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What are your chances of earning a softball scholarship by position?

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Division 1 and 2 softball is considered an equivalency sport, which means college coaches are given a maximum scholarship budget that they can split however they want to award softball scholarships to athletes. For example, Division 2 schools have 7.2 full-ride softball scholarships to award. In order to give scholarship dollars to all 18 athletes on their roster, the coach must divide the money into partial scholarship amounts.

One way to help you understand how scholarships awarded is go by position, as scholarships typically vary based on what position the athlete plays. Here’s an outline of how each position is considered when it comes to softball scholarships:

  • Pitchers—While the majority of softball scholarships are partial scholarships, the pitcher is a highly valued position, making them the most likely to receive a full-ride scholarship.
  • Catchers—As another extremely valuable position, scholarships for catchers are common. With that said, of the two or three catchers generally on a team roster, it’s likely that only one will receive a softball scholarship.
  • Middle infielders—Well-rounded middle infielders, especially those with excellent batting skills, have the potential to earn a scholarship.
  • Third base—While third basemen are strong candidates for a scholarship, especially if they are powerhouse hitters, these athletes should focus their college search on finding the division level that allows them to maximize their scholarship dollars.
  • First base—In order to be considered for a scholarship as a first basemen, athletes will need to have strong fundamental fielding skills and bat extremely well.
  • Outfield— Scholarships can be difficult to come by for outfielder. Generally, programs have two to three athletes per position in the outfield and prioritize left-handed slappers.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all softball programs are fully funded, which means some schools might have fewer than the 12-maximum number of scholarships. To learn more about the softball recruiting process and scholarships, visit NCSA’s guide to softball recruiting.