Boustead Securities, LLC (“Boustead”) client Signing Day Sports unveiled a new softball recruiting platform during a Softball Showcase on Thursday, October 14 at EM Speed & Power Training in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Professional athlete Paige Halstead, along with her father, EM owner/coach Ed Halstead, conducted drills and helped more than 50 student athletes learn how the technology works.
A forward-thinking technology company, Signing Day Sports is revolutionizing the recruiting space with a user-friendly app that supports multiple sports profiles, showcasing athletic talent to coaches nationwide. The app is available on Apple and Android phones with current options to set up softball, football, and baseball profiles. Soccer will launch later this year.
Sadly, 98% of high school athletes are under-recruited. Reasons vary from living in a small town to not passing the “eye-ball test.” In addition, high school coaches are often left out of the recruiting process when colleges film student athletes and contact them directly.
Just a few years ago, professional softball athlete Paige Halstead, UCLA Class of 2019 and a role model for youth athletes across the nation, was able to successfully navigate the complex process that is being recruited out of high school. It was not easy, and she found the process to be confusing, messy, and inconsistent.
Halstead’s experience is a key reason she joined Signing Day Sports to launch the app’s new softball recruiting platform.
“We’re thrilled to have Paige leading our softball division,” said John Dorsey, CEO of Signing Day Sports. “Like us, she wants to change the world of recruiting for younger generations. She wants to give rising softball stars from any region the best opportunity to get in front of coaches and scouts without any barrier of entry on either side of the situation.”
As a catcher for UCLA from 2015 to 2019, Halstead was able to help them to a championship in her senior season, and then ultimately made it to the professional leagues as a member of Athletes Unlimited after graduating. During all that, she was able to throw in a 3-year stint with Team USA, helping them qualify for the 2021 Olympics.
“I grew up with parents who built a gym to teach younger generations of athletes, and they inspired me to help young athletes create a clearer path towards continuing their own athletic careers,” Halstead said. “I’m excited to collaborate with Signing Day Sports to reshape the recruiting process. Athletes should focus on their skills on the field rather than spending countless hours navigating a complex, cumbersome recruiting process.”
Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Signing Day Sports was founded in 2020 by a group of former professional athletes and coaches who saw the need to improve the college sports recruiting landscape. The firm is experiencing explosive growth as more coaches, parents and student athletes embrace Signing Day Sports as a trustworthy platform to showcase athletic skill and talent.
Unlike Signing Day Sports’ competitors, the digital platform is not a directory. Key benefits include:
Athletes can upload video-verified measurables and testing, official fundamental and drill recordings, game schedules and stats, and interview questions to highlight the intangibles of their athletic character all in one app.
High School and club coaches can manage rosters and depth charts, communicate internally with players and staff, remain aware of recruiting communications, and advocate for their athletes all in one place.
Collegiate and professional coaches and scouts can find recruits that meet any level of criteria, can plan out recruiting classes for years to come, and can trust and evaluate talent through video-verification and analysis in one single platform.
More athletes, coaches, and recruiters will be able to find each other than ever before, facilitating and leading to more offers, scholarships, and successful programs on a national scale.
To learn more about Signing Day Sports, or to watch video demonstrations, visit www.signingdaysports.com.
About Signing Day Sports, Inc.
Signing Day Sports is a digital ecosystem to help athletes get discovered and recruited by coaches across the country. The SDS student athlete driven platform focuses on creating highlight reels and distribution of game film, by creating a LinkedIn style online marketplace highlighting skills and abilities of high school student athletes.
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