yes, but it is even more so now because there is not a public announcement putting both parties on the hook for it. Obviously either could break the break the verbal before but it didn't go unnoticed. Now it will because it would be against the rules to have one in the first place so no one is going to complain about it.You guys all need to wake up... verbals are all "under the table" as signed contracts are what happen "on the table".
yes, but it is even more so now because there is not a public announcement putting both parties on the hook for it. Obviously either could break the break the verbal before but it didn't go unnoticed. Now it will because it would be against the rules to have one in the first place so no one is going to complain about it.
As a coach that coaches his own kids... I just can't imagine a kid making this decision. And one of my daughters is an 8th grade 3rd year level 10. This is all very real... very very real. The new rules are a good change... this all needs to stop.
This has always been my thought as well. Seems so much can change in the years before they get to college (and always a chance new talent can come along in the interim who may be even better matches for your team), but I guess if you’re one of the top programs you know people will commit to you early so it becomes a race between the top teams to get the best first.Mine isn't even close to us considering college gymnastics and even I am super excited about these changes. I have always thought it was absurd to be recruiting 12 or 13 year old children for college. No matter how you spin it, I have yet to hear a truly beneficial and/or valid reason why recruiting that young even occurs.
Recruiting is a thing for every division 1 sport, I think d2 and d3 as well.The new rules are also having an effect on other sports. I just had a friend whose son committed to a D1 school for golf. He is in 9th grade. I was actually really surprised (not that he was recruited- he is an amazing talent who has already qualified for major tournaments- meaning ones that I have heard of and seen on tv- lol!) because other than gymnastics, I really didn't think that early recruiting was a "thing" for other sports- certainly not golf!
Recruiting is a thing for every division 1 sport, I think d2 and d3 as well.
My biggest concern is that a child may feel even more pressure to continue a sport that they have grown to despise qand/or to continue to go to a college that they dont feel connected to, and/or continue with a major that is offered at a school that they aren't in to. All because they feel they made a commitment on behalf of their coach, their parent, and their whole little world that means so much to a young human.
It's too much pressure.
If they have completed high school, then starting college makes sense. But colleges have programs to help them, because they are not as meture as the traditional student. The issue people are having is committing to something years before thye will do it, so much can change in those years.