LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, has announced NCSA Athletic Recruiting as its official recruiting education partner. NCSA Athletic Recruiting, along with its team of over 350 former collegiate and professional athletes, offers a new softball-specific division that will be working directly with the NFCA to provide the softball community direct access to invaluable recruiting tools and expert advice from the industry leader in college recruiting technology and education for more than 42,000 college coaches and 500,000 student-athletes in 27 different sports.
“We are looking forward to working with NCSA as we believe the partnership will provide our members with valuable college recruiting experience and support,” NFCA’s Executive Director Lacy Lee Baker said. “It is extremely exciting for the prospect and her family to know there is a neutral place to receive free recruiting and softball education that is accurate and timely. Equally important, the NFCA will be developing national standards so the parents will have objective measurables to compare their daughter with the rest of the country.
Through NCSA’s mission of empowering leaders through sports, NFCA members and the softball community will have full access to NCSA’s passionate team and technology. NCSA will also educate athletes at the NFCA Recruiting Camps throughout the year featuring Olympian Jessica Mendoza, All-American Garland Cooper, former Division I coach Brittany Pascale and Hall of Fame Coach Sue Enquist. Additionally, through this partnership, NCSA and NFCA will enable the athlete and her family direct exposure to the collegiate coaches through a digital platform. As part of the digital partnership, NCSA along with NFCA will launch a new free mobile phone application to make it easier for college prospects to get their information to college coaches. Recruits will be able to upload video, softball measureables, and contact information. College coaches will have complete access and will be able to track players they are interested in and be alerted when new players add information. This partnership will reach out to all softball associations, tournament directors, and coaches for insight and opinions to ensure we are best serving the softball community as a whole.
“Utilizing online platforms and mobile technology, the NFCA/NCSA partnership will provide a fair, equitable starting point for every player in the country regarding: recruit education, softball education, and performance measurables. Regardless of what team they play for or what tournament they attend; equal exposure for all. Anytime you create a paradigm shift it takes anywhere from 3-5 years. Our softball community will need to be patient as we start to build a community based on accurate and timely information for the prospect and her family, “ Sue Enquist said. “NCSA and NFCA share a common mission of helping athletes maximize their potential through the lessons learned on the field and together we will be able to empower more athletes to get ahead through softball. This world class partnership and mobile phone app will not only be able to help the NFCA and their athletes but the entire softball community.”
NCSA Athletic Recruiting is the world’s first Athleadership Network that changes lives by building leaders through sports and connects students and their families along with high school and college coaches and the business community for the purpose of maximizing athletic scholarship opportunity and life’s potential. NCSA is the leading collegiate recruiting source for more than 500,000 student-athletes and 42,000 college coaches across the country. By taking advantage of this extensive network, more than 90% of NCSA Athletic Recruiting-verified athletes go on to play at the collegiate level. In addition, NCSA educates over 4 million athletes and their parents about the recruiting process each year through educational resources on its website, www.ncsasports.org, presentations of the critically-acclaimed seminar “College Recruiting Simplified,” and the book from NCSA Athletic Recruiting, “Athletes Wanted.”
NFCA -- The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches for all competitive levels of play. Founded in the early 1980s by collegiate softball coaches, today the organization also includes high school coaches, travel ball/club coaches and individuals who support the sport. Founded by coaches for coaches, the Association is built on strong values and continually instills within its members a deep sense of responsibility for developing programs that enrich the lives of all those involved. In addition, the Association provides educational training; encourages sportsmanship and high standards of competition; promotes the sport both nationally and internationally; identifies and pursues issues relevant to the fastpitch coaching profession and provides a forum to discuss those issues; honors excellence through awards programs for coaches and players, and keeps members informed of current coaching techniques, equipment innovations and fastpitch news.