I haven't been posting or reading on the site for awhile but the fall session of my dd's went very well!! This past weekend they went for their first tournament in Orlando. It was an international tournament, teams from all over. They ended up with the broze medal for the weekend!! They lost in the semi-finals to a very highly ranked Peurto-Rican Team, the coach said they were ranked 6th in the world and our girls held their own, only losing by 2. I am very proud of these girls they are mostly freshman and they are forming a great bond together, which is great to see. I have been reading some of the negativity about College Coaches and my dd and I have spoken to quite a few and are still speaking to some. My personal experience has been to let my dd do the speaking with me their as support. She asks all the right questions because these are things that we speak about at home to prepare her for these meetings. I think as parents we need to remember that these girls are adults and they have to make decisions for themselves. My dd knows that academics come first and softball second and that is her coaches "GOLDEN RULE" ( that is what he calls it) and his team currently holds the highest GPA in their conference. My daughter is working very hard in school and in practice she loves both she currently has a 3.7 GPA and I amvery proud of her and her first weekend out her batting average was .417 which I am very proud of as well. I see the passion in my dd's eyes when she talks about her practices and her games and the passion when she talks about her major Criminal Justice. So believe me the passion is there and I look forward to an amazing season. She also was offered a full scholarship for next year and she is very happy with the decision that she made which was her decision with my support 100%.