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My stance on November youth lacrosse tournaments and early recruiting

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As privatized youth lacrosse continues to sweep the nation, we’ve noticed a new trend in tournaments. Traditionally, tournament season for club programs was a Summer gig. Not so fast. November is the new July.

Dozens of tournaments are being hosted across the country this month, with the primary focus of players getting in front of college coaches. The National Lacrosse Federation, 3D Lacrosse, Adrenaline, Aloha Tournaments, Prime Time Lacrosse, IMG, Dynamic Sports, and NXT Lacrosse are all a part of the action. The action, as many operators will suggest, is created from the demand of the players, parents, and college coaches. For the record, I don’t think the operators are the disruptors. They’re fulfilling the demands of the marketplace. Moreover, many of them are rolling out a terrific product.

Due to a lack of regulation from the NCAA and IMLCA on early recruiting, there’s an insatiable sprint from families to claim their kid has committed, and a competitive jockey in every college coach to outperform their peer by snagging the next best 8th grader. If you’re someone who criticizes the modern movement of early recruiting, than here’s a way you can help. Be an educator. In subsequent Rabil News! editor notes, my business partner, Mick Davis, will help illustrate the road to both a scholarship and/or school admission. Because it’s not just about a scholarship. Assuredly, we’ll place a value on admission to a top institution that otherwise might have been a statistical impossibility for a family. Will those limited opportunities be worth the investment?

Until then, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Email us, here.

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