Playing the Game: Inside Athletic Recruiting in the Ivy by Chris Lincoln

By Chris Lincoln

This within examine the athletic recruiting procedure unearths precisely how the athletic recruiting video game is performed by way of coaches, customers, mom and dad, directors, admissions officials, or even collage presidents within the Ivy League and NESCAC. This booklet tells how Trinity university grew to become higher than Harvard, Princeton, and Yale in squash by way of recruiting all over the world to catch the nationwide identify; why a Brown lacrosse trainer left the Ivy League recruiting rat race to hunt a extra sane way of life at Bates; and the way the admission deans at Princeton, Brown, and Dartmouth view the complete athletic recruiting technique. A compelling mixture of profiles, tales, and excerpts of interviews finds why Ivy League coaches need to paintings a lot more durable than their department I friends to spot certified pupil athletes.

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The rules state that schools must take eight players in the mean to minus one standard deviation band; twelve players in the minus one to minus two band; eight players in the minus two to minus two and a half band; and two players in the lowest band. , the bands for each Ivy football program vary. I. is about 180. I. I. I. I. hierarchy in the League read as follows: Harvard in first, Yale and Princeton neck-in-neck in second and/or third, Dartmouth a close fourth, then a gap, after which came Columbia, Penn, Brown, and Cornell.

They’d been collecting data for a few years before I arrived,” he recalls, “and then they were monitoring the data. And in the ’84–’85 year, they had some agreements to make about what the floor would be. Same floor for every school? I. distribution? Would there be exceptions below the floor if people had been admitting tangible numbers of folks below whatever the new floor would be? How would you transition them from whatever they were doing to zero? What should be the specific rules for football, basketball, and hockey?

I. calculations—so it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what each school’s bands are at any given time. I. ” 17 Playing The Game Perhaps the best place to start is with the Academic Index formula itself. I. is a number that measures high school academic performance for the purposes of admission to an Ivy League school. It is calculated using a mathematical formula that relies heavily on applicants’ test scores (66 percent of the “weight”) and either their class rank or their GPA (the remaining 33 percent).

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