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Old 06-09-2020, 10:18 AM   #161
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Just a weird dynamic listening to how US college football is moving forward (that could still change) and some teams have already returned to campus for voluntary workouts. NCAA has released a framework and timeline for actual practices. And in Canada we have unilaterally cancelled all University sport until January at the earliest.
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Old 06-09-2020, 10:46 AM   #162
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as someone with a child looking for NCAA opportunities (no not football) fall of 2021 this is becoming complicated, as sports there (US broadly)seem to be in general opening up more despite more covid- training and exposure opportunities and campus travel etc...realize its not the major focus of the Alberta recovery but for kids in whom this is an important part of the future hopes and plans its getting tricky
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Just a weird dynamic listening to how US college football is moving forward (that could still change) and some teams have already returned to campus for voluntary workouts. NCAA has released a framework and timeline for actual practices. And in Canada we have unilaterally cancelled all University sport until January at the earliest.
There is a lot of money on the line in terms of television and other sponsorship dollars (at least in terms of college football). Not quite NFL but definitely apples and oranges compared to USports from a money standpoint.
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There is a lot of money on the line in terms of television and other sponsorship dollars (at least in terms of college football). Not quite NFL but definitely apples and oranges compared to USports from a money standpoint.
Without question. And the fact the football provides the revenue that most of the other varsity sports need in order to survive brings added pressure to play this fall. It's just so odd to discuss the outright cancellation in Canada and then flip to another station and it's all about moving ahead.
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as someone with a child looking for NCAA opportunities (no not football) fall of 2021 this is becoming complicated, as sports there (US broadly)seem to be in general opening up more despite more covid- training and exposure opportunities and campus travel etc...realize its not the major focus of the Alberta recovery but for kids in whom this is an important part of the future hopes and plans its getting tricky

I don't even know how you would go about handling this.



I mean I'm guessing you've sent video out to everyone you can. But the cross border stuff messes things up a lot for you.



Are US College teams even going to look at Canadian Players this year?


How are they going to do their usual scouting?
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I don't even know how you would go about handling this.



I mean I'm guessing you've sent video out to everyone you can. But the cross border stuff messes things up a lot for you.



Are US College teams even going to look at Canadian Players this year?


How are they going to do their usual scouting?
luckily (in a way) for her sport many of the measures are very objective, and it is an individual sport


problem is the grade XI/early grade XII year is the most important time to garner those results- and Alberta isn't allowing competition that may be soon occuring elsewhere


also takes away both the fun (and importance) of visiting campuses and coaches even if zoom/facetime can go some of the way to replacing that
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One of the coolest coaching moments for me, and I'll remember it for a long time was when I was OC with the Cowboys, and when I was running our insertion, I was called over to the side line by our head coach. Of course I was irritated because I was inserting some option plays that I had drawn up. But telling a coach to wait just a damn minute is bad form.


So I jogged over the side line and was introduced to a couple of UofC coaches, and I spent some time talking with them about what I was running and why, and then they switched over to asking me who my standouts were, and they wanted to know more about things like physical skills etc. I pointed out 2 or 3 players and talked about their ability to absorb the play book, and their work in the off season, and how they asked the right questions. I spoke about how they'd improved over last year, and any road blocks that they had encountered. It was a really cool conversation.



One of those players was signed by the Dino's and would have been in his first year this year, it sucks that he's going to miss key development, but things like this are the reason that I love coaching.


A few years back when I was coaching high school ball, we had three players from our defense that got to go out and play at universities out East.
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we don't have a general USports thread going and I thought this deserved a separate posting from the Alberta Politics thread even though it may be related. This is huge, UAlberta suspending hockey, basketball, and volleyball entirely for the upcoming season - both mens and womens. I realize this season was in jeopardy already for the three sports but to outright suspend the three programs is pretty significant. The Bears and Panda's hockey programs have been among the most successful in the country. As an alumni this really stings to read about.

https://www.ualberta.ca/athletics/co...-season-update
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I know UofLethbridge canceled its hockey programs. Did they reverse that decision?
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Not that I am aware of.
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we don't have a general USports thread going and I thought this deserved a separate posting from the Alberta Politics thread even though it may be related. This is huge, UAlberta suspending hockey, basketball, and volleyball entirely for the upcoming season - both mens and womens. I realize this season was in jeopardy already for the three sports but to outright suspend the three programs is pretty significant. The Bears and Panda's hockey programs have been among the most successful in the country. As an alumni this really stings to read about.

https://www.ualberta.ca/athletics/co...-season-update
Yes I heard the same thing today. Very surprising as I assumed that UofA would have been one of the more financially stable schools and able to weather the uncertainty.

As I mentioned earlier my daughter is going to play basketball at TRU (Kamloops) this year. She had a zoom call with the Athletic Director and her coach last week and they have advised her that all athletes have to be in Kamloops at the school at the start of September in order to qualify for their scholarship and maintain their spot on the team. Even though their schooling will be online and the earliest they can expect to start their season is January.

To me, it seems kinda crazy to expect these students to travel out there, pay for housing, etc in order to sit in their residence and do online school if all they are doing is small group practices. Individual training could be done here without all the extra expense.

Probably no right answer to all this but kinda frustrating as a parent.
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Deane Leonard (son of former Stamps DB Kenton Leonard) who played on the Vanier Cup Champion Dinos last season has accepted a scholarship to play at Ole Miss. Congrats Deane!

https://twitter.com/user/status/1280937136162656256
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Players will not lose a year of eligibility for this season (CIS and also at the college level, and not only in football but in all sports) however football is not excepting players who exceed the maximum age of 25 so unfortunately those players are effectively done playing.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/canadi...emic-1.5018685
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Yeah, I was talking to a father of one of the players that I coached that signed up with the Dinos (There are more then a few which pumps me up), and he confirmed the eligibility question, but yeah the sad fact is that players that had one year left are boned.
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That sucks. But the conferences have not completely pulled the plug on the seasons either. They could still play a conference schedule but without a national championship. Crossing fingers that still happens.
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