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Welcome. Rocker Recruiting Info Night (No Sour-Pusses Allowed). What We’ll Cover Tonight. Expectations and Goals The Team AND Your Kids Parent survey results What tournaments we are playing – and why Clinics and camps How to get noticed by college coaches How the Rockers can/will help

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Rocker Recruiting Info Night

(No Sour-Pusses Allowed)

What we ll cover tonight
What We’ll Cover Tonight

  • Expectations and Goals

    • The Team AND Your Kids

    • Parent survey results

  • What tournaments we are playing – and why

  • Clinics and camps

  • How to get noticed by college coaches

  • How the Rockers can/will help

  • What concrete steps do I take next?

  • Q&A

But first introducing
But first, introducing…

Tonight’s very special guests

2007 14U Rockers (6 college players+)

Laura Behnke, CF – St. Francis

Augustana University

Parents: Dave and Carol

Sam Becker, 2B/SS – Lake Park

John Carroll University

Parents: Tyler and Geri

A few other faces you might recognize below…plus two more…

Future Rockers

I swear, doctor, we don’t beat our kids, really…

Was six feet tall and threw 56 MPH at 10 years old!

Rockers playing in college
Rockers Playing in College

  • Laura Behnke - Augustana 

  • Kelly Loy - Illinois Benedictine

  • Sarah Koch - Illinois Benedictine

  • Vanessa Wegner - Aurora University

  • Samantha Becker - John Carroll

  • Lauren Krzysco (Xplosion) - Arkansas

  • Stephanie Starr (Xplosion) -Aurora University

Expectations and goals
Expectations and Goals

  • All of our girls CAN play college softball

    • That doesn’t mean they have to

  • The time is now – for juniors AND sophs

  • Pick the level and target schools that meet YOUR goals

    • D1, D2, D3, Juco

  • School and grades extremely important

  • You can’t be TOO aggressive

    • Coaches will only come to see you if you ask

  • You are not alone

What colleges are girls interested in
What Colleges are Girls Interested in?

  • DePaul

  • Lewis

  • South Carolina

  • Stony Brook

  • Villanova

  • Southern Illinois

  • Stanford

  • Marquette

  • Valparaiso

  • Loyola

  • North Central

  • Illinois State

  • Milwaukee/Wisconsin

  • Illinois State

  • Augustana

  • Carthage

  • Concordia

  • Wisconsin

Why tonight
Why Tonight?

  • 10 out of 10 respondents requested a meeting : )

Tournaments we are playing why
Tournaments we are playing – & why

  • The goal is to entice coaches to come see YOU in person

  • Fall has become THE big recruiting period

    • Demarini/Ringor (Elgin), Midland Magic (Springfield), St. Louis Showcase

    • Competitive PGF tournaments

  • High school DOES matter

  • Summer is about competing…plus exposure

    • PGF

    • ASA Metros

    • Nationals

    • Exposures – Local…and Colorado Sparkler

Clinics and camps
Clinics and camps

  • Camps are a great opportunity to get seen

    • College-sponsored camps

      • You go to colleges

    • Organization-sponsored camps

      • Colleges come to you

  • We have a long – and growing – list of upcoming area college camps on RockersBlack.com

    • Coaches will remind girls about camps and clinics

    • We will try to attend in groups as Rockers Black when we can

  • Camps cost money – you determine the value

How to get noticed by college coaches this fall
How to get noticed by college coaches this fall

  • We have ‘Recruiting 101’ documents at RockersBlack.com to help you get started

  • Go to the Parents tab

Athletes Wanted 300+ page book, NCSA

Softball Recruiting 101 (23 Slides)

Make the Team, 130-page eBook, Captain U

Also, by Cathi Aradi:

Fastpitchrecruiting.com Preparing to Play Fastpitch at the Collegiate Level 2013 Edition (Book, $34.95)


NCAA Clearinghouse/Eligibility Center - www.eligibilitycenter.org/

How to get noticed basics
How To Get Noticed Basics

  • Determine goals with your daughter

  • Identify initial targets – send (multiple) emails ahead of tournaments

    • There are links to college Web sites and coach’s contact info on the RockersBlack.com Web site

    • We will also distribute attending coach list before every tournament

  • Follow up every contact; be persistent with outreach before every tournament. Email first, then phone to follow where possible.

  • Consider Captain U or other recruiting services

  • Scholarship realities

    • Only D1/D2 has scholarships – 12 scholarships, typically 20 or so players

    • Less than 2% of all college softball players receive full-tuition athletic scholarships

How the rockers can help
How the Rockers can help

  • Coach Pete and Laura C. will oversee recruiting outreach/connections, working with Coach Rich and Coach Bruno

    • On-site at tournaments

    • Camp and clinic opportunities

    • Incoming via email, phone, contact

  • We’ll help as much or as little as you’d like – TBD

  • Rockersblack.com (plus Parents tab)

    • Team and individual profiles

    • Skills videos

    • College contact information

    • Camps and clinics list

    • Downloadable resources and eBooks

    • Email templates

What steps do i take next
What Steps Do I Take Next?

  • Mind the calendar

    • It is Sept. 15

    • We play our first exposure tournament Oct. 11 (Demarini Elgin)

    • We may see some coaches at fall PGF regionals

  • Finish profile. Get own PDF copy

  • Finish skills video. Get YouTube link.

  • Set a schedule for sending out emails (and do it)

    • Two weeks before tournament, general fyi

    • A few days before tournament, game schedule