Sep 30, 04, 12:01 PM #1
Need InfoAdvice on a Prep ExpoI was sent information on a collegiate prep expo coming in November for soccer recruiting. The player pays a fee to attend and is evaluated by various coaches.
Has anyone had any experiece with these, both pro and con?
There will be NCAA and NAIA coaches there. How does that effect a potential players recruitment guidelines with that school?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.Advertisement
Oct 1, 04, 02:36 AM #2Any paid showcase does not count against a player as far as visits go, or contacts made. Should a participant do something like go out to dinner iwth a coach or recruiter, then it does count as a contact and the player may not receive anything of value such as the cost of the meal.
However. Be very careful and investigate the showcase thoroughly before paying what can sometimes be exhorbitant amounts. Not all showcases are what they claim to be. Check out the history of the event, who is ACTUALLY running the event not just the school that is sponsoring it, who has come in the past, is it just a fundraiser or a legitimate attempt at showcasing talent.
There are lots of very good showcases out there, but there are just as many that are not what they claim to be. Just be careful.
Oct 1, 04, 09:42 AM #3Am I allowed to name the event on the site to get any other feedback or would that be against the rules?
Oct 1, 04, 09:46 AM #4Originally Posted by sportsfanhhs
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Oct 6, 04, 06:33 PM #5bulldog77 nailed it. First, how much does it cost? Second, which college coaches will be attending? If the sponsoring organization does not tell you, or can not tell you, I would not recommend it. If they simply tell you which schools were invited, that's not good enough. In that case, find out who attended last year.
Some showcases are very good and have a dozen college coaches show up at a cost of $50. Others are not very good. You need to be careful and continue doing your homework.
Here's a tip - if someone is interested in competing in college (soccer or any other sport) and has NCAA DII or NAIA ability, they should attempt to schedule as many unofficial visits to those types of schools as possible. The reason? It's OK to work out and even practice with the team in front of the coaching staff at NCAA DII and NAIA schools - a personal showcase!
Oct 6, 04, 08:01 PM #6Your advice is always very helpful. I decided to pass on this one. I was not able to get a confirmation of who was planning to attend this year, only who was invited and the cost was much more than $50 which did include a boarding cost for the player but not the adult attending with them unless it was the coach.