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College Eligibility & Recruiting Webinars Launched

      The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) is proud to provide a new non-profit service designed to assist families, coaches, and counselors in being informed and educated about the college athletic eligibility and recruiting process.
     The Recruiting Education Foundation Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit venture, is now providing the MPSSAA with recruiting webinars for high school student-athletes and their families in the state of Maryland. The webinar is available at no cost, and can be found at by going to the following link: /CollegeEligibilityRecruitingWebinars.asp.  
     MPSSAA Executive Director, Ned Sparks said of the webinar launch, "We are happy to provide this informational program to our student-athletes and their families at no cost. We highly encourage anyone who has aspirations of playing sports in college to watch this webinar.  It is an outstanding first step in properly educating parents and students about the recruiting process."
     The MPSSAA recruiting webinar, which can also be accessed by clicking on the "Recuiting Webinar" button just below the menu on the left hand side of the home page, addresses these and other recruiting topics:
  • Three rules of being a parent
  • Scholarship myths and facts
  • NAIA and JUCO education
  • Scholarships, do they differ?
  • The Name Game
  • Negotiate/Cooperative Education
  • Dangers of social networking/cell phones
  • National Letter of Intent
  • NCAA/NAIA Eligibility Centers
  • Recruiting Services
  • NCAA core course requirements
             Ned Sparks went on to say, "There is a misunderstanding that the recruiting process doesn't start until a student's junior or senior year. Families and students who have aspirations of playing sports in college must begin to prepare themselves for the recruiting process starting in their freshman year of high school. MPSSAA highly recommends every parent of a student-athlete dedicate 60 minutes of time to watch our webinar. We feel it will go a long way to get our kids and families on the right track with recruiting, and more importantly, academics."
     In addition, an in-service "High School Staff" webinar for counselors and coaches is being made available to view at no cost. This informative in-service webinar can also be accessed at by going to the same location at: /CollegeEligibilityRecruitingWebinars.asp. This 50-minute service will greatly assist counselors and coaches with their continuing education on NCAA/NAIA/JUCO eligibility and recruiting matters.
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