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With new rules in place for NCAA D1 programs that aim to end the early verbal, players and parents are now trying to determine how to move forward in the recruiting process. This is truly one of the biggest changes in direction recruiting has ever seen in softball. The classes of 2022 and 2021 came of age in the recruiting process as the sport had completely gotten out of hand with early recruiting.

This group is now going to have to go from a mindset of possibly committing as an 8th or 9th grader, to now waiting until they’re a Junior in High School before they receive another offer. In the course of one day, the lives of thousands of Middle School and early High School students changed forever.

So, now what? What players have to understand is that, although the actual offer may be a few years away, coaches are going to have more of an opportunity to track a player’s performance over time. By no means does this allow a player to sit around and wait until her Junior year of High School until she begins reaching out to schools. There will be plenty of players who take that route.

The impact of this rule is that it will allow a player to show a consistent pattern of improvement over time, which ultimately helps a college project your future playing ability in college. It will allow coaches to be able to track which players have a genuine interest in their program. Remember, now that this process has moved to more of a long-term commitment, the players who truly have the desire to play at a specific program are going to have an easier time proving it.

Players should be taking advantage of the new rules by continuing to communicate with college coaches and express their interest in their program. Providing verified metrics, stats and video are the easiest ways to catch their attention and to get on their radar.






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