College Softball Recruiting Camps - Be Prepared To Be At Your Best

By Richard Adams

If you find yourself among the college softball recruits from around the country you could be on the path to playing in university. You should take great pride in the fact that your talent, skills, and hard work have gotten you to this step in the process. The question you need to ask yourself is: How do you go from being a hopeful in college softball recruiting from all around the country to actually getting a scholarship offer?

To make it to the university level, you must ensure that college coaches know who you are and how you can help their program. If you are a blue-chip player, recruitment will most likely happen automatically. However, if you are not a blue-chip player, you need to take certain steps to give yourself a shot at playing in university. You might need to know that recruiters find their players in the following ways:

They find players at camps. Recruiters go around the country searching for promising young and hungry talent that could be a major addition to the respective universities they are acting on behalf. They also find players at showcase events which gives them a good opportunity to see the young talent in action and have their judgment made easy about the abilities of a certain prospect.

They attend tournaments and scout for players who have been provided with a platform to showcase their might and also gauge their mental stamina towards handling pressure from crowds and general unfamiliar environment.

Grades - With so many good recruits available to coaches, grades are extremely important. Contrary to what many friends and other so called "experts" tell you, grades are very important. Coaches want players who can stay academically qualified to play, so if two players have pretty equal talent yet one has far better grades, which one do you think gets offered the spot on the roster?

All of these ways should be noted and can help you with your goal of reaching the college level. However, the most important of these steps is most likely to keep in touch with the possible recruiters and market yourself aggressively. This is a fact often overlooked by high school softball players is that coaches from all across the country need talented players. Therefore, marketing and promoting your skills and talents to university coaches is not only good for you, it's a great deal for university coaches.

The elite Division I schools, like those who play for the national championship each year, have the university softball recruiting budget to scout the entire nation and have an unlimited budget for find great players. Obviously, big and reputable schools boasting abundance of don't have to worry about finding great players. However, there are many smaller schools and universities that have limited recruiting budgets and don't have hundreds of athletes to choose from, and may be very interested in putting a player like you on their roster... If they only know about you and they were able to find you.

After leaving these recruiting camps, you can take your chances of being recruited to an even higher level. How? Glad you asked! You can do that by marketing and promoting yourself to university coaches. Coaches at all division levels need good players who are also good students. When you make direct contact with coaches, you could end up being just the student athlete they are looking for. The recruiting camps are a good way to get exposure. An even better way to make sure you get the attention of college coaches is to contact them directly. Direct contact is the best way to make sure coaches know about you and what you can potentially do for their program.

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