I agree that the number of Canadian players getting a free education at U.S. schools is not a large number, in fact, the number of players across North America getting a free education at U.S. schools is not large. However, there are a few that do and more power to them.
I disagree with the rest of the statement however. The combination of athletic scholarships (DI) with academic grants, international grants and other similar monies available at different schools, provide for enough monies for a student to study south of the border at less than what he would have paid for an education in Canada, and sometimes, for the equivalent of what he would have paid here. The schools are very adept at finding monies for those student athletes they want.
Most are familiar with the usual D1 athletic scholarship system and how it is doled out, but as discussed in this forum in the past, D111 schools cannot give out athletic scholarships, but often can provide a student athlete more money than a D1 school with international grants, and more importantly, academic monies based on the student's grades (how is that a bad thing?
So if you were faced with going to a Canadian school with a $20,000 Canadian tab per year for tuition, books, residence etc, or could go to say an Ivy league school, Hopkins or a highly rated D111 liberal arts or tech college for the same or less money, would you not at least consider the U.S. school option? Now add the lacrosse and the whole NCAA experience, even if the school's team is not top ranked, the scales tip heavily in favour of giving the U.S. school a solid look.
Let's give the parents of budding lacrosse stars a little credit for being smart enough to be able to weigh the pros and cons, compare the costs, and apply these various factors to their child to see if it works for them. Let's give these parents credit for being involved with these, as you say, "recruiting business", for the right reasons. You dump on these business but they provide a valuable service. The parents use these business to learn about all of the factors involved in a U.S. education, they have their child exposed to U.S. coaches, and also expose the child to the U.S. style experience. That was not always possible in the past.
After the experience, some find that little Johnny is good but not that good a lacrosse player. Some learn that even with whatever monies may be available for Johnny, that it is still too expensive to go south ( I highly doubt anyone here has ever paid the full $40,000 to $50,000 per year ticket just to say their kid played NCAA); some kids find that they are not suited for the controls, attention, rigours, study halls, academic requirement, fall ball commitments etc that a school will require of them down there, as opposed to what he would experience at a Canadian school.
The bottom line is that more information is better, many parents had to make these decisions in a vacuum years ago, and now there are services that help out, so what if it costs. The fundamental end decision is that of the parent, so I see no reason whatsoever to attack any of these programs and the services they offer.
If you do not like what these businesses offer, do not avail yourself of their services. It is the personal right of a parent to choose if he/she wishes to use these programs.
Posted on Nov 4, 2011, 6:30 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168