2022 Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) National Championships
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ESPN Announces the 2022 College Softball Television Schedule
Kimberly Elchlepp- Feb. 9, 2022
ESPN returns for 2022 with their coverage of the Division I college softball games. With nearly 200 games and more than 1,900 match-ups across its digital networks the programming coverage will be unmatched. Games will be available across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, ACC Network, Big 12 Now on ESPN+, Longhorn Network, ESPN+, SEC Network+ and ACC Network Extra. All of ESPN’s live softball programming is available in the ESPN App.
The season begins with the return of the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational Presented by Wilson (Feb. 17-20) featuring 16 teams and 40 games on ESPN platforms. Details regarding the participating teams, event schedule and commentator teams can be found on the event website.
ESPN’s 7Innings Podcast enters its fifth season, bringing listeners an in-depth look at the collegiate softball world with the latest storylines and game recaps and previews. The voice of softball, Beth Mowins, helms the show as host, joined by a rotating cast of analysts that includes Kayla Braud, Jenny Dalton-Hill, Danielle Lawrie, Jessica Mendoza, Holly Rowe, Amanda Scarborough, Jen Schroeder, and Michele Smith.
|Wed, Feb 16||2 p.m.||South Alabama at No. 6 Florida State||ACC Network|
|5 p.m.||McNeese at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Thu, Feb 17||10 a.m.||Notre Dame vs. Tennessee||ESPNU|
|12:30 p.m.||Texas Tech vs. Auburn||SEC Network|
|1 p.m.||UCF vs. Wisconsin||ESPNU|
|3:30 p.m.||Texas Tech vs. Clemson||ACC Network|
|4 p.m.||Tennessee vs. Florida State||ESPNU|
|Fri, Feb 18||10 a.m.||Michigan vs. Oklahoma State||ESPNU|
|12:30 p.m.||Washington vs. Tennessee||SEC Network|
|1 p.m.||Texas vs. Florida State||ESPNU|
|3 p.m.||South Florida vs. Notre Dame||ACC Network|
|4 p.m.||LSU vs. Oklahoma State||ESPNU|
|4 p.m.||Auburn vs. Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Sat, Feb 19||10 a.m.||UCLA vs. Auburn||ESPNU|
|10:30 a.m.||Notre Dame vs. LSU||SEC Network|
|11 a.m.||Northwestern vs. Clemson||ACC Network|
|1 p.m.||Michigan vs. Florida State||ACC Network|
|4 p.m.||Texas vs. UCLA||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||UCF vs. Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Sun, Feb 20||9 a.m.||Texas Tech vs. LSU||SEC Network|
|10 a.m.||Washington vs. Clemson||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||UCLA vs. Florida State||ESPN2|
|Wed, Feb 23||TBD||Georgia State at Georgia Tech||ACC Network|
|Thu, Feb 24||7:30 p.m.||UT San Antonio||Longhorn Network|
|Fri, Feb 25||3 p.m.||No. 21 Arizona State at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Sat, Feb 26||5:30 p.m.||No. 8 Texas vs. Texas State||Longhorn Network|
|Sun, Feb 27||1:30 p.m.||No. 21 Arizona State at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Tue, Mar 1||5 p.m.||No. 13 Michigan at North Carolina||ACC Network|
|Wed, Mar 2||7 p.m.||Sam Houston at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Fri, Mar 4||5 p.m.||No. 10 Virginia Tech at No. 14 Clemson||ACC Network|
|Sun, Mar 6||1 p.m.||Louisiana Tech at No. 15 LSU||SEC Network|
|3 p.m.||Kansas City at No. 11 Arkansas||SEC Network|
|Wed, Mar 9||4 p.m.||UNC Charlotte at No. 18 Duke||ACC Network|
|Thu, Mar 11||5 p.m.||Drake at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|7:30 p.m.||Minnesota at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Sat, Mar 12||Noon||Mississippi State at No. 5 Florida||SEC Network|
|Syracuse at No. 10 Virginia Tech||ACC Network|
|2 p.m.||No. 16 Tennessee at No. 12 Missouri||SEC Network|
|No. 6 Florida State at Georgia Tech||ACC Network|
|4 p.m.||Nicholls at No.8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|6:30 p.m.||Minnesota at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|7 p.m.||Texas A&M at Auburn||SEC Network|
|9 p.m.||No. 2 Alabama at No. 15 LSU||SEC Network|
|Sun, Mar 13||Noon||Boston College at North Carolina||ACC Network|
|1:30 p.m.||Drake at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|2 p.m.||No. 19 Georgia at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|Notre Dame at Virginia||ACC Network|
|4 p.m.||Mississippi State at No. 5 Florida||SEC Network|
|NC State at No. 18 Duke||ACC Network|
|Mon, Mar 14||7 p.m.||Mississippi State at No. 5 Florida||SEC Network|
|Tue, Mar 15||6 p.m.||UNCW at North Carolina||ACC Network|
|Wed, Mar 16||5 p.m.||Penn State at Pitt||ACC Network|
|7 p.m.||No. 6 Florida State at No. 2 Alabama||SEC Network|
|Fri, Mar 18||5 p.m.||North Carolina at No. 10 Virginia Tech||ACC Network|
|7 p.m.||No. 15 LSU at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Sat, Mar 19||2 p.m.||Notre Dame at Pitt||ACC Network|
|3 p.m.||No. 15 LSU at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|4 p.m.||Georgia Tech at Louisville||ACC Network|
|5:30 p.m.||Ole Miss at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|No. 15 LSU at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Sun, Mar 20||10 a.m.||Campbell at USC Upstate||ESPNU|
|Noon||Virginia at NC State||ACC Network|
|2 p.m.||No. 14 Clemson at No. 18 Duke||ACC Network|
|6 p.m.||South Carolina at Auburn||SEC Network|
|Mon, Mar 21||7 p.m.||South Carolina at Auburn||SEC Network|
|Tue, Mar 22||5:30 p.m.||Lamar at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|7 p.m.||No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 20 Kentucky||SEC Network|
|Liberty at Virginia||ACC Network|
|Wed, Mar 23||7 p.m.||No. 14 Clemson at No. 19 Georgia||SEC Network|
|Fri, Mar 25||5 p.m.||Syracuse at Georgia Tech||ACC Network|
|9 p.m.||No. 12 Missouri at Ole Miss||ESPNU|
|Sat, Mar 26||1 p.m.||Auburn at No. 20 Kentucky||SEC Network|
|5 p.m.||Louisville at No. 14 Clemson||ACC Network|
|6 p.m.||Texas A&M at No. 19 Georgia||SEC Network|
|8:30 p.m.||No. 15 LSU at No. 11 Arkansas||ESPN2|
|Sun, Mar 27||Noon||No. 18 Duke at Notre Dame||ACC Network|
|1 p.m.||No. 15 LSU at No. 11 Arkansas||ESPN|
|2 p.m.||No. 16 Tennessee at No. 5 Florida||ESPNU|
|Syracuse at Georgia Tech||ACC Network|
|4 p.m.||NC State at North Carolina||ACC Network|
|7 p.m.||No. 3 UCLA at No. 7 Washington||ESPNU|
|Mon, Mar 28||7 p.m.||No. 15 LSU at No. 11 Arkansas||SEC Network|
|Tue, Mar 29||5 p.m.||Harvard at Boston College||ACC Network|
|Wed, Mar 30||7 p.m.||South Carolina at No. 14 Clemson||ACC Network|
|No. 23 Louisiana at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Fri, Apr 1||7 p.m.||Iowa State at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Sat, Apr 2||1 p.m.||No. 11 Arkansas at Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|2 p.m.||Iowa State at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|3 p.m.||No. 5 Florida at Auburn||SEC Network|
|4:30 p.m.||No. 19 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama||ESPN2|
|6 p.m.||No. 20 Kentucky at No. 15 LSU||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||No. 4 Oklahoma State at Baylor||ESPN2|
|Sun, Apr 3||Noon||Illinois at Minnesota||ESPN2|
|Mississippi State at No. 16 Tennessee||SEC Network|
|1 p.m.||Iowa State at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|2 p.m.||South Carolina at No. 12 Missouri||SEC Network|
|4 p.m.||No. 19 Georgia at No.2 Alabama||SEC Network|
|Mon, Apr 4||7 p.m.||No. 19 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama||SEC Network|
|Tue, Apr 5||5 p.m.||No. 24 No. 24 Northwestern at Notre Dame||ACC Network|
|Wed, Apr 6||5 p.m.||St. Francis at Pitt||ACC Network|
|6 p.m.||No. 6 Florida State at No. 5 Florida||SEC Network|
|7 p.m.||No. 20 Kentucky at Louisville||ESPNU|
|UT Arlington at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Fri, Apr 8||2:30 p.m.||NC State at South Carolina||ESPNEWS|
|5 p.m.||No. 14 Clemson at Pitt||ACC Network|
|6 p.m.||Ole Miss at No. 20 Kentucky||SEC Network|
|10 p.m.||No. 21 Arizona State at No. 17 Oregon||ESPN2|
|Sat, Apr 9||Noon||Ole Miss at No. 20 Kentucky||SEC Network|
|2 p.m.||Auburn at No. 11 Arkansas||SEC Network|
|3 p.m.||No. 2 Alabama at No. 5 Florida||ESPN2|
|Sun, Apr 10||Noon||No. 10 Virginia Tech at No. 6 Florida State||ACC Network|
|1:30 p.m.||No. 16 Tennessee at No. 19 Georgia||ESPN2|
|4 p.m.||No. 2 Alabama at No. 5 Florida||ESPN2|
|4 p.m.||No. 21 Arizona State at No. 17 Oregon||ESPNU|
|Mon, Apr 11||7 p.m.||No. 2 Alabama at No. 5 Florida||SEC Network|
|Tue, Apr 12||7 p.m.||No. 14 Clemson at South Carolina||ESPNU|
|Thu, Apr 14||6 p.m.||Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama||SEC Network|
|7 p.m.||No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|8 p.m.||No. 17 Oregon at No. 11 Arizona||ESPN2|
|Fri, Apr 15||11 a.m.||UMES at Morgan State||ESPNU|
|1 p.m.||Alabama State at Jackson State||ESPNU|
|No. 19 Georgia at No. 12 Missouri||SEC Network|
|5 p.m.||Syracuse at Louisville||ACC Network|
|7 p.m.||No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|8 p.m.||No. 17 Oregon at No. 11 Arizona||ESPNU|
|10 p.m.||UC San Diego at Cal State Fullerton||ESPNU|
|Sat, Apr 16||Noon||South Carolina at No. 15 LSU||SEC Network|
|2 p.m.||Mississippi State at No. 2 Alabama||ESPNU|
|2 p.m.||No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|5 p.m.||Texas A&M at No. 16 Tennessee||SEC Network|
|6 p.m.||No. 19 Georgia at No. 12 Missouri||ESPN2|
|8 p.m.||No. 20 Kentucky at No. 11 Arkansas||ESPN2|
|Sun, Apr 17||11 a.m.||Princeton at Yale||ESPNU|
|Noon||Syracuse at Louisville||ACC Network|
|2 p.m.||No. 20 Kentucky at No. 11 Arkansas||SEC Network|
|4 p.m.||Texas A&M at No. 16 Tennessee||SEC Network|
|Mon, Apr 18||7 p.m.||Texas A&M at No. 16 Tennessee||SEC Network|
|Wed, Apr 20||5 p.m.||ECU at NC State||ACC Network|
|7 p.m.||No. 10 Virginia Tech at No. 16 Tennessee||ESPNU|
|8 p.m.||Houston at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|Thu, Apr 21||9 p.m.||No. 14 Clemson at No. 6 Florida State||ESPN2|
|Fri, Apr 22||4 p.m.||Pitt at Virginia||ACC Network|
|6 p.m.||No. 14 Clemson at No. 6 Florida State||ACC Network|
|6:30 p.m.||Auburn at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|8 p.m.||No. 11 Arkansas at No. 5 Florida||ESPNU|
|Sat, Apr 23||2 p.m.||No. 15 LSU at No. 19 Georgia||ESPNU|
|No. 14 Clemson at No.6 Florida State||ACC Network|
|2:30 p.m.||No. 11 Arkansas at No. 5 Florida||ESPN2|
|3 p.m.||Ole Miss at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|5 p.m.||Auburn at Mississippi State||SEC Network|
|7 p.m.||No. 2 Alabama at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|7:30 p.m.||No. 8 Texas at No. 4 Oklahoma State||ESPN2|
|Sun, Apr 24||Noon||Ohio State at No. 13 Michigan||ESPN2|
|No. 15 LSU at No. 19 Georgia||ESPNU|
|Louisville at No. 10 Virginia Tech||ACC Network|
|7 p.m.||No. 12 Missouri at No. 20 Kentucky||SEC Network|
|Mon, Apr 25||7 p.m.||No. 12 Missouri at No. 20 Kentucky||SEC Network|
|Wed, Apr 27||4 p.m.||UCONN at Boston College||ACC Network|
|7 p.m.||Lamar at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|Thu, Apr 28||7 p.m.||No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 6 Florida State||ESPN2|
|Fri, Apr 29||6 p.m.||No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 6 Florida State||ESPNU|
|Sat, Apr 30||Noon||No. 5 Florida at No. 15 LSU||ESPN2|
|3 p.m.||Mississippi State at No. 20 Kentucky||SEC Network|
|4 p.m.||Virginia at Louisville||ACC Network|
|5 p.m.||Texas A&M at No. 12 Missouri||SEC Network|
|Sun, May 1||11 a.m.||No. 10 Virginia Tech at Boston College||ACC Network|
|Noon||No. 5 Florida at No. 15 LSU||ESPN2|
|2 p.m.||Houston at South Florida||ESPNU|
|6 p.m.||No. 16 Tennessee at Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|Mon, May 2||7 p.m.||No. 16 Tennessee at Ole Miss||SEC Network|
|Tue, May 3||5 p.m.||Liberty at No. 10 Virginia Tech||ACC Network|
|6 p.m.||No. 5 Florida at No. 6 Florida State||ESPNU|
|Wed, May 4||6 p.m.||Dartmouth at Boston College||ACC Network|
|Thu, May 5||7 p.m.||Pitt at No. 18 Duke||ACC Network|
|9 p.m.||No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Oklahoma||ESPN2|
|Fri, May 6||5 p.m.||No. 24 Northwestern at Minnesota||ESPN2|
|6 p.m.||Auburn at No. 16 Tennessee||SEC Network|
|7 p.m.||No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Oklahoma||ESPN2|
|Sat, May 7||11:30 a.m.||Auburn at No. 16 Tennessee||SEC Network|
|1 p.m.||Pitt at No. 18 Duke||ACC Network|
|1:30 p.m.||Ole Miss at No. 19 Georgia||SEC Network|
|2 p.m.||Baylor at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
|3:30 p.m.||No. 11 Arkansas at Texas A&M||SEC Network|
|5 p.m.||No. 4 Oklahoma State at No. 1 Oklahoma||ESPNU|
|Sun, May 8||Noon||No. 20 Kentucky at South Carolina||SEC Network|
|Noon||No. 6 Florida State at NC State||ACC Network|
|2 p.m.||No. 12 Missouri at No. 2 Alabama||ESPNU|
|Louisville at Notre Dame||ACC Network|
|Baylor at No. 8 Texas||Longhorn Network|
College Financial Aid Resources
Federal grants, loans and scholarship assistance:
For 2016-2017, $5,815 is the maximum Federal Grant amount an individual student may receive based on many qualifying factors. Don’t put off earning your degree because it seems unaffordable—it may be time to find out if you qualify for any type of financial aid. Here are the popular types of financial aid that may be available to qualified students to help pay for college:
Grants: Schools may award grants to qualified students in addition to those available through the government to those who qualify.
Scholarships: Your grades, heritage, religious affiliation, and other factors may qualify you for these.
Student loans: The advisor you speak to may know if the school you are matched with offers private loans and which federal loans you may be eligible to pursue.
Military options: If you are or were in the military, be sure to ask a representative at the school you plan to attend what your funding options may be. More info… Education Connection– 2016-2017 year
**Data collected and distributed by the National Center for Education Statistics http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016144.pdf
***Data collected and distributed by the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2013165
Federal Grant information:
RECRUITING and SKILLS CAMPS! What to ask before and how to act during!
SELECTING YOUR TARGET SCHOOLS (Pre-Camp):
*Pick AT LEAST 10 schools of interest:
-3 fall backs
-2 pipe dreams
-Know what type of softball players these schools like to recruit
-Check out their roster! What positions will they need your year?
WHAT TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A CAMP:
*How BIG is the camp? This is probably the very first question you should ask when looking for a camp. If the numbers are small, not only will your child have more opportunity to be seen, but usually the quality of the camp is higher.
*What is the coach to player ratio? If you are attending a larger recruiting style camp with multiple colleges in attendance a great question to ask is what is the coach to player ratio. The smaller the ratio, the more work your daughter will get in!
*What is the camp objective? Is this more of a “skill” camp or is it a “recruiting” camp?
*Will college coaches be interacting with players? Any time your daughter has the chance to speak face-to-face to college coaches is an excellent opportunity. Even if it isn’t with the college of her dreams, having the chance to pick the brain of a college coach is a great chance for your daughter to get better!
*What is the cost? Obviously, there is no right or wrong answer here as it is dependent upon your own individual situations! However, what I can say is don’t go broke sending your child all across the country to camps at schools she is not genuinely interested in. A lot of schools are now having “satellite” camps, look for ones closer to home to start!
ALRIGHT, YOU’VE SIGNED UP! WHAT NOW?!?
*What should I wear? Wear something that is easily recognizable. Perhaps your travel team’s uniform top or practice shirt so colleges know exactly where to find you after the camp. If they like you, they’re going to want to come see you again!
*Your first impression is your lasting impression! Be on time, be prepared, have a smile on your face! If you look good, people will immediately think you are good. Tuck your shirt in, make sure your shoes are tied, wear a fresh shirt, LOOK THE PART.
*HUSTLE, DIVE, TALK, HUSTLE SOME MORE. Be the first person to get to each station. Be the person cheering on others at the camp. Sprint to your position. Look coaches in the eye. Introduce yourself to those running the camp, say “thank you” when you leave. Leave with the sweatiest, dirtiest shirt there knowing you left everything you had on that field!
*MAKE ADJUSTMENTS. I can guarantee you a coach does not want to see you hit 15 balls in a row down the left field line, they want to see a multi-faceted, athletic player-showcase your skills! If you make an error, that doesn’t mean a coach has crossed you off of their list, keep your head up and make your adjustments. There are 2 things you can control- 1) your effort 2) your attitude. ALWAYS give your best effort and ALWAYS have a positive attitude!
*If you play multiple positions, showcase that! Colleges are looking for athletes! Showcase yourself! This shows them that you are not only an athlete, but you are willing and confident!
*Shag balls like you are playing live. A college who is interested in you is ALWAYS watching you. They are watching you when you are at a shag station, taking a water break, and when you are speaking to your parents. It is not just about your athletic ability, but about your character as well. Be both the player and person they would be proud to have on their roster.
*Last, but not least, HAVE FUN. If you are upset with yourself it will be noticed on your face and in your body language. Keep a smile and a positive attitude on at all times, and your experience will always be a good one!
Thank you to Jen (Schroeder) Buchan for sharing her article. About our contributor: Jen Schroeder caught at UCLA from 2004-2008 where she competed in three Women’s College World Series’ and earned a degree in History. She was president of the Bruin Athletic Council where she was extremely involved with an array of community projects. She is the oldest of four division 1 softball players: Michelle (Stanford), Katie (UCLA), and Nicole (Arkansas).
In August of 2012 she was married to Kyle Buchan. Jen and her dad now own The Softball Performance Workshop in Placentia, Ca, where it is their goal to leave a lasting impression on the softball community. Jen is a coach, catching instructor and a great inspiration for others!- JenSchro Catching
Softball Recruiting Timelines
Knowing what you should be doing at every point in your recruiting process is critical. As a softball player here are some general timelines you should be aware of.
As a sophomore, you may receive brochures for camps and questionnaires and you can call the coach at your own expense ***A coach cannot call you***. Off-campus contact and official visits are not permitted but you can take as many unofficial visits as you’d like.
As a junior, you can begin to receive recruiting material and information from the coach on September 1st. You can call the coach at your own expense and starting July 1st after your junior year you can receive one call per week. Telephone calls are unlimited during contact periods. Off campus contact is allowed July 1st after your junior year. Official visits are not permitted but unofficial visits are still unlimited.
As a senior, you can receive material and information from the coach. You can call the coach at your own expense, coaches can call you once a week starting July 1st and telephone calls are unlimited during contact periods. Off campus contact is allowed but no more than three (3) times. You can start official visits on the opening day of your classes. You get one official visit per college and a maximum of five (5) visits to D1, and unlimited for D2, D3, and NAIA schools. Unofficial visits are still unlimited.
Did you know???
- College coaches have 50 days in which to evaluate you and cannot exceed that number.
- College coaches can evaluate and/or contact you no more than 7 times during your senior year.
- During your senior year a college coach cannot see you or talk to you off campus more than 3 times.
Make sure you know all the in’s and out’s of your recruiting timeline and stay proactive throughout the recruiting process to give yourself the best shot at finding your right athletic and academic fit in college. Read more and find out how you can start building your recruiting game plan today.
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