Recruiting - College recruiting is a constantly active and changing process.  For the past fifteen years Steve Rianda has been on the coaching side of recruiting and understands what it takes to get to the next level.  Recuiting involves not only hard work on the field and in the classroom, but research, timing and planning by the parents, players and coaches.  In the end, it has to be the right fit academically, athletically, financially as well as the right location.

There are many factors to take into consideration and the Nor Cal Blast has the knowledge, experience and dedication to help players achieve their personal goals!  There is a fit and opportunities at all levels, Div. I, II, III, NAIA and Junior Colleges, so let us get started! is a great resource to help families and players take the first step in identifying various college programs.  We provide this program for all our players but also meet with players to understand how to use it and take advantage of the system.  Each player has a a personal profile set up, video links and is educated on how to use the program for recruiting.

Recruiting Information

The advantages of competing in college sports are both immediate and lifelong. Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed. Student-athletes receive top-notch academic support, quality medical care and regular access to outstanding coaching, facilities and equipment. Student-athletes as a group graduate at higher rates than their peers in the general student body and feel better prepared for life after college.


NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER-  If you want to play college softball at Division I or II school, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.  Division III schools, players do not need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, as Division III schools set their own admissions standards.

THE COLLEGE BOARD- the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

NCAA COLLEGE BOUND STUDENT-ATHLETES-   Information including initial eligibility, time lines, academic requirements, Qualifier requirements, High School Core Requirements, recruiting calendars and more.

A2Z List of Schools- List of Colleges and Universities that offer women's softball.

CSU Schools- List of California State University Schools

UC System-  List of University of California Schools

NJCAA - List of Junior Colleges with softball (outside of California)

CCCAA- California Community College Athletic Association, List of Softball programs.

NFCA- National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play.  Great information about the softball community, rules and resources.

Fastpitch Media-  Video services