Every athlete plays for a reason, and for some, it is the drive to take their game to the next level. For the young women competing in the 16U division at the USA Elite Select World Fastpitch Championships (WFC), college softball is a dream turned into coming reality.
Teams have traveled across the country not only to compete in the championships, but to also get a look from college coaches.
“Our team saw this as a good opportunity to be seen by college coaches, and also just to get the experience and hopefully win a championship,” said Lindsey Smith of the Georgia Mustangs 16U.
Many players at this level are seeking to be recruited, and even join teams at this level who can help them to do so. Parents also see the opportunity that tournaments such as the WFC provide to athletes looking to advance to the next level of the game.
“It’s really nice to be able to go somewhere and have [my daughter] be able to play in front of college coaches because the recruiting game is so hard,” said Leslie Porterfield, mother of McKinzie Porterfield, of the 16U Oklahoma Diamond Girls. “So it is really nice that here they have a chance to show their talent and be noticed.”
For the college coaches, the WFC also provides an opportunity to see much young talent all in one place, and to see some athletes display that talent, but also to see how some athletes compete mentally.
“My biggest advice to these girls wanting to play college softball, is to always remember that you are being watched,” said Suzie Muenz, coach at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. “Your effort and attitude are some of the biggest things we look for.”
College coaches will be making appearances at games throughout the week, and these young ladies are ready to show what they’ve got.