While we were watching DD2 play soccer last night, I was sharing with my mother in law what's new with DD1 softball recruiting journey. I was telling her about the school that recently showed interest, how I was impressed with the academics, the size of the school(very large d3) and the fact that there aren't any athletic monies available. But there are other ways to get money other than athletic. She looks down her nose at me and says What's the point in going there if there isn't any softball money. She goes on to ask, what is her back up plan and she should go visit her cousin to spend some time on campus at a VERY large P5 school that she has no chance of playing softball there, nor do we have any interest in sending her to a school with 70K students.
I just about punched her in the face. The more I thought it about it I came up with my own questions. Why join a sorority/fraternity, why play club sports, why join an any organization while you are in college?? What's the point of kids playing HS sports, theater arts, band, choir, key club, FFA?
When I was in college I played Rugby and traveled every other weekend on my own dime and practiced several nights a week, I joined a business fraternity, I was a member of the International Business club, and I was very active at the local bar/club! What's the point?
The problem with where we live people are programmed to think they have go to one of two major schools in this region and that is it. There's nothing else. It's very myopic and one dimensional thinking. Now you add in an athlete to mix, your options have now multiplied 10X. I have considered schools that I didn't even know existed 4 years ago. My approach to this recruiting thing has drastically changed in the past several years and because of the stories that have been shared here, have heard first hand and second hand by friends in the TB world several schools have been crossed off the list in the past couple of months. I know that I will miss all of this when it's over!