right Fit College

  • Research, Research, Research
    • Academics
    • Financials
    • School Size
    • Coach
    • Location (Far away / Close by, Cold / Hot)
    • Softball time commitments
    • Unofficial Visits
  • The higher the level of softball
    • The earlier you should start
  • The farther away from home
    • The earlier you should start

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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Have a Recruiting Plan

  • Be Proactive & Market / Sell yourselves
  • Don’t wait to be discovered
    • Create a Profile of your type of college
    • Create a list of schools that fit your college profile
    • Start getting correspondence out to them
    • Make a Skills Video to send to these colleges
    • Participate in recruiting camps & college camps
    • Play games at strong showcase tournaments where college coaches like to go

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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The NCAA Options

  • NCAA D-1
    • Can offer up to 12 Full Scholarships
  • NCAA D-2
    • Can offer up to 7.5 Full Scholarships
  • NCAA D-3
    • No Athletic Scholarships
  • NAIA
    • Mostly offer Academic $$ but some have Athletic $$
  • NJCAA
    • Can offer unlimited Athletic Scholarships

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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NCAA Recruiting Rules

  • NCAA D-1 and D-2
    • Cannot talk to players during a tournament
    • Cannot call a player until July 1st prior to their Senior year
    • Cannot email a player until after Sept 1st of their Junior year
    • Limited to the number of off campus contacts that they can have with a player and/or family member at tournaments
  • NCAA D-3
    • No restrictions on phone calls
    • Can have contact with you after your Junior year
    • Acceptance by the admissions dept must happen prior to anything happening with the softball coach
  • NAIA & NJCAA
    • Can talk to you anytime but they always wait to see if you are interested in a D-1, D-2, or D-3 school first

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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NCAA Eligibility Info

  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center no later than the start of your Junior year (Clearinghouse #)
  • Graduate High School
  • Attain the minimum GPA for the college of interest
  • Attain the minimum SAT / ACT scores
    • Take these tests early (no later than Fall of Junior year)
  • Recommend that you get the “NCAA Guide for the College Bound Athlete” that’s available at www.ncaa.org

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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Tournament Etiquette

  • Do not approach college coaches at a tournament
    • They are there to evaluate your skills and not to hold a bunch of random conversations
  • If a coach wants to talk to you then they will initiate or arrange contact with you
  • Email and/or Call a coach before a tournament to let them know of your interest & your game schedule
  • Follow up Emails after a tournament within 2 days after the end of the tournament is a must
    • Thank them for coming out to watch us play

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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Email Correspondence

  • Do not mass email coaches
  • Email once a week during our summer tournaments (Tues)
  • Sell yourself & tell them what makes you special & standout
    • Big hitter, fast, strikeout totals, pitching speed, etc
    • Avoid false statements or stretching the truth
  • Send skills video & player profile links in all of your emails
  • Subject line of your emails should always include
    • Name / Team Name / Jersey #
  • Live game video links are great options too

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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Recruiting Timelines

  • Freshman Year
    • Prepare your list of schools
    • Visit local schools
    • Watch college games at the various levels
  • Sophomore Year
    • Let the marketing campaign begin
    • Refine your list of schools (research / gather more info)
    • Unofficial Visits are very important & start now
    • 20 schools is a manageable list to keep up with
    • If you can manage more then that would be even better

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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Recruiting Timelines

  • Junior Year
    • Sept 1st is the key date that you can start to receive direct correspondence via email and regular mail
    • You should significantly intensify your marketing efforts
    • Your video link distributions, emails, phone calls, & campus visits should be a high level commitment
  • Senior Year
    • Fall of your Senior year is a very important time to play in front of your interested colleges
    • It is still possible to be recruited in the Spring / Summer of your Senior Year but the chances are diminished
    • Most D-3, NAIA, & JUCO don’t start looking at you until your Senior year
    • You should consider looking more at your Plan “B” too

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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Good Advice

  • Have a Plan & don’t wait for coaches to come to you
  • Showing up at a tournament having never contacted a coach or very many coaches is a poor approach
  • Don’t expect to just show up at a tournament and expect to have a coach see you and say “Wow… That girl is exactly what I need & everything that we have been looking for” because that hardly ever happens
  • Don’t get hung up on the “Full Ride” mentality
  • Plan to see some athletic scholarship $$ supplemented by academic $$, financial aid, and student loans

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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Key Notes

  • You never know who is watching
  • Your Level of Hustle can work for you or against you
  • Reactions to success & failure are very important
  • Recruiting is not fair & never will be
  • Coaching your daughter through the fences is not an acceptable practice or habit
  • Approaching coaches unless designated as the team’s recruiting focal is not permitted

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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Recruiting Clinic / Guide

  • Vegas Clinic
    • Hosted by Cathy Aradi
    • www.fastpitchrecruiting.com
      • $ 15 per person (in advance) or $20 at the door
      • $ 25 per family (in advance) or $30 at the door
  • Recruiting Guide
    • Written by Cathy Aradi
      • Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level

Acers Fastpitch

2012

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