In an attempt to help the collegiate softball coach, OnDeck Softball was created by Derek & Joann Allister. The Allisters scout Showcases and Tournaments across the country looking at players. Following an event, the Allisters put out a report that talks about the players and rates them as to their collegiate potential. In addition to the Allister Report, OnDeck Softball puts on their own invitation-only events for the college coaches. These events provide an intimate evaluation experience for the college coach that allows them to maximize their time and efforts. For the player, these events provide maximum exposure to coaches from all over the country. No other event in the world of softball can compare. This year, we will also be launching the OnDeck Player Program to help 100 players plan and individualize their recruiting endeavors.
The recruiting service for the college coaches began eight years ago. The idea was an outgrowth of the recruiting services that Derek Allister used during his collegiate basketball coaching career. The initial group of coaches was small and limited to those who the Allisters knew through Joann Allisters experience as a Division 1 softball coach and through those who had recruited and coached the Allisters two daughters, Heather and Jessica. The idea for the camps and Jamborees was hatched in Seattle six years ago with the first ever Northwest Elite Futures Camp.
Basically OnDeck works with 120+ Division 1 schools across the country. However, OnDeck lets all Division 1 schools know about their events each year. The entire Pac-10 and the vast majority of the SEC, Big 12, Big 10, ACC, WAC and many, many others rely on the Allister Report to help them in their recruiting efforts. The scope of OnDeck Softball runs the gamut from the top 10 rated schools in the country to many non-scholarship smaller programs on the East Coast and in the South.
You simply need to play well each and every time you step on the field. If your path crosses with the Allisters in their many travels, and if you are a potential college player, your chances of catching the Allisters eye is good. After that, your name, your evaluation, and your rating will be sent across the country on a regular basis. You will be tracked over the years. And you will also be placed in the pool of candidates for OnDeck events.
The Allisters will invite the best players they know about for each one of their unique events. The camps consist of 72 players who are scouted by nearly 100 college coaches from across the country and USA Softball. 108 players are invited to a Jamboree and again nearly 100 college coaches will evaluate the talented players. At the moment, OnDeck Softball runs two camps and three Jamborees in California and Arizona.
Yes, as soon as we are able to without sacrificing the integrity and quality of the event. Every year, the Allisters field inquiries from Texas, Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, Kansas and several other regions of the country to bring camps and Jamborees to these new areas. In the last 6 years, OnDeck has gone from one event in 2004 to two events in 2005 and three events in 2008. This year, OnDeck will run five events: Hemet, Huntington Beach, Stockton, Mt. SAC, and Phoenix.
No, there are not. OnDeck Softball is one of a kind. OnDeck Softball is the only coaches-based softball recruiting service in the world. This is the result of nearly a decade of providing excellence and remaining true to the core values of OnDeck. The camps and Jamborees are also completely unique. No other recruiting events in the country offer to the players such maximum exposure and to the college coach the opportunity to get so much done in a short period of time.
Whether you are a College Coach, the Coach of a team, or a prospective student-athlete, simply go to http://www.ondecksoftball.net and register. Choose the category under which you fall, and follow the directions.
No! Everyone is invited to join. Thousands of new players each year get the chance to play at the college level. Schools of all levels are looking for outstanding players, so if you play and if you have a dream to play college softball, join OnDeck and increase your chances of reaching your dream.
Each and every year, that number changes a little bit. However when combining the Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior College levels, a general number is 10,000! There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 roster spots available to new players each and every year! You could be one of those lucky players. But you need to act now; rarely does a coach come to a player. Most of the time, the players come to the coach, and that is where being OnDeck can help.
No one can guarantee anything like that. College coaches are looking for players who fit their style and system. And ultimately you have to be a good player. However, you can do things to help you get the exposure you need. OnDeck Softball is something that will allow you to be seen and monitored by the same college coaches who are constantly looking for players who will help them win. OnDeck Softball is a win-win situation for college coaches and players.
Yes. The comment and calendar sections are very important aspects of OnDeck Softball. The calendar section will allow you to let the coaches know where and when you will be playing. If you keep that up to date, the college coaches are more likely to show up to watch you play. The comment section allows you to let those same coaches know how you are doing. After a game, or tournament, you should simply jot a note to let the coaches know how things turned out. Communication is key. And in the comment section you can also update them on your academic progress. The more they know about you, the more likely they are going to be to fall in love with you as a prospective student-athlete.
Yes. We will try to evaluate as many players as we can, but we can’t see them all! We will evaluate hundreds and hundreds of players each and every year, and all those players will appear in all our reports. We will also evaluate every player who joins OnDeck and watch their videos. The Allisters will then make every attempt to watch those players in person at some point throughout the year. However, those evaluations are only one part of the process. The college coaches want to evaluate you, get to know you, and then monitor your progress. OnDeck Softball helps the college coaches do that. Getting OnDeck simply increases your chances of being seen and enhances your opportunity to get recruited.
This is a very special program that will be offered to a small number of OnDeck players from across the country. If you are an OnDeck Player, the Allisters will help you individualize your recruiting efforts to maximize your exposure and talent and give you a better chance of finding the school of your dreams. If this program interests you, please contact the Allisters for more information. Only 100 spots are available for the OnDeck Players Special Program and those spots will be filled from current OnDeck players. Subsequent openings will be available as OnDeck Players commit to the schools of their choice.
No. You have to earn your way in by playing exceedingly well and convincing us that you are a good college prospect. That being said, OnDeck Softball will allow us to view many players’ videos, and those videos can certainly help secure one of those coveted spots in the Elite Recruiting Camps.
Most definitely! There are many players and parents who aren’t even aware of the fact that OnDeck Softball was instrumental in helping them realize their dreams. Others, including Sammie Camuso (UCLA), Jen Lapicki (Tennessee), Lauren Roussell (Florida), Breanne Evans (Michigan), Christina Zambrana (Arizona State), Courtney Craig (Texas), Alicia Herron (Ohio State), and Chana’e Jones (Oklahoma) are a tiny fraction of those who have been helped significantly by OnDeck Softball. Hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of other players have also benefitted from OnDeck Softball’s expertise.
There is NO COST for the players to be evaluated and to appear in OnDeck Softball reports! For the Elite Recruiting Camps, a small processing fee is necessary in order to pay the costs of putting on the camps. In order to register with OnDeck’s website, a small fee is required simply because the expense and costs associated with the website are substantial. However, the basic philosophy of OnDeck Softball is to minimize, and even eliminate, the many costs associated with the recruiting process, even while giving many players the opportunity to earn scholarships and coveted roster spots as a result of their exposure on the service's recruiting reports and association with OnDeck Softball.
The earlier you can register and get OnDeck, the better. You can not start the process too soon! Even now, college coaches are sifting through Player Profiles as they search for talent. Don’t delay. Get OnDeck today!