In a desire to give back to the game that had been so good to the entire Allister family, Joann and Derek Allister created the West Coast Softball All-Star Report in 2002. The concept was based upon the Men’s basketball recruiting services that Derek utilized in his 17 years as a Division 1 basketball coach. Drawing from her background as a Division 1 softball coach, Joann took the basketball model and blended it with the needs of the softball coach to come up with the foundation of the Allister’s endeavors, The Allister Report.
Added to The Allister Report and at the request of the college coaching world were the Elite Future Camps, an idea that came to fruition in 2004. These unique events allow players to workout and play in front of scores of college coaches. The typical OnDeck Softball event plays out in front of 60+ college coaches who come to evaluate the small group of players Joann and Derek personally evaluate and subsequently invite. These camps have launched the collegiate careers of many players across the country and have led to invitations to elite softball all-star games and National Team opportunities
In an effort to appeal to an even greater range of college programs, the OnDeck Softball website and the Jamborees were created to showcase an ever increasing number of players of all levels. The website allows college coaches and prospective players to connect. The Jamborees allows the player to showcase her talent in front of a large array of collegiate programs and allows the college coach to evaluate a large number of high level players in a single day. As of today, Joann and Derek have helped over a thousand players find their dream schools at various Junior College, NAIA, Division II and Division I programs.
This year, in response to the overwhelming number of requests to see and evaluate an ever increasing number of players across the country, the Allisters created the OnDeck Tryout - a totally open, first come - first served, event that allows any player who so desires the opportunity to play her way into an Elite Recruiting Event. These OnDeck Tryouts cover the country and feature a structured workout and ODM Testing for each athlete. The tryouts have been incredibly successful for players, and a great number have already "tried out, been invited to an Elite Event, and subsequently committed to" the school of their dreams. Also launched this year was the Recruiting Trail, a unique series of events designed to help the college coaches maximize their time and effort when they recruit. The Recruiting Trail is already the talk of many in the college game and will surely become a high priority for the college coaching community.
OnDeck Softball will continue to be the innovative leaders in College Softball Recruiting in the years to come, and we look forward to finding additional creative ways to make a mark in the recruiting world.