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    New recruiting rules

    So an observation from lacrosse. Lacrosse changed their recruiting rules about 3 years before hockey. The recruiting of the 2021s in lax is notably been very slow this year. Coaches do not feel the urgency. Unfortunately while I think this is a good thing, (later recruiting), the new reality is that I have heard of 3 cases(2 men, 1 women) going on official recruiting trips where the parents pay for everything, and six months later the team is still waffling. That is where I can see an improvement....limit how long a team has after an official trip to either make an offer, or cut them lose. Unnecessarily dragging it out , after asking them to come visit, seems like the pendulum has swung the other way. I predict similar in a couple years for hockey....after the current 9th graders have been decommitted when they donít develop.

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    Re: New recruiting rules

    Quote Originally Posted by MAHOCKEY FAN View Post
    ... the new reality is that I have heard of 3 cases(2 men, 1 women) going on official recruiting trips where the parents pay for everything, and six months later the team is still waffling. That is where I can see an improvement....limit how long a team has after an official trip to either make an offer, or cut them lose.
    My understanding is that the difference between official and unofficial visits is that the team pays for an official visit. What you are describing seems to be an unofficial visit, if the recruit didn't receive any compensation from the team. It is difficult to put too many rules around an unofficial visit, because there are times where the team doesn't even know that someone is planning to make an unofficial visit to the school.

    In any case, does the rule change that you're proposing really help the students? You suggest that the program be required to cut the student loose after a visit. However, the student is already "loose", in that she is in no way committed to that program until she signs an NLI. If she thinks that an offer is too long in coming, she is already free to look elsewhere. Your proposed change would just eliminate one possible program from which she might receive aid. I realize that you are hoping that the deadline would spur the program to make an offer, but if they haven't done so after six months, particularly for a recruit where the program didn't pay for a visit, it isn't likely that the program was planning to make an offer at all. That recruit seems to be more of a fallback plan if some other recruit doesn't pan out.
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    Re: New recruiting rules

    I stand corrected. Unofficial visits is actually all that is allowed for 2021’s until sept 1 of senior year. I understand what’ you are saying,but these were planned visits, where recruits stayed overnight with current students...so these were not “ we didn’t know you were coming situations”. One family flew out to West coast to visit there dream school....at their own expense. My point is to get rid of the teasers.... you will see it when it comes. Yes the student can go else where until an NLI.

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