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What are Showcases, Combines and Other Events?

Every year, student-athletes from around the country participate in sports camps, combines, tournaments and showcases to sharpen their skills and gain exposure to college coaches. Coaches value the opportunity to see the best of the best compete. The more chances they have to evaluate a player, the more likely they will be to recruit them. Attending these types of events can be a crucial step in your recruiting process, but it's important to know how to make them worth your while, as they can be fairly costly and time consuming.

Breaking down the different events

The types of events you can attend vary by sport, but here are the main categories:

Camps: At the middle school and early high school level, camps are focused on fundamentals and building skills under the instruction of (usually) a high school coach. As the student-athlete advances, they can attend college camps, which give them a chance to play in front of college coaches who might want to recruit them. These can sometimes be invite-only.

Combines: These events are held to test student-athletes' athleticism. They usually involve specific conditioning drills that assess speed, strength and overall skill. Combines and showcases do not typically require an invitation and are mostly attended by third parties that can help student-athletes get exposure, not coaches.

Showcases: These events usually include both sport-specific drills and actual competitions.

Tournaments: Usually put on by third parties, tournaments give college coaches a chance to see top recruits compete against each other.

 How do I choose which camps and combines to attend?

Most camps and combines will let anyone attend, but that doesn't mean you should attend all of them. Your time is limited, and the costs for these types of events can add up. Plus, you need to be honest with yourself about your own abilities. If you're not likely to play Division I, it's largely pointless to attend a camp at a DI school with DI-level recruits.

If you're a freshman or sophomore, it’s wise to focus your event efforts on camps that target skill development. There’s no real need to attend a combine or showcase at this grade level, as your athleticism will change and you won’t be providing coaches with your numbers until later.

By the time you're ready to attend camps and combines, you should have your list of target schools. Ideally, you'll also already be in contact with the coaching staff at those schools. As you build your relationship with the coaches, it's wise to ask them which camps and combines they plan to attend. That way, you will know ahead of time that the schools you're interested in will have a presence where you'll be showcasing your talents. There's nothing worse than hoping to be evaluated at a camp only to find out that none of the coaches likely to recruit you were there to see you.

Many of the high profile tournaments Cincy East attends do have Showcases or Combines before tournaments. Just ask us about them.


 

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