She has a dream…..

This is a familiar story – a high school player has a dream to go to college away from home – far, far away from home – and her travel team does not leave the immediate area. What does she do? Is her dream even a possibility? The answer is yes but it will require some extraordinary effort on her part. Keep in mind a college coach wants to see a player perform before they recruit them. If your team is not playing in a tournament in the area of your dream school what can you do?


Step one in this process is to get good video done on your softball player. A quality edited skills video is a great introduction to any college. But in this case, we need to go further; you should consider creating game highlight videos as well. In a past article we explained how to use your iphone and a $5 app to create a highlight video. However you do it, getting game highlights will help a college coach who will not see you play often (if ever)  to feel more comfortable making an assessment of your skills.


Step two and here is the hard part – if your team does not play in a tournament in the area of your dream school then look to be a guest player on a team that is playing in a tournament in that area. Many of the top showcase tournaments provide a “players looking for a team” service where players provide their name to a list and teams in the tournament can contact them to play for the weekend. An example of this is the TCS Rising Stars Tournaments in Davie, FL. If your dream is to play softball at a college in Florida then it may be worth the cost of travel to get there and play. If you do take this leap then make sure you contact colleges ahead of time and tell them you are coming and who you are playing for and your dream to play softball in that area. Send them video ahead of time as well so they can see if you will fit their recruiting needs.


A good rule of recruiting is the farther you want to go from home the sooner you need to think about the recruiting process. Be proactive and don’t be afraid to dream. Just be willing to put the work in ahead of time.


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Fastpitch Online Showcase LLC Kim has an extensive coaching background. It starts with being the first female varsity baseball coach in the NY Catholic HS Baseball League in 1988 when she worked at St. Anthony’s HS on Long Island. Coach Gwydir also was the founder and first 18 and under coach for the Long Island Chargers Junior Olympic fastpitch softball organization and built it into the premier softball organization in the area. Kim was inducted into the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame May, 2006 for her work with youth fastpitch softball on Long Island. After guiding the LIU- CW Post fastpitch softball team to a regional berth, Kim moved to Florida in 1998 and started the softball program at Florida International University and became their first Head Coach. At FIU she amassed over 440 victories and achieved several NCAA top 25 rankings. Currently, Coach Gwydir works with the Gold Coast Hurricanes Junior Olympic 18 gold fastpitch softball team who were the ASA Gold National Champions in 2008 after finishing 3rd in 2007. In addition, Kim is the pitching coach at 2008 State Champion American Heritage High School. Kim is also owner and lead instructor of "On The Rise Softball" a thriving softball instructional business in Broward County FL. In addition to her work with youth softball, Kim is a full time faculty member in the mathematics department at the University of Miami. Kim has instructed many top softball players including a USA Olympian and several members of the Canadian National Team Program as well as many All State and All County award winners.