Bits & Pieces: MPSSAA offers free webinars about college athletic recruiting

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association is teaming with the Recruiting Education Foundation to provide information about the college athletics eligibility and recruiting process.

I recall attending a seminar at Long Reach High School years ago on this very subject. The person presenting the seminar brought an enormous book with the NCAA rules and regulations. I thought that if that book landed on the deck of any ship, the vessel would go down faster than the Titanic. I left more confused than ever.

To respond to the many misunderstandings that the recruiting process has brought about and to prevent youngsters from getting into trouble by not knowing the right and wrong of the eligibility and recruiting game, the MPSSAA has done us all a favor by providing a free guide to help educate us. Will this help? I think so because it goes into so many aspects of recruiting, from the NCAA core course requirements to scholarship myths and facts to the role of parents in this procedure and so much more.

The problem as I see it is that people either won't take advantage of the service, which is a one hour free webinar, or simply will tell you that they were unaware of such a nonprofit service.

A word to the wise and especially to parents of high school students: Do not wait until their junior or senior year to get informed about colleges' recruiting and eligibility. Get involved as early as their first year in high school.

There is a great deal to learn about these subjects and the sooner you get involved the better. The MPSSAA has done much of the heavy lifting already. However, it is up to the student, their parents and school counselors to take advantage of the work that has been done. If you let this pass without checking out the website http://www.mpssaa org/CollegeEligibilityrecruitingWebinars.asp you are making a mistake.

Berger on Senior team roster

I am pleased when I hear that one of our athletes has been recognized for a specific achievement or has been named to the roster of a national team. So I was doubly pleased to see the name Kelly Berger, of Columbia, on the recently selected 36-member 2012-14 National Women's Lacrosse Senior Team roster.

Kelly, a graduate of Hammond High and James Madison University, was one of 82 of the best women lacrosse players to vie for that prestigious squad at tryouts held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County from July 27 to 29. Centennial graduate, and recent Towson graduate, Mary Teeters, a goalkeeper, also participated in the trials.

After some more practices, the 36-player roster will be reduced to 18.

Kelly, who recently coached at UMBC, has already played at the international level. She has been a member of the Prague Cup Touring team, the U.S. National Team and the U.S. Developmental team.

At James Madison, she was a two-year captain, led the Dukes in scoring and was the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year in addition to being named to several All-American teams.

Volunteers needed

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