Congrats to the NCAA for taking a stand against early recruiting, but I’m dumbfounded as to why the Official Visits can now take place for a junior in high school. This only makes the rich richer, decreases diversity, and cuts into every school’s recruiting budget. Now each college, and so many athletics departments that are strapped for cash, will have to pay more money to bring prospective student athletes (PSA) in for an Official Visit. Each team in an athletic department will easily need an increase of $10,000 or more for their budget (figure each visit can cost between $1,000 to $3,000, especially if the parents flights are paid). Where will this money come from? Likely, the recruiting budget for coaches to go watch PSAs play.
This decreases diversity. Why? Because it costs more to fly kids across the country. So less kids from across the country. AND coaches will need to recruit more locally because recruiting budgets are smaller. Again, less diverse team.
So the rich get richer. The schools that have the budget to pay for the Official Visits will be able to recruit more PSAs AND be able to travel endlessly recruiting.
This will now cost each school significantly more money. In a time when schools are trying to save money. When does this cut into coaches salaries and we lose coaches. I don’t think Volleyball quite understands that other sports, like lacrosse, are making schools money (2 coaches, 6 scholarships, 35 team roster…many out of state), where volleyball cost schools a lot of money (3 coaches, director of operations, video operations, 12 scholarships, 18 woman roster). This legislation does not help our sport.
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