DO YOU WANT TO PLAY COLLEGE SOFTBALL?

ABOUT COLLEGE SOFTBALL RECRUITING

College softball offers athletes the opportunity to play against high-level competition while also studying at a University. Softball is one of three sports in which only women participate; therefore, it is one of the most competitive sports to get recruited.

 

Softball coaches will recruit student-athletes to fit their program needs depending on which position the team requires. So it is extremely important to create an online recruiting profile to maximize your exposure and be discovered by college coaches. Your recruiting profile allows college coaches to properly assess you as a prospect because it includes all the information they want to see such as your recruiting video, key stats, academic level (GPA) and contact information and more!​

 

WHY PLAY COLLEGE softball?

  • Maximize your potential: Learn and apply the values that are useful in all aspects in life. College sport teaches you the importance of teamwork, leadership, goal setting, work ethic, time management, discipline and handling pressure.

  • Develop relationships and make connections: The network you create from your sport can open the door for many things in life including job opportunities, friendships and partnerships.

  • Live a healthier lifestyle: Regular exercise helps boost immunity and contributes to overall physical health. 

SOFTBALL SCHOLARSHIP STATISTICS

The following table numerically summarizes the availability of softball scholarships across the United States. Note: This shows the number of maximum scholarships a college can provide. This is called “fully funded”. However, many colleges do not have the maximum and therefore the number of total scholarships can be less than shown in the table. Athletic scholarships at colleges change yearly with increases and decreases, so you cannot fully determine who has available scholarships except by joining a network like IMRecruitable where you can find out directly what is available from the coaches. 

HOW TO MAKE A SOFTBALL RECRUITING VIDEO

After a coach has seen a suitable evaluation from a third party like ImRecruitable, they will want to see a highlight video of your on-court skills. Knowing what to do can be difficult, so we have listed some guidelines to follow when filming your highlight video: 

 

  • Do not film through a fence or any other kind of impeding material.

  • Do not follow the ball while filming, or move the camera around (a tripod is very helpful!)

  • Do not zoom in and out of the player

  • Do not provide game footage

  • Wear proper uniform

 

Depending on what position you are, coaches want to see different abilities and skills. We have listed position-specific guidelines to follow for your video:

 

Hitting

  • Can use a pitcher or a machine

  • Can be on a diamond or cage

  • Position camera behind catcher 

    • 30 swings

  • Potision camera behind hitter and a little to the right if right handed (or a little to the left if left handed)

    • 15 swings

 

Base Running

  • Swing and run through first base

  • Swing and run for home run

  • Film all from home plate

 

Pitchers 

  • If right handed, position camera 3ft to the right and 5-6ft back

  • If left handed, position camera 3ft to the left and 5-6ft back

    • 10 pitches (at least 5 fastballs)

  • Position camera 3ft behind catcher

    • 10 varied pitches

  • Position camera 3ft from open side of pitcher

    • 10 varied pitches (5 fast balls) 

 

Infielders (Shortstop and second base)

  • Take groundballs at shortstop (maximize range and strength)

  • 8 groundballs at you

  • 8 groundballs 8-10ft to your left

  • 8 groundballs 8-10ft to your right

  • 6 slow choppers at you

  • Position camera 2ft behind the mound. Throw the following to second base

    • 2 groundballs at you

    • 2 groundballs to your left

    • 2 groundballs to your right

 

Infielders (Third base)

  • With camera angle positioned 4 ft. to the left of the mound for half AND 4 ft. behind 1B for half.

  • 8 Groundballs hit directly at you.

  • 8 Groundballs hit directly to your left.

  • 6 Groundballs hit directly to your right/backhand.

  • 6 Slow Choppers hit directly at you.

 

Catchers

  • With camera angle 10ft in front of the catcher

  • Framing Pitches (5 pitches on each corner).

  • With camera angle positioned 2 ft. to the left and 5 ft. in front of the mound.

  • Blocking Pitches (5 directly in front of you, 5 to your left, 5 to your right).

  • With camera angle positioned 3ft. behind the 2B for half AND 2 ft. behind the catcher for half.

  • Pop and Throws to 2B (8 throws).

  • With camera angle positioned 3ft. behind the 3B for 4 throws AND 2 ft. behind the catcher for 2 throws.

  • Pop and Throws to 3B (6 throws).

  • With camera angle positioned 3 ft. behind the plate for 2 throws AND 3 ft. to the right of the 1B for 2 throws.

  • Mock Bunts and Throws to 1B (4 balls up the 1B line, 4 balls up the 3B line). 

 

Outfielders

  • For all outfielders, regardless of whether you are a CF, RF, or LF, you will need to take your groundballs and fly balls in centerfield.

  • With camera angle positioned halfway between 2B and the mound.

    • 4 ground balls hit directly at you and thrown to 2B.

    • 4 fly balls hit directly at you and thrown to 2B.

    • 4 ground balls hit to your left and thrown to 2B.

    • 4 fly balls hit directly to your left and thrown to 2B.

    • 4 ground balls hit to your right and thrown to 2B.

    • 4 fly balls hit directly to your right and thrown to 2B.

  • Camera angle should be positioned directly behind 3B

    • 4 ground balls hit directly at you and thrown to 3B.

    • 4 fly balls hit directly at you and thrown to 3B.

    • 4 ground balls hit to your left and thrown to 3B.

    • 4 fly balls hit directly to your left and thrown to 3B.

    • 4 ground balls hit to your right and thrown to 3B.

    • 4 fly balls hit directly to your right and thrown to 3B.

    • Camera angle should be directly behind the catcher.

    • 4 ground balls hit directly at you and thrown to home plate.

    • 4 fly balls hit directly at you and thrown to home plate.

CREATE A FREE recruiting PROFILE

College softball recruiting is highly competitive and requires you to get access to college coaches. This is where IMRecruitable can provide you with a competitive edge and 10x your chances to get recruited! We can connect you with EVERY college and coach to help you maximize your exposure and opportunities. It takes one minute to register and then your softball profile will be accessible to college coaches: The decision makers! Click Here to create our FREE profile.

Tarek Merchant

Recruiting Expert, CEO/Founder - ImRecruitable 

"It's never too early or late to start your recruiting process! There is an opportunity for everyone, so start your recruiting profile today and give yourself the best chance to play college sports and earn a college degree."

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