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gomrpi

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What does anyone here know about the National Collegiate Scouting Association?
Anyone have any experience with these people?

NCSA website: http://www.ncsasports.org
vcaldwell

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Never heard of them. At 16U nationals the past two years I asked every coach I spoke to, about 40 from all divisions, and only got a two that said they use these types of services. Softball is not like football or even baseball where large combines take place and scouts can get paid a finders fee.

I found it interesting that on their Message Board the football section was the only one that had more than 2-3 posts. Most had none. That might tell you something right there.

Before I'd spend money I'd want to see how many softball players they have placed and where and ask for a few references to call and ask if they think the service made a difference. You can do a lot of self-marketing for what some services charge. Interestingly I could see nowhere on their website any mention of cost. Fill out the survey and they will contact you to see if you qualify????? Get ready for the hard sell.

My advice is get Cathi Aradi's book, read everything about recruiting on this site and dive in like the rest of us. This is one time when the parents can't just write a check to have someone else take care of it. There is no easy way... at least none that I've found.

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gomrpi

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It isn't for me but for a friend - I too gave them the same advice you just gave me.  They still are considering a service and were considering this one.  I was just asking to see if anyone here had used them.  They just can't believe you can actually do all of it on your own.  Thanks for the input though I will forward it to them.
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Go on the website to the virtual tryout then go to the left handed pitcher some interesting sound qualities at a certain point. You see the ball hit the glove than 2 seconds later you hear the pop sort of interesting.


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I believe services like NSCA are most valuable to people who are not particularly good at getting started on the correspondence process and otherwise don't know how to get recruited. They also can provide some matches here and there that you may not find yourself - mainly lower level D1 and DII and DIII. If you like to write and do your own research and you are a legitimate D1 player on a legitimate travel team you don't need it. It will cost you some money, but if you have it to spend it can't really hurt you
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In addition to your DD playing at the 18U Gold level in the college exposure tournaments, direct contact with selected college coaches with letters and skills videos, I recommend your DD attend any winter camp or clinic a specific college may offer.

My daughter did this with two major D1 schools that recruited her, but were not able to immediately schedule official visits with her. So, we had her attend these camps at our expense, and the coaches were able to see her play for an extended period in drill and scrimmage situations.

At one of the camps, there were several other college coaches attending and working at the camp, and she was approached by at least four other schools that wanted her after seeing her play.

For a player that may not be in top level in terms of school chasing her, this can be a good strategy to get your DD right in front of coaches at schools she is really interested in. Plus, the player can get a better feel for how she would would fit into the program with the coaches and the current players, as they typically work the camp as staff...
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Be very careful dealing with NCSA Sports, many people have had very negative experience with this company over the past year. It seems their main focus is to relieve you of a couple of thousand dollars (the lowest priced package) through pretty slick salesmen AKA "scouts", don't fall for the hype.

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Saw this post about NCSA and wanted to give my take on them.  My brother went through their service two years ago and got a lot of letters and actually signed with a really good d2 school.  I think he got like 40 contacts from schools. 

My parents got me in to the service about 5 month ago once I decided that I really wanted to try and play college softball, and I have already heard from about 20 schools.  One of them wants me to come and visit this summer which is cool!

I guess it may not work for some families but if you really want to get in front of a lot of coaches (and I do!!!!!) then I think its a pretty smart thing to do if u r serious about getting seen.  They are also really helpful when I have a question. 
gomrpi

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wow... what a blast from the past... well to update I didn't advise this person to become part of this service and they were still signed and play for a big 12 school... however the fact that this is still alive suggests it may be legit.. I really don't know for sure... buyer's beware!
Rojarri

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Buyers beware? Honestly?

People, the NCSA is partnered with TAKKLE (who is owned by SI), Rising Stars Softball, Nike Sparq, Adidas .... so how can you say it "may be legit"? Really, do some research before you bash a company.

gomrpi

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Originally Posted by Rojarri
Buyers beware? Honestly?

People, the NCSA is partnered with TAKKLE (who is owned by SI), Rising Stars Softball, Nike Sparq, Adidas .... so how can you say it "may be legit"? Really, do some research before you bash a company.



Rojarri, you didn't happen to notice this thread started 04/05/06... what were they part of then????  They didn't even partner with TAKKLE until 2008....
08/14/08    NCSA Partners with TAKKLE - from their web site

Funny you replied to my last comment made 04/22/08 at 08:44 PM...
I would suggest "...do some research before you bash a... "poster of this group with your very first post.

Happy researching....
TwoToSix

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The Aradi book is $35.00 dollars and you can get all the guidance you need.  These services way over charge and college coaches do not rely on them.  Save your money and do it yourself. 


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NCSA is not for everyone,  however if your DD is not afraid to leave " home", NCSA can open several windows of opportunity most parents and/or travel coaches are not privy to.       ie. Their data base includes hundreds of colleges looking for players not on the typical radar. It also includes specific ( player positions etc..)requests from coaches.  My DD is onboard and she actively recieves calls from interested coaches. Only time will tell if she sees any dividends!
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