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04-13-2007, 01:48 PM
Gloucester's Coates commits to Virginia
By Dave Johnson | email@example.com
Stephanie Coates had at least another seven months to make this decision. But why wait when you know it's right?
Not even halfway through her junior season with Gloucester High's softball team, Coates has decided to accept a scholarship offer from the University of Virginia. She plans to sign with the Cavaliers in November.
"They started sending me letters last year, and that's how I got interested," Coates said. "And when I started learning more about the school, I found out -- actually, I already knew -- what a great school it is. And I couldn't pass it up."
Coates has been virtually automatic on the mound for the Dukes over the past two-plus seasons, winning 53 of her 59 decisions with a career ERA of 0.56. She has struck out 639 batters in 382 2/3 innings, and opponents are hitting only .103 off her.
Her career resume includes 38 shutouts and 16 no-hitters, seven of which were perfect games.
She was the 2006 Daily Press All-Stars softball Player of the Year.
Coates (9-2 this season) also is pretty solid at the plate. She is batting .433 as the Dukes' clean-up hitter.
"She's a super kid, and we're really happy for her," Gloucester coach Red Lindsay said. "Early on in the process, she knew this is where she wanted to go. She verbally committed over spring break, but really this has been a done deal for a while now."
The Cavaliers, 14-27 this season, are coached by Karen Johns, who also served as an assistant for the USA National Team in 2005 and '06.
"That was another positive," Coates said. "She's coached some of the best players in the country."
Since losing a decision to Bethel on March 23, Coates has been on a stunning five-game roll. She has given up no runs and one hit in 29 innings. She has thrown three perfect games (each five innings), a no-hitter and a one-hitter.
04-13-2007, 04:05 PM
Let me be the first to wish Coates well on her academic college years at UVA.
The Clutch Hitter
04-13-2007, 08:07 PM
I second that! Congratualtions to Stephanie Coates! Great Job and Best Wishes!!!!:o
04-14-2007, 08:33 AM
Congratulations Stephanie Coates. Hard work and dedication pay off in academics and on the field. Way to set an example for young girls everywhere. Who else do you know making big decisions to big time schools so early? Thanks also to the Daily Press for acknowledging a star still on the rise.
04-14-2007, 09:39 AM
was it an academic ride? I would assume so
04-14-2007, 10:21 AM
snoclaf - why would you assume academic? Are you trying to set someone up for another one of your cheap shot, under handed, back door comments? Like you've been constantly doing. I've yet to see a positive post from you. You must be the best thing since sliced bread. It'll be easy to figure out who you are or who you pull for based on the first POSITIVE post that you generate.....if I were a betting man, I'd bet that you were a Falcon that also has had some type of ties to AAU (Revolution) and your daughter has been benched by Stephanie somewhere along the lines - why else would you continue to keep taking pokes at her? You're a very shallow person, with a self serving attitude.
Congrats to to Ms. Coates - academic or athletic - going to UVA is a BIG deal. TRUE fans of the local high school talent are truly happy for you.
04-14-2007, 10:43 AM
I assume academic because of NCAA rules on contacting players. Forgive me if I am wrong but that would not be legal.
04-14-2007, 12:40 PM
Plus an athletic scholarship goes year by year.
04-14-2007, 12:42 PM
I will admit that I'm not up to speed on NCAA rules that govern Softball recruiting. But in football - ride offers are allowed during the junior year. Is Coates a Jr? What are the softball rules? Would be interesting to know......so are you ALSO snoclaf? You answered my last post as if you were......do we have an alter ego amongst us?
04-14-2007, 12:52 PM
No I am not snoclaf.... I do know in Softball - girls CAN NOT be contacted until after July 1st in a division 1 school.......period.
Division 2 can be contacted in June. Hey I am happy for Coats, but please do not make it a sound as she is getting a ride for softball when I know it would not be legal and I do not think UVA would do anything to up-set the NCAA ruling.
04-14-2007, 01:44 PM
Gee Packer Pacer it actually appears you think you are the best sliced bread, or ham should I say... You shold probably reread all the posts, acually I don't say a lot. And no where I I been to ugly or critical. So now that you see the rules on NCAA rules I would expect an apology.
04-14-2007, 03:49 PM
I wish people would quit making these posts about themeselves instead of the issue at hand. What this post was meant to do was to announce and congratulate Stephanie Coates' decision to UVA, one of the top public schools in the COUNTRY. NCAA ruling means that this is not an athletic ride AS OF YET. That's not to say that come June or July we won't be reading another editorial. We all know how sports work. Do you really think Coates would commit to a school that didn't want her for her softball capabilities. Rise balls generate strikeouts and flyouts, what more do you want from a pitcher. Again, congratulations to Stephanie Coates. We look forward to seeing the things you'll do.
04-14-2007, 10:50 PM
I found out my answer this evening on the deal with snoclaf - that's all I'm gonna say about that. Yes the Smithfield crew is very familiar with the Revolution - some more than others......
No, no apologies are due from me.....I haven't had any of my posts deleted or edited from any of the admin's on this board.....check yourself - No I am not the best thing since spiral cut ham, if you must know snoclaf but I can and will dish out GOOD posts to area athletes when it is deserved.
Steph - if you're reading this - keep doing what you're doing - obviously someone knows it's good!
04-15-2007, 06:51 AM
Congratulations to Stephanie Coates!!!! When all is said and done the only thing we as fans will be able to say is how proud we are of you representing the Hampton Roads area. All this other stuff I have been reading is nonsense and pointless bickering. I personally wish you all the best in your continuing endeavors playing a game you obviously love. Good Luck!
04-15-2007, 01:06 PM
Good Lord Packer-I dont' know why you read more into a comment than needs to be. I said I assume academic scholarship because of the NCAA rules. So why would you tell me I was assuming I was better than sliced bread??? You took a shot first for no reason. I was being a bit sarcastic at the rules...no where did I say that the girl was a bad ball player or anything else. As far as having a post deleted, yes I did and I did the right thing and apoligized and wrote a new one explaining in more detail what I meant. So with that being said, if I post again I will try anf refrain from offending anybody because god lord the eyes are watching and analyzing it all.
The Clutch Hitter
04-16-2007, 07:24 AM
My only question to Packer Backer is "What does the Yorktown Revolution AAU Softball team have to do with Stephanie Coates committing to UVA?" Sounds like to me you do not like Yorktown Revolution, but truly enough is enough, this is about a girl who has signed a scholarship. Congratulations to Stephanie Coates!!!:o
04-16-2007, 08:39 AM
It has absolutely nothing to do with Coates commiting to UVA.
I think it's a tremendous accolade to be bestowed upon an obviously very good softball player. (The UVA offer)
I was only questioning snoclaf and the under handed "shots" he has been taking at Coates over the last couple of weeks. A couple of his post were removed, because it seemed and obviously the board moderators deemed them as demeaning. I was merely offering a hypothesis as to why the perception of anomosity was oozing from his posts. The only connection that I could come up with was The Revolution. I could care less about any AAU softball team - I have sons - so I'm not in that loop. But I have been extremely active in the youth baseball and softball in this area for quite some time now and with that said - anyone that has been following AAU softball will tell you that the Revolution runs an extremely good and successful program. I also happen to be personal friends of parents whose daughters have previously played for the Revolution.
snoclaf if you read this today, maybe a little more effort in trying to express your point would help. Your previous posts that have been deleted were terse one liners that appeared to be degrading.
I'm done with this topic now.
I will end this post in the same manner that I have been all weekend -
Congrats to Stephanie Coates!!! Best of luck the rest of the way!
04-16-2007, 10:18 AM
Coates also played with the Legends for quite some time too. I don't think either organization's affiliation really had anything to do with it. I think the shots being taken at her were just being made out of boredom/jealousy by someone looking to be the center of an on-line fight. She's been the DP golden girl for the past few years now but numbers don't lie; that kid has what it takes. Way to go Stephanie Coates.
04-16-2007, 11:42 AM
Congratualtion to Stephanie Coates! I think that is all that is really necessary to say and it got a little out of hand after Packer Backer said something about the "Smithfield crew knowing about the Revolution." Just to let you know the Coates are very close to the Revolution. The Revolution helped Ron Coates get the Bat Buster organization off the ground. There is a lot of hard work(volunteer) that goes into getting a non-profit organization off the ground. These organizations (all of them) put alot of hard work into teaching these girls how to play at an elevated level and the Revolution(I hear this from alot of families) even work harder at teaching them how to behave on and off the field. They put emphasis on academics and school is always first. They are a first class act. Umpires say they have never had any problem with any of their parents. No one from the Smithfield High School team plays for the Revolution and only 1 girl on that team played for them in the past but she has played for alot of organizaitons and so I don't think the Smithfield crew is familiar with them. Thanks to all the coaches, parents, and players like Stephanie who give up alot of things to dedicate themselves to this sport. I guess in in the end it does pay off. Congratulations!!!!!!
04-16-2007, 10:44 PM
I heard the Bat Busters do not have an 18u or 16u team any more and that Mr. Coates daughter plays for a team out of N.J. Has anyone heard this?
The Clutch Hitter
04-17-2007, 07:01 AM
Thats old news! I also heard that Coates may come and pitch a little for Revolution 18U when she is not pitching with the NJ team! Is this true??
BayRivahGirl you must know this answer!!!!!
04-17-2007, 08:18 AM
Yes, BayRivah girl, I heard the same thing. I also heard through the grapevine(but you know how that goes) that she will be traveling with the 18U Revolution to some of their tournaments this year in addition the the NJ team.
04-23-2007, 08:07 AM
Just for clarification - there is no AAU softball. Softball is either ASA, NSA, USSSA or PONY. Its also illegal for a player to compete for two teams in the same division regardless of what state it is.
04-23-2007, 09:05 AM
I think everyone knows that we are talking about ASA softball. I have heard people say AAU before and they mean ASA. In any case, you most certainly can be on more than 1 roster in certain sanctions. However, the 2 rosters you are on can't play in the same tournament which probably goes without saying. ASA is one of the sanctions that allows you to play in their tournaments even if your name is on 2 rosters. So, yes you can be on 2 18U rosters.
04-23-2007, 09:39 AM
I disagree - Two seperate teams cannot use the same stud pitcher to win a National Qualifier. Players can quit an organization and move on, but you can't go to Nationals and be on two rosters.
04-23-2007, 10:11 AM
At the 18U level, they are mostly just playing in college showcase tournaments. The Nationals are Pony Nationals and Pony only allows you to be on 1 roster but usually younger teams (10U,12U,14U) attend that type of a tournament. NSA and USSSA allow you to be on more than 1 roster.
04-23-2007, 12:54 PM
I was referring to ASA Nationals. The best teams rarely play USSSA or Pony.
04-23-2007, 03:47 PM
First of all, sorry for the delay in posting this. Last week, as I’m sure you can understand, was crazy.
After our story about Gloucester’s Stephanie Coates committing to Virginia, there were questions raised regarding whether the scholarship was athletic or academic. Here’s the answer: It’s an athletic scholarship.
Olympic sports like softball and baseball rarely grant full rides, and Coates wouldn’t say how much she is getting. She did say she was "very happy" with the scholarship’s worth.
Two HRVarsity.com posters assumed Coates had received an academic grant. Their assumption was based on the NCAA rule that prohibits contact between coaches and recruits until after the prospect’s junior year. However, NCAA rules are rarely as clear-cut as they seem.
The NCAA’s definition of "contact" is telephone conversations and person-to-person visits. Those are not allowed until July 1 after the recruit’s junior year. However, coaches are allowed to correspond via e-mail, letters and (for now) text messages with juniors.
Plus, here’s a loop-hole to that "no contact" rule. It forbids coaches from calling recruits, but there’s no rule against recruits calling the coaches. So if the recruit (or his/her parents) initiate the call, the coach is permitted to speak with them at anytime.
Hopefully this explains it all.
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