New Blog Series: Connecticut Sports Recruiting

RefCrop“A student athlete gets recruited once in a lifetime.  College coaches recruit hundreds of players each year.  So the bottom line is that players and parents need to be educated.” Tom Lamb, Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Natick (Mass.) High School

Two clients that I have represented in my sports law practice sought assistance after feeling as though they had been misled in the recruiting process.  Both were parents of college student-athletes who had been recruited, and were now looking to transfer to another college after their freshman year.  One set of parents had a son who was recruited to play Division I baseball.  He had been awarded a “book scholarship” – essentially his books would be paid for, and if things went well on the diamond he would receive a more substantial scholarship.  Instead, the student-athlete was cut before baseball season.  He sought to transfer to another Division I school, but was caught in a NCAA rule change that would require him to sit out a season after transferring.  Although baseball had not previously been subject to rules requiring a transfer to sit out a year, such as football, basketball and hockey, the rules had changed.  And it affected my clients’ son.

The other parents I worked with had a daughter who was recruited to play Division III basketball.  By Division III standards, she was given the full court press in her recruitment.  The head coach had recruited her personally, and had essentially sold her entire family, including her middle school-aged brother.  The student-athlete arrived on campus and was surprised to learn that the basketball team were holding tryouts.  After the second day of tryouts, she was cut.  She hadn’t been made aware that cuts were even a possibility during the recruiting process.  When she learned of this possibility, it was too late.

In both cases, the parents and their children believed that they had been misled during the recruiting process.  Could this have been avoided?  Looking back, the two families had some similarities.  For both families, it was their first experience with the recruiting process.  They may have lacked the experience to ask some important questions and look beneath the surface of the recruiting pitches. 

As a high school student I went through the recruiting process at the Division II and III levels.  As a college student I went through the transfer process.  So I have a personal interest in recruiting.  I hope that I can draw some lessons from my experiences that might help student-athletes and their parents make informed decisions and make the most of this once-in-lifetime opportunity.

Stay tuned for the following topics that will be covered by Connecticut Sports Recruiting:

  • My Recruiting Experience
  • Forming Your Recruiting Team
  • Selling Yourself
  • Important Questions to Ask
  • …and more.

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