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Inside Pitch: UCLA Hall of Famer Amanda Freed Katchka & Friends Look Back On the Evolution of “Signing Day"

 

Amanda in her playing days at UCLA where she was a three-time All-American. Back then, she says, there weren't big celebrations around signing a National Letter of Intent.

Prior to winning a National Championship at UCLA in 1999 and later taking home an Olympic Gold Medal in the Athens Games, Amanda Freed Katchka won a high school championship at Pacifica (Garden Grove, California) High and also a club championship with the legendary Gordon’s Panthers.

Amanda today is as busy as she's ever been in softball and as a mom!

Today, Amanda is a Color Analyst for the Pac-12 and ESPN Networks, a private softball instructor and clinician and a full-time mother of two.

She was recently inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame and graciously accepted or invitation to look back on HER Signing Day, along with some softball friends she contacted, and remember what it meant to them on their path to future collegiate success…

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It’s finally here!

After signing with UCLA 20 years ago, Amanda would go on to win championships at the collegiate, pro and Olympic levels.

The 2018 National Letter of Intent signing day is Wednesday and athletes across the country are preparing to party! Some of you may have just recently made your final decision on where to spend your college career and others have been sitting on a verbal commitment for 3-5 years!

Putting that pen to paper means you’ve taken that final step and will soon be on your way.

That is exciting!

All the buzz got me thinking about my own signing day and, well, I only vaguely remember that day, not that it wasn’t a significant event in my life worthy of a “special memory,” but I think it was just a different time and different timing.

I signed my National Letter of Intent (NLI) 20 years ago!


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