You’d imagine that the average college softball coach would be pretty much ready to go into hiding in late spring, given the fact they’ve just finished their own long season of travel and competition.
But then again, it’s not a good idea to miss Zoom Into June.
"Zoom into June is the first recruiting event of the year and it’s the largest showcase on the west coast," said Zoom Into June tournament director Halie Martinez.
"We offer a variety of individual recruiting opportunities outside of the 5 team showcase games like All Star Games, All Academic Games, Organizational Workouts, TC Evaluation Camp, Unsigned Junior/Senior Workouts, College Camps and an OnDeck Camp. Zoom Into June is 5 days packed full of recruiting opportunities and is the place to be to compete. We have teams attending this showcase from all across the United States (GA, TX, AZ, CO, FL, OR, WA, UT, NV, AR, Canada, SoCal and NorCal)."
This marks the ninth year of the Triple Crown Zoom Into June tournament (June 6-9), which is widely seen and valued as the best early season recruiting showcase on the calendar. The breadth of college programs coming to look at the talent ranges from Vernon College (a JUCO in Texas) to D-I schools like DePaul and Arkansas, and that’s the logical response to the sight of nearly 400 teams making the trip to Southern California.
A variety of showcase opportunities await players when they arrive:
College Camp Monday
• A one-of-a-kind instructional moment for players, as athletes take part in high-energy drills directed by college coaches.
• A strong group of college coaches are on hand to run drills and work closely with your athlete.
• Players can refine skills and develop a deeper understanding of the game, while having the opportunity to work with coaches from a particular school or group of schools.
Elite College Coaches Camp
• Get instruction from top college coaches in the country and run through drills to show your skills at this elite camp.
• Featuring elite staffs and some of the best teachers in the game, this intimate camp is designed as instructional for players to refine skills and develop a deeper understanding of the game.
• All-day camp to improve skills! Get the best “bang for your buck” with all day instruction and fun interaction with these elite college coaches.
Uncommitted 2019/2020 Workout
• 3-hour showcase workout for uncommitted 2019/2020 graduates; several dozen coaches in attendance.
• Best opportunity for unsigned players to be recruited.
On June 6, the new TC Eval recruiting assessment takes place at Diamond Valley Park, and June 7 offers the OnDeck Jamboree, piloted as always by the Allister family.
Also in the mix is Zoom Juniors, for 12u players, which will be held June 8-9 in San Diego. The winner of that bracket gets a paid berth into the Triple Crown 12u World Series in July.
The primary focus of Triple Crown’s Zoom Into June event is to get maximum exposure and attention from the large number of college coaches looking for prospective talent, but there are some avenues to travel if you want to have some fun away from the ballpark.
Diamond Valley Lake – The recent bounty of rain and snow has led to an impressive wildflower bloom, and remnants of that will be visible along the many trails around this key California reservoir. It’s also a great time to rent a boat and do a little fishing.
March Field Air Museum – Decades of thoughtful acquisitions and careful expansion have led to this gem of a museum, where you can stroll along the ground and get up-close looks at interesting and vintage aircraft. There’s extra attention to detail that will also entertain small children.
Cabazon Dinosaur Museum – Widely loved and appreciated as the epitome of a roadside attraction. The museum is set on four stories and not only attracts a large number of tourists but also the LA media who have been known to use the dinosaur models in commercials and other broadcasts.
UCR Botanic Gardens – With 40 acres of space and four miles of trails, the gardens feature more than 3,500 plant species and thousands of specimens from around the world, with a focus on plants from Mediterranean climate (dry summer) and arid lands similar to California and the desert Southwest.
Los Serranos Golf Club – Featuring a North and South Course, both public, with the South Course generally known as the more challenging location, with more elevation changes. North Course is tight.