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bothman
07-12-2010, 11:46 AM
What is being considered:
- No scholarship granted before July 1 of a prospective student's junior year of high school
- Need a transcript dicumneting at least 5 semesters or 7 quarters of academic work before being able to offer a scholarship

How do you think this will impact NCAA hockey?

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=5372984

moe24
07-12-2010, 11:49 AM
So instead of schools saying "Here's a scholarship offer... Will you commit to us?" they will now say "We'll officially offer you a scholarship when you're old enough... Will you commit to us?"

This changes nothing. Just the NCAA putting on another empty show.

dggoddard
07-12-2010, 02:32 PM
Regardless on the intent, at the end of the day its going to benefit the traditional powers in each sport.

Runninwiththedogs
07-12-2010, 06:02 PM
Regardless on the intent, at the end of the day its going to benefit the traditional powers in each sport.

And major juniors.

Happy
07-12-2010, 11:18 PM
Doesn't Wisconsin have a few offers out to 11 year olds right now?

The Rube
07-12-2010, 11:44 PM
So instead of schools saying "Here's a scholarship offer... Will you commit to us?" they will now say "We'll officially offer you a scholarship when you're old enough... Will you commit to us?"

This changes nothing. Just the NCAA putting on another empty show.

This. A lot more winking and nudging will be going on.

HarleyMC
07-13-2010, 12:51 AM
Semantic loopholes will abound if this proposal is enacted. A waste of time and realistically does little to resolve the ethical issues surrounding the arms race of early college hockey recruiting. An official offer for a scholarship is attached to the NLI and many prospective college hockey players opt for an early signing (November for NCAA hockey) their senior year anyway.

candycanes99
07-13-2010, 07:31 AM
And major juniors.

This. How old do kids have to be to get drafted in the CHL? 16? If college wants to compete at any level, they need to be able to get commitments before that.

Slasher7
07-13-2010, 01:41 PM
Its impossible to ban this. There are no firm commitments made at that age, so there's nothing to enforce. Any 'commitment' by a kid that age isn't binding by either party. I think the NCAA should focus its energy on something else.

schiegs
07-13-2010, 01:46 PM
I think the NCAA should focus its energy on something else.

Mascot enforcement.

Patman
07-13-2010, 07:31 PM
Regardless on the intent, at the end of the day its going to benefit the traditional powers in each sport.

What?! This would be the opposite... who gets "early commits"... is it AIC or BC? Canisius or Minnesota? Niagara or Minnesota?

What this will do, as has been mentioned, is hinder the NCAA vs. CHL issue... but I can see why they'd do this for other sports... to much scouting 12 year olds out there.

moe's description is most likely, imo.

jnacc
07-14-2010, 08:58 AM
So instead of schools saying "Here's a scholarship offer... Will you commit to us?" they will now say "We'll officially offer you a scholarship when you're old enough... Will you commit to us?"

This changes nothing. Just the NCAA putting on another empty show.

Will the players commitment be honored by other teams though. As of now, all (with the exception of one or two dastardly programs) teams follow a sort of gentleman's agreement in that they will not go after a player once he has made it known he will play for a certain team but has not yet signed a letter of intent.

HarleyMC
07-14-2010, 10:43 AM
The normative criteria and standards of the verbal should remain in effect. As already mentioned, this proposal is more effectual for other sports, not NCAA hockey.

CHFAN222
07-14-2010, 10:52 AM
No what they need to do is allow the coaches to contact the top athletes in elementary school and get verbal commitments. /s

Runninwiththedogs
07-14-2010, 11:02 AM
Will the players commitment be honored by other teams though. As of now, all (with the exception of one or two dastardly programs) teams follow a sort of gentleman's agreement in that they will not go after a player once he has made it known he will play for a certain team but has not yet signed a letter of intent.

Er... in theory they do...

Jim
07-16-2010, 11:19 AM
What is being considered:
- No scholarship granted before July 1 of a prospective student's junior year of high school
- Need a transcript dicumneting at least 5 semesters or 7 quarters of academic work before being able to offer a scholarship

How do you think this will impact NCAA hockey?

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=5372984

I don't know that this as all that restrictive. I mean, you are waitng until July 1 of a student's Junior year. And you want to see a transcript to be certain that he's at least making progress...I mean, when you consider we're talking about 15-16 year olds, and asking them to commit to something 2 years away...heck, most kids that age can't commit to doing something in 2 hours...beyond that, I think this is aimed at some of th emore sleazy recuiting sports, not really hockey...

jnacc
07-16-2010, 06:11 PM
T.H.N. take on the matter

Link http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/34522-The-Straight-Edge-NCAA-recruitment-rule-would-benefit-Canadian-League.html

Doesn't appear to be a consensus among the coaching fraternity on the matter.