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pattar

A life wasted chasing rainbows
Jun 8, 2016
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How can any college coach drink through that firehouse of emails. Thanks, tb coach, have you ever had a work email?
I somehow doubt Gasso manages whatever her public e-mail is...lol. For a small fee I will go knock on her office
door and see if she answers.. 🤣
 
Apr 20, 2018
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I cant help but wonder which Team and/or Org we are talking about here. Is it truly a team that all players are seriously talented and have the potential to play college ball? I would not be too surprised if its a middle of the road 16U team. I could be wrong.

I am also wondering how and when the coach communicated to the team the intentions of his team being a "college player team only"?
Was it before or after tryouts? Start of a new season? Or after he attended a coaching seminar?

Also wonder what might have happened if a player listed 30 D3, NCIA and even Jucos schools?
 
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And just like that we derail another thread, lol!
I somehow doubt Gasso manages whatever her public e-mail is...lol. For a small fee I will go knock on her office
door and see if she answers.. 🤣
Oh man, the idea of being a short walk from her office is honestly pretty damn cool!

I‘d be too starstruck to put a coherent sentence together.

And I bet the email reader is an assistant to the grad assistant!
 
May 24, 2013
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...the coach has clearly stated to all, that if you don’t want to play in college, then this isn’t the team for them. That was a big turn off for her and all of our family, frankly.

Here's something to consider....If the coach is doing a good job helping his players getting recruited, he is spending his time and effort working on finding, creating, or solidifying college opportunities for his players. If there is a player who is not interested in playing college ball, or isn't sure one way or another, and is not putting in a full effort on her end, he's wasting his time and effort - and a roster spot - that could be going to someone who will truly benefit from it.

What might not be a good fit for your DGD might be a great fit for someone else. Find the team that fits.
 
May 24, 2013
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I cant help but wonder which Team and/or Org we are talking about here. Is it truly a team that all players are seriously talented and have the potential to play college ball? I would not be too surprised if its a middle of the road 16U team. I could be wrong.

I am also wondering how and when the coach communicated to the team the intentions of his team being a "college player team only"?
Was it before or after tryouts? Start of a new season? Or after he attended a coaching seminar?

Also wonder what might have happened if a player listed 30 D3, NCIA and even Jucos schools?

Players on middle of the road 16U teams generally all have the skills to play college ball. Probably not top-level D1, but there's a fit for pretty much everyone, at some level.

If a player lists 30 D1 schools, and is not a top-level player, the coach should be having a discussion with her about shifting her focus to realistic possibilities.
 
Oct 23, 2014
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This is all my opinion, of course, but after working with my DD up to playing for a JC program: It's true that the girls need to contact coaches frequently to get on their radar, but it wastes precious time to just email 30 programs your DD hasn't researched. My DD and I sat down and literally made a spreadsheet. First, we would pull up: https://scholarshipstats.com/softball so we'd have ball park figures for tuition rates and average scholarships. Then, check FieldLevel, NCSA, or other websites using a free account. Your DD can search these sites by degree programs, division, state, size, etc. to find some good options. Then start a list with the college name, location, tuition, average scholarship, degree programs in DD's interest, maybe include distance from home, and other notes & info. Keep in mind a lot of D1 JC's have $$, and many have very nice facilities. It really helped narrow this all down to a shorter, more realistic list to concentrate on.

Most of our DD's will not realistically be playing for big D1 schools, and will not be scouted & recruited by them at 13yrs old. For most, I think time is better spent starting their sophomore summer to invite coaches to watch them play at showcase tournaments, or major USA/UAAA, etc. tourneys. Show interest by attending the college camps starting freshman year, take the campus tours and ask lots of questions. If the college does not participate in these showcase tourneys, and if your DD truly wants to be noticed, attending the camps is very helpful. Record live game footage as well as recruitment videos that you can send out to coaches, upload them to YouTube, then post the links on your DD's FieldLevel or other recruitment profiles. When emailing the coaches getting closer to senior year, ask if they need specific positions for your DD's recruitment year. We found many that had already filled their roster for pitchers/outfielders, and so were no longer looking.

Playing college sports is tough, and it's really okay for our DD's to just want to play high school, or at the local college when they graduate HS. It's important these girls understand the grind of getting up at 4 am to lift weights, attend classes all day, then 2-3 hour team practices, road trips, maybe not being able to come home for a holiday, and keeping up with all the homework. They will miss out on some of the college clubs and student organizations. College ball is such a great experience, but it takes a solid, determined commitment. Good luck, and don't forget to enjoy the incredible journey, it goes by so fast!
 
Oct 3, 2019
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Only 6% of high school softball players, play at any level of NCAA. Six out of 100 girls, six out of every 7 teams, yet there is so much discussion about how to get recruited, what programs they need to play in and how many showcases they need to attend, (how much money should be spent. I’m just wondering if maybe there’s a better way that doesn’t require the time, and spent resources, that supports just these few girls’, “journey”.
 

pattar

A life wasted chasing rainbows
Jun 8, 2016
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Only 6% of high school softball players, play at any level of NCAA. Six out of 100 girls, six out of every 7 teams, yet there is so much discussion about how to get recruited, what programs they need to play in and how many showcases they need to attend, (how much money should be spent. I’m just wondering if maybe there’s a better way that doesn’t require the time, and spent resources, that supports just these few girls’, “journey”.
You are looking at the wrong statistics if you want to make the argument that TB isn't worth the trouble. If we only want to say TB is worth it if a kid plays in college (which I am not willing to say...) the statistic you want to look at is what is the percentage of kids playing 16U/18U TB that play college ball ( I don't know the answer btw)?
 
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May 24, 2013
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Only 6% of high school softball players, play at any level of NCAA. Six out of 100 girls, six out of every 7 teams, yet there is so much discussion about how to get recruited, what programs they need to play in and how many showcases they need to attend, (how much money should be spent. I’m just wondering if maybe there’s a better way that doesn’t require the time, and spent resources, that supports just these few girls’, “journey”.

HS ball isn't where the time and money is being spent, nor is it where college coaches focus for recruiting players.
 
Oct 3, 2019
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HS ball isn't where the time and money is being spent, nor is it where college coaches focus for recruiting players.
I don't believe this statistic is from girls that only play high school. Most also play TB, at least where I live they do.
 
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