Next, make sure you're choosing the school that best fits your athletic and more importantly, your academic needs. We have a tendency to get wrapped up in the commotion that college football and ESPN has done a terrific job of marketing but donít let 6 homes football games, half of which youíll be playing softball games and unable to attend, be the deciding factor with regards to the school that you choose to attend that will help shape your future employment. When deciding on a school, itís nearly impossible not to consider the relationship with the current coaching staff but Iíll reiterate, DONíT make this your top priority because coaching staffs change for a multitude of reasons. Lastly, look at the recent track record of the coach/school with regards to honoring their early verbal commits. If a school has a continuous track record of verballing more players than they have graduating, then I would suggest being very cautious with regards to committing yourself to a school that might not be as vested in you as youíre to them. Unfortunately, the recruiting process is becoming more like football and basketball, where both sides are continuously evaluating their best options. Personally, I feel that unless there are extenuating circumstances, a player/family/ college coach should honor their word but what I feel wonít change the new recruiting dynamics. With that being said, here is my guideline with regards to the recruiting process
#1 choose a school that will allow you to pursue the major of your choice.
#2 choose a school based on personal preferences, such as close to home/far from home/small school/big school/small classrooms/large classrooms/ ETC.
#3 choose a school where you can make an impact on the field.
#4 choose a school based on the total financial package/athletic as well academic and financial aid.
#5 choose a school based on the culture and tradition of the softball program and the university itself.
#6 choose a school based on the relationship with the current coaching staff
As Iíve said before, winning is more fun than losing but only one team wins their last game each year. You need to look at a multitude of factors when making your decision and the process isnít easy because the grass always appears greener on the other side of the fence but make sure that grass will be there when youíll be living there and make sure that plot of land has some value once itís time to cash in. Well, enough metaphors for todayís sermon.