Cordes on the college recruiting process

By Codi Warren | March 03, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)
Leading up to the International Softball Federation IX Jr. Women's World Championship (19-and-under), December 6-17, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa, USA Softball Junior Women's National Team members Cheyenne Cordes, an outfielder from Fairfield, Calif., and Chelsea Goodacre, a catcher from Temecula, Calif., will be blogging biweekly for

March 3, 2011

Cordes: When it comes to college, make 'right decision for you'

Hello softball world! It is Cheyenne Cordes and I am so excited to be back for another blog.

My first order of business is congratulating Megan Langenfeld for being named 2010 Sportswoman of the Year by the LA Sports Council! Megan is a great representative of our sport and so deserving of this honor.

I would also like to give a shout out all my Junior National Team teammates and all freshmen college players. I am so happy it's softball season and that you guys are kicking butt.

It's not very often that you get to brag to all your friends about the fact that you know some of the girls on the television screen! Keep up the good work because I’m keeping a close eye on all of you.

In my last blog, I shared a little bit about myself and my experiences with USA Softball, now I'll share some thoughts on the recruiting process. It is very stressful but in the end it is all worth it. Hopefully some of you aspiring college softball players can benefit from the advice I have.

As I mentioned in my last blog, I am signed with the University of California-Berkeley, my dream school, and will play starting in the fall. In order for you to get to your dream school you must e-mail, e-mail, e-mail! If you don't email they, won't come watch you. You should be writing about 20 different schools. Make sure to do your research on each one and that they are a school of choice.

Remember that you need the school, they don't need you. Each year, there are thousands of softball players entering college and you need to make yourself stand out in this big crowd. College coaches read thousands of e-mails so do something to spice up your e-mail, a personal twist that will make them feel like they already know who you are just by reading your weekly e-mails. Yes weekly, that is not a typo. The coach should know how serious you are and you should keep them well-informed of your progress.

For those of you who are down to the wire and need to make a decision, keep in mind that you'll know when the time is right. When I went on my unofficial visit to Cal, I had no plans of verbally committing. While I was there, I had this overwhelming feeling that told me this is where I am supposed to be, and that I was meant to go here. So ladies, look for the "gut feeling" or that special "sign" that the school is meant especially for you.

I have played for a grand total of four different head coaches, and give or take a few assistant coaches and managers, throughout my years of playing softball. I have found that with every coach comes with a different quote that reminds me of them in particular.

Coach Jim, my Lady Magic coach told me, "Put a good swing on a good pitch”. Coach Johns, my USA Softball Junior Women's National Team head coach, always tells me "Be yourself and the rest will happen". Coach Cordes, my mom and full time life coach always told me, “Always work hard to get better because good is never good enough, and always remember that when you’re not working to get better there is always someone else that is working hard to get better".

The one quote that aided in my decision to go to Cal was what Coach Ninemire said to me about a minute before I told her my decision. Coach told me, "You can go to UCLA and be a part of a tradition, or you can come here (Cal) and build a tradition".

So you decide for yourself. Are you the kind of girl who wants to walk into an amazing tradition? Or are you the kind of girl that's up for the challenge and isn't afraid of the failure that may come from taking a chance on building a tradition? No matter what, make sure that it is the right decision for you. You can’t go wrong.

I am excited for my opportunity to play at Cal. I know that my teammates from the Lady Magic and the USA Softball team are just as excited to play for their schools. We each made the decision that was the best fit for us as players and as people.

The high school season has just gotten underway and my team, the Lady Mustangs, just had our first scrimmages. I am looking forward to a wonderful season and watching all of my friends and teammates out there. Good luck to all, and may this be a great season for all!

Thanks for reading!

Cheyenne Cordes
USA Softball