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Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Early College Softball Recruiting

The hot topic that caused the most buzz at the 2017 NFCA Convention in Las Vegas was early recruiting. Jessica Mendoza got the ball rolling on opening night when she mentioned during her speech that she hopes coaches can come together and find a way to stop the early recruiting process. The game of softball has evolved over the years and many changes have been made to recruiting. It is not uncommon for a college softball coach to obtain a verbal commitment from players who are in middle school.

The Division I caucus at convention spent most of their sessions discussing and proposing changes to early recruiting. College Lacrosse recently implemented a recruiting rule that college coaches are not allowed to begin recruiting athletes until September 1 of their junior year. Athletes who are younger than their junior year are still welcome at all camps and clinics that college lacrosse teams put on, however, coaches are not allowed to bring up anything having to do with recruiting or ver...

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