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MadDogsDad

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They have scholarship restrictions that they are having to work within unless something has changed. They won't be fully-funded scholarship-wise until the fourth season.


I understand that. My point was that I read they have a couple of kids already on scholarship and in school right now.

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I understand that. My point was that I read they have a couple of kids already on scholarship and in school right now.


Probably true.
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I understand that. My point was that I read they have a couple of kids already on scholarship and in school right now.


Yes, they do
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Currently 4 Redshirts, 1 Walkon, 1 Transfer who arrived this past January, another transfer probable for Fall.
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Any game predictions for the second to the last weekend in the Ivy League? It's been a great season so far. Where do we see things ending?
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I expect the three key series (Brown/Harvard, Dartmouth/Yale, Princeton/Columbia) will be back and forth battles.  Columbia and Yale had strong mid week games and played well last weekend.  Columbia is stronger than in recent memory but they may have taken Cornell for granted.  Yale has been improving steadily since the coaching transition.  Last year, they were motivated against Dartmouth because of a play that occurred at the plate the year before.  I think the Big Green took them lightly last year.  Those players are now gone but I expect a close series.  Harvard lost to Providence this week. Brown's hitting is strong enough to make those games close.  I would not be surprised to see 3-1 games in favor of the higher ranked teams.  The lower ranked teams need to make up ground this weekend to have a chance in the last week.  Pitching is going to be key.  Can't wait till the Ivy brings in a double e conference tourney.
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Princeton could score 40 runs this weekend, I like them in a sweep.  Yale will give Dartmouth all it can handle.. I would not be shocked if they win 3/4 from the Big Green, although a split is more likely.  If Brown can play a clean game in the field and execute, the series will be a battle each game.  2-2 would be a great weekend for the Bears.  
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  Last year, they were motivated against Dartmouth because of a play that occurred at the plate the year before.  


Yes. Masterful motivation. Yale coach took a play where the Dartmouth runner was doing what she was supposed to and convinced her kids and parents it was dirty. Got them fired up. Complete horse puckey but it worked.

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Mark what was the play at the plate? Did the Dartmouth player try and break up a double play or something?
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It was a slide at home with a throw coming in from the outfield.  Player slide in before ball made it.  Dartmouth had a healthy lead.  But the play was what every coach teaches the runners.  Slide into the bag if a play is about to be made and that is what happened.  Catcher was fine.  Both players were prominent leaders on their teams.  In watching Ivy play for years, its the same slide you see into second but the catcher set up to block and tag.  Nothing dirty about it on either side.
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Doesn't Princeton play Columbia this weekend? This isn't the same Columbia team. A four game sweep seems high order. I think some of those games may be closer or a Columbia win or two?
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It was a slide at home with a throw coming in from the outfield.  Player slide in before ball made it.  Dartmouth had a healthy lead.  But the play was what every coach teaches the runners.  Slide into the bag if a play is about to be made and that is what happened.  Catcher was fine.  Both players were prominent leaders on their teams.  In watching Ivy play for years, its the same slide you see into second but the catcher set up to block and tag.  Nothing dirty about it on either side.


Yep. Clever motivation though. You would think college level players and at least some of the parents would have known better but I guess we usually believe what we want to believe.

If the catcher is standing on the plate and my runner slides hard and feet low across the plate then she's playing the game the way it's supposed to be played. Feet high...dirty. Feet low...clean. My runner doesn't do that she's got a problem with me because she's leaving my other base runners hung out to dry. My runner slides in feet low the catcher should be fine because a well coached catcher should be expecting exactly that.

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Doesn't Princeton play Columbia this weekend? This isn't the same Columbia team. A four game sweep seems high order. I think some of those games may be closer or a Columbia win or two?


That will be an interesting series. You look at the conference stats Princeton looks VERY salty. http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/sports/sball/2016-17/stats/html/lgconf.htm


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Columbia taking all the games from Harvard and Dartmouth looked strong to win the Ivy league south.  Princeton is building on their success last year.  The games, which are Friday and Saturday, will be great.  The Yale and Brown games are Saturday and Sunday.  If you are going to watch Princeton in person, don'f forget the Cupcake Shop on the main street (Witherspoon) in Princeton.  They won the Cupcake Wars show a while ago.  
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This is a great thread and I appreciate everyone's insight. I'm a proud dad of a 2018 committed to an Ivy and very excited. She was on the "high academic" track for the last 3-4 years after realizing the very top of the Power 5 conferences wasn't attainable. I agree that the greater coaching community does NOT know much about the Ivy's and their benefits. However, we were lucky to stumble upon a friend whose daughter was following that path and he spoke of a high academic camp (Showball Softball). We flew across the country and that got her started with those schools. From there it was a matter of constantly communicating with them since we are across the country and not in their backyard. 

We also got advice from a friend to take the SAT/ACT early to get a score. She got a 30 as a sophomore and coaches perked up... then she got a 33 a month into her Junior year and that definitely carried a lot of weight in the Fall. 

Now I await the "needs based" financial side of the equation, but regardless we are very excited!

Thanks again to everyone in this thread for the insight on the process as well as the games. Ivy softball info isn't easy to find!
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Life after Softball...congrats!!
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I just heard Haley Fagan is going to transfer to the Ivy league...Good luck....
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Congrats to Dallasazcat. We had a terrific experience and one of our friend's daughter will graduate this year and is accepted at med school.  It is impressive to listen to the post graduation plans of the seniors of all the schools.  Be sure that your daughter talks to students who have done well academically at the school.  There is a science on when to take hard classes and when to take a lighter schedule to maintain a solid gpa.  Some professors are more understanding on those missed Fridays than others.  The schedule is conducive to minimizing the effect on school. In my view, you get a healthy balance of athletics and academics. You would think academics in women's sports would be more important because of the lack of professional league opportunities, but too many female students graduate each year with degrees that do not even qualify them to teach elementary school physical education.
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Yep. You only get to play four years.
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We also got advice from a friend to take the SAT/ACT early to get a score.


If I had a dollar for every time I've preached that...

Good for you!

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The anxiety of taking the test and getting the score is a barrier.  In college admissions, you have two separate tests, so our test prep person said, study for both, take both practice tests a couple of times and then take the ACT first.  If the score is not so good you can refocus on the SAT. It is like a free try in a less pressured setting. Many students take the ACT and do well enough to either be done or take one more try.  Our daughter never took the SAT because the ACT was high enough. BTW the best prep people offer both tests as practice each Saturday and Sunday in a simulated environment, graded right away.  Taking the full test is the best way to study.
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The Princeton offense was impressive today.  Peaking at the right time.  Coach Sweeney has done a great job.
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If Dartmouth goes to the two team playoff it will be an interesting story given Princeton's only two losses were Dartmouth.
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Congrats to Princeton for back to back South championships.  

Was someone at the Harvard Brown games?  Can someone tell me how Brown baseball got both games in while softball did not?  Only got one game in and the other is postponed until the end to see if it is needed.  They should play Monday.
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Congrats to Princeton for back to back South championships.  

Was someone at the Harvard Brown games?  Can someone tell me how Brown baseball got both games in while softball did not?  Only got one game in and the other is postponed until the end to see if it is needed.  They should play Monday.


I can't answer for sure about baseball, but they were scheduled for an earlier start and I know softball  delayed game 1 an hour.  The coaches decided game 2 could not be completed before darkness.  Cambridge to Providence is about 45 minutes by bus so I believe the are looking at a Tuesday or Wednesday make up game.
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Remarkable to ask Ethridge to throw two complete games today.  12 innings, 52 batters.
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in the North,, very interesting..

After seeing Dartmouth/ Harvard the last two weeks,,, very impressed with Ethridge, but has she been worn out with overuse?  Harvard has the overall better pitching, but if she can summon up one more week of strength, she can carry them. 

I thought Dartmouth had better power hitters,, Harvard can play small ball and run the bases.

VERY evenly matched,, they could split,, leaving the door open for a 3 way tie if Yale sweeps Brown. 

What would be the tie breaking rules if that happened ?
 
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A playoff game, if two teams.  Two playoff games, where one team gets a bye for game one, if three.  These would be held the weekend of the currently scheduled championship series, and the championship series would be pushed out a week.  There are a bunch of rules that address who plays who (if 3 way tie), and who is home team.

These were the rules through 2012.  I don't know if they've been changed, since then.

And Harvard still has to play Brown on Thursday.
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Some exciting things in the North! Will be fun to see how it shakes out after the weekend.

Congrats to Princeton. They have some solid freshman hitters, and some seniors who are stepping up.
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That delayed game had both teams fresh and that took the momentum away from Harvard.  Congrats to the Brown senior pitcher and hr hitter for winning that game.  Now, Harvard needs 3 from Dartmouth, which they did last year.  Harvard has been winning with much less offense this year.  A split gives it to Dartmouth, but Yale could end up tied if they take 4 from Brown.  Yale has been playing well.  Interesting finish in the North.  Princeton still a favorite to take it all.
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