Challenges Of High School Athletes

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The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once said that “life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” It is almost every athlete 's dream to get to play at the collegiate level, but only 6% of high school athletes who play basketball are given scholarships, giving some of them the opportunity to choose where they want to attend school; all of them are given all four years of their college paid in full. In men’s and women 's basketball there are roughly 345 D1 schools. 28,000-32,000 men and women get the chance to play at the collegiate level and only a handful of them have the opportunity to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The recruiting process for …show more content…
Athletes are allowed to call coaches whenever they would like to but if the coach does not answer the coach is not allowed to call back until September 1st for a junior in high school. September 1st is the official date for college coaches to call and text juniors whenever they would like. Junior year is also when you can have official contact periods. During the contact period college coaches can make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations starting on September 9th. Home-visits or contacts can be made between athletes and college coaches at the home or school of an athlete but, the last day for contacts is September 29th of the same year. Another period is the quiet period which is when coaches can interact with athletes while they are on campus like at summer camps. With the quiet period, college coaches are allowed to watch the practice of a student athlete off of campus as well but they are not allowed to talk to the athlete.Lastly there is the evaluation period. The evaluation period is when coaches can attend student-athletes’ sporting events and visit their high schools but they cannot have any in-person conversations or contact with an athlete. This is during July or players can be evaluated in September after school starts and in April before school gets out. Keep in mind that all of these periods come with exceptions to after commitment to a college. Even though the recruiting process is long, it is beneficial in the

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