It’s that time of year again, in these few weeks, high school seniors across the country will be committing to play college fastpitch across the country with their letters of intent and scholarships in hand. From Maine to Southern California, girls are making big decisions that will affect the rest of their scholastic and softball careers.

One of our favorite DI softball programs, University of Louisiana Lafayette, added six incoming freshmen to their lineup for 2016 season. From Louisiana, Summer Ellyson, Kara Gemillion, Chelsea Lotief and Shannon Theriot will be joining the Ragin’ Cajuns squad. And from Texas, Brittany Nollkamper and Beth Ashley will be donning the vermillion and white jerseys. Congratulations, ladies! We look forward to seeing you take the field in the Sun Belt Conference in 2016.

But how did they get there? How did they get noticed? Well, one thing is clear, these athletes and their families started planning early. With spring sports like softball, there’s almost two years between when you sign your letter of intent to attend a school and when you take the field for your first in-season game. So if you think you may want to play DI softball, start taking steps in the recruiting process as soon as you feel that may be a future for you. Last week we posted some of our favorite recruiting tips videos, so here are a few more to help you get started in the recruiting process early on in your career. Who knows, maybe we’ll see you as a Ragin’ Cajun or playing for your own dream school in 2017, 2018 or beyond.

The first steps: In this video, former Olympian Christie Ambrosi suggests the first steps you should take in the recruiting process, including simply making a list of all the DI, DII, DIII and NAIA schools you may be interested in. Her tip of not putting all your eggs in one basket early on is a great one! There are tons of great softball programs out there, make sure you do your research because your dream school might not even be on your map yet.

Here’s another great video in which Scout Sports LLC’s Mark Mulvany dispels some myths about the recruiting process and details what coaches are looking for when they go to fill out their roster. Keep in mind, every coach is different, but Mulvany gives some great insight in this video.

Do you have any tips or challenges you’ve encountered in the recruiting process? Let us know in the comments..

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