Attending a college softball camp is a great way to develop your skills and get evaluated by coaches. Check out NCSA’s definitive list of every 2019 men’s and women’s DI, DII, DIII, NAIA and junior college softball camp in the country.
Softball camps, clinics and showcases can provide many benefits for student-athletes—hands-on skills training, exposure to coaches and the opportunity to visit a college you may attend in the future. In fact, nearly 60 percent of Division I softball coaches find the majority of their recruits at camps. To help you find solid options for camp season, NCSA has compiled a definitive list of every NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior College camp in the country. This list of nearly 800 softball camps includes the date, division level, type, age/grade level and cost — potentially saving you hours of research.
WHAT ARE THE THREE MAIN TYPES OF SOFTBALL CAMPS?
Prospect camps: One-day prospect camps typically feature about 25 percent training and 75 percent evaluation over a period of several hours. Ranging from $60–$200, prospect camps are generally the most affordable type of college softball camp. In most cases, only the host school’s coaches and players will be attendance to lead drills and evaluate recruits. If you’re already on a coach’s radar, attending a prospect camp can be key for your recruiting progress. You can get to know the team and explore the campus to see if it’s the right fit.
Skills camps and clinics: The majority of softball camps are skills camps and clinics. Featuring around 75 percent training and 25 percent evaluation, some skills camps offer general drills and instruction for all positions, while others are more specialized and focus on hitting, pitching, catching and/or fielding. In most cases, softball skills camps range from 1-3 days and $200–$800. These camps are often overnight, and the higher price includes meals and room/board. Coaches from as many as 12 schools will typically be in attendance to lead drills and instructional sessions. Skills camps and clinics often include some gameplay for evaluation, but their biggest benefit is expert, position-based coaching.
Showcases and team camps: These camps put the highest emphasis on gameplay and evaluation. Ranging from $100-300 per athlete or a larger price for the entire team, these camps feature a series of scrimmages against other travel and high school teams. Showcases and team camps typically run 1-3 days and often include 10 or more college coaches in attendance. In many cases, these camps hold training sessions in the morning followed by scrimmages in the afternoon and evening. Looking to cast a wide net and get evaluated by multiple coaches at once? A showcase or team camp might be your best bet.
WHICH 2019 COLLEGE SOFTBALL CAMP IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you are serious about playing softball for a particular school, the head coach needs to watch you play in person. To get evaluated, you should attend a softball camp on that school’s campus or find another camp where their staff will be working. It’s common for Division II, Division III and NAIA coaches to volunteer at major Division I softball camps.
WHEN SHOULD YOU START ATTENDING COLLEGE SOFTBALL CAMPS?
Softball camps are a great way to stay sharp in the offseason. It’s never too early to get hands-on training from college coaches and players. However, if you’re looking to get evaluated at a softball camp, 9th or 10th grade is a great time to start. According to NCSA data, more than 50 percent of Division I softball coaches begin evaluating athletes during their freshman year of high school, while an additional 33 percent start sophomore year.