Many student athletes say: “I am going to the U. of Illinois Camp and then the U. of Iowa Camp. I received brochures from both coaches in the mail, and this will give me the opportunity to showcase my talents for them.”
FACT: College camps are revenue generators for the coach and program that sponsor them.
As a result, college coaches want to fill their camps with as many student athletes as possible. The greater number of student athletes in attendance, the higher the profits.
FACT: If you are not personally invited by a college coach to attend their camp, chances are your invitation was sent out simply to increase the attendance numbers of the camp.
In other words, just because you received a camp brochure in the mail does not mean that they are sincerely interested in you. In fact, chances are the coach sent you this camp invitation without even knowing who you are at all. In many cases, college coaches got your name and contact information from a list of players who attended past showcases, camps, or exposure tournaments.
FACT: Receiving camp information from Division I or Division II schools does not mean you are a serious prospect.
Division I and Division II schools make up the majority of schools who offer college camps. Their goal is to invite as many athletes as possible in order to keep their attendance numbers high.
FACT: Similar to showcases, college coaches use their camps to evaluate players they already know.
The chances for student athletes to be discovered at a college camp are slim. If the college coach does not know who you are prior to the camp, chances are slim that they will not be seriously evaluating you for their program during the duration of the camp.
FACT: College camps can be a valuable recruiting tool for student athletes if they have had prior contact with the college coach.
Attending college camps gives student athletes a great opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a college coaching staff.
If a highly personalized letter accompanies your camp brochure, or you receive a phone call from a particular coach inviting you to their camp, then attending the camp is certainly worth considering.
If you are interested in a particular school, and you believe that the coach is indeed actively recruiting you, it is in your best interest to find out if they are either hosting a camp of their own or if they will be in attendance at another college camp.