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Welcome. Rocker Recruiting Info Night (No Sour-Pusses Allowed). What We’ll Cover Tonight. Expectations and Goals The Team AND Your Kids Parent survey results What tournaments we are playing – and why Clinics and camps How to get noticed by college coaches How the Rockers can/will help

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Rocker Recruiting Info Night

(No Sour-Pusses Allowed)

what we ll cover tonight
What We’ll Cover Tonight
  • Expectations and Goals
    • The Team AND Your Kids
    • Parent survey results
  • What tournaments we are playing – and why
  • Clinics and camps
  • How to get noticed by college coaches
  • How the Rockers can/will help
  • What concrete steps do I take next?
  • Q&A
but first introducing
But first, introducing…

Tonight’s very special guests


2007 14U Rockers (6 college players+)

Laura Behnke, CF – St. Francis

Augustana University

Parents: Dave and Carol

Sam Becker, 2B/SS – Lake Park

John Carroll University

Parents: Tyler and Geri

A few other faces you might recognize below…plus two more…


Future Rockers

I swear, doctor, we don’t beat our kids, really…

Was six feet tall and threw 56 MPH at 10 years old!

rockers playing in college
Rockers Playing in College
  • Laura Behnke - Augustana 
  • Kelly Loy - Illinois Benedictine
  • Sarah Koch - Illinois Benedictine
  • Vanessa Wegner - Aurora University
  • Samantha Becker - John Carroll
  • Lauren Krzysco (Xplosion) - Arkansas
  • Stephanie Starr (Xplosion) -Aurora University
expectations and goals
Expectations and Goals
  • All of our girls CAN play college softball
    • That doesn’t mean they have to
  • The time is now – for juniors AND sophs
  • Pick the level and target schools that meet YOUR goals
    • D1, D2, D3, Juco
  • School and grades extremely important
  • You can’t be TOO aggressive
    • Coaches will only come to see you if you ask
  • You are not alone
what colleges are girls interested in
What Colleges are Girls Interested in?
  • DePaul
  • Lewis
  • South Carolina
  • Stony Brook
  • Villanova
  • Southern Illinois
  • Stanford
  • Marquette
  • Valparaiso
  • Loyola
  • North Central
  • Illinois State
  • Milwaukee/Wisconsin
  • Illinois State
  • Augustana
  • Carthage
  • Concordia
  • Wisconsin
why tonight
Why Tonight?
  • 10 out of 10 respondents requested a meeting : )
tournaments we are playing why
Tournaments we are playing – & why
  • The goal is to entice coaches to come see YOU in person
  • Fall has become THE big recruiting period
    • Demarini/Ringor (Elgin), Midland Magic (Springfield), St. Louis Showcase
    • Competitive PGF tournaments
  • High school DOES matter
  • Summer is about competing…plus exposure
      • PGF
      • ASA Metros
      • Nationals
      • Exposures – Local…and Colorado Sparkler
clinics and camps
Clinics and camps
  • Camps are a great opportunity to get seen
    • College-sponsored camps
      • You go to colleges
    • Organization-sponsored camps
      • Colleges come to you
  • We have a long – and growing – list of upcoming area college camps on RockersBlack.com
    • Coaches will remind girls about camps and clinics
    • We will try to attend in groups as Rockers Black when we can
  • Camps cost money – you determine the value
how to get noticed by college coaches this fall
How to get noticed by college coaches this fall
  • We have ‘Recruiting 101’ documents at RockersBlack.com to help you get started
  • Go to the Parents tab

Athletes Wanted 300+ page book, NCSA

Softball Recruiting 101 (23 Slides)

Make the Team, 130-page eBook, Captain U

Also, by Cathi Aradi:

Fastpitchrecruiting.com Preparing to Play Fastpitch at the Collegiate Level 2013 Edition (Book, $34.95)


NCAA Clearinghouse/Eligibility Center - www.eligibilitycenter.org/

how to get noticed basics
How To Get Noticed Basics
  • Determine goals with your daughter
  • Identify initial targets – send (multiple) emails ahead of tournaments
    • There are links to college Web sites and coach’s contact info on the RockersBlack.com Web site
    • We will also distribute attending coach list before every tournament
  • Follow up every contact; be persistent with outreach before every tournament. Email first, then phone to follow where possible.
  • Consider Captain U or other recruiting services
  • Scholarship realities
    • Only D1/D2 has scholarships – 12 scholarships, typically 20 or so players
    • Less than 2% of all college softball players receive full-tuition athletic scholarships
how the rockers can help
How the Rockers can help
  • Coach Pete and Laura C. will oversee recruiting outreach/connections, working with Coach Rich and Coach Bruno
    • On-site at tournaments
    • Camp and clinic opportunities
    • Incoming via email, phone, contact
  • We’ll help as much or as little as you’d like – TBD
  • Rockersblack.com (plus Parents tab)
    • Team and individual profiles
    • Skills videos
    • College contact information
    • Camps and clinics list
    • Downloadable resources and eBooks
    • Email templates
what steps do i take next
What Steps Do I Take Next?
  • Mind the calendar
    • It is Sept. 15
    • We play our first exposure tournament Oct. 11 (Demarini Elgin)
    • We may see some coaches at fall PGF regionals
  • Finish profile. Get own PDF copy
  • Finish skills video. Get YouTube link.
  • Set a schedule for sending out emails (and do it)
    • Two weeks before tournament, general fyi
    • A few days before tournament, game schedule