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LLJ

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I have found this site to be full of useful information, so I thought I would share our experience in hopes that it may be helpful.

 

DD was neither an elite student nor an elite player.  We live in So. Cal and probably did everything wrong.  She did not go to Colorado her Sophomore year, her 16U team did not qualify for Nationals, she missed the pre Thanksgiving showcase her Junior year due to a major illness.  We had a video made that was horrible and sent it out to many, many coaches.  Obviously we didn't realize how bad it was.

 

DD is small for her position (catcher) and does not try out well. 

 

Bottom line, she received a very nice scholarship from a DII school and will be the starting catcher her Freshman year, and she loves where she is.  The Freshman class has 325 students and average class size is about 20.  Professors know the students names!

 

We found her school from the So. Cal ASA players association, the coaches advertise the positions they are looking for and the players association sends them to all registered players.  We also made our own video from game footage - a real b----- to edit, but well worth it.

 

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Congratulations, sounds like you did a lot of things right and your dd is playing on the right team for her.  That IS what it's all about.  Please post updates to the list to see how her freshman season works out for her

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Agree with azure, that is what it's all about.  We're done with the recruiting phase of our lives (thankfully), but sharing your experiences has connected with more than a few families I would guess.  Good story.  Best of luck.

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Thank you for all your kind words! Just found out that DD was named to her conference top newcomers.  Very exciting!

 

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Good job! There are many colleges, many ways into colleges and many teams that need solid, bread and butter players. Congratulations to your daughter. I bet you can't wait for the first game! LOL. jt
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I AGREE IT IS GREAT FOR YOUR DAUGHTER. THERE ARE MANY GREAT PROGRAMS & ONES THAT PLAY VERY COMPETITIVE SOFTBALL ,THEY DON'T ALL HAVE TO BE D-1.


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THEY DON'T ALL HAVE TO BE D-1.

 

Don't tell that to all the PAC-10 parents on this board.


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We live in So. Cal and probably did everything wrong.

Sounds like you did a lot of things right!  A DI school does not guarantee success or happiness.  After it is all over your DD has to make a life for herself.  A degree and a great experience will server her well.

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Ive come to the realization (Cathi's Help) that its not all about the Pac-10, SEC, or whomever. Its about getting our daughters a good opportunity to go to school and be successful.

A good friend gave me this advice.  "Its not like in 10 years its going to matter who your daughter played for or where she got her degree. If a parent has to hold onto the fact that their daughter played for Such and Such school and nothing else. Then something is very wrong."

 

Our daughter didnt get to play in Colorado her Sophmore year and didnt make it to the Nationals as 16's either. But something good will come out of whats being done. Keep plugging away..


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I am on the East Coast, is a service  offered by ASA, or only select regions. Any additional info is greatly appreciated.

 

Most kids will not end up at the Big D1 schools, for most softball is a means to an end.

 

Glad to hear your daughter got the best of both worlds.

 

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softballdad 1 - First of all, get Cathy Aradi's book. Rocklifter will be glad to share his experience with you concerning the book and the person. Much good fortune.
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I am on the East Coast, is a service  offered by ASA, or only select regions. Any additional info is greatly appreciated.
 
Most kids will not end up at the Big D1 schools, for most softball is a means to an end.
 
Glad to hear your daughter got the best of both worlds.
 
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We started out by sending 40 to 50 introductory letters to schools DD thought she may be interested in. When I say we I mean don't leave it all up to her because you are going to receive about 30 to 40 questionnaires back. When coaches correspond with her make sure they get a reply. Also send them her high school and club schedules( won't see many watching school ball but sometimes they will.) Last when she goes on her visits let her make the choice, I have seen to many girls come home because they were miserable. All we heard from our DD was she wanted was to play in southern California. She got a full offer there but you could tell she just wasn't sure, so we told her to take more visits and low and behold she fell in love with Nevada. She is there today HAPPY,PLAYING and most important PASSING!!

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