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Resource ID: #18191
Subject: Sports
Source: Sports Illustrated
Date: 2022-06-25



Dohrmann takes a look inside the world of college sponsored summer football camps, a tradition that started with Joe Paterno's Northwestern Pennsylvania Football Camp in 1961. Designed for players ages eight to 18, most camps stretch the summer months, focusing on speed and skill training for up-and-coming football players. While most coaches deny that the camps are designed to evaluate and recruit certain players coming out of high school, most camps are scheduled to maximize attendance by top prospects. At some camps, once players arrive they are separated into skill groups, with the top prospects being measured and videotaped. Dohrmann also finds that many high school recruiters tell prospects that camp attendance is key to landing a scholarship. NCAA football guidelines state that schools "cannot use camps to evaluate or recruit players under consideration for scholarships," yet very few schools have been found guilty of violating the rules.

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