Hawks players and parents may use this
page to learn more about the recruiting process and how to prepare
your daughter for playing at the next level. Hawks players entering
their 14u season should begin to put into practice the basics
of building their player profile and recruiting page.
For a young fastpitch organization (10 years), the Ohio Hawks
have made great strides in getting our players recruited. There
are currently over 50 'Hawks' playing on NCAA and NAIA programs.
Over 90 Hawks players have gone on to play collegiate softball.
There are 21 current Ohio Hawks with committment verbals and
we are the 2nd leading Ohio Fastpitch organization in placing
2018/2020 grad year players into NCAA D1 programs.
NCAA, NAIA Recruiting Facts
The NCAA has 3 divisions, DI, DII, DIII. DI programs
can offer up to 12 scholarships and maintain a roster
size ranging from 18 to 24 typically. In 2014 there
were 285 Division I softball programs. Softball is an
equivalency sport for NCAA scholarship purposes, so
partial scholarships can be awarded to meet the limit
per school, meaning that coaches can offer partial scholarships
to players. For example, 1 scholarship can be offered
20% to player A, 50% to player B and 30% to player C.
While you will hear percentages offered, it is tracked
in dollars. Coaches have an allotment of dollars to
award to players - their offer can cover tuition, books,
room and board (dorm and meals) and even include some
for living expense. Coaches can also offer roster spots
without offering dollars, that is referred to as a preferred
walk-on. In this, case the player receives no monetary
assistance but is rostered on the team and can compete
for playing time and even be given scholarship money
her sophomore and later years.
This is a good time to mention that athletic scholarships
are annual. They are renewed each year and have the
opportunity to increase or decrease annually. Often
a coach will offer an incoming freshman $1500-$3000
and let them know that they can earn more each year
that they are in the program and continue to work hard
and contribute. Should a player get injured to the point
they can no longer player their scholarship can be discontinued.
Many softball programs are not fully funded
either. Depending on the school many will have less
than the maximum 12 scholarships to offer.
Division 2 programs have a maximum of 7.2 scholarships
to award. The same rules for awarding scholarship amounts
at the DI level apply to D2.
Division 3 programs have no athletic scholarships
to award. The coaches offer roster spots and in some
cases hold tryouts in the fall to comprise their roster.
Often DIII programs require the players to fund raise
to pay for travel and expenses.
NAIA programs have a maximum of 10 scholarships to
award. NAIA schools often have JV teams in addition
Tip: There are recruiting rules college coaches
must follow. For example, they are not allowed to reply
to any communication (email, text) etc. until the start
of the players junior year of high school. They can
answer the phone and talk to the player but not call
them during this time.
Overview of the NCAA Division I / Division II
Rules to Follow:
- Coaches may not contact prospective recruits
before Sept. 1st of the players' junior year in
high school. You can call or write but they cannot
call you or send any promotional softball material
about their program.
- Coaches may not contact you by phone or in person
before July 1st after your junior year.
- Coaches may not talk to senior players at tournaments
until their team has been eliminated. They can talk
to a family member, which will constitute an official
- Coaches may only call prospective student athletes
once a week. (You may call them as often as you
- Coaches can only have 3 in person official contacts
with a player. (Parents talking to a coach is a
- A player can only have 5 official visits. (You
must be in your senior year to take an official
- Early signing period is during the 2nd and 3rd
week of November of your senior year; the next signing
period is in April of your senior year.
- Coaches can email players of all ages generic
camp awareness emails and flyers. They can also
talk to the player and even make an offer to younger
players will the player is on their campus.
Resources to Review
Steps to being Recruited
Here is an outline of the activities Hawks players should
be performing at each graduation year.
Players should spent their 14u seasons (As 8th graders
and High School Freshman) building their profile sheet
and online recruiting page in addition to:
- Begin to build their preferred college list.
Start with 20 schools and work from there.
- Research potential majors and degrees. Some
degrees will limit the schools you will have to
- Plan on attending summer and fall camps at local
colleges of interest. This will allow you to see
the school, get to know the coaches and players
and get comfortable performing during camps.
- Register with various college softball programs
on the schools softball web site. Look for links
to 'recruits', 'potential athletes' etc. Complete
the online forms and submit your information
- During your Freshman year it is a good idea
to schedule and take the ACT in the spring. This
will allow you to see what the test is like and
know better how and what to prepare for in the future.
- Focus on your grades. Grades and ACT are the
single biggest asset you have to getting money to
- Start your recruiting journal. List all your
activities, emails sent, camps attended, etc. List
anything that will be helpful in the process.
Why are grades so important?
Your high school GPA and attendance record are a
big factor in your recruiting process. Remember, college
coaches have a limited amount of money to award in scholarships.
A player with a strong GPA and ACT score may qualify
for over 60% of tuition or more in academic merit dollars,plus
additional monies in grants and other scholarships.
This will lessen the amount of athletic dollars the
coach has to offer to you, allowing them more money
to offer other players, building a stronger squad. All
things being equal a coach will always offer the player
with the lowest budget impact on their program.
Need based Financial Assistance
In addition to academic scholarships, schools can
award grant monies (based on criteria like major, community
service, etc.) and Need-based assistance. Need based
assistance is determined by your families financial
status and family income level. Check with the admissions
department to determine if your family qualifies.
Resources to Review
ACT Information and Registration Web Site
Hawks Profile Template
Sample Hawks Recruiting Page
Entering your high school years you must be prepared
and have a plan to get recruited. At this point you
should have attended several camps and visited schools.
You have an idea of the size of school you prefer, the
type (city, rural), and location of the country. During
your freshman year you will need to target the schools
that you prefer and begin to build a relationship with
the coach and their staff.
What you need to be doing now:
- Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse
- As you enter High School you should register with
the NCAA Clearinghouse at
NCAA Clearinghouse. Student-athletes must register
with the NCAA Eligibility Center to be eligible
to play NCAA Division I or II sports in college.
- Scheduling Camps - You should register
for 2-3 summer camps and 4-6 Fall camps as they
are announced. These should be schools and programs
you are highly interested in.
- Create your Skills Video - You will need
a short, 5 min, skills video that showcases your
- Emails and Calls - You should be emailing
your top 20 schools every 2-3 weeks with short updates
on your high school accomplishments (athletic and
academic), travel ball, and training. You should
call and touch base every 4-6 weeks. Keep the call
brief, just check in and re-affirm your interest
in their program. If they are in season, you should
be watching their games on-line at WatchESPN.com
or following on their web site. Bring up a game,
a play or a player - show them that you are actively
following their team.
- Updating your Recruiting Page - You should
have an established recruiting page. We like to
use Facebook and create a Facebook 'Page' - under
the Athlete category. You should post updates every
couple of days. Invest in a good HD Sports camcorder
and have your parents video every HS and travel
ball game. Download and 'cut' out your best plays
and hits and upload to your FB recruiting page.
- Focusing on Academics- You should take
the ACT in the Fall and Spring. Know your target
score! Each school has a range of ACT scores and
the merit dollars associated with each range. If
you are scoring under 21 on the ACT - seek out tutoring
or classes. Stay on top of school work - your GPA
needs to be as high as possible.
Note: The Number one thing that college freshmen
say is the most challenging for them is not hitting
the change-up, it is Time Management. With everything
you have going on in the spring with softball, school,
training, etc. - you must learn to manage your time!
Recruiting Tip! It is crucial that college
programs recruit players for the long haul. They want
players that they feel strongly will remain at the school
for all 4 years.
Here are some things to know:
- Grades Matter - a player that can not
handle the college work load and study requirements
will not perform on the field to their capabilities.
If a player is on academic suspension they are hurting
the program. If a player is struggling with their
academics, they will be distracted and not able
to perform to the fullest on the field.
- Majors Matter- if the school has an exact
match to the students desired major, the odds of
the player being happier and working harder increases.
- Attitudes Matter- college softball teams
spent an extraordinary amount time together. Coaches
want players that are positive, team oriented and
that fit in with the team culture and dynamics.
- History Matters- If your mother, father
or family has a history of attending the school,
odds are great that you will want to as well and
will work hard to be a successful graduate from
- Relationships Matter- Coaches want players
that want to be there. Do your homework - you should
know the history of the school, the coaches Bio,
the teams recent history, the teams roster makeup,
and all details on the schools academic program
for your major. Choosing your college is one of
the top 5 or so major decisions you will make in
your lifetime - do not take it lightly.
- Expectations Matter- Have realistic expectations
of your athletic and academic abilities. Choose
the school and softball program that best fits your
level. You will have a much better college experience
if you choose wisely. Seek the school and program
that you want to attend - not mom, not dad or anyone
else - you!
- Effort Matters- You get out what you
put into the process. You have a 2 year window to
find and get accepted into the school that will
determine your future success. Work the process,
this is your responsibility - invest the time and
effort needed to be a success.
- Research Matters- Know the program you
are targeting. If you are a 2019 grad and you see
that the coach has other 2019 or 2018 players verballed
that play your position then you may not have much
opportunity to be recruited. Likewise, if you see
that they have a large number of players on the
roster that will be seniors or have graduated your
freshman year - you know the coach will need a larger
incoming freshman class to replace them. That is
a great opportunity for you!
- Details Matter - Make sure you proof-read
all emails and written coorespondence you sent to
college coaches. Better yet, have a third party
proof your email before you send it. Make sure you
personalize each email and letter specifically to
the coach. Mention specific, unique things about
their program you like. Include your head shot photo
in each email to establish a good visual for the
coach to know you by your appearance.
Remember: Coaches want players that WANT
to be at their school and in their program!
Resources to Review
2015 NFCA Directory (College Coach Listing)
Kodak SP1 HD Sports Camcorder
Machete Video software
In July leading to your Junior year in High School
D1/D2 college coaches can begin to email and communicate
with you. The Fall of your Junior year is critical to
getting you offers from colleges. The summer of prior
to your Junior year in High School it is critical to
make your contacts and attend camps between travel ball
For the majority of players
you can expect to get your initial offers in the Fall
of your junior year.
Getting that first Offer:
- Official vs Unofficial Visits - Any player
can arrange an unofficial visit to a college campus.
An unofficial visit is for those interested in athletic
scholarships that is not funded by the college or
university. The player arranges the visit with the
admissions office and contacts the coach to let
them know the day and time of their visit. You should
ask the coach if you can see them in their office
during the visit. During your visit you should arrange
to meet with the admissions office to discuss admissions
requirements, financial aid available and take a
tour of the campus.
There is no limit to
the number of unofficial visits a player can make
or limit to the time spent on campus. Offers can
be made during an unofficial visit but typically
only to players that the coach has seen at camps,
playing during summer ball and has been in contact
with for a period of time.
- these are arranged by the school/coach. A player
is allowed only 5 D1/D2 visits and only 1 per school.
D3 visits are unlimited. Official Visits are limited
to 48 hours. The college may pay for travel expense,
and the play stay on campus as a normal student
would (dorm). Often a player in their Senior year
will attend an official visit to the campus in the
fall during Fall Ball to be around the team and
interact with the coaches and players.
- Things to ask the College Coach - During
your unoffical visit here are few good questions
to ask the coach:
- Where does the softball team stay? Do they
- Does the team have study tables? When?
- Describe the strength and conditioning program
the softball team uses.
- What is the travel schedule like? How do
players study on the road?
- What is your recruting timeline for players
in my grad year?
- How would you describe your coaching style?
- How many recruits are you looking for in
my grad year?
- What would you like to know about me?
Have your list of questions ready in your visit
log book. Do not be shy! Coaches want players that
are confident and prepared. It is ok to be nervous,
don't be afraid. If this is what you want, you have
to step up and get it. Mom's and Dad's - this is
your daughters visit - let her take the lead. If
the coach has a question for you, they will ask
you, otherwise, be supportive but do not speak for
your daughter. Remember: The coach is looking to
see how she reacts and interacts with him or her.
Coaches do want to see how the parents interact
as well but from a support angle only. If your daughther
looks to you before responding to their question,
that is a negative. Take a back seat on the visit,
let your daughter's personality come out.
It is a good idea to go on a few unofficial
visits to local schools that may not be high on
your list first - to make practice visits so that
when you are in front of the college coach that
you really want to impress you will be ready!
- Use your Travel Ball Coach - Your travel
ball coach can reach out on your behalf via email
and phone to talk to the coach about you as a player.
He can usually call and get the coach to talk about
how interested they are in you and facilitate your
getting an offer, or determining that the coach
will not be recruiting you. That is important!
Knowing that a coach will not be offering you will
allow you to move on and spent valuable time with
the schools that have an interest. Don't take it
personally, schools can't recruit everyone, in a
typical year a coach may recruit 3-6 players at
most. There are many reasons a coach may not offer
- they have offers to other players at that position,
you might not be a fit in their program, they are
not recruiting your position, and the list goes
on. It is always best to know so that you can move
- Expectations - Know that the majority
of girls playing in college have athletic scholarships
less than $5000. Many are not recieving any athletic
financial aid. If you can attend a $30,000 a year
college, play softball and get your education for
$8,000-$10,000 a year that is a great deal.
Resources to Review
2015 NFCA Directory (College Coach Listing)
www.NFCA.org Resource Center
If you have not accepted an offer, it is not too
late. This fall many schools at the DII/DIII and NAIA
level are looking to close out their 2017 recruiting
with a final player. Reach out to as many as you can,
you will be amazed at how many are still looking.
Resources to Review
Third Party Recruiting Services
There are third party recruiting services that employee 'scouts'
to look for softball players and match them to college programs.
These services typically charge $3000 per athlete. The Ohio
Hawks have a great relationship with
NSR - National Scouting Report. NSR has helped several of
our players get D1 and D2 scholarship offers in the past year.
NSR is helpful if you would like to persue colleges outside
the Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky area. Our Hawks coaches have great
relationships with most all college coaches in this area, but
NSR can extend your recruiting reach to areas further west and
south. They have helped Hawks players get offers from schools
in Virginia, South Carolina and Tenneessee. If you would like
to know more about NSR, email Coach Lenos and he will sit down
Successful recruiting is the result of the time the
player and her family put in. CaptainU is somewhat helpful
as a free service, but only marginally. Players need
to be persistant in their research and contacts in order
to have success. Bear in mind, college coaches don't
have time to seek you out, you have to go to them.
What about social media? How does that help or hurt
Social media is a double-edged sword. It can be a
great asset or it can kill your recruiting chances.
Use it to your advantage, establish a Facebook recruiting
page and keep the content current. Remember, once it
is online, it never really goes away. Coaches look for
solid character. A 'team' is a fragile thing, adding
a negative influence to the team can spoil all their
hard work. I tell my players, you are all very goodplayers,
but you are one of many good players, don't put a college
coach in the position to pass on you for your questionable
judgement when they love your softball ability.
The golden rule is - if you would not want your grand
mother to read or see it - don't post it.
Not very much. They may go looking for information
on a player that they are tracking, but to just 'look'
for a player to fill a need. No.
It is important to remember that college coaches
get a ton of email and calls a week. There is no shortage
of players reaching out to them, they rarely have to
Rarely. College coaches area all about being prepared
and their process. They go to showcases having done
their homework in advance and with a list of players
that they want to see and evaluate. They make up their
'game-plan' in advance. While watching a game a player
can 'flash', do something eye catching, that will get
It is critical that as a player you email your schools
head coaches and assistants your upcoming showcase /
tournament schedule as far in advance as possible. You
should also let your travel ball coach know you may
have schools coming to see you so that he / she can
make sure to get you looks.
Hawks Players to earn College Softball Offers
- New! 2020 - Tori McQueen - Illinois University
- New! 2018 - Madi Nunez - Wright State, OH
- New! 2017 - Madi Mills - Wright State, OH
- New! 2017 - Emily Gant - Boston University, MA
- New! 2017 - Madison Hartman - St. Johns, PA
- New! 2017 - Elysha Stapleton - UNOH, OH
- New! 2017 - Ashley Brown - Lake Erie College, MI
- New! 2017 - Chloe Brown - Lake Erie College, MI
- New! 2017 - Alex Gibson - Wittenburg, OH
- 2017 - Riley LaBoe - Wheeling Jesuit, WV
- 2016 - Jordan Lykins - Shawnee State, OH
- 2016 - Courtney Davis - Urbana, OH
- 2016 - Brooke Miller - Washington Jefferson
- 2016 - Mackenzie Smith - Sinclair, OH
- 2016 - Micaela Hensley - Wilmington, OH
- 2016 - Micaela Pierson - Sinclair, OH
- 2017 - Andra Malburg - Lawrence Tech, MI
- 2016 - Jennifer Patterson - John Carroll
- 2017 - Sara Gedeon - Dominican University
- 2016 - Cassidy Rowe - Wittenburg College
- 2017 - Ava Heidorn - Univ of Louisiana Monroe
- 2017 - Brooke Rice - Ohio U
- 2017 - Aly Harrell - Marshall
- 2017 - Katie Schneider - Tennessee State
- 2017 - Daniele Rivera - Tennessee State
- 2017 - Madison Koger - Charleston Southern, SC
- 2017 - Alexis Strother - UT Martin
- 2017 - Kaylah Swanson - Urbana
- 2017 - Meghan Gabriel - Malone University
- 2016 - Bre Hutchinson - St. Peters, NJ
- 2016 - Madison Watson - Winthrop
- 2016 - Patton Akers - Tennessee State
- 2016 - Rebekah Lenos - Charleston Southern, SC
- 2016 - Madison Young - Blackhills State, SD
- 2016 - Kendahl Bowles - Wilmington, OH
- 2016 - Jamie Rhodes - University of Indianapolis
- 2016 - Jordan Lykins - Wilmington, OH
- 2016 - Jaz Petry - Sinclair College, OH
- 2016 - Abby Jones - Slippery Rock, PA
- 2016 - Emilie Fisher - Denison University
- 2015 - Lauren Buelow - Wittenburg College
- 2015 - Ricki Ashley - Denison University
- 2015 - Paige Loveless - Baldwin Wallace
- 2015 - Hannah Huffman -University of Kentucky
- 2015 - Katlyn Gleich - Shawnee State
- 2015 - Harley Connors - St Peters
- 2015 - Jordan Osborne - Defiance
- 2015 - Sierra Stults - Rollins College, FL
- 2015 - Carly Allen - Bowling Green
- 2015 - Payton Callihan - Morehead State
- 2015 - Alex Day - Ohio University
- 2015 - Lauren Powell - Tennesse Sate, Tn
- 2015 - Kayla Seigla - University of Toledo
- 2014 - Savannah Campbell - W & J
- 2014 - Rachel Foster - Rio Grande
- 2014 - Jessica Delawder - Central Connecticut
- 2014 - Samantha Bausch - Wittenberg
- 2014 - Jordan Kennaw - Wright State
- 2014 - Kaitlyn Gliha - Miami University
- 2014 - Marisa Brown - Univ of Indianapolis
- 2014 - Charlee Clark - Wittenberg
- 2014 - Taylor Riesenberg - Thomas More
- 2014 - Haleigh Perry - Wilmington College
- 2014 - Beth Persicano - Wilmington College
- 2014 - Olivia Quick - Mt Saint Joseph
- 2014 - Maria Schaefer - Rose-Hulman
- 2014 - Hannah Sabatino - Capital
- 2014 - Abby Haab - Wittenberg
- 2014 - Alex Rutherford - Otterbein
- 2014 - Courtney Legg - Tiffin
- 2014 - McKinley Vasquez - Denison
- 2014 - Ashlee Ireland - Marietta
- 2014 - Leanna Henry - Ohio Northern
- 2013 - Jessica Delawder - Central Connecticut
- 2013 - Allison Lenos - College Mt St Joe
- 2013 - Rebekah Potter - Univ of Dayton
- 2013 - Sierra Sydnor - College Mt St Joe
- 2013 - Carly Ventus - College Mt St Joe
- 2013 - Makayla McClurg - College Mt St Joe
- 2013 - Ainsley Ellison - Hillsdale College
- 2013 - Taylor Mason - Ohio Dominican
- 2013 - Kelly Browning - Charlston College
- 2013 - Hannah Belvo - Anderson College
- 2012 - Konnor Byers - Mt Vernon Nazarene
- 2012 - Katelyn Hamilton - Univ of Charleston
- 2012 - Brittany Duncan - Univ of Louisville
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