Updated: Oct 30th, 2015
Proposed NCAA Legislation Would Nix D1 Attendance at Mega Camps
Tampa, FL - "What colleges will be in attendance?" may become a question of the past for parents if new NCAA legislation passes. According to several college coaches, the NCAA may pass new legislation that would prohibit Division 1 college coaches from working camps that are conducted off campus by third party organizations as early as 2016. Division 2 colleges may be affected as well.
These camps, also known as "instructional camps", "tryout camps" or "showcase camps" would primarily be affected.
Many travel organizations across the country, as well as private companies, employ college coaches to attend their camps as a way of guaranteeing college attendance to registered participants. But the camp concept has boomed over the last several years, particularly in the Fall and Winter, and colleges are physically exahusted by having to keep up with their competition to attend these camps.
In an effort to provide relief to college coaches, the NCAA is determining whether to step in and create new legistation that would make it an NCAA violation to attend these 3rd party camps.
The new rule should direct more players to the existing camps that are conducted on college campuses. This would prevent colleges from having to travel on the road to work prospect camps.
According to the the coaches we have talked to, there are at least 2 major factors at play that have gone into the creation of this proposed legislation:
1. COLLEGE BURNOUT
The NCAA recruiting calendar was established to give colleges much-needed time off from the recruiting trail. However, quiet periods and dead periods have a loophole that allows college coaches to work camps during these timeframes. These camps were originally designed to be hosted by the college on their own campus.
3rd party organizations also used the loophole to create mega-camps with an average of 25 colleges in attendance. These camps are also referred to as "tryout camps", "showcase camps", "instructional camps" and "exposure camps". This improved platform attracted more talent to the 3rd party camps - making it more necessary for colleges to attend if they wanted to be competitive on the recruiting trail.
Originally, this concept was working. But the idea has now been replicated to the point where colleges are no longer at home with their families during their quiet period.
2. CAMPS BACK ON CAMPUS?
Most D1 coaching staffs are composed of 4 coaches: three paid and one volunteer. Most D1 and college volunteer assistants love what they do and make tremendous sacrifices in an effort to secure a full-time, paid position. In the meantime, they rely on organizing their own camps on their college campus as their primary source of income.
As 3rd party camps have grown in popularity it has hurt the attendance levels of college-organized camps. This has caused college volunteers to attend 3rd party camps to supplement their income.
If the new legislation is passed it would re-route players to attend camps on college campuses where the institution is the primary financial beneficiary.
3rd party organizations and travel organizations are still likely to have their tryouts/showcases/camps, but more than likely it will be with D3, NAIA, and JUCO's working the camps.
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