I read this site quite a bit and the conversations are usually tied to competition on the diamond or getting scholarship funds. Obviously this is a main topic on most sports forums. The almighty scholarship drives most families to drive all over the universe in hopes of getting seen by the elusive college coach. I think most people believe sports is the only arena where competition takes place. Those of you that have daughters coming up in age will need to understand a new phenomenon we're seeing in college acceptance. These are no longer the days where everyone gets in to state schools or even private institutions. Students are required to compete for admission slots just as players compete for playing time. Take my advice (I've put 2 in college), make sure your child is focused on the books just as much as she is her mitt. There's much more flexibility on the dirt than in the classroom. Playing time can be earned but college admission is pretty much black and white. The students are working harder and MUCH smarter than when we were in HS or college. The competition is real and you better get prepared for it.