As NCAA Championship Season dwindles down, it's time to reflect on some of the great moments
Self-propaganda? Certainly. The truth? Sure.
While professional athletes and top college athletes had a field day with this on Instagram, it got me thinking... aside from the obvious bias, is there truth in this commercial? Does the NCAA provide a "pathway to opportunity" as they claim?
It's not so simple. Yes, in 2018, the NCAA brought in $1.1B dollars, yet college athletes can't even make a dime off Youtube videos containing a hint of their chosen sport. We all know the narrative on athletes such as Zion Williamson who generate obscene amounts of money for their school without anything resembling equal compensation. In the real world, this would not fly. It would in fact, be illegal, but the NCAA's go-to excuse is that those athletes only account for roughly 2% of their total participation. These are the 2% that some would argue gain massive publicity from the school's status leading to shoe exorbitant contracts and professional salaries.
The other 98%, myself included, actually cost our schools a decent amount of money. The reality was that despite being a Division 1 Baseball player, we were in the Northeast where it was too cold for fans to attend games and there were certainly no lucrative TV deals to be had. The fact is that it costs money to run a collegiate sports program. In my case, the NCAA DID provide me an opportunity to have most of my college costs paid for, attempt a professional baseball career, develop lifelong friends, and most importantly, have the greatest experience of my life. Those 4 years on the college baseball diamond are a large part of who I am today. While I can't excuse the NCAA for not paying the Zion's of the world, I can say that I wouldn't change a thing about my experience and for that I'm thankful!
PS. I still hate the commercial, because let's face it, it is self-promoted propaganda! That's neither here nor there, so I'll just keep on helping High School Athletes in that 98% just like me.
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Here's what you believe is the right college recruiting path-
Spend thousands on travel teams + attend several showcase events + register for college camps => necessary exposure
Exposure => interest of college coaches
Interest of college coaches => college sports opportunity!
That path fails tens of thousands of unsuspecting athlete-families every year. The learning curve just doesn't set in for those families. But for you, the early realization that it doesn't work creates your early opportunity to adjust, here's how.
Let's begin with acknowledging that the last part of that path is right, that interest of college coaches leads directly to real college sports opportunity. In fact, it's the only way it works. But you get there differently than you might initially believe.
Interest of college coaches begins with meeting athletes during college visits and gaining interest in them at that time. That interest gets leveraged into a personal evaluation from the interested coach. An "evaluation" occurs when the coach attends an event of the athlete with the express purpose to watch and evaluate the athlete.
Evaluations are planned events of the athlete-family and college coach. They occur at practices, games, showcases, and college camps. They are available to every athlete who wishes to make the extra effort to personally connect with college coaches. This is the key to significantly improving your odds of playing college sports.
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"I see ill-prepared families come in every day to meet with me... they leave me shaking my head!"
These are the exact words of a prominent DI College Coach during a recent discussion with me.
His point is very clear. It doesn't need further explanation. I've heard the same comment from dozens of college coaches.
This coach went on to say-
"People leave my office thinking they had a good visit, when in fact I put a big X right through their name.
"Athlete-families arrive with nothing to offer, ask a few basic questions, and leave without having any idea of our interest or recruiting agenda. Yet, they want me to recruit their kid."
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