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May 19, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Recruiting symposium set at Hec Ed

Family SportsLife Today is holding its fourth annual recruiting symposium, aimed at parents and athletes in middle school and high school, May 30 at Hec Ed.
All the details are here for the symposium, officially titled “Expectations and Revelations: An Insight to the Process of Intercollegiate Recruiting Today.”
Coaches of Washington men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams are expected to attend, as well as Seattle U basketball coach Cameron Dollar, a former UW assistant, as well as coaches in various sports at other local colleges such as WSU, St. Martin’s and Northwest University.
There is no cost though a donation to Caretakers of the Game, a non-profit organization, will be accepted as well as a canned food item that will go to Northwest Harvest Foodbank.
One of the organizers is longtime area basketball coach Tom Newell, whose resume includes a stint as an assistant coach for the Sonics. He states that coaches from colleges throughout the state will be seated on a panel discussing the elements of recruiting and what they look for when observing prospects. They will also discuss the NCAA recruiting rule changes, from “viewing dates” to “non-viewing” dates; and that character and academics are equally as important as the talent of any prospect today.
Also available will be information on sports nutrition as well as a strength and conditioning expert. Also featured will be the co-author of “Keep Playing: The Six Step Plan” by Al Musante, a firsthand experience of having a student athlete daughter “walkon” at a D-1 school and eventually receive a scholarship at another University to complete her education and eligibility.
Also on tap will be some have former student-athletes who were recruited by colleges and share their firsthand experiences, good and not-so-good.

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