Almost Heaven Team Camps
Our latest offering is an inexpensive three-day bed and breakfast camp intended to help coaches, families and players learn more about what to expect as they prepare for college one day. We’ll help them understand how they match up with what we’ve seen nationally and through the years allowing them to set realistic goals and work towards success one day at the next-level.
High school athletes dream of the big stage that is college ball. Our founder, Jim Simpson has over 40 years of experience that started with his own recruitment in 1976. Since 2013 we’ve worked to help families full-time. We’ve helped over 250 athletes consider college as a playing option. We look forward to helping your athlete’s find what’s possible. We also recognize that some talented players choose education over college ball and that makes a ton of sense to us. Our resources take into account every level of player and our BioTrak portal helps do-it-yourselfer’s start off right with exposure. Let us know what you’d like to see and contact us with questions.
Choose the level of support you need. We offer packages that include player verification, web page visibility, highlight videos and access to information that can help you reach your goals.
Welcome to BioTrak! BioTrak provides a portal for all your players information. ANY PLAYER can purchase a BioTrak portal. $200 first year, $100 ea. additional year. Cancel at any time.
Welcome to Jr/SrTrak! Some are late in the process of finding your place to play! You get personal guidance here, video and mailings until you’re all set to move on! Inexpensive to do it with confidence!
Welcome to OnTrak! OnTrak is full-service consulting and recruiting package for less that includes all you’ll need along with personal help and advice from a consultant. OnTrak provides a one-time skills video.
Welcome to CollegeTrak! CollegeTrak is the highest level of full-service consulting we provide. Multiple videos shot by our personnel and all the consulting advice you’ll ever require!
Recruiting Rules Calendar Summary
The NCAA established its rules to protect elite athletes from getting bombarded with coach communications. Over time, early recruiting has become more and more popular in softball—and sports in general—as coaches and athletes have found ways to establish contact well before the timeline set forth by the NCAA softball recruiting rules. The greater problem has been that everyone came to believe that early was good and necessary. The reality however, was that it only effected a very small group of the playing population.
To slow down the recruiting process, the NCAA released a new set of rules, effective April 25, 2018, for Division 1 schools. Softball and lacrosse now have some of the strictest rules around early recruiting, preventing D1 coaches from communicating with recruits, their parents, their current coaches or any other third-party about their recruiting before September 1 of the athlete’s junior year of high school.
In this database our players are separated into two groups. It does not matter which “consulting package” you’ve elected. Regardless, each athlete is determined as either verified or non-verified. That verification “badge” is gained on the field playing or by using quality video during evaluations. We know this status helps coaches. It also gets your player’s foot in the door and is designed to motivate parents to understand what’s most important as their players grow potentially and athletically. Most family’s today chase better teams over instruction and playing to get better. Not nearly enough is done understanding if their players are truly college prospects or at what level. For the majority of prospects in today’s climate… “showcasing” is the chosen way to be found but sheer numbers have diluted the showcase market. Traveling has increased the expense and devalued what formerly was far more functional. Yes, we agree…you do need to play! We say, look to clubs who create competition as local round-robins, become competitive, learn to win and then hit the big stage for greater competitive levels. But first, earn your badge and work to separate yourself from the rest. Then move accordingly.
Welcome to “Our News” which will be a daily forum of information around recruiting, recruits, coaches comings and goings, rules, rankings and anything else you can imagine. It will include our opinion of the state of things which can always be debated. Just know, that we are watching daily what’s going on and talking about it in “Our News”. Hope it’s enjoyable and works to create conversations about how to better our games.