April 2018 will bring voting by the NCAA Division 1 Council concerning amendments to the recruiting legislation . If these amendments are passed, they will set the groundwork in curtailing the insanity associated with current recruiting practices.
Recently we have had the privilege of gaining insight from former NCAA players , who welcome an overhaul of the process. Many collegiate coaches have also expressed their concern over the pressure to recruit athletes as young as 13 to 14 years of age. Here at Yellow Ball 101 we see the facts very clearly.
Collegiate Athletics is meant to supplement the overall college experience, not define it.
7th and 8th grade athletes have not even experienced a high school classroom, yet they are being asked to make decisions regarding their college and professional future. It is impossible for young athletes to evaluate the educational qualities of a University with such limited educational and life experience.
The transfer rate among student athletes is skyrocketing because of the haste and expediency of the decision making process.
Many coaches participate in these practices succumbing to the extreme competition to recruit the highest level athlete available. The popularity growth in NCAA softball has brought immense interest from the business of money, and the pressure to grab a piece of the pie is intense.
As is seen often in our posts, it is the young impressionable athlete who is victimized by the process.
Real observations passed on to Yellow Ball 101:
An individual observes a pre high school student athlete, her parents and the head softball coach admiring the historic displays of the University's athletic accomplishments. This individual goes on to observe the small group stop among the ornate displays, to take a photograph celebrating that athletes verbal commitment to the University Softball Program. This individual then ponders whether the coach will keep a copy of the picture for himself, so he can remember what this baby face child looks like 5 years from now.
A Blue Chip softball recruit reminisces about her recruiting experience, which began at age 13. She fondly remembers being courted like a queen by the best programs in the country. She also comically recalls the color of the teams uniform as the 13 year old's standard for picking the university which will shape her life forever. Do you care to wager whether a transfer was part of the story?
Hey NCAA !!!! Let these kids get back to skill development, life development and competitive play. Get out of their parents pockets and stop "Showcasing" them like circus animals (A topic for another day).