OnDeck Softball is the brainchild of Joann and Derek Allister and is based upon the recruiting services Derek Allister used for 17 years as a Division 1 men's basketball coach.  The Allister family has been heavily involved in NCAA Division 1 athletics for the past 24 years.  In addition to Derek's involvement, Joann coached Division 1 softball for 4 years, and the Allister daughters, Heather and Jessica, played at the Major College level.  Heather completed her career at the University of Missouri in the Big 12, and Jessica as a catcher at Stanford University in the Pac-10.

The OnDeck Softball idea began forming in 1995. The need for such a recruiting tool became obvious.  Joann was at that point sifting through the unfiltered information supplied by tournaments and viewing hundreds of tapes.  Subsequently, the recruitment of Heather and Jessica re-emphasized this void in the world of softball recruiting.  The urgent need for a COACH'S BASED RESOURCE SERVICE became ever more apparent.

In the Summer of 2002, we launched the initial West Coast Softball All-Star Report.  The positive response from collegiate coaching staffs, prospects, and parents across the country was immediate.  The small initial reports blossomed into comprehensive Class reports.  At this time, our Comprehensive Report has over 250 Division 1 prospects evaluated and rated.  The Class of 2008 Comprehensive Report has grown to over 200 players rated and evaluated.  The Classes of 2009 thru 2011 reports are beginning to emerge.  And as the lists grow, so does the list of Member Schools.

Now, OnDeck Softball begins to move into other areas of the country who have talented players interested in being recruited at the highest level possible.  Regional Recruiting Camps are on the horizon, in addition to the Invitational Futures Camp, the Invitational 2009 Camp, and the Open Camps for high school aged prospects.

The scope of OnDeck Softball continues to expand in an effort to meet the needs of the college recruiter.  Whether you are a coach or a player, we hope you will join us in our attempt to further the great sport of collegiate softball.

Our Service

OnDeck Softball is a recruiting service designed to help the collegiate softball coach do a more efficient job in the initial stages of the recruiting process.  OnDeck Softball is a resource service for college softball programs throughout the United States providing comprehensive evaluations and other pertinent information about prospective student-athletes to OnDeck Softball member schools.

Our Mission

OnDeck Softball is a recruiting tool designed for the college recruiter and based upon over 25 years of involvement with NCAA Division 1 athletics.  It is our desire to help the collegiate softball recruiter save TIME, MONEY, and EFFORT in identifying recruitable student-athletes through precise and accurate evaluations, and to provide the college coaching staff a resource for additional information on softball talent in the hotbed of USA softball, the West Coast!

It is our hope that we can help West Coast players find the college of their dreams, even while we help the collegiate programs more easily recruit the talented players they need for success.


Member Schools