"Your Dreams Start Here"

 

 


Recruiting Camp Information

Since their debut in 1993, the NFCA's recruiting camps have become one of the most popular ways for high school athletes to showcase their talent to college coaches. In 2012, the camps attracted more than 5,400 applicants and coaches from more than 500 colleges and universities from around the nation.

Administered Camps
Every aspect, from the application and selection process to on-field administration, is handled by the NFCA staff.

2014 Administered Camps:
NFCA Heartland Showcase Recruiting Camp, Blue Springs, MO, Friday, June 6
NFCA The Northeast Academic Camp at Pennsbury, Yardley, PA, Wednesday, June 11
NFCA Pennsbury Recruiting Camp, Yardley, PA, Thursday, June 12
NFCA Ohio Stingrays Recruiting Camp, Columbus, OH, Thursday, July 10

Endorsed Camps
The NFCA endorses three recruiting camps. While prospective athletes apply for endorsed camps on the NFCA Web site, administration, including the acceptance of athletes, and registration is handled by the respective local staff. Although these camps are managed by other groups, each camp must comply with strict NFCA standards.

2014 Endorsed Camps:
NFCA Las Vegas Recruiting Camp, Las Vegas, NV, Friday, June 13
NFCA New England Recruiting Camp, Devens, MA, Thursday, June 19
NFCA Valley Invitational Recruiting Camp, Hillsboro, OR, Friday, June 20


 

 


 Recruiting Camp Application Information

 

Registration for the 2012 NFCA Recruiting Camps will open February 1, 2012 for athletes whose coaches are NFCA members.  General registration will open February 15, 2012. 



 

 


 

NFCA Recruiting Camps - "Your Dreams Start Here"

 

 


Recruiting Camp Information

Since their debut in 1993, the NFCA's recruiting camps have become one of the most popular ways for high school athletes to showcase their talent to college coaches. In 2012, the camps attracted more than 5,400 applicants and coaches from more than 500 colleges and universities from around the nation.

 

Administered Camps
Every aspect, from the application and selection process to on-field administration, is handled by the NFCA staff. 

2014 Administered Camps:
NFCA Heartland Showcase Recruiting Camp, Blue Springs, MO, Friday, June 6
NFCA The Northeast Academic Camp at Pennsbury, Yardley, PA, Wednesday, June 11
NFCA Pennsbury Recruiting Camp, Yardley, PA, Thursday, June 12
NFCA Ohio Stingrays Recruiting Camp, Columbus, OH, Thursday, July 10

Endorsed Camps
The NFCA endorses three recruiting camps. While prospective athletes apply for endorsed camps on the NFCA Web site, administration, including the acceptance of athletes, and registration is handled by the respective local staff. Although these camps are managed by other groups, each camp must comply with strict NFCA standards.

2014 Endorsed Camps:
NFCA Las Vegas Recruiting Camp, Las Vegas, NV, Friday, June 13
NFCA New England Recruiting Camp, Devens, MA, Thursday, June 19
NFCA Valley Invitational Recruiting Camp, Hillsboro, OR, Friday, June 20



NFCA Recruiting Camps - "Your Dreams Start Here"

 

 


Recruiting Camp Information

Since their debut in 1993, the NFCA's recruiting camps have become one of the most popular ways for high school athletes to showcase their talent to college coaches. In 2012, the camps attracted more than 5,400 applicants and coaches from more than 500 colleges and universities from around the nation.

 

Administered Camps
Every aspect, from the application and selection process to on-field administration, is handled by the NFCA staff. 

2014 Administered Camps:
NFCA Heartland Showcase Recruiting Camp, Blue Springs, MO, Friday, June 6
NFCA The Northeast Academic Camp at Pennsbury, Yardley, PA, Wednesday, June 11
NFCA Pennsbury Recruiting Camp, Yardley, PA, Thursday, June 12
NFCA Ohio Stingrays Recruiting Camp, Columbus, OH, Thursday, July 10

Endorsed Camps
The NFCA endorses three recruiting camps. While prospective athletes apply for endorsed camps on the NFCA Web site, administration, including the acceptance of athletes, and registration is handled by the respective local staff. Although these camps are managed by other groups, each camp must comply with strict NFCA standards.

2014 Endorsed Camps:
NFCA Las Vegas Recruiting Camp, Las Vegas, NV, Friday, June 13
NFCA New England Recruiting Camp, Devens, MA, Thursday, June 19
NFCA Valley Invitational Recruiting Camp, Hillsboro, OR, Friday, June 20



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Are you ready for college ball? Prove it at the NFCA Administered recruiting camps, which now include a new combine element called BATS (Baseball/Softball Athletic Testing System) testing. This is your chance to get noticed for your raw strength, power, agility, and speed. Before you ever step on a college softball field, you have to be ready. NFCA Administered recruiting camps and BATS testing will tell you if you're on track and help you prepare if you're not...

 

Athletes and coaches, to learn more about BATS testing please click HERE.

 

To compare your scores with a DI athlete please click HERE.

 


2014 NFCA Administered Camps

June 6 - Heartland Showcase Recruiting Camp - Blue Springs, MO

June 11 - Northeast Academic at Pennsbury - Yardley, PA

June 12 - Pennsbury - Yardley, PA

July 10 - Ohio Stingrays - Columbus, OH  

 

2014 NFCA Endorsed Camps

June 13 - Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV

June 19 - New England - Devens, MA

June 20 - Valley Invitational - Hillsboro, OR

  

For almost two decades the NFCA has produced some of the nation's best collegiate softball tournaments over all divisions.  It began in 1996 with the original Leadoff Classic for Division I teams in Columbus, Ga.  Now in its 18th year, the annual event is still going strong and will feature some of the biggest names in Division I softball in 2013 such as Michigan, Louisiana Lafayette and USF.  In 2012, the Leadoff moved to its new home, the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in sunny Clearwater, Fla.

From the original Leadoff was born another tournament for other divisions that takes place annually while operating on a rotating basis between Division III, junior college and NAIA teams.  In 2013, 28 of the top Division III teams in the country will travel to Columbus, Ga., to compete over March 8-10 in an event that consistently features multiple teams that go on to compete for a national title.  The 2014 tournament will highlight the country's top junior college programs showcasing their talents, while in 2015 the NAIA will again be featured.

In 2013, the NFCA is again expanding its Leadoff Classic brand when it revives its Division II tournament (Feb. 15-17) in a brand new location, Tucson, Ariz.

One constant through all Leadoff Classic tournaments is the quality of teams.  Participants are usually chosen through a selection process that looks at each team's record, postseason appearances and national rankings over an average period of three years.  This ensures that each Leadoff will feature quality, battle-tested teams that know that any NFCA tournament will offer them a chance to play some of the best teams in the nation.

With so many years invested in collegiate tournaments, in 2010 the NFCA set out to enter into a new arena of softball tournaments: travel ball.  In the fall of 2011, the NFCA held its first-ever Top Recruit tournament in Clearwater.  The tournament featured some of the top 16U and 18U teams in the country and was presented in a model that was developed by college coaches to the benefit of the travel ball player and coach as well as the recruiting coaches.

In 2012, the Top Recruit brand saw its first expansion when Round Rock, Texas, was added to the annual schedule.

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2012 NFCA DIVISION I LEADOFF CLASSIC
February 24-26, 2012 | Eddie C. Moore Complex | Clearwater, Florida.

Leadoff Classic Home | Schedule/Results | Tickets | Area Information | Directions | All-Tournament Team | Weather

 

Boston University DePaul Georgia Tech Hofstra
       
Illinois Illinois State Louisianna-Lafayette Massachusetts
       
Michigan Mississippi State South Florida Tennessee
       
Winthrop      

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2013 NFCA DIVISION III LEADOFF CLASSIC
March 8-10, 2013 | South Commons Complex | Columbus, Ga.

Leadoff Classic Home | Schedule/Results | Tickets | Area Information | Directions | All-Tournament Team | Weather

 






Alma College Central College Christopher Newport Univ. Claremont 





SUNY Cortland
DePauw  East Texas Baptist  Emory 






Fontbonne Gustavus Adolphus
Hiram
Husson








Illinois Wesleyan Ithaca  Kean  Linfield 






Methodist Mississippi College  Neumann  Ohio Northern 






Pacific Lutheran Piedmont  St. John Fisher  St. Thomas 






Trine UT Tyler  Washington University  Willamette 


2013 NFCA Top Recruit Tournaments

The NFCA began administering recruiting tournaments for 16U and 18U age groups across the country beginning in the fall of 2011. The NFCA is excited to start to offer this opportunity with the goal of hosting events that will be run in the best interest of the NFCA college coach and travel ball memberships.

Please click on the link below to find out more information about any of our Top Recruit tournaments. For other questions and information, please contact Hildred Deese by phone at 662-341-0287 or email at hildred@nfca.org.

Upcoming NFCA Top Recruit Tournaments Dates


 NFCA Top Recruit Photo Galleries

2013 NFCA Top Recruit Tournament Day One, Clearwater, FL, Oct. 11, 2013

2013 NFCA Top Recruit Tournament Day Two, Clearwater, FL, Oct. 12, 2013

2013 NFCA Top Recruit Tournament Day Three, Clearwater, FL, Oct. 13, 2013



2012 NFCA Top Recruit Tournament Day One, Clearwater, FL, Oct. 12-14, 2012

2012 NFCA Top Recruit Tournament Day Two, Clearwater, FL, Oct. 12-14, 2012

2012 NFCA Top Recruit Tournament Day Three, Clearwater, FL, Oct. 12-14, 2012

 




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2012 NFCA NAIA LEADOFF CLASSIC
March 2-3, 2012 | Frank Brown Park| Panama City Beach, Florida.

Leadoff Classic Home | Schedule/Results | Tickets | Accommodations | Directions | All-Tournament Team | Weather

 

Auburn Montgomery Bellevue Central Baptist Columbia
       
Indiana Southeast Lee Madonna Martin Methodist
       
Notre Dame Reinhardt Southern Nazarene Trevecca Nazarene
       
Union Webber International Wiliam Carey  

NFCA Hall of Fame

The most prestigious award given by the NFCA. The NFCA inducts members into its Hall of Fame each December at the National Convention. Nominations are available each fall and inductees are selected by the Awards and Hall of Fame Committee. A listing of the selection criteria can be found here. The nomination form can be accessed by clicking here.  To view past NFCA Hall of Fame inductees, click here.

NFCA Regional and National Coaching Staffs of the Year

The NFCA recognizes regional and national coaching excellence in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II, and III, Cal JC, NWAACC, High School and Travel Ball. All NFCA-member coaches are eligible each season.

NFCA All-Region and All-America Teams

Awarded in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Division I, II, and III, Cal JC, NWAACC and High School. NFCA-member coaches may nominate their players each spring.  To view the current NFCA All-American teams, click here.

Easton Victory Club

NFCA-member coaches that reach 100-win, 200-win, 300-win and beyond plateaus are recognized each December at the National Convention Easton Victory Club Luncheon.

NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete and Top 10 Academic Teams

Athletes who achieve a 3.5 or better GPA on a 4.0 scale are recognized as NFCA Scholar Athletes. The NFCA recognizes the top 10 academic teams (by overall GPA) each fall through its Top 10 Academic Team program. To access the most recent Top 10 Academic Teams and full rankings, please click here. For individual NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete recipients, please click here

Diamond Sports Catcher of The Year Award

The top catchers in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divsions I, II, and III, Cal JC, NWAACC and High School are recognized with the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year Award. To view the current and past recipients click here.

Golden Shoe Award

The top speedsters in the nation are recognized with the Golden Shoe Award. These athletes are selected by NFCA divisional committees in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II and III, Cal JC, NWAAC and High School. To view the current and past recipients click here.

To view past NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-American teams, click here.

To view past NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Region teams, click here.

To view past NFCA Regional and Coaching Staffs of the year, click here.

To view past Diamond Catcher of the year winners, click here.

To view past NFCA Golden Shoe award winners, click here.

2014 NFCA All-Region/All-American Teams


Division I: All-Region/All-American

Division II: All-Region/All-American

Division III: All-Region/All-American

NAIA: All-Region/All-American

NJCAA I: All-Region/All-American

NJCAA II: All-Region/All-American

NJCAA III: All-American

Cal JC: All-American

NWAACC: All-American

High School: All-Region/All-American

 

2013 NFCA All-Region/All-American Teams


Division I: All-Region/All-American

Division II: All-Region/All-American

Division III: All-Region/All-American

NAIA: All-Region/All-American

NJCAA I: All-Region/All-American

NJCAA II: All-Region/All-American

NJCAA III: All-American

Cal JC: All-American

NWAACC: All-American

High School: All-Region/All-American

 

2012 NFCA All-Region/All-American Teams
 

Division I: All-Region/All-American

Division II: All-Region/All-American

Division III: All-Region/All-American

NAIA: All-Region/All-American

NJCAA I: All-Region/All-American

NJCAA II: All-Region/All-American

NJCAA III: All-American

Cal JC: All-American

NWAACC: All-American

High School: All-Region/All-American

 

 

Bally's Las Vegas

3645 Las Vegas Blvd South

Las Vegas, Nevada USA

877.603.4390 or 800.358.8777

 

For nearly 30 years, Bally's has been one of the most famous hotels on the Las Vegas strip. Combining old style Vegas with new Vegas amenities, Bally's will be a great host for this year's NFCA National Convention. The hotel offers numerous features for its guests, including a spa, pool and tennis courts.

The hotel is also home to The Price Is Right™ - Live. Everyone in the audience has the chance to play and win at every show. And, if you're interested in shopping, Bally's Avenue Shoppes brings you more than 20 unique stores and boutiques with everything from designer handbags to decadent chocolates.

 

Reservations:The NFCA has blocked rooms at Bally's Las Vegas at a $105 rate. These rooms are in the remodeled tower, so make sure your reservation is made for the North Tower. To make your reservations, call 800-358-8777 and ask for rooms in the NFCA block before October 25. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card and require a one-night advance deposit per room, plus tax, to guarantee reservations. In the event of cancellation, this is completely refundable if cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival.

Check-In: Begins at 4 p.m.; checkout is 11 a.m.

Rates:The NFCA rate of $105 in the remodeled North Tower extends from Saturday, November 26, through Monday, December 5. Please note there is limited availability November 26-27 as well as December 4-5 and rooms will be filled on a first come-first served basis. This is for single or double rooms; additional persons will be charged at a rate of $30 per person.

Parking: There is complimentary parking at Bally's.

 

NFCA convention-goers will receive a 20 percent discount off regular spa rates. And, if working out is part of your daily routine, there is a $15 reduced daily fitness pass or $40 three-consecutive day pass. The NFCA will also have some complimentary passes to give out; if you are interested in putting your name on the drawing list, please email your interest to jamie@nfca.org with the days you will need the pass.

An NFCA internet café also will be set up for NFCA members for complimentary wireless (30 users at one time).

 

 

Las Vegas Travel Information

Aiport Transportation: The Las Vegas Airport is ranked among the 10 busiest airports in the world based on the amount of passenger activity, serving over 40 air carriers. With over 1,100 flights arriving and departing daily, McCarran International Airport offers direct flights to more
than 125 U.S. cities.

It is suggested that you not rent a car in Vegas unless you plan to go sight-seeing outside the city. McCarran International Airport has numerous shuttles, taxis and limos that can get you to and from your hotel. Shuttles are located on the west side of baggage claim, outside door exits 7-13. Prices range from $6 to $7 for a one-way fare to your hotel, and $12 to $13 roundtrip. The link to find out about shuttle options is www.mccarran.com/03_Shuttles_01.aspx.

A taxi is another affordable option, although more expensive than a shuttle. Taxicabs are available on the east side of baggage claim, outside door exits 1-4. Airport personnel are available on the taxi curb to assist passengers. There is a $1.80 charge on all fares originating at the airport, and fares to Bally's one-way will cost on average between $17 and $23. The maximum number of passengers allowed in any taxi is five, including infants and children.

 

Dress Code: The NFCA National Convention is casual, except the NFCA Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, December 2. The attire for this prestigious event is dressy.



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"I wanted to share how much I enjoyed the class this weekend at Tufts. Course 404 was my fifth class and is the one that I enjoyed the most. Individually, you all present with clarity and good humor and have great stories to share. As a group, there was certainly a special chemistry and I can not thank you enough for taking the time to teach these classes for us. I have been coaching for 26 years and still come away with something every time I attend. You have provided great motivation for me to get going this spring."
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-Germaine Fairchild, Quinnipiac University

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-Frank Brown, High School Coach

"There was a tremendous amount of very useful information presented in this 406 class. I am honored to be a member of the first graduating class in the NFCC program and am looking forward to repeating courses as time permits. This whole program is an absolute must for any coach at any level. I wish it had been around 10 years ago. I look forward to integrating all the new information into my program."
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-Patty Gasso, University of Oklahoma

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-Jay Miller, Mississippi State University

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USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll

Compiled by representatives of NCAA Division I conferences. Released weekly throughout season on Tuesdays. Click here to view the NFCA Division I Top 25 committee.  The USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll is also the official softball poll of the Capital One Cup.


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National Digital Dashboard

The National Digital Dashboard, a concept to bring the fastpitch community together in the recruiting arena, involves three important phases: 

1. NFCA Recruiting App, powered by NCSA, where players across the country can build their recruiting profiles for free through iPhone mobile app technology, including ability to upload a video link. Coaches can then access their information through an NSCA online platform.  In addition, players will have access to free education about the game and recruiting through Softball University. AVAILABLE NOW!

2. Development of national standards in the area of athletic measurables.  The NFCA is researching what national averages are for athletic measurables in nine key areas:

    A. 20-Yard Sprint

    B. Pro Shuttle

    C. Vertical Jump

    D. Grip Strength

    E. Ball Exit Speed (from bat)

    F. Overhand Throw Velocity

    G. For pitchers: Fastest Pitch Velocity

    H. For pitchers: Change-Up Velocity

    I. For catchers: Pop Time

    ESTIMATED TIMEFRAME: Spring 2014.

3. Launching of national combines in order to officially take athletic measurables.  The NFCA will work with other national organizations in the development of the national events to provide "verified" athletic measurables.  ESTIMATED TIMEFRAME: 2015.

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