Simply defined evolution is the gradual development of something, and history has proven most if not all things evolve over time. Maybe someone can explain to me why the collegiate softball recruiting process has stalled out and ceased to continue in the evolution process.
As the popularity of softball and the desire to play at the collegiate level continues to explode throughout the county, it is becoming increasingly difficult for coaches to build their rosters with the highest level talent available. Navigating the mountains of e-mail’s and videos has become untenable. Even the most prestigious programs in the country only have 1 or 2 full time employees during the off season. Not to mention the massive amount of “Showcase Tournaments” covering ground from coast to coast, and any coach will tell you they have extremely limited resources when comes to Showcase Recruiting.
It has become painfully obvious this recruiting format is outdated and completely obsolete. It has also become obvious the lack of evolution and blind commitment to the process has infested the collegiate playing field with mediocrity. So the question remains the same. Why has the process not evolved?
More than likely the answer is simple because it is the same answer for most problems in life. $$$$$$$$$. Showcase Tournaments are big business and no one wants off the gravy train. The tournaments keep getting bigger and bigger, so much so most tournaments do not even have any college coaches on site. Other tournaments reserve a single venue where the politically connected teams get exposure, while the multitude of other venues receive none. These secondary venues do however serve a very important purpose, by stuffing the tournament director’s coffers with cold hard cash. No worries your cash is not paid in vain, some of the money is used to stuff the college coaches faces full lobster dinners. In short there is no real quest to discover unbridled talent, just to discover politically connected mediocre talent.
Although all the blame does not rest on the collegiate coaching community, they are the ones with the power to force a much needed evolution. For those of you who are not aware the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is an organization with a board of directors, primarily comprised of collegiate coaches from throughout the country. The NFCA by laws clearly state, “The NFCA shall serve as the facilitator for driving change within the softball community and in the promotion of cooperative efforts with other organizations similarly interested in the development of fastpitch softball programs and opportunities for fastpitch players and coaches.”
The NFCA has provided outstanding leadership in recent recruiting legislation, and from their previously noted mandate it would seem they are perfectly positioned to address this issue as well. It is this writers opinion there is “No Case For Showcase”.