I saw this today: https://nfca.org/index.php?option=c...against-early-recruiting&catid=284&Itemid=149 So, coaches, parents, organizations, players........how would you approach softball without recruiting pressures? Would you be more relaxed? Would it be more about the love of the game? Would you choose the same softball team/org/coaches? What would your priorities be? Personally, I feel that we have lost what its all about to some extent. These kids start to play for the love of the game, not for any other reason, same goes for coaches. We love it, we work hard to get better because we love it. We love to win and compete. We love the experiences, friendships, rivalries, the memories it all creates. When we play to showcase what we can do, but control it and take winning out of it, then what are we doing? Do you think, wow what a cool showcase..... that noone played to win at...awesome. Recruiting and playing at the next level is a by product of today, but today should always be the focus, everything else will work itself out in due time. Personally we should all have goals, short and long term. I dislike a travel season where there is no team goal for that year. I like the idea of having a goal to play at a national event, obviously that flexes with the talent. When the goal is how many showcases we can go to and then the season just stops, that sucks to me, what if High school was that way also. Think of all the cool memories and legends that process of striving for a championship creates. Remove the obstacle of recruiting and lets play ball...for real.