Re: What is a Senior Showcase Game?

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Posted by ITK on August 09, 2018 at 01:58:57:

In Reply to: What is a Senior Showcase Game? posted by question on August 08, 2018 at 16:37:08:

: Is a Senior Showcase game an all star game just with more players?

Essentially yes, but not always. Sometimes these "showcase" games are not by invitation, but players pay a fee to an organizer to participate in "showcase" games. Those sorts of showcases are definitely not in the same category as all-star contests, in which players are invited and orgnaized into teams based on geographic area (east vs. west, city vs cif, etcc). "True" all-star games, like the old Dapper Dan or the McDonald's AA Game, are showcases, in the sense that they mean nothing other than to provide a "showcase" for the invited talent, but clearly they are orders of magnitude different than the typical local Southern California "showcase" games.

Also, for seniors, the only reason all-star games matter is that after the high school season has ended, those players who will play Division I NCAA ball, are only allowed to participate in two such all-star games, without jeopardizing their eligibility.

Generally speaking though, the sorts of games that are billed as "showcases" are designed to feature players who are unsigned, uncommitted, and who are trying to impress someone to find a place on a college team somewhere(e.g, a scout, D-II, D-III, NAIA, or JUCO coach). More often than not, if showcases are held late in the spring or early summer, they really are just for family, friends, and local fans.

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