This site is designed to help college-bound softball players gain a competitive edge while searching for the right college. The information provided here will help athletes as well as their parents and coaches.  

Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level by Catharine Aradi
Before you spend thousands of dollars on travel ball, coaches, online profiles, etc., spend a few dollars on this book. You'll be glad you did! For an excerpt, visit the book page or download a flyer.

Collegiate Softball Connection   CSC offers concierge-style, personalized recruiting services. For details, visit the CSC page on this site or download a flyer.

Recruiting News
Updates on guideline changes from the NCAA or NAIA!  This page is updated whenever new information becomes available.

Information related to all aspects of the college search for athletes.
July/August 2024 
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Recruiting FAQ
Q & A related to recruiting and the college search process. Post your recruiting questions here!

Suggested recruiting schedules for high school players.

Zoom Recruiting Workshop
This one-hour workshop provides an overview of recruiting for softball teams and families and helps players learn how to be as competitive during their college search as they are on the field. For information or to set up a workshop, email

Phone Consultations
If you have a list of questions about your college search, schedule a phone consultation and have access to the most objective recruiting advice available!  Email for details.


CSC has been educating families, empowering athletes, and ensuring players conduct a successful college search for over 25 years! If you're the parent of a softball player who dreams of playing in college, chances are you've heard every version of recruiting hype there is! All too often, these statements turn out to be misleading. But by the time parents figure this out, it's usually too late. Multi-sport, corporate services and for-profit recruiting camps want you to believe being recruited is as easy as writing a check. Collegiate Softball Connection works one-on-one with families to help you navigate the complex maze that is the college search. Let CSC help you or your player beat out the competition and find a spot on a college team.

CSC provides two levels of service. With the Head Start/Fast Track option, you receive personalized guidance through the college search from noted recruiting expert Catharine Aradi along with an introduction to a variety of colleges at all levels of competition. Travel teams can sign up for the Basic Connection. This offers a low-cost way to expand a teams' exposure opportunities while helping parents/players stay on track. For more information on CSC services, call CSC, email, or download a flyer! (Great team discounts are available!)


I'm Catharine Aradi, softball recruiting consultant and owner of Collegiate Softball Connection.  Over twenty-five plus years, I've directly helped several thousand softball players find a college home, and I have helped many more indirectly through my book,
Preparing to Play Softball at the Collegiate Level.  

If you have recruiting questions or comments, please email:

“Cathi Aradi’s book on softball recruiting is a game-changer for parents, players, and coaches alike.  With insightful guidance, strategic advice, and a wealth of experience, Aradi empowers individuals...  Her comprehensive approach equips readers with the tools needed to navigate the complex world of softball recruitment successfully. A must read for anyone looking to elevate their understanding and make informed decisions in the competitive realm of college recruiting today.” 

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