Thank you for passing the new legislation for recruiting!
As a late bloomer, (that’s what the doctor says) I’ve always been the small one on my softball teams. I was given the nickname “Munchkin” and it stuck. As a munchkin, I’ve always been judged on my size and not my skill. When it was time to move up an age group my parents were asked to keep me down in the fall when everyone was moving up to the next level. What I never understood was why?
Being small, I’ve always felt I had to work harder to get noticed. With a .550 batting average and .750 OBP, it always seemed like not enough because a “bigger girl” hit a home run. I was low to the ground and could field a ground ball just as well as those my age and I had a knack for running down fly balls. I took this challenge life handed me and made sure I fielded an extra ground ball, chased down an extra fly ball and took extra rounds of batting practice. How often do you see someone that’s smaller than 5-foot-2 verbal before her junior year? Probably, very rare.
This ruling gives me an opportunity to not be as stressed. I can focus on school because I don’t have to take
trips as a freshman or sophomore in the middle of school year to go look at colleges. I get to spend time with my friends and I won’t miss out on school functions or activities because of a showcase every weekend.
The most important thing of all is that I get to have fun playing the sport that I love and have a passion for. I get to enjoy each moment while working hard at the same time to steadily progress as a person and a player on the field.
Giving many thanks to the NFCA and NCAA for the new recruiting requirements. The ruling, not only helps girls that were overlooked at a young age but it now allows girls to be seen at the same point in life. The future holds many opportunities for me and these requirements give the smaller side to the age group a chance to even out the playing field as we all stride for the goal of a college scholarship.