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6-22-2017 NCAA Changes DI Recruiting Rules, Calendar

NCAA Changes 2017-2018 Division I Softball Recruiting Rules & Calendar

The NCAA is implementing big changes to the softball recruiting landscape starting August 1, 2017. Early recruiting has run rampant over the last few years, and now the NCAA is looking to take preventative measures by altering the non-scholastic recruiting calendar and non-institutional camp policies.null

Changes To Fall Ball

Fall ball recruiting will be restricted to select Saturdays and Sundays in October and November.

  • October 14-15, 2017
  • October 21-22, 2017
  • October, 28-29, 2017
  • November 4-5, 2017
  • November, 11-12, 2017
  • November 18-19, 2017
Non-Instiutional Camp Restrictions

Softball coaches and noncoaching staff members with responsibilities specific to softball may only be employed at noninstitutional camps and clinics that occur during recruiting calendar periods when evaluation at nonscholastic practice or competition activities is permissible (See Bylaws and

Non-Institutional Camp Dates
  • October 14-15, 2017
  • October 21-22, 2017
  • October, 28-29, 2017
  • November 4-5, 2017
  • November, 11-12, 2017
  • November 18-19, 2017
Contact Period
  • August 1 through August 13, 2017
  • June 7 through July 31, 2018
Evaluation Period (For scholastic and nonscholastic practice or competition activities.)
  • August 14 through November 19, 2017 [Except for Quiet Period, Dead Period dates]
  • October 14-15, 2017
  • October 21-22, 2017
  • October, 28-29, 2017
  • November 4-5, 2017
  • November, 11-12, 2017
  • November 18-19, 2017
  • January 2 through May 28, 2018 [Except for Quiet Period, Dead Period dates]
  • During high school regional and state championship competition that does not occur during a dead period
Quiet Period
  • November 20, 2017, through January 1, 2018
Dead Period
  • November 18-19, 2017
  • December 6-9, 2017
  • April 9-12, 2018
  • May 29 through June 6, 2018
  • June 7 through July 31, 2018

Dates are based on the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship. Dead period remains in effect until the day following the conclusion of the Women’s College World Series. If the championship series ends after two games, the dead period ends on June 5 and the contact period would start on June 6.

**Dates are based on the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship. Contact period starts the day following the conclusion of the Women’s College World Series. If the championship series ends after three games, the contact period starts on June 7.

What is a contact?

A contact occurs any time a college coach says more than hello during a face-to-face contact with a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents off the college’s campus.

What is a contact period?

During a contact period, a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete and visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.

What is an evaluation period?

During an evaluation period, a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.

What is a quiet period?

During a quiet period, a college coach may only have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents on the college’s campus. A coach may not watch student-athletes compete (unless a competition occurs on the college’s campus) or visit their high schools. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.

What is a dead period?

During a dead period, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.

What is the difference between an official visit and an unofficial visit?

Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents paid for by the college is an official visit. Visits paid for by college-bound student-athletes or their parents are unofficial visits.

During an official visit, the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for the prospect, lodging and three meals per day for both the prospect and the parent or guardian, and reasonable entertainment expenses, including three tickets to a home sports event.

The only expenses a college-bound student-athlete may receive from a college during an unofficial visit are three tickets to a home sports event.

What is an Unofficial visit?

Student athletes can visit a coach on that coaches campus at anytime, as long as they pay their own way. These types of visits are called unofficial visits and have become a big part of the recruiting process.

What is an Official visit?

During your senior year the NCAA allows any academic institution to pay for you to attend campus on a 48-hour official visit. Included in the visit is transportation (airfare or mileage reimbursement) to and from campus, lodging (either on campusor in a hotel), meals, and tickets to sporting events on campus.

What is a National Letter of Intent?

A National Letter of Intent is signed by a college-bound student-athlete when the student-athlete agrees to attend a Division I or II college or university for one academic year. Participating institutions agree to provide financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete as long as the student-athlete is admitted to the school and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules. Other forms of financial aid do not guarantee the student-athlete financial aid.

The National Letter of Intent is voluntary and not required for a student-athlete to receive financial aid or participate in sports. Signing a National Letter of Intent ends the recruiting process since participating schools are prohibited from recruiting student-athletes who have already signed letters with other participating schools.

A student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent may request a release from his or her contract with the school. If a student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent with one school but attends a different school, he or she will lose one full year of eligibility and must complete a full academic year at their new school before being eligible to compete.

What are recruiting calendars?

Recruiting calendars help promote the well-being of prospective student-athletes and coaches and ensure competitive equity by defining certain time periods in which recruiting may or may not occur in a particular sport.

6-16-2017 IOC and McDonalds Split

ne 16, 2017
IOC and McDonald’s mutually agree to end Worldwide TOP Partnership

The IOC and McDonald’s have announced that they have mutually agreed to bring their Worldwide TOP Partnership to an end.

Timo Lumme, Managing Director of IOC Television and Marketing Services, said: “The IOC’s sponsorship strategy is aimed at delivering long-term partnerships that help the Olympic Movement achieve the objectives set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, our strategic roadmap for the future. This strategy is exemplified by the recent announcement of long-term, ground-breaking agreements with new and existing global Partners. In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, we understand that McDonald’s is looking to focus on different business priorities. For these reasons, we have mutually agreed with McDonald’s to part ways. I would like to thank our friends at McDonald’s on behalf of the IOC for the commitment the company has shown to the Olympic Movement over many decades.”

“As part of our global growth plan, we are reconsidering all aspects of our business and have made this decision in cooperation with the IOC to focus on different priorities,” said McDonald’s Global Chief Marketing Officer Silvia Lagnado. “We have been proud to support the Olympic Movement, and we thank our customers and staff, the spectators, athletes and officials, as well as the IOC and local Olympics Games organizing committees, for all of their support over the years.”

The financial terms of the separation was agreed by all parties, details of which are confidential.

McDonald’s Worldwide TOP Partnership will end with immediate effect, however McDonald’s will continue to be a sponsor of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 with domestic marketing rights in the Republic of Korea only. The company will deliver its Games-time operations, including restaurants in the Olympic Park and the Olympic Village.

The IOC has no immediate plans to appoint a direct replacement in the retail food operations sponsorship category, and will review the category in the broader context of existing Olympic marketing programmes.

The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation that redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of USD 3.25 million goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

The IOC has long-term commercial partnerships in place; has delivered record financial contributions to the Olympic Movement in the last Olympiad (2013-2016); and is on course to deliver record contributions in the current cycle (2017-2020). All current Worldwide TOP Partners have agreements through to 2020, with Bridgestone, Panasonic and Toyota through to 2024, Alibaba through to 2028, and Omega through to 2032.


For more information, please contact the IOC Media Relations Team:
Tel: +41 21 621 6000, email:, or visit our web site at

7-11-2016 Sydney Schanberg

Sydney Schanberg was a journalist without peer, with whom I worked in the Sixties, a brilliant reporter whom I was proud to call my friend.

The following obituary is excepted from the Washington Post.


Sydney H. Schanberg, a New York Times foreign correspondent whose courageous reports about Cambodia’s takeover by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in 1975 earned him the Pulitzer Prize and formed the basis of the Academy Award-winning film “The Killing Fields,” died July 9 at a hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He was 82.

He had a heart attack on Tuesday, said his wife, Jane Freiman Schanberg.

In the early 1970s, while based in Singapore for the Times, Mr. Schanberg began to report from Cambodia, a onetime French protectorate across the border from Vietnam.

He provided the first major coverage of U.S. bombing missions that ravaged the Cambodian countryside, including a 1973 attack when a B-52 dropped 20 tons of bombs on a remote village, leaving about 150 residents dead.

Mr. Schanberg’s partner in reporting was Dith Pran, a resourceful and multilingual Cambodian who served as his interpreter and guide. They became inseparable reporting partners, even as a communist-backed insurgency known as the Khmer Rouge began to close in on the capital city of Phnom Penh in early 1975.

Sydney H. Schanberg in 1976. (The New York Times/AFP/Getty Images)

As civil war enveloped the country, the U.S. Embassy closed its doors on April 12. Mr. Schanberg refused orders from the Times to evacuate, choosing instead to take refuge with Dith at the French Embassy. As the only U.S. reporter remaining in Cambodia, Mr. Schanberg visited hospitals, where the blood of Khmer Rouge victims flowed down the halls.

On April 17, 1975, as Mr. Schanberg and Dith were about to leave the embassy on a reporting assignment, “some heavily armed Khmer Rouge soldiers charged in through the main gate,” Mr. Schanberg later wrote.

“Shouting and angry, they wave us out of the car, put guns to our heads and stomachs and order us to put our hands over our heads. I instinctively look at Pran for guidance,” he wrote, referring to Dith by his given name, which comes last in Cambodian usage.

“We have been in difficult situations before, but this is the first time I have ever seen raw fear on his face. He tells me, stammering, to do everything they say. I am shaking. I think we’re going to be killed right there. But Pran, having somehow composed himself, starts pleading with them. His hands still over his head, he tries to convince them we are not their enemy, merely foreign newsmen covering their victory.”

Dith’s quick thinking led the gunmen to release him and Mr. Schanberg. Days later, the Khmer Rouge ordered all Cambodians to leave the French Embassy. Dith became one of hundreds of thousands of people driven from Phnom Penh into an unknown future in the countryside.

As conditions deteriorated, Mr. Schanberg climbed onto a truck with other Westerners, crossing the border of Thailand on April 30. He made his way to Bangkok, where he wrote a firsthand account of the fall of Phnom Penh, complete with dramatic details of the terror of the Khmer Rouge.

When Mr. Schanberg was awarded journalism’s top honor in 1976, the Pulitzer committee praised him for his work “at great risk.” Mr. Schanberg accepted the award on Dith’s behalf, but he heard nothing about his onetime reporting partner for more than four years.

Journalist Sydney H. Schanberg in 1991. (Mike Albans/AP)

Finally, in October 1979, word arrived that Dith had turned up at a refu­gee camp in Thailand. Mr. Schanberg immediately boarded a flight, then took a six-hour road trip to the border near Cambodia.

In a 1980 article in the New York Times magazine, “The Death and Life of Dith Pran,” he described his friend’s ordeal. The story was adapted for “The Killing Fields,” which was released in 1984, with Sam Waterston playing Mr. Schanberg.

Mr. Schanberg graduated from Harvard University in 1955, then spent two years in the Army, mostly as a journalist in Germany. He joined the Times in 1959 and covered local and state governments before being assigned to the paper’s New Delhi bureau in 1969.

After Cambodia, Mr. Schanberg was an editor on the Times’s metropolitan desk. Dith joined the Times, where he had a long career as a photographer before his death in 2008.

Mr. Schanberg began writing a column about the city of New York in 1981, often on controversial subjects. His abrasive, headstrong manner served him well overseas, but in New York he often clashed with his bosses at the Times. After he criticized the paper’s coverage of a proposed highway project in 1985, his column was abruptly canceled. Journalist Pete Hamill denounced the move as “unspeakably shabby.”

Mr. Schanberg quit the Times, then became a columnist for New York Newsday for 10 years. He later wrote for the Village Voice and other outlets and ultimately settled in New Paltz, N.Y., where he taught at a branch of the State University of New York.


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6-1-2016 Lowe’s Senior Class Award

Alabama’s Haylie McCleney wins 2016 Senior CLASS Award® in Softball
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (June 1, 2016) – All-American outfielder Haylie McCleney from Alabama has been selected as the 2016 Senior CLASS Award® winner in softball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. McCleney is the fifth student-athlete from Alabama to win a Senior CLASS Award.

“It’s a huge honor to be a Senior CLASS Award winner coming from this program. It’s an honor to wear the jersey and be mentioned alongside some of the best players in program history who have also won the award in Charlotte Morgan and Kayla Braud,” said McCleney, who is currently pursuing an NCAA Women’s College World Series title with the Crimson Tide. “Student-athletes are at such an advantage, especially at a university like this where we have so many resources. It’s instilled in us every day to work hard in everything we do and we’re driven on the field, which I think helps in all aspects of life. It helps in the classroom, and it helps in the community, just trying to make an impact every single day. It’s an honor to be rewarded in that aspect.”

Already a three-time All-American with the potential to become the program’s sixth four-time winner, McCleney continues to receive accolades from her on-field performance. One of the greatest to ever take the diamond for the Crimson Tide, McCleney owns Alabama career records in batting average, walks and on-base percentage and ranks in the top 10 in slugging percentage, hits, runs and stolen bases. She is a four-time All-SEC honoree, a four-time first-team NFCA All-South Region selection and a top-10 finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year award this season.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever had a more deserving student-athlete than Haylie for this award,” said Head Coach Patrick Murphy, who has guided the Crimson Tide to five SEC titles and one WCWS championship (2012) since taking over the program in 1999. “She truly does it all on the field, in the classroom and in the community. She is truly one of the greatest of all time, and it’s been a privilege to be her coach.”

As impressive as she is on the field, McCleney has risen to dominance in the academic field as well. For the second-straight year, she was selected as the CoSIDA Softball Academic All-American of the Year, earning first-team honors for the third-straight season after owning a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average in exercise science throughout her college career. McCleney also earned the SEC’s H. Boyd McWhorter Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year this season and was the 2015 SEC’s Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

With her commitment to competition and classroom excellence, McCleney prioritizes community involvement, volunteering for a number of causes throughout her college career. She and her teammates participate annually in the Halloween Extravaganza, through which Alabama student-athletes create a safe and fun Halloween environment for area youth, as well as Project Angel Tree and ReadBAMARead. McCleney also has made visits to the local Manderson Cancer and VA Hospital to encourage patients.

“Haylie is one of the most all-around excellent student-athletes in any collegiate sport right now,” said Erik Miner, executive director for the Senior CLASS Award. “She truly epitomizes what we want to honor with the Senior CLASS Award, and we’re thrilled that the voters have chosen her as this year’s recipient. Our sincere congratulations to Haylie, her team and to the University of Alabama.”

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Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-Americans
Caitlin Attfield, UAB
Jailyn Ford, James Madison University
Haylie McCleney, Alabama
Kelsey Nunley, University of Kentucky
Kelsey Susalla, University of Michigan

Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-Americans
Elena Bowman, Manhattan College
Megan Cooley, Boston College
Kasey McCravey. Army West Point
Erin Miller, University of Oklahoma
Heather Stearns, Baylor University


ASA/USA Softball partners with Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team


OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, is excited to announce a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST).


“ASA/USA Softball has a long history of supporting our military members and veterans while honoring the sacrifices they have given and continue to give,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress.  “In partnering with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, we are excited to further our support while helping bring awareness to their team and program.  It’s truly an honor to call the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team a partner, and we’re looking forward to spreading their inspirational message throughout the U.S. and the world.”


Comprised of competitive, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs, the WWAST travel the country playing able-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity and exhibition softball games.  Bringing a special side of softball, courage and inspiration, the team includes individuals with a variety of amputations whose mission is “To inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of Wounded Warrior Amputees.”


“The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is proud to have ASA/USA Softball as a partner,” said Dennis Wince, WWAST Executive Director. “As the strongest softball organization in the country, ASA/USA Softball will help the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team continue to grow and attract new fans across the country.”


In addition to their on-field competitions, the WWAST is also heavily involved in community outreach and education.  While enhancing the health and welfare of Wounded Warrior amputees who play on the team, the WWAST also holds Kids Camps, which provide the opportunity to inspire and educate children who attend the camp.  The team also partners with the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, which assists with the college education for children of fallen veterans.


“As a player and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, I can say we are excited to partner with ASA/USA Softball and to participate in additional ASA/USA Softball events,” said Josh Wege. “ASA/USA Softball is the standard of excellence in softball and their values of teamwork, fair play, common good, and promotion/education align with those of our team.”


Above all, the WWAST supports and honors soldiers and veterans sacrifices, while showing other amputees and fans watching that life without a limb is limitless.