The following are links to information and resources to aid players, parents and high school/youth coaches with the recruiting process:
NCAA Rules & Resources:
- NCAA - Main homepage for the NCAA
- NAIA - Main homepage for the NAIA
- NJCAA - Main homepage for the NJCAA
- Cal JC - Main homepage for the California Community College Athletic Association
- NWAC - Main homepage for the Northwest Athletic Assocation of Community Colleges
Not sure what a coach is saying to you when then mention a "dead period" or what is the difference between a "contact" and an "evaluation". This site provides an overview of common NCAA recruiting terms.
The NCAA regulates when coaches from DI and DII schools are able to go "out on the road" to evaluate players as well as when they may meet with players on their campus. This website has links to DI and DII recruiting calendars for softball. DIII schools currently do not follow a recruiting calendar for softball.
NCAA coaches must follow strict recruiting rules, and often these rules prohibit coaches from being able to speak with you or your parents at a tournament. It is not that they would not like to say hello, but doing so at a time that is not allowed by the NCAA could affect their ability to be able to recruit you. To help you understand the "dos & don'ts" links to DI, DII and DIII recruiting rules can be found here.
These links provides information on how student-athletes can comply with NCAA bylaws in order to compete in intercollegiate athletics. It includes information on what high school students need to do to be eligible to compete their first year in college, as well as guidelines that coaches and prospective student-athletes must follow during the recruiting process.
- NCAA Eligibility Center/Clearinghouse
- NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete - site dealing specifically with Amateurism Eligibility, Academic Eligibility and the Certification Process with the Eligibility Center
The NCAA Eligibility Center is where you will find links to regisister with the NCAA Clearinghouse, as well as find other helpful links that will provide you more information about the NCAA, the differences between DI, DII, and DIII schools, and additional NCAA resources to help you with the college recruiting process.
Here you will find information about the National Letter of Intent including signing dates, rules and guidelines, frequently asked questions and more.
The College Board's mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. On this site you will find information about the college search process, college planning, financial aid resources and information and more.
SAT/ACT Testing Dates:
Financial Aid Resources:
- US Department of Education Student Loan Center - Go here to find information and have your questions answered about federal student financial aid and loan programs, download FAFSA forms and connect with loan officers that can assist you through the application.
- FinAid.com - the Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
- FastWeb.com - another great financial aid resource
- Online Colleges.org - OnlineColleges.org connects prospective students directly to online colleges and universities. We’re dedicated to helping people further their education and career goals and as such, we only promote accredited online degree programs. We also set ourselves apart by featuring a database containing only not-for-profit schools. This makes us a unique resource for students who are not interested in attending for-profit institutions.
- NCSA Recruit Education - create your softball recruiting profile
National and State High School Associations: