Posted by Ball I$ Life on August 15, 2018 at 12:00:56:
In Reply to: Re: What is a Senior Showcase Game? posted by ITK on August 09, 2018 at 01:58:57:
: : 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.
A Senior showcase is money grab.
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