Travel/Club/AAU Ball Going Forward

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Posted by The Future on October 04, 2017 at 08:24:20:

I'm surprised no one has brought this up yet.

With the arrests/scandals of the coaches/agents/etc. last week on the men's side of things, things are going to change dramatically.

The NIKE EYBL people have had their computers and records subpoenaed. No doubt the Adidas people will be next. One of the top coaches ever has lost his job. Assistants all over the country will fall soon, as will some head coaches and even AD's.

What this means is next year their will be no EYBL or Guantlet for the boys. It's one thing for the NCAA to slap some teams, but now we are talking FBI and people going to jail. All that money that was "funding" those programs will not be allocated.

Unfortunately, the girls side will end too, even though these illegal activities are not (or certainly very, very, very rarely) happening with girls.

So...what do these programs that are "sponsored" by Nike, Adidas, Under Armour do now? What about the programs who mainly push that they are a "Nike EYBL" team do?

Are the parents of most of these girls, who pay nothing or very little pony up the cash? On one hand, they will have to. Or will some of these shady club guys just charge everyone else more so their top 17U and 15U can still enjoy the free life?

The effect of that is the younger and/or marginal girls will stop playing; at least at some of these bigger places. Who is going to shell out $3K when their kid barely makes their HS team and doesn't play? Or just makes JV or F/S?

This could be a boon for the local clubs. They tend to be more affordable. If it is one of the better non-affiliated clubs, they should be able to keep their good players "home" and their programs will get stronger.

The smaller local teams should get at least marginally better, with either more teams or better teams, as some kids stay there as opposed to going to the Storms or whoever of the world.

The downside is, in the end, the girls will suffer. The top players will always find exposure and colleges will always find them. It's the next tier of girls - the ones fighting for Big Sky, WCC, Big West, and even out of state mid-majors that will find exposure tougher if they don't get into the right tourneys now that there won't be Nike Nationals or Adidas Gauntlet. And some girls and their families, who were playing for free, aren't going to be able to anymore.

The sad thing is that the one place that won't benefit is HS ball. There isn't enough good coaching and organization to take advantage of this. Also, instead of the "role player" girls playing all year around, some will just stop playing, or stop playing in off-season. This will lead to lower quality play at the minimum, but lower participation too.

I think this is an important topic, and a fascinating one too. I would like to see a good discussion on this and I hope it doesn't turn into a bunch of trash talk.

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