National Scouting Report and The News-Press Media Group have teamed to name Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for the 2014 high school football season for Lee and Collier counties in South Florida.

For week 1 the winners are South Fort Myers QB Keith Smith and Naples LB Max Joseph.

Week 1 Offensive Player of the Week is QB Keith Smith of South Fort Myers – Lee County Florida threw for 335 yards with 20 completions of 30 attempts for 3-T.D.’s and ran for 1 TD…Great game Keith!
Go HERE to see Keith receive his award from NSR’s Scott Hills.

Week 1 Defensive Player of the Week is LB Max Joseph of Naples High School – Collier County Florida had 15 tackles (2 for losses) , 2 caused fumbles (with 1 recovered) Defense only allowed 50 yards rushing with 27 attempts. Great game Max!
Go HERE to see Max receive his award from NSR’s Scott Hills.

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Most people, some time over the next week, will be watching some football!  Whether you are catching a college game on Thursday night, a high school game Friday  night or a multiplicity of college games on Saturday followed by a professional game on Sunday – most of us are affected by football on some level if not inundated by the sport.  What is it about “the boys of fall” that has our society captivated?  Truthfully, Football is nothing short of exciting!

Personally, I have been around this game for over 30 years.  My husband played at our high school then went on to play his collegiate football at Ole Miss.  I also decided to attend Ole Miss on academic scholarship where I served on the Rebel Recruiting staff during our time there.  The game has continued in our family’s life over the years as I have been the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of a high school football player and an NSR Scout.  The game continues on for me personally, as I am now the mom to a D1 football athlete, as our son has begun his collegiate football career.

Why the personal history?  Well, to establish to the reader that when I discuss recruiting, it’s not something I read about or learned on the Internet or picked up from some “organization” that has no personal knowledge of the recruiting process. I lived it when, my then, boyfriend was in high school.  I was dating him when he was being recruited in the mid 80′s.  I lived it on the Rebel staff as I talked with, met with and recruited some of the top prospects of the day.  I have seen the recruiting process over the years as an NSR Scout while assisting hundreds of high school athletes get scholarship offers from all the country.  I have lived the recruiting process as a mother to a highly recruited high school offensive lineman.  And finally, I continue to live in the recruiting world in my role with the world’s largest, oldest, and most respected scouting and recruiting organization, National Scouting Report!

The football recruiting process is, by far, the most complex, complicated and confusing of all college athletic recruiting processes.  Truthfully, the vast majority of recruiting information provided to parents, athletes and high school coaches by the general media is full of myths.  One might ask, “How so?”  Let me start with this example.  How many football athletes does an NCAA Top 10 football program really need to offer in order to get the 25 National Letter of Intent signees for a recruiting class?  Some media sources and so called recruiting experts provide a list of “offers” and give “star” ratings to athletes.  Some of these sources might show that one of these Top 10 football programs made as many as 100 verbal offers to potential student athletes.  100 offers?  Ask this question, do college football programs like Alabama, Auburn, Texas, USC, Oregon, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Florida State or Notre Dame really make 100 verbal scholarship offers to high school athletes just to sign the yearly NLI signee maximum of 25 athletes?  NO,NO, NO!  The so called recruiting sites, experts and media outlets are providing information concerning recruiting based on what the high school athletes or the high school coaches tell them.  Why?  Why doesn’t the REAL recruiting truth come from the actual college coaches who are supposedly making the offers?  Simply put, the NCAA rules forbid college coaches and their staff members from discussing specific prospects prior to the National Signing Day.  So how do these recruiting sources get “bad” information.  The answer is complicated but here is one major point concerning this that I want to share. “Committable Offers or Non Committable Offers?”  It takes no less than 4 coaches on a D1 football staff to agree to make an official offer to a prospect.  Hours and hours of serious evaluation of that athlete will have taken place before a REAL COMMITTABLE OFFER is made to the prospect.  A position coach or recruiting coordinator may tell a kid, “son, you are an offer type player for us.  We look forward to seeing you at camp and following you this fall.” The athlete hears “offer” and not all the qualification statements attached to what the coach said.  Next thing you know, that young athlete has posted the “offer” all over his social media and called his local media outlet and reported that he was offered.  The truth?  Unfortunately, NO.  A prospect and their family must understand what the truth is about recruiting.  Does the average person know what it means when a college coach asks “does the kid pass the eye test?”  Does the average person know what ” does he play large?” really means.  Does the average person understand the “recruiting box?”  How about the use of the term “war-daddy”?  How about the term “he is long”.  I often wonder just how much a typical parent and student athlete really knows, then I sit down with a family who has a son that wants to play in college and I realize, quickly, they truthfully, are lost because someone has given them so much bad information about recruiting.  Some examples of bad information- A kid needs to attend combines and showcases.
Why? Parents and athletes, college coaches DO NOT care what your results are at a combine!  They don’t recruit “stars”! They recruit football players that really fit into their “recruiting box”.  For example, college coaches tell us all the time, “This is what I am looking for and if the kid don’t fit then I will move on till I find the kid that fits our box.” What does that mean?  It means that a college football staff is looking for a very specific fit to offer their scholarship money to.  So if the coach tells me, “I need tackle bodies, ” I know he will not consider inside guys.  Now, the reality is most people do not understand many of the terms, phrases and lingo I have used in this blog thus far.  Football athletes, parents and high school coaches, recently an SEC coach told us this statement.  He said, “I wish every parent and athlete and high school coach would take the time to sit down with you and get the REAL DEAL education on how football recruiting really works.  We receive thousands of emails, hudl links and phone calls each week from well intended parents, kids and coaches!  We don’t have the time to open or even pretend to evaluate those.  Those really just bog down our process.  Truthfully, we only evaluate the stuff that comes to us from a TRUSTED and PROVEN source!  Thanks for helping us find the kids that can play.”

I can only write so much in a blog!  So, are you really being recruited?  Mom and dad, is your child really being recruited?  Don’t sit there and wonder if you are really being recruited.  Recruiting is not mystical.  You are being recruited or YOU ARE NOT!  Feel free to contact me and I can have one of our scouts talk with you and give you an honest and free evaluation of your athlete.  High school athletes only have ONE opportunity to be recruited.  Don’t let it slip away and one day look back and say, “shoulda, woulda or coulda!”  Get your FREE evaluation.

High school athletes all over the country and even world, dream of playing their sport in College.  Sadly, many of these athletes will NEVER get recognized by colleges to begin their recruiting process.  This lack of recognition does not necessarily reflect negatively on the individual athlete’s abilities but rather on the limitations of the colleges. Colleges and Universities, Division 1 to JuCo (Junior College), have limitations they have to work within.  For the minor sports and smaller schools, these limitations are often based upon recruiting budgets.  For the major sports (men’s and women’s basketball and football) and larger schools, more often the limitation is based on NCAA guidelines.  These colleges face very small windows of opportunities and limited days to find athletes they want to recruit.  Whether a particular sport or college is limited by recruiting budgets or NCAA time constraints or both, the result is the same. Many athletes, that should have been recognized as potential collegiate athletes, simply are NOT recognized.  Whether a student athlete is not recognized because they are at a small high school that has not produced collegiate athletes in the past, or because their city is not convenient for coaches to get to – to watch the athletes, or because they are not as showy as other athletes on their team – this lack of recognition is the problem.  How can a student athlete overcome the dilemma of not being on the colleges’ radar?
If you are a great athlete with a great work ethic, good grades, good test scores and a great attitude you may have what it takes to play in college.  National Scouting Report is here to evaluate you!  Upon our personal evaluation, not a phone call off of a roster, we can give you an unbiased opinion.  With 34 years of success behind us, we have the tools to get you past your lack of recognition problem.  Our Scouting Organization is equipped all over the country and world, for that matter, to get you recognized and evaluated by colleges.  Our Scouts are previous college coaches, college athletes, and professional athletes that are trained and experienced in getting you in front of the coaches where you can play.  Do NOT let your lack of recognition problem keep you from realizing your dreams!  Get Evaluated!

At National Scouting Report we make it our goal to help our athletes play at the
next level. With about a 96% success rate, our athletes have the opportunity
to play their sport in college.  The dreams that many of these young athletes
have come to fruition while we promote them and their abilities to colleges all over the country in all of the NCAA sanctioned sports.  But, what does it mean to my future to play my sport in college?  What are the advantages to me after my four or five years of collegiate play?  The opportunities afforded to collegiate athletes after they put in the blood, sweat and tears at their chosen university can be immeasurable.  Outside of the obvious that many students end up with college
degrees due to their ability to play in college and the scholarships afforded them, there are many advantages for the future, as well.  For student athletes that want to get advanced degrees and need to get accepted into such programs, collegiate athletics can be a major advantage.  The majority of undergraduate students applying for graduate programs have good to excellent grades and very good entrance test scores.  What sets a student apart from the crowd in this selection process?  Extracurricular activities!  Collegiate athletics is a tremendous extracurricular activity.  It is an activity that takes a great amount of devoted time and dedicated practice.  Both of which are great indicators for success obtaining advanced degrees.

In addition to applying for graduate programs, being a collegiate athlete helps tremendously in the competitive job market.  As an employer, your being a successful collegiate athlete tells me more than you might think about your character and work ethic. Future employers are looking for individuals that can work well with others, can take direction and correction, will work harder when things get tough, love a challenge, know how to set goals and work towards those goals, and can fail and still pick themselves back up. The above description exactly describes a collegiate athlete.  Collegiate athletics also helps athletes develop a mental strength that few other disciplines develop.  So, when you are working hard for your high school team or club team with the ultimate goal of playing in college, realize that the traits you are developing can go way past athletics.  These traits can help you for the rest of your life.  National Scouting Report looks forward to evaluating your abilities and helping you fulfill your athletic dreams and future goals.  For your FREE evaluation -  NSR can assist you in realizing your dreams and your future potential.  Do NOT leave your recruiting to chance!

Leanna Bachman

National Scouting Report loves to scout volleyball athletes. We DIG It!
One thing is always true about a competitive volleyball player, they understand REAL teamwork with selfless play.  Competitive volleyball requires team chemistry and great communication, among every position. Watching a great volleyball team is truly like watching a “well oiled machine”.  On the other hand, a struggling volleyball team will almost always have had a breakdown in communication. For 34 years, National Scouting Report, like competitive volleyball players, understands the key to recruiting success is that same communication.  NSR has made communicating with College Coaches one of our top priorities throughout the years.  And of course, communicating with our athletes is paramount as well.  With NSR being recognized by college volleyball coaches as being the most credible source of scouting and recruiting information, our goal is to begin and facilitate the communication between athletes and college coaches.  NSR believes in Volleyball and Communication!

Over the summer and now moving into fall, NSR Scouts have seen and will see some great volleyball.  But what makes a great volleyball athlete?  Based on position, there is obviously some height requirements, some vertical jump requirements and some ball speed advantages.  But, outside of these tangibles, what in addition are coaches looking for?  College coaches are looking for team players.  They need that athlete that can be added to their team without adding drama.  They need someone who can add positive communication to their existing team.  Must the athlete be able to jump and have great court awareness and a great swing – yes, but she must have the intangibles as well, a great attitude with a team spirit.  The best volleyball athlete with the worst attitude has the ability to
tear up a team.

NSR is currently working with some great volleyball athletes.  We, like the college coaches, are looking for great athletes with great attitudes.  At great events like the Festival, AAU Nationals, Big South and the host of other national and regional club tournaments and even some high school teams, NSR Scouts are finding great athletes with very bright futures.  If you have the tangibles, but just as important the intangibles of attitude and effort, we are looking for you.  We have college coaches across the country that tell us exactly what they need in the tangibles and then we tell them about the intangibles.  Let us help you begin your conversations with the college coaches you want to play for!  Look for NSR at a tournament near you!  Or fill out an  athlete evaluation form and we will make a point to come evaluate you.  Keep working on your tangibles and definitely keep working on your intangibles.

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Dave Johnson, NSR scout in North Central Florida is back at it again. In 2005, after a National Scouting Report National Meeting, Dave Johnson decided to go back to his territory and begin a showcase. Dave went to talk with Chuck Baylor at Daytona State College. Chuck was the softball coach at the time, he retired later that year. He received permission to use the Daytona State facilities for the showcase. The then new softball coach, Sabrina Manhart, jumped on board. She and her team work the on field part of the showcase. She and Dave “Work like clockwork after all these years.”
Dave Johnson holds this tournament each year, the Sunday after Labor Day to avoid the holiday. This timing also works as it does not effect SATs or ACTs that are held on Saturdays around this time. In addition, this timing avoids Junior College (Juco) scrimmages and the start of fall travel teams, that usually begin on Saturdays. As with most things in life, timing is EVERYTHING.
Softball College Coaches from the region come in to evaluate the girls.  The athletes will be graded on skills by position.  These athletes get a great evaluation. To insure a thorough evaluation, Dave limits the showcase to about 70 girls. Dave is not willing to sacrifice the quality of the showcase for numbers. Because of this fact, there is usually a waiting list of girls trying to get in this showcase.
At the conclusion of the showcase, Dave collects all the evaluation or grade books and collates the scores on these athletes. He gets ALL of this valuable information back to the athlete. He then has National Scouting Report post these results on their website and then sends the results to Florida colleges. Dave Johnson puts a great deal of work into this first class showcase. All in attendance enjoy the benefits of his labor. Way to run a great showcase Dave.
Why does Dave Johnson go this extra mile to run this showcase? Because Dave Johnson loves “Changing Kid’s Lives!” If you would like to attend the National Scouting Report @ Daytona State College Individual Softball Showcase, sign up now.  This event will be Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 9 AM TO 1 PM at the DSC Softball Field.  We know there will be a waiting list as usual, so sign up quickly.

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The 2013 National Scouting Report National Meeting finally arrived last week in Panama City Beach, Florida. NSR scouts from all over the United States and Puerto Rico gathered at the Bay Pointe Resort for this much anticipated event. Every year this National Scouting Report event draws NSR college athletic scouts from all around the country to discuss NCAA recruiting and how to get college athletic scholarships for young high school athletes. The purpose of this amazing gathering of NSR scouts each year is to help further educate them about NCAA and NAIA recruiting guidelines, provide them with more up to date methods of how to help athletes get athletic scholarships and simply get their batteries recharged for the next year!
This year NSR President, Rusty Rigney, started off the meeting with encouraging words. He shared how that NSR is “Changing Kid’s Lives” each day by getting them scholarship offers. He went on to share with the NSR scouts how that NSR is experiencing tremendous growth and shared with each person how that NSR is further expanding on foreign soil in Dubai and in the US territory of Puerto Rico. He shared with the group how that the NSR presence was having a huge impact on young people’s lives all around the world. Rusty went on to talk about the huge amount of “credibility” NSR scouts have in the field and how proud he was to be a part of the “World’s oldest, largest, and most respected scouting organization.”
Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram were all major hot topics during the 3 day meeting. I was tasked with helping each one of our NSR scouts better learn the importance and the proper usage of these very powerful social media outlets. These areas have proven to be great for several different reasons. These outlets allow NSR to share with the world ALL of the athletes signings, successes in high school and their progress in college and beyond. These media outlets allow the kids and the parents the opportunity to realize that NSR is a worldwide scouting organization that only works with qualified student athletes. These outlets give NSR the ability to allow the world to see that NSR is the One and ONLY true scouting and recruiting organization that college coaches depend on and have depended on for over 34 years! NSR is recognized by coaches as the CREDIBLE source for accurate information. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram are great platforms to further promote our athletes and their successes.
Coach Robert Cagle shared with the group that NSR has experienced record growth. He delivered story, after story, all driving home the idea of the credibility NSR has in the field with our scouts and licensees. He went on to challenge each person to “Get on the Train” because the NSR “Train” was already building up steam and growing faster than ever. He asked each person present, “Are you on the train? If not, it is time to get on or get left behind!” Coach Cagle discussed the true quality of the people NSR had in the field. He mentioned the names of D1 head coaches and D2 coaches that had retired and are now NSR scouts. He talked about retired NFL players and MLB players who are now scouting for NSR and making a difference in the field. The message was strong and powerful concerning how that “NSR scouts literally change the lives of the kids we work with! NSR is the solution.”
The meeting continued on Friday with a powerful message from Coach Melanie Davis. Coach Davis is the retired, 31 year coaching veteran who recently stepped away from D1 Troy University. Coach Davis literally put Troy on the map in softball. This awesome public speaker talked to the NSR scouting staff about a lot of things that she LOVES about NSR! She looks at NSR as “An extra set of eyes and ears in the field.” Coach Davis said that she knows that NSR is the REAL DEAL scouting organization because we actually scout players and evaluate them before we will enroll them. Coach Davis made the most powerful statement when she said, “NSR is CREDIBLE and she always appreciated our help.” Coach Davis went on to give an example of how misdirected parents and athletes are in the recruiting process. She said, “I would receive 300 -500 emails per day from athletes, parents and coaches. These folks don’t understand that a college coach really only has time to look at the emails they know come from a CREDIBLE source.” NSR is recognized as that CREDIBLE source and she acknowledged this with the NSR team. Coach Davis also went on to talk about some of the many myths that parents, high school coaches and travel ball coaches use and believe. She concluded by encouraging our NSR scouts to get out there and show people the TRUTH about recruiting and continue to help young athletes reach their dreams of playing in college on scholarship. Thank you Coach Melanie Davis for taking your time to be a motivating speaker to our group.
In addition to these speakers, the group was inspired by J Brian Bergeron. J Brian shared personal stories of what NSR has done for his family. Both his daughter and nephew are playing in college because of NSR. He had numerous other stories of how he and NSR had “Changed Kid’s Lives”. J Brian explained how rewarding it is to help athletes live out their dreams. He encouraged all the scouts to continue working hard in the field, finding those athletes that have the desire and ability to play at the next level.
The NSR National Meeting was rounded out by Bryan Black and Phillip Sanford speaking about technological updates and enhancements; Alan Parham discussing NCAA changes and compliance guidelines; Mike Ewing explaining improvement in the field; and Cary Nadel, Steve Swain, Dave Johnson, Robby Wilson, Tanya Olson, Brendan Kennedy and Andrew Novelli all assisting in helping scouts with becoming more prepared to help kids with the recruiting process. All in all, the National Meeting was a huge success! Great information was shared while scouts from all over the country bonded and networked to maximize their impact for “Changing Kid’s Lives!”

National Scouting Report is on the ground scouting! The Gulf Coast Exposure Camp in Gulfport, Mississippi is scheduled for August 16-17, 2014.  This is the third year for this GREAT individual skills showcase and live game situation camp.   On Saturday the ladies will participate in the individual skills portion and then on Sunday, the coaches split up the girls into teams and they play live game situations.  NSR has been involved with the Gulf Coast Exposure Camp since its inception!  Thanks to Rocky Brewer, Brian Callaway and David Lastrapes,  NSR has always had the opportunity to supply the hospitality room for this event.  

Robby Wilson, NSR of Arkansas will be directing NSR's part in the Gulf Coast Exposure Camp.

Robby Wilson, NSR of Arkansas will be directing NSR’s part in the Gulf Coast Exposure Camp.

In previous years, Robert and Susan Cagle have worked this event. This year, the torch has been passed.  Robby Wilson (Arkansas & softball vertical), Lee Crane (Alabama), Larry Stone (Mississippi) and Cheri Naudin (Northeast Texas) will be scouting this event. They will work alongside the college coaches to evaluate all the athletes at the showcase. This is a great event of which NSR enjoys being a part.  We look forward to seeing the following coaches and the additional college coaches that make it to the Gulf Coast Exposure Camp 2014!

Dominque Lastrapes – Camp Director – University of Washington ’07
Chelsea Cantillo – Assistant Coach, West Point
Tom Gray – Head Coach, Southern Utah
Wendy Hogue – Head Coach, William Carey
T. J. Hubbard – Associate Head Coach, Louisiana Lafayette
Brittany Lastrapes – Assistant Coach, Miami of Ohio
Andy Lee – Head Coach, LSU Eunice Community College
Lindsay Leftwich – Assistant Coach, LSU
Michael Lotief – Head Coach, Louisiana Lafayette
Dave Martinez – Assistant Coach, Delta State
Kristina McCain – Assistant Coach, South Alabama
Glenn Moore – Head Coach, Baylor
Shanika Randle – Assistant Coach, Mississippi Valley State
Larry Ray – Previous Assistant Coach, Arizona, Florida, & Nicholls State
Angel Santiago – Head Coach, Nicholls State
Jessica Seamon – Assistant Coach, Nicholls State
Rory Shortell – Former Pro Baseball Player
Mike Smith – Head Coach, Ole Miss
Craig Snider – Assistant Coach, Flordia State
Vann Stuedeman – Head Coach, Mississippi State
Scott Woodard – Assistant Coach, Auburn

 

We can not wait to evaluate the GREAT softball athletes that will be at this camp.  Go get’em girls!

OUTPLAY, OUTWORK, OUTLAST!

 

National Scouting Report is “On the Ground Scouting”!  Cary Nadel, NSR Northeast, is having a GREAT week.  National Scouting Report Northeast is partnering with the Rhode Island Thunder this week at New England’s Finest Showcase in Plainville, Massachusetts!  Cary will be hosting NCAA / NAIA Recruiting Seminars throughout the event.  The scouts at the New England’s Finest Showcase are seeing and assessing some great athletes.  In addition to Cary – Jesse Rubio (Massachusetts), Brendan Kennedy (Massachusetts & Maine), John Hissick (Connecticut), Andrea Hayes (New England) and Michael Bangel (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) are all scouting this event.  What a great way to end July and begin August, scouting these great softball athletes.

Melanie Rennie NSR Prospect 2015 is in right field.  She caught the first five  innings and hit a line drive up the middle.

Melanie Rennie NSR Prospect 2015 is in right field at The New England’s Finest Showcase. She caught the first five innings and hit a line drive up the middle.

NSR Northeast has also partnered with The Ruden Report.  The Ruden Report is a web site that solely reports on Connecticut high school athletics, across all sports.  Each week ,The Ruden Report honors a male and female player of the week and a team of the week.  Ruden also provides pre-season assessments of the top teams in the state, by conference.

The Ruden Report sponsors  and runs pre-season football media days.  This year, working with NSR, The Ruden Report will host recruiting seminars for some of the top student-athletes in Connecticut.  NSR looks forward to meeting these great athletes.

Dave Ruden of The Ruden Report, has covered high school, college and professional sports for 30 years.  Most recently, Dave was with The Stamford Advocate.  Dave previously worked at CBS Sports, ESPN and The New York Times.  NSR wishes Dave Ruden and Cary Nadel a successful year helping athletes in Connecticut!

 

Mary Louise Hunt is enjoying her "Full Circle Moment" while scouting some great volleyball athletes.

Mary Louise Hunt is enjoying her “Full Circle Moment” while scouting some great volleyball athletes.

National Scouting Report is on the ground scouting!  June 25th through the 29th was an exciting few days. The 30th Annual Volleyball Festival was held in Phoenix, Arizona at the Phoenix Convention Center. The four story venue was spectacular and perfect for such an awesome event. The Festival boasts a rich history of amazing volleyball. Approximately 450 club teams were represented and played a couple of days of pool play followed by a couple of days of tournament play. For the third year in a row, National Scouting Report proudly served as the recruiting arm for The Volleyball Festival. Before The Festival began, National Scouting Report assisted in a showcase for college-bound athletes. During the tournament, NSR hosted ten NCAA / NAIA Recruiting Seminars that were very well attended by parents and athletes alike. Attendees were informed about the “Myths of Recruiting” and NCAA/NAIA rules. At the conclusion of each seminar, there was a question and answer session. All in attendance, left with a great deal of knowledge and information to help their athlete with recruiting decisions.

National Scouting Report was very well represented. Cliff Weeks of Southern California was once again at The Volleyball Festival – Cliff was the original NSR link to The Festival and has done an amazing job cultivating that relationship. Also scouting at The Festival was Stacey Harris (San Francisco, California), Bryant Edleson (San Diego, California), Carissa Kalaba (San Diego, California), Gil Barkey (Denver, Colorado), Ryan Johnston (Phoenix, Arizona), Syndric Steptoe (Tucson, Arizona), Josh and CeCe Kroeger (Birmingham, Alabama), Mary Louise Hunt (Atlanta, Georgia) and Robert and Susan Cagle (Mobile, Alabama).

NSR’s Mary Louise Hunt of Atlanta, Georgia especially enjoyed scouting The Festival as Mary Louise participated as an athlete in the very first Festival event in 1984. Mary Louise recognized and re-acquainted herself with several of The Festival staff. Mary Louise described the event as, “A full circle moment”. Mary Louise and the other scouts saw some tremendous athletes. Athletes from Arizona, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Maryland and Washington to name a few had a great time at The Festival. Bryan Kelley, director of The Festival was hospitable as usual. The meals provided for NSR scouts and college coaches were tremendous. The Volleyball Festival is definitely a first class event. Bryan also directs a sister tournament in Glendale, Arizona in February. The February event is called The Festival Fiesta Classic and is held at the University of Phoenix Stadium. NSR looks forwarding to seeing more great volleyball talent at The Festival Fiesta Classic on January 17-19, 2015.