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  1. steelernation

    steelernation New Member

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    Can an athlete sign on signing day if they have not gotten an appointment but verbally committed before that? Would they sign a fake or by that time they should know if they have an appointment?
     
  2. USCGA_2018

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    Most signings on "Signing Day" are bunk and are strictly used for publicity by schools, coaches, parents, players, media, etc...

    Technically, only players receiving athletic scholarship money are obligated to actually sign a Letter Of Intent. The NLI is in essence a contract for I believe 2 semesters that locks the student athlete into the school and outlines the financial commitment of the institution. I'm pretty sure Service Academies are not considered scholarship schools and do not use "actual" NLI. I think IVY League schools also do not offer athletic scholarship. However, both SA's and IVY's have "recruited athletes".

    Recruited Athletes still must gain Appointments. My son actually signed his Appointment during his school's signing day festivities. I assume that coaches only have so much input in to who and how many Appointees they can assist getting in.

    I hope this helps. I am certainly not an authority on this. I tried to say "I think" and "I believe", which is another way of saying "I don't really know".
     
  3. Eagle1820

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    Verbal commitment

    Friend has Junior DD being recruited by USNA. How can she verbally commit this early when an appointment is not guaranteed? The admissions/nomination processes are much different than regular schools. If she verbally commits early to USNA and does not receive an appointment for academic reasons, she has lost opportunities with plan B schools. Test scores, academics and leadership are not as stellar as most candidates.
     
  4. USCGA_2018

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    I verbally committed to losing weight as a New Year's resolution. Unfortunately, like most verbal commits, it is not binding.

    I plan to sign my National Letter Of Regret around Thanksgiving.
     
  5. MemberLG

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    One my friends DS verbally committed to Navy. My friend wanted something is writing. The coach basically told him, they can't provide anything in writing and have to trust them. My understanding is that SA coaches usually keep their commitments as if they don't words will get out not to trust them.
     
  6. Muffin Man

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    Verbal commitments are non-binding. If a student athlete has verbally committed to any school, including an SA, they can still change their mind. Verbal commitments are based on both parties trusting each other and other schools tend not to recruit verbally committed athletes as an "unwritten code of conduct". Though, it still happens. So if it is public knowledge that an athlete is verbally committed they may loose other recruiting opportunities do to the "unwritten code".

    NLI's bind an athlete for two semesters at non SA schools or they may have to sit out a year if they go to a different school than the NLI school.
     
  7. navymomwannabe

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    LOL!!! thanks for the giggle.... :shake:
     
  8. River3434

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    The Service Academies and the 8 Ivy League schools compete in Division 1 athletics but do not offer athletic scholarships. There is absolutely nothing "official" related to athletics for students to sign who plan to attend these schools.

    A coach may extend a verbal offer to assist the student athlete in the admission process and place him on a teams roster if he is accepted/appointed.

    A student athlete can commit verbally to a coach that he intends to participate in a specific sport if he receives admission/appointment. But it's all "verbal" commitments being made. Both by the coach and the student athlete.
     

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