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03-20-2009, 05:46 AM
This may have been posted before but answers some commonly asked questions:
MIGHTY MANFRED THE WONDER
03-20-2009, 06:30 AM
Add in the amount of time a student needs to dedicate-
Everything it took in time and money to even be considered for some 1/4 to 1/2 scholarship- The lack of a "normal" University experiance (like freinds outside of team,and the travel), the possible damage to post degree study chances due to possible grades slipping.
Lucky the kid I know is DI material, a 3.9 weighted GPA and URM (Under represented minority) to boot- You have to have the whole package.
03-21-2009, 08:11 AM
The article is actually pretty weak. It implies that men's teams have 6 players and divide 4.5 scholarships among them, in which case the average scholarship is 75%.
This is not accurate and will not discourage unrealistic hopes on the part of parents. Which Division I men's programs have only 6 players on the roster? The real point is that most of them have 8-12 players on the roster, the freshmen start out with a fraction of a scholarship and are told they will compete for additional money over time. Then they need to realize that the competition is fierce, the roster is always plenty big, and a successful college career might be one that progresses from 10% to 50% over the course of four years.
Nothing in the article communicates these facts. Instead, parents are implicitly told they should scale back those 100% dreams to 75%, and furthermore, since the 100% is actually more than the real costs, the 75% is more than 75% of the real costs. That hardly deflates unrealistic hopes.
03-22-2009, 03:24 PM
Some good points there Clark although it is written by a college tennis recruiter so maybe she just wants parents to stay interested so she can continue with the sale? Thanks for spotting them.
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