Softball could be a wonderful stepping stone that may help some kids with College. In this day and age specially in the area (Bay Area)that we live in, if you don’t already have a start-up idea for the next Google or Facebook or a possible cure for cancer, getting into the top schools could just be a dream. Good grades alone is not enough to get into the top colleges anymore. Do your kids have aspirations to play College softball? Are they good enough to play college softball? If they are, then read along.
Here are some abbreviations you may want to familiarize yourself with.
NCAA, NAIA, NCCAA, NJCAA, USCAA.
NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) is the organization that is dedicated to looking into the welfare of the Student-Athlete and they oversee almost half a million student-athletes in 1200 schools. They support learning through sports. They have 3 divisions. Division I, II and III.
What is Division I, II and III? What are the differences between the 3 divisions? Among the 3 divisions, NCAA Division I has the biggest student body and manages the largest athletic budgets. It has around 350 Colleges and Universities as members. Division I is required to sponsor at least 7 sports for women and 7 sports for men (or 8 for women and 6 for men). Division I has scheduling, participant and contest minimums it needs to meet. When football is part of the college offering then the college also has to meet 15,000 minimum spectators in a 2 year period. Usually playing in Div I sport is considered as a first step to enter into professional sports. To read more on NCAA Division I, click on the link.
Here is a list of NCAA Division I schools that play softball organized in the list by region. Check to see if your favorite college is a Division I school.
NCAA Division II has over 300 Colleges and Universities. Division II is required to sponsor at least 5 sports for women and 5 for men (or 6 for women and 4 for men). Their funding is scheduled just like other academic department budgets.
Here is a list of NCAA Division II schools that play softball.
NCAA Division III has over 400 institutions as members. The Division III schools do not offer financial aid. Focus is more on academics rather than sports and they have shorter practice and fewer game conflicts with academics.
Here is a list of NCAA Division III schools that play softball.
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) is the governing body of small athletic programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Their core value that they call “Champions of character” are Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Servant Leadership.
Here is a list of the NAIA member schools. Click on Softball and then search to see the schools that play softball.
NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) is a non-profit organization that wants to promote student athletes with a Christian perspective. Please read more about them by clicking the link above. Their belief is:
“Athletics are a means to an end, not the end in themselves.
The process is as important as the performance.
The person (student-athlete) is more important than the program.”
Here is a list of NCCAA colleges in the United States.
NJCAA (National Junior College Athletics Association): NJCCA specifies “The mission of this corporation shall be to promote and foster junior college athletics on intersectional and national levels so that results will be consistent with the total educational program of its members.”
Check here to see if the Junior College in your area is listed as NJCAA member school.
USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) claims that they exist to provide small colleges the opportunity to compete against like institutions for National championships and student athlete recognition.
Here is a list of USCAA colleges.
Check out these links to see if your favorite school is in any of these associations. In this day and age when there is so much junk on television, it is a good thing that your girls are interested in softball or any sport for that matter that will keep them occupied and focused on a goal towards college.
I have overheard many 10u kids say that they want to play for Stanford University as that school is very popular in the area that I live in. Stanford University invites kids from local leagues to come watch games and makes it a fun day where the kids can ask the college players questions and get autographed posters. If your little girl has aspirations to play for any of these big schools, good luck to them. It is a good goal to have and it will motivate them to succeed.
As always thank you for reading.