Oh hell yeah kids. Its Monday morning, and for some Coaches these days, Mondays are just the start of the week where desperate measures are employed to fill tryout camps.
Some of the stuff we are getting is just ridiculous. The unethical tactics, negative recruiting, and outright lying is more rampant than ever. It’s sad really, that some people are willing to go to any length to get players to their camps in order to fill the team coffers this summer.
Now I am not saying everyone is doing it, but there are more than a few who will do anything and say anything in order to get you to spend a bunch of money knowing you have next to zero chance of making the team.
Stories like coaches telling players and parents that they should cancel attending one camp to attend their camp. Even when the competing camp is for a team in the same league!
Coaches telling players and parents that they scouted them all season long when they were never within a thousand miles of the player during the course of the season!
Coaches saying “one of our scouts” saw you, when the team doesn’t have a single scout listed on the website!
Its awesome when one of these guys reaches out to you with two weeks or so before camp, and they ask you to spend a ton of money to fly across the country because they “just need to see more” from you! That’s just priceless, and code for we have never seen you before.
Just a hint kids, if they know who you are and really like you, they wouldn’t ask you or your parents to waste a ton of money on a meaningless camp. They would bring you right to main camp or if the league has a draft they would draft you. Really kids, its time to pull your heads out of your butts.
So, here are a few questions for you kids to ask when you get the useless phone call or email;
Where and when did you see me play? What did you like about my game? Why haven’t you contacted me until now? If you like me so much, why don’t you just sign me, tender me or draft me?
If they cant give real specific answers to those questions its a freakin trap. Just because you get an email or a phone call kids doesn’t mean a team is seriously interested in you. Start using your heads and stop acting stupid. Only addicts chase the high, don’t become a camp addict!
Hey, on that note, I can relate to some of you kids addicted to these camp invites. If I don’t have some chocolate milk every day I get the shakes too. I mean its so bad that if I don’t have some already in the fridge I actually have to go looking for it! You know, kind of like so many of you go looking for these meaningless invites.
Seriously, do some of you have no memory retention from what you read here? Hey, its alright though, you can always bitch later after you waste all the time and money chasing it.
David Wagner – The Angel Of Death – For Those Who Live Stupidly I salute You
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