Recruitment

Recruitment Information for Parents and Players

This page contains information on recruiting rules, definitions of the different recruiting terms and periods, and links for information on contacting coaches.

Division 1 Recruiting Rules

Freshman and Sophomore Year
  • Coaches can send recruiting bruchures for camps and questionnaires
  • Coaches cannot call you
  • No off campus contact
  • No official visits allowed
  • You can make unlimited unofficial visits, but cannot meet with the coach
  • Travel and school ball coaches, parents, or third parties cannot communicate with a coach on your behalf
Junior Year
  • You may receive recruiting materials
  • Coaches can call beginning September 1 of your Junior year. You may call a coach anytime.
  • Unlimited text beginning September 1 of your Junior year.
  • Off campus contact allowed beginning September 1 of your Junior year.
  • Official visits After September 1 of junior year.
  • You can make unlimited unofficial visits, but only after September 1 of your Jr year can you communicate with the coach.
Senior Year
  • You may receive recruiting materials.
  • A coach is allowed to call you once per week. A coach has unlimited calls to you once you sign your letter of intent. You may call a coach anytime.
  • Off campus contact allowed. Not more than three times during your Senior year.
  • Official visits are allowed beginning the opening day of your Senior year.
  • You can make unlimited unofficial visits except during dead period.

Division 2 Recruiting Rules

  • You may receive recruiting materials beginning June 15 before your Junior year.
  • Coaches can make unlimited calls beginning June 15 before your Junior year.
  • Coaches can send unlimited text beginning July 1 after your Junior year.
  • Coaches can have unlimited contact beginning June 15 before your Junior year.
  • Official visits are allowed beginning June 15 after your Junior year.
  • You can make unlimited unofficial visits except during dead period.

Division 3 Recruiting Rules

  • Unlimited recruiting materials at any time.
  • Unlimited calls at any time.
  • Off campus contact unlimited after your Junior year.
  • Official visits allowed beginning the opening day of your Senior year.
  • You can make unlimited unofficial visits except during dead period.

NAIA Recruiting Rules

There are no rules concerning the recruiting of a student athletes who are in high school or below. There are no recruiting calendars, dead periods, or contact restrictions.

Junior College (JUCO) Recruitung Rules

An athlete must have completed their Junior year in high school in order to make an official visit.

Scholarship Availability

  • Division 1 = 12
  • Division 2 = 7.2
  • Division 3 = 10
  • Junior College = 24

The number of scholarships varies by division level. Softball is considered an equivalency sport which means most scholarships are not full scholarships. The number of scholarships by division can be divided to offer as many players as possible. Division 3 does not offer an athletic scholarship, but most offer incentives for athletes.

Recruiting Definitions

  • Recruitung calendar - Define certain time periods in which recruiting may or may not occur.
  • Contact - Contact occurs any time a college coach says more than hello during face to face contact with an athlete or their parents off campus.
  • Contact Period - During this period a college coach can have face to face contact with an athlete or their parents, watch athletes compete, visit their high school, and write or call the athlete or their parents.
  • Evaluation Period - A coach may watch an athlete compete, visit their high school, write or call an athlete or their parents. During this time the coach cannot have face to face contact with an athlete or their parents.
  • Quiet Period - During this time a coach may only have face to face contact with an athlete or their parents on the college's campus. They can write or call athletes or their parents during this time. They are not allowed to watch an athlete compete unless it is on their campus, or visit their high school.
  • Dead Period - No face to face contact with an athlete or their parents. Coaches cannot watch an athlete compete or visit their high school. Coaches may write or call an athlete or their parents during this time.
  • Official Visit - Official visit - Any visit to a college campus by an athlete or their parents paid for by the college.
  • Unofficial Visit - Any visit paid for by the athlete or their parents.
  • National Letter of Intent - Signed by an athlete when they agree to attend a Division 1 or 2 college or university. It is voluntary. Signing the letter ends the recruiting process for other Division 1 or 2 schools. They are prohibited from recruiting an athlete that has signed a NLI.

Social Media

We make every effort to keep school and travel ball stats posted on social media. Here are some tips to follow to help us and the player get the most out of it.

  • Keep up with your players stats. I would recommend keeping a book , but at the very least keep up with # of hits, runs scored, RBI, fielding %, stolen bases.
  • Send Coach Ben Dalton these stats. If you send them, they will be posted.
  • Make sure each player has a Twitter and Facebook.
  • Follow colleges you like.
  • In emails to college coaches, let them know your Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • When Coach Ben Dalton posts stats, re-tweet them to your personal account so the coaches following you can see them.
  • Watch what you post on social media!! Keep it professional. It can provide a great opportunity or it can cost you that opportunity.

New Unlimited Text Message Rule

  • As of August 1st Coaches and athletes are allowed an unlimited amount of text messages.
  • You still cannot be contacted by D1 or D2 schools before the first day of Junior year.

http://thirdparent.com/ncaa-changes-recruiting-rules-for-texting-social-media/

 

Recruiting Links

http://www.athleticscholarships.net/how-to-get-recruited-scholarship.htm

http://www.athleticscholarships.net/scout-coach-watch.htm

http://www.athleticscholarships.net/how-to-email-college-coaches.htm

http://www.athleticscholarships.net/manage-your-list-of-colleges.htm

http://www.athleticscholarships.net/college-sports-recruiting.htm

http://www.athleticscholarships.net/sports-training-softball.htm

http://www.collegesportsscholarships.com/ncaa-divisions-differences.htm

http://www.studentathleteworld.com/recruiting-101/myths/

http://www.athleticscholarships.net/2014/02/04/the-truth-behind-really-early-scholarship-offers.htm

http://www.columbiatribune.com/sports/mu/softball-players-making-college-choices-before-their-first-high-school/article_4283eaaa-fa86-5cda-b1b3-fc716c3e1f4a.html

http://www.ncsasports.org/blog/2016/08/02/new-social-media-rule-college-coaches/

http://www.ncsasports.org/blog/2016/06/29/calling-college-coaches/

http://www.ncsasports.org/blog/2016/06/15/june-15-recruiting-tips-rising-juniors/