This page will be used to share resources and links to information valuable to Heat players and families interested in playing college softball.
Many girls are interested in playing softball in college, but the process can be daunting. Many current and recent Heat players have played or are currently playing in college including:
Class of 2016: Sara Pelkey, University of New England
Class of 2017: Kayla Wood, Castleton University; Lou Lou Terwilliger, Clarkson University
Class of 2018: Leah Bodin, Clark University; McKinlie Carpenter, Castleton University
Class of 2019: Nadia Squitiero, Wheaton College; Maddy Derosia, University of New Haven; Toni Jacque, SUNY Cobleskill; Courtney Jessup, Keene State College; Meg Wasko, Castleton University
Class of 2020: Leah Shaw, Lasell College; Jordan Gouger, Castleton University; Kayleigh Coombs, Merrimack College
Class of 2021 (so far): Megan Rice, Utica College; Hanna LaClaire-University of New England; Nicole Mooney-Johnson State College; Kali Puppolo, Herkimer College; Alanza Quinones, MCLA
We will post resources to assist girls and families in the recruiting process in addition to personal assistance by Heat coaches and board members.
National Fastpitch Coaches Association: http://www.fastpitchrecruiting.com/index.html
Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level – by Catharine Aradi – A suggested read for anyone seriously considering playing softball in college. Parents should read as well as girls. Jeff and Mark have copies. http://www.fastpitchrecruiting.com/book.html
College Recruiting Tips: http://www.pennsburyinvitational.com/recruiting.php
Fastpitch Nation College Outdoor Showcase (July 2016 in CT): http://fastpitchnation.net/fpn-college-showcases/showcase_outdoor/
Fastpitch Nation College Indoor Showcase (January 2017 in CT): http://fastpitchnation.net/fpn-college-showcases/showcase/
5 Worst Recruiting Tips of all-time (and other useful links): https://www.playced.com/blog/2016/03/the-5-worst-recruiting-tips-of-all-time-published-in-usa-today-hss-on-february-24-2016/
List of College Softball Camps: http://collegesoftballcamps.com/ – Note that there is a lot missing from here – you should check the sites of all schools you are interested in to see if they host a camp or clinic (generally fall and winter). You may also contact those coaches and ask if there are any upcoming camps or clinics they will be attending or working at.
National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA): http://www.ncsasports.org/recruiting-tools/College-Softball-Scholarships-Recruiting – Note that their services cost $$$, but their site has good free resources
Playced.com: https://www.playced.com – Reasonably priced recruiting service – also has great free resources
A good read for all prospective college athletes: An Open Letter to the Athlete We Must Stop Recruiting _ Becky Carlson _ Playced.com
Want a scholarship? Focus on 2 statistics – GPA and SAT (or equivalent). While athletic scholarships are very rare, academic scholarships are abundant. Coaches will not invest time into someone they don’t believe will be accepted or succeed at their school.
Other – sit down and Google College Softball Recruiting (College Softball Recruiting Tips etc.). You can learn a lot in an hour.