College Athletes And National Collegiate Athletic Association

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According to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules, Division I coaches may not contact prospective recruits before September 1, of the player’s junior year in high school. However, athletes can email, write, visit or call coaches as often as they like. If an athlete is interested in a school, it is the athlete’s responsibility to notify the college coaches of that university. Students start “advertising” or “selling” themselves around age 11, thus, initiating the recruiting process. College coaches are constantly seeking talented athletes to play for their schools in order to improve their chances of winning. “Coaches must act as athletic recruiters, who scout and enlist new members to play on their team. Recruiting in collegiate athletics is a dominating factor in facilitating success of an athletic team, program and university” (Kavekar par. 3). Recruiting has changed dramatically over the years. Ironically, most people still believe softball players are recruited for college late in their high school careers, and scouted based on their high school statistics in a glamorous procedure; in reality, kids are asked as early as middle school to make verbal commitments impacting their adult lives. Select ball, clinics, camps and recruiting services are where athletes get exposure. While there are perks to the process, there is a great impact on a family physically, emotionally and financially.
A “verbal commitment” is when a college coach asks an…

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