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10-25-2017 Softball Hall of Fame

Nine softball legends forever enshrined into the National Softball Hall of Fame at 37th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

 

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Nine individuals received softball’s highest honor on Saturday evening as USA Softball inducted nine members to the National Softball Hall of Fame at the 37th Annual celebration at the Sheraton Greensboro.

A night to remember, the 2017 class consisted of Mike Candrea (Tucson, Ariz.) – Meritorious Service, Jimmy Derrick (Douglasville, Ga.) – Umpire, Gary Evans (Mason, Mich.) – Umpire, Dick Gulmon (Valley City, N.D.) – Meritorious Service, Mark Martin (Fayetteville, Ark.) – Slow Pitch Player, Rick Minton (Cerro Gordo, Ill.) – Fast Pitch Player, Bob Quinn (Branchville, N.J.) – Fast Pitch Player, Willie Simpson (Oak Lawn, Ill.) – Slow Pitch Player and Evans Telegadas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Fast Pitch Player.


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Mike Candrea (Tucson, Ariz.) – Meritorious Service

 

Mike Candrea is synonymous with softball success.  His resume with the USA Softball Women’s National Team spanned over a decade, starting first as an assistant coach in 1994 on the Women’s World Championship team that captured the Gold Medal in Canada.  Beginning in 2002, Candrea took over the helm of the Women’s National Team, during which time the U.S. captured two World Championship Gold Medals, two Pan-American Gold Medals, two World Cup titles, one Olympic Gold Medal and one Olympic Silver Medal.  With a passion for making world-class athletes and individuals, Candrea was a driving force behind some of the most dominating performances in international softball.  “I don’t just want to win, I want to dominate,” is a phrase Coach Candrea echoed during the journey to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.  Making his words a reality, Team USA recorded one of the most dominant Olympic performances in history, outscoring opponents 51-1.  After retiring from his Head Coach duties following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Candrea continued his involvement with USA Softball as the Director of Coaching Education, where he took on a series of educational roles to continue the development of the sport both domestically and internationally.

 

Jimmy Derrick (Douglasville, Ga.) – Umpire

 

With an infectious enthusiasm, professional pride, and love for the game of softball, Jimmy Derrick’s resume speaks for itself.  Regarded by his peers as one of the top slow pitch umpires in the game, Derrick has worked some of the highest levels of men’s slow pitch softball.  Whether at the Slow Pitch Championship Series or the international Border Battle, Jimmy has proven to be the consummate professional both on and off the field.  Boasting a resume of 19 National Championship appearances, he continues to share his love for the game through his contributions to the USA Softball Umpire program as a member of the National Umpire Staff. Serving as the Region 3 Umpire-in-Chief, Derrick is a skilled instructor through National and Local Umpire Schools and Clinics.  A dynamic instructor, he is a leader in the interactive learning process for the umpire program.  With a belief that “you must give respect to earn respect,” Derrick’s approach to the game truly encompasses what being a USA Softball Umpire is all about.

 

Gary Evans (Mason, Mich.) – Umpire

 

Having been involved with USA Softball for almost 50 years, Gary is considered one of the top umpires within USA Softball of Michigan.  A firm believer in taking advantage of the valuable training USA Softball offers to its umpires, Evans applied the lessons learned and always gave 100% on the ballfield.  His dedication to his craft led him to a path of national excellence, as he got the call at eight National Championships and served as an Umpire-in-Chief or Assistant Umpire-in-Chief in five National Championships.  A true mentor for his fellow umpires, Evans took on the role of Michigan UIC, a position he held for 15 years, where he helped lead countless District and State clinics and National Umpire Schools.  His insight, knowledge and love for the game will have an everlasting impact on the Michigan umpire community.

 

Dick Gulmon (Valley City, N.D.) – Meritorious Service

 

At a time when the sport of softball was at a crossroads with new equipment technology, Dick Gulmon played an integral role in the Certified Equipment standards of USA Softball.  Having been involved in the game at a variety of levels, Gulmon personifies leadership through his contributions to the sport.  In addition to his playing and management of teams during his career, Gulmon has also served in a variety of leadership capacities.  Serving on the North Dakota Board of Directors and Classification Committee since 1989, Gulmon was appointed President of USA Softball of North Dakota in 1996 and became Commissioner in 2013.  At the National level, Gulmon has served on the USA Softball Board of Directors and has served on the Council for over 20 years.  Gulmon has also served on various USA Softball Committees.  His most noteworthy position is his role as Chairman of the Equipment Testing & Certification Committee, a role he has held since 2005.  In this role, Gulmon spearheads the efforts in the development of state-of-the-art bat and ball testing protocol which help level the playing field.  A great ambassador for USA Softball, Gulmon is and has been a leader of change throughout the sport of softball.

 

Mark Martin (Fayetteville, Ark.) – Slow Pitch Player

 

When you talk about champion slow pitch players in the game of softball, Mark Martin is one of the names that comes to mind.  With a playing career that spanned over 20 years, Mark was an unselfish teammate who inspired his teammates both on and off the field.  A seven-time All-American, Martin was a member of four National Championship teams as a member of Bell Corp.  In 1989, Martin was selected to play in the Olympic Festival at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium and led the East Team with a .743 batting average.  Known for hitting some of the longest home runs ever witnessed in the game, Martin had a 535 ft. home run recorded in 2009 in Las Vegas while playing in the 50-Over division for Hollis Appraisals at a Senior National Championship.  His dominance in the game helped earn him the title of “Outstanding Softball Player” by the Orlando Amateur Athletic Association three times and he is also a member of the Orlando Hall of Honor.  Martin also contributed to the game through his role on the Wilson Sporting Goods Advisory staff from 1990-97.

 

Rick Minton (Cerro Gordo, Ill.) – Fast Pitch Player

 

With a career at the major level that spanned 15 years, Rick Minton was a sparkplug and vocal leader of the legendary Decatur Pride.  A six-time All-American, Minton collected two Men’s Major National Championships, his first in 1994 and his second in 1995, as a member of the Pride and also earned two Men’s 40-Over National Championships in 1999 and 2000.  With his quick glove, great anticipation and accurate arm, Minton was a renowned defensive magician at second base with play so steady that it earned him a spot on four Men’s National Team rosters.  Twice Minton earned a Pan American Games Silver Medal, 1987 and 1991, and in 1988 he was a member of the last Gold Medal winning United States team at the World Championship.  He also was named to three U.S. Sports Festival teams, earning a Silver Medal finish at each appearance.

 

Bob Quinn (Branchville, N.J.) – Fast Pitch Player

 

Best known for his rock solid defense, clutch plays and aggressive base running, Robert “Bob” Quinn was one of the most fundamentally sound players on the field.  A key player on the legendary Raybestos Cardinals, and later Franklin Cardinals, Quinn earned four National Championship titles during his 15-year career.  Regarded as one of the best middle infielders in the game, he also made a name for himself as an offensive igniter.  A two-time All-American, Quinn received softball’s highest honor in 1979 when he was chosen as a member of the Men’s Fast Pitch National Team, which would go on to win the Silver Medal at the Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He would follow with a Bronze Medal at the 1984 World Championship in Midland, Mich.  In addition to his Team USA and All-American accolades, Quinn was also selected to four All-Star Series during his playing career.  His teammates would say his greatest attribute was that when the game was on the line and you needed a big play, Quinn was your guy. 

 

Willie Simpson (Oak Lawn, Ill.) – Slow Pitch Player

 

Regarded as the greatest clutch hitter and toughest competitor in 16-Inch softball, Willie “Steamer” Simpson was one of the last guys you wanted to face when the game was on the line.  Always clutch at the plate, Simpson is a six-time All-American, 10-time National Champion and two-time MVP of the Men’s 16-Inch National Championship.  Spending most of his career with the Bobcats out of Chicago, Simpson helped his team come out of the loser’s bracket in the 1979 National Championship, including seven-straight wins on Championship Sunday.  Finishing his playing career after the 1988 season, Simpson’s loyalty to team play was reflective in his tenure with the Bobcats.  When asked what his strong points were, Simpson quickly replied it was his team mentality, noting: “I got a lot of clutch hits, but you know somebody has to put you in that situation.  There were always guys who were on base ahead of me.  It takes 10 or 11 guys to play a softball game.”

 

Evans Telegadas (Scottsdale, Ariz.) – Fast Pitch Player

 

Playing on multiple teams in National Championship Play, Evans Telegadas earned six All-American honors throughout his career.  An outstanding shortstop, he played in nine Men’s Major National Championships and was known to make big plays when the stakes were high.  Winning the 1979 Men’s Major National Championship as a member of McArdle Pontiac-Cadillac, Telegadas and his teammates earned the opportunity to represent the United States at the WBSC World Championship in Tacoma, Wash.  Telegadas earned a Gold Medal with his fellow teammates through his competitive nature and all-around talent.  Holding a .336 lifetime batting average, Telegadas understood the need to put aside personal goals for the accomplishments of the team, a quality that in addition to his career accolades has certainly earned a Hall of Fame honor. 

 

In addition to honoring eight individuals with their induction into the National Softball Hall of Fame, the Class of 2018 was also announced following the conclusion of the Hall of Fame Committee meeting earlier in the day.  The Class of 2018 inductees include: Dick Brubaker (Fast Pitch Player), Crystl Bustos (Fast Pitch Player), John Daniels (Sponsor), Ricky Huggins (Slow Pitch Player), Todd Joerling (Slow Pitch Player), Bill Silves (Umpire), Christa Williams (Fast Pitch Player), Charles Wright (Slow Pitch Player).

 

The 38th induction ceremony will take place at the 87th Annual USA Softball Council Meeting, which will be held in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Rules and guidelines to nominate potential Hall of Fame candidates for 2019 are available at USASoftball.com.  There is a deadline submission of September 1, 2018.

 

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

 

10-17-2017 WBSC Elects New Division Leaders

WBSC Baseball and Softball Divisions elect new leaders
GABORONE, Botswana – New leaders of the WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball divisions were elected at the 12-14 October WBSC Congress at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana’s capital.
Italy’s Riccardo Fraccari ran unopposed to win the seat as the Chairman of the WBSC Baseball Division, while Puerto Rico’s Tommy Velazquez was elected as the new Chairman of WBSC Softball Division. Fraccari is also the current president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
“At the next WBSC Baseball Executive meeting in Paris next March, we will outline our strategic plan covering the next four years,” said Fraccari, “laying out the important roadwork needed to build a billion-strong baseball/softball community and secure a long-term place on the Olympic Programme.”
“We have a very clear goal: Paris 2024,” Velazquez added.
 
WBSC Baseball Division:
  • Chairman: Riccardo Fraccari
  • Treasurer: Angelo Vicini (San Marino)
  • 1st Vice Chairman: Tom Peng (Taiwan)
  • 2nd Vice Chairman: Paul Seiler (United States)
  • Member at-Large: Ms. Hiroko Yamada (Japan)
  • Member at-Large: Luis Melero (Spain)
  • Member at-Large: Benicio Robinson (Panama)
  • Vice Chairman – Africa: Saber Jlajla (Tunisia)
  • Vice Chairman – Americas: Tito Pereyra (Dominican Republic)
  • Vice Chairman – Asia: Xu Chen (China)
  • Vice Chairman – Europe: Didier Seminet (France)
  • Vice Chairman – Oceania: Laurent Cassier (France)
 
WBSC Softball Division:
  • Chairman: Tommy Velazquez
  • Treasurer: Javier Anaya (Colombia)
  • 1st Vice Chairman: Ms. Beng Choo Low (Malaysia)
  • 2nd Vice Chairman: Craig Cress (United States)
  • Member at-Large: Ms. Maria Soto (Venezuela)
  • Member at-Large: Ms. Taeko Utsugi (Japan)
  • Member at-Large: Tirelo Mukokomani (Botswana)
  • Vice Chairman – Africa: Mashilo Matsetela (South Africa)
  • Vice Chairman – Asia: Hiromi Tokuda (Japan)
  • Vice Chairman – Europe: Gabriel Waage (Czech Republic)
  • Vice Chairman – Rex Capil (New Zealand)
Cuba’s Antonio Castro was also confirmed as WBSC Global Ambassador, holding a seat on the WBSC Executive Board.

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About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 184 National Federation and Associate Members in 128 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).

For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org

7-22-2017 NY Times Column Worth Reading

This is surprising!

Maureen Dowd’s NYT Column Really worth reading

From the depths of the Democrat’s sinkhole, a surprise from one of their own,

 

Maureen looks like a defector.  First NYT article with good balance and realism I have read.  Let’s pray that reuniting has begun and the country benefits.  This is a thought-provoker!  Having been a reader of The New York Times, I’m amazed that Maureen Dowd wrote this.  However, I find the wisdom behind the words very rewarding and encouraging.   It’s to be hoped that every wild-eyed liberal devotee of the New York Times reads liberal columnist Maureen Dowd’s column several times, reproduces it in large print, frames it, and mounts it on their bedroom ceiling so it’s the first thing they read every day: The most amazing part of this well-written piece is the fact Maureen Dowd, a very liberal columnist from the New York Times wrote it! Maureen Dowd Election Therapy From My Basket of Deplorables The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things like transgender bathrooms.  Since he became president, his party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats, and 14 governorships. The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy.  The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same from a person they did not like or trust. Preaching — and pandering — with a message of inclusion, the Democrats have instead become a party where incivility and bad manners are taken for granted, rudeness is routine, religion is mocked and there is absolutely no respect for a differing opinion.  This did not go down well in the Midwest, where Trump flipped three blue states and 44 electoral votes. The rudeness reached its peak when Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by attendees of “Hamilton” and then pompously lectured by the cast.  This may play well with the New York theater crowd but is considered boorish and unacceptable by those of us taught to respect the office of the president and vice president, if not the occupants. Here is a short primer for the young protesters.  If your preferred candidate loses, there is no need for mass hysteria, canceled midterms, safe spaces, crying rooms or group primal screams. You might understand this better if you had not received participation trophies, undeserved grades to protect your feelings or even if you had a proper understanding of civics.  The Democrats are now crying that Hillary had more popular votes.  That can be her participation trophy. If any of my sons had told me they were too distraught over a national election to take an exam, I would have brought them home the next day, fearful of the instruction they were receiving.  Not one of the top 50 colleges mandate one semester of Western Civilization.  Maybe they should rethink that. Mr. Trump received over 62 million votes, not all of them cast by homophobes, Islamaphobes, racists, sexists, misogynists or any other “ists.”  I would caution Trump deniers that all of the crying and whining is not good preparation for the coming storm.  The liberal media, both print and electronic, has lost all credibility.  I am reasonably sure that none of the mainstream print media had stories prepared for a Trump victory.  I watched the networks and cable stations in their midnight   meltdown — embodied by Rachel Maddow explaining to viewers that they were not having a “terrible, terrible dream” and that they had not died and “gone to hell.” The media’s criticism of Trump’s high-level picks as “not diverse enough” or “too white and male” — a day before he named two women and offered a cabinet position to an African-American — magnified this fact. Here is a final word to my Democratic friends.  The election is over. There will not be a do-over.  So let me bid farewell to Al Sharpton, Ben Rhodes and the Clintons.  Note to Cher, Barbra, Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham: Your plane is waiting.  And to Jon Stewart, who talked about moving to another planet: Your spaceship is waiting.  To Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Katy Perry, thanks for the free concerts.  And finally, to all the foreign countries that contributed to the Clinton Foundation, there will not be a payoff or a rebate. As Eddie Murphy so eloquently stated in the movie “48 Hrs.”: “There’s a new sheriff in town.”  And he is going to be here for 1,461 days.

 

 

 

6-29-2017 Jennifer Steele New Marshall Coach

 

Marshall University has tapped a coach from the Atlantic Sun Conference to replace the 2017 Conference USA Softball Coach of the Year.

Marshall announced Wednesday it has hired Jennifer Steele as its new head softball coach. Steele replaces Shonda Stanton, who led the Thundering Herd to the C-USA regular-season crown and an NCAA tournament berth before taking the head coaching job at Indiana.

Steele comes to Huntington after a successful tenure at Jacksonville, where she led the Dolphins for the past three seasons. In that time, Jacksonville won 86 games and is coming off a 30-win season in 2017.

“I would like to thank Mike Hamrick for the incredible opportunity to be the next softball coach at Marshall University,” Steele said in a statement. “From the moment I stepped on campus there was a contagious, infectious energy and it was evident that everyone bled Green and White.”

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Marshall’s NCAA tournament bid was its first since 2013. The Herd finished with a 42-12 record after being eliminated by Illinois in the Lexington, Kentucky, Regional. On top of the regular-season conference title and Stanton’s coach of the year award, Marshall also captured the Conference USA Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year awards.

The program is expecting to return several key contributors from last year’s group, including first-team All-C-USA performers Taylor McCord and Elicia D’Orazio. McCord led the team with 12 home runs in 2017 and D’Orazio’s 59 stolen bases were the most in the nation.

“I am thankful for the strong foundation set by the previous staff and am excited to meet the student-athletes in the coming weeks,” Steele said. “I am committed to ensuring that we are excellent in the classroom, on the field and in the community. I am looking forward to connecting with alumni and the Huntington area, as well as representing Marshall out on the road as we continue to target competitive, high-character, quality student-athletes.”

Steele spent time as an assistant coach at George Mason and her alma mater Longwood and also served as a head coach at Randolph College, where she was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2009. During her time at Jacksonville, she hit the ground running as the team made an eight-win improvement in her first season and never won fewer than 28 games in her three years leading the program.

“We are fortunate to have Jennifer lead our softball program,” Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said. “She brings great experience and will ensure that Marshall athletics’ tradition of producing high-character student-athletes continues. We are all very excited for her to get started in

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
Photo: NFCA.org

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 13.12.2.3.6 and 13.12.2.3.8).

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.