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RCL #8- Paradigm Shift Rough Draft

Throughout the recruiting process Dayne Crist was overwhelmed by the instant fame he received from college coaches. He was getting 36 texts a day from different college coaches, none of which he answered. He received emails, letters, and phone calls constantly talking about scholarships and opportunities he would have. Even his parents were feeling the pressure and stress from all the attention their son was getting and he was only a junior in high school. While I know some people who waited until the last minute, literally, to decide what college they wanted to attend in their senior year of high school, Dayne Crist was trying to make the same decision in his junior year of high school and with more pressure on him (Reference A). I went through this same process during my junior year in high school. I started getting calls and emails from college coaches wanting me to come visit their school, because they were interested in me. I felt like my time to decide was so limited and that I needed to make my decision soon or I wouldn’t get into a good college. Throughout the years student athletes have felt pressure and stress from the recruiting process. With new technology, higher competition, helicopter parents, and recruiting starting at a younger and younger age the process have changed throughout these years. These pressures and resources create a cause for more rules and regulations in the recruiting process. With more rules, more are broken.

These days people, specifically coaches and admission boards can find everything they need to know about a student with the click of a button. Before the Internet coaches would have to hear through the grape vine about an athlete and make the trip out to their school and watch them play. These trips also gave them the chance to meet the players and determine what kind of person they are. Now, with all the top ten players and statistic websites coaches do not have to go watch a player to decide if they want them. Also, to decide what kind of person a possible recruit is a coach has many resources online to figure that out, for example, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to name a few. In high school we had lectures teaching us the possible permanence of something you put online and the damage it could cause. My parents never had these kinds of lessons because they did not have the resources that we do today to connect with everyone. “Many athletic departments already use the Internet to assess potential recruits and determine those factors that are most likely to influence their choice of school” (Reference H). Not only do coaches use the Internet to decide whether they like an athlete or not they use this resource to help them figure out what the athlete is looking for in a school. I feel like the Internet has turned recruiting into a dating site. The players are trying to make the best impression they can online to possible future schools while the schools are using this information to make their school seem like the best fit for the athlete. Two other ways the Internet allows coaches easier access to the student-athletes is through online questionnaires and email. As a student athlete you can go onto almost any college sport website and fill out their questionnaire online. This allows the college to find prospective student-athletes without making very much effort. Emails require more energy for the school than online questionnaires, but it also expresses more interest from the school in the students’ eyes. College coaches are not allowed email student-athletes until after their sophomore year according the NCAA regulations. NCAA regulations will be discussed later. Past student athletes did not have access to online questionnaires or email during their recruiting process. Technology has greatly changed the recruiting process by allowing the student-athletes and schools easier and less expensive access to each other.

Every year the competition in athletes get more and more intense. The higher expectations and more advanced technology in regards to equipment put greater pressure on student-athletes. “When I started coaching in 1958, I guess the biggest player I had was 185 or 190 pounds,” says Nick Hyder, head football coach at Valdosta (Ga.) High School. “Today, I’m coaching youngsters who are 250, 270, and are pretty good athletes. That’s on a high school football team, now.” (Reference J). Obviously the physical requirements for athletes to play these days have increased greatly throughout the years. Athletes overall have to become bigger, faster, stronger, and better in order to compete at high level than past athletes had to be. The high competition makes it harder for students to stand out and catch a coaches interest. This may lead students to drugs and/or alcohol, either to try to help them in their performance or just because they need a way to relieve the stress they feel.

“Helicopter parents” is a term I learned the first week in college. Parents that fall under this category are controlling and overly involved in their child’s life in all aspects. The change of parents’ views about their kids throughout the years has also change the recruiting process. Before this new breed of parents exists, kids were basically on their own to figure things out. No, their parents did not want them to fail, but they did make their kids achieve and develop to where they naturally would. These parents get extremely involved in the recruiting process, almost to the extent of where the coaches feel as though they are recruiting the parent instead of the student-athlete. I have seen many cases of this when I was going through the same process. Helicopter parents believe that their children deserve anything they want whether they earned it or not.

Another aspect of recruiting that changes throughout the years is the target age of coaches recruiting athletes. Student-athletes are committing to schools earlier and earlier. Some athletes are completely skipping college and going straight to professional leagues. “[Kevin] Garnett decided to enter pro basketball straight out of high school, and was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves” (Reference J) Not only are college coaches recruiting at a younger age but also professional leagues. I mean look at Thomas Hertl, a 19-year-old hockey player who scored 4 goals for the Sharks against the New York Rangers. The examples of today’s young recruits go on, the list is much longer than it used to be back when my parents were in high school. The combination of younger age recruiting and helicopter parents creates a volatile mixture which tends to lead toward children only being allowed to play one sport and not putting as much emphasis on school work as athletic work. One of my friend’s dad does not let him play golf because he believe it will mess with his baseball swing, he is 12. Kids have less opportunity to explore and find what they are truly passionate about in sports when their time is being more limited before recruits are looking for their next star. “In the beginning, you can play several different sports and love them all equally. It’s not until things get serious that most athletes choose just one sport” (Reference C). The sad thing is that the time when things get serious is coming sooner and sooner for athletes. Kids are being persuaded by their high school coaches to only play one sport, but there are still some like “Luther, who has 20 years of baseball coaching experience, believes high school athletes should play more than one sport, “ Without question, they become more competitive, their work ethic is a little bit better, people are tracking their grades all the time, it’s just a little bit of a better situation that they can be in a structured environment all the time” (Reference C) Luther believes that when you are entering collegiate sports “that’s when they should focus their energy on a single sport” (Reference C). Playing in more than one sport definitely has its advantages and disadvantages.

All these things changing in recruiting is causing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to create rules and regulations, mainly to protect the student-athletes from being bombarded by coaches and their recruiting methods. One rule mentioned earlier was that college coaches can not email a student-athlete until after their sophomore year in high school. This rule is a perfect example of trying to limit the amount of contact a coach is able to make with prospective athletes. Without this rule athletes could be getting hundreds of emails their sophomore, even freshman, year in high school when they may not even be sure which sport they want to play in college if they are a multisport athlete. During my recruiting process I received an email from a college coach asking if I could visit their school, I informed him that I was still a sophomore and that he was not allowed to email me. He apologized and then had to submit his rule violation to the NCAA so that they knew it had happened. Because he submitted the form in time and he did not pursue emailing me until he was allowed to nothing happened. That was a minor violation but the violations that make headlines are usually major and are hidden for multiple months or years. For example, the “University of Colorado faced charges, it used sex, alcohol and drugs to recruit high school players” (Reference E). This scandal basically destroyed the University of Colorado’s football program and its reputation. These unethical ways of recruiting is spreading to the majority of Universities, big and small. “Money seems to be the force that’s causing what is happening,” says William Friday, president-emeritus of the University of North Carolina and chair of the reformist Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.” (Reference E) Money is also a big issue during the recruiting process, some schools offering students perks that they are not allowed to supply under NCAA eligibility regulations. I have heard of many athletes becoming ineligible because they accept money or gifts from colleges, which is also breaking NCAA rules. Under NCAA regulations a student-athletes most important thing is their eligibility, if they lose it they are unable to play amateur sports, including collegiate sports. Getting your eligibility back is almost impossible and in some cases not possible at all.

Overall the recruiting process has changed drastically throughout the years. Many things have caused the changes of recruiting and the changes occurring have had an effect on a lot of rules and regulations.

Passion Blog- Home Opener Series

Last weekend was our first home series in Pegula! It was such an amazing weekend with so much support from my friends and family. I loved seeing my family in the stands again and I was in awe at how many fans we had at the first game!

We played Union to break in the new rink. Our first game was on Friday at 7pm. Our team played well, but unfortunately we got some unlucky bounces and came up short on the score board. We ended up losing our first game 2-1, our only goal scored by #40, Shannon Yoxheimer.

As I mentioned in my last post we had a skate after our game with anyone who wanted to join us on the ice. It was a great experience seeing all our fans want to skate with us, they even ran out of most sizes of rental skates because there were so many people getting skates to come on the ice. People from 5 years to 40 years old skated with us. My brother had a blast skating and even got some pictures with the other players on my team.

The next day we were able to redeem ourself by defeating Union 2-1. Our first goal scored by Jill Holdcraft, a hometown favorite, on a break away given up by a defender losing her edge while trying to control the puck. I scored the second goal late in the third period to win it. Jeannette Bateman had a great shot from the point, and I just had to put away the rebound. We were thrilled to have our first win in Pegula under our belts. After our loss on Friday the team was disappointed but coming back with a win the next day was a huge boost in our morale.

Right as we were going out on the ice before our second game our coach calls back saying my line would be starting today. This was huge, being able to skate out to the blue line while they announced your name is such a cool experience. I was so excited because so much of my family was there to watch me, and they would be able to see me in the starting line up. Usually on a hockey team the coaches don’t change the starting line up so having the chance to be announced is a rare opportunity for players not on the original starting line up.

Overall the weekend was a success. Although we didn’t win our first game, I’m glad we could redeem ourselves in the second game. Our next three game series are home and then its back on the road for us. Next weekend we play the University of New Hampshire and hopefully get our second and third win for Women’s Ice Hockey in Pegula. Come out and support us if you have time on Saturday at 7pm or Sunday at 2pm. They games are free with your student ID and they are a good time!


RCL #7- Paradigm Shift

Recruiting at a younger age

– teams that aren’t very good have a chance to get better
– players have a chance to choose to be on a good team
– maybe the players transfer to a better school
– gives them relief knowing where they are going
– makes players feel special getting the attention
– becomes more like college
– gives players more options

– more stress on players
– parents tend to interfere more, Helicopter parents
– team may not be what they think once they get there
– too soon to tell player’s true talent
– against the rules
– Private Schools have an advantage
– becomes more like college
– adds another aspect of high school hockey (most likely not in a good way)
– takes focus form developing players
– lack of school/town pride
– lack of history/chemistry
– focus more on individual than team (even though team sport)
– money becomes involved (with Private Schools)
– pressures younger kids into only picking one sport, doesn’t allow them to explore other options

Passion Blog- Parents’ Weekend!!!!

We missed Penn State’s Parents’ Weekend because we were in Vermont for our games. In order to make up for that our hockey team’s staff decided to make our first home game parents weekend, which is this weekend!!!

I am so excited to see my family, I haven’t seen them since they dropped me off on the first day of SHO time (Schreyer’s Honors Orientation). Even though they watched my first games online I am excited for them to see my play in person again. In high school my parents went to almost every game of mine so its weird not seeing them in the stands at my college games.

My mom, dad, brother, grandma, and grandpa are coming to watch me play this weekend. My dad was my coach all through my youth hockey up until high school, so he has always been a huge part of my hockey career. He gives me advice and recognizes what I do well and what I need to improve on. I am looking forward to talking about my transition from high school hockey to college hockey with him when he gets here. My younger brother plays hockey as well so I think this is a good opportunity for him to watch me play at a college level and see all perks of being a college athlete. My mom has always been my number one fan so I am excited for her to come and cheer me on and give me her support.

Our staff has planned multiple activities for our parents this weekend, including, a tour of Pegula, skating with us after our game on Friday, and food and drinks after our game on Saturday. I think my parents are really going to enjoy the tour. On my unofficial visit here my mom and I went on a virtual tour of the rink, but that is the most either of my parents have seen of the new rink. My dad, as most guys do, loves seeing how things were built so the tour will be the most interesting to him. The skate with us after our Friday game is more focused on my brother. As I mentioned before he plays hockey as well, so I told him to bring his skates out here so he could participate. I think he will have a blast with a bunch of college girls on the ice with him 😉 (By the way the skate is for anyone, so if you are reading this and are interested in participating feel free to come!). I think the food and drinks are what will attract my mom the most. She lives for social gatherings and loves making new friends. She can’t wait to meet the other players’ parents.

Overall this weekend is going to be pretty amazing. I get to see my family and my family gets to participate in a lot of activities throughout the weekend. I think our staff did a good job thinking of activities that will interest everyone in the family.

Passion Blog- First Away Series

Last weekend was our first official game of the year. Unlike in high school when you would play a team twice within a two week period, in college you play a team twice in one weekend. This past weekend we played Vermont, at their home rink.

Away games are a lot of fun for the team. We leave either on Thursday or Friday, which means we get to miss class those days. The bus rides there are a lot of fun too, we watch movies, listen to music, and play charades. This bus ride was brutal though, ten hours one way and when we got back to Penn State at was 2am. Another fun thing about away games is the hotel! Its two players to a room which means we get ours own beds, and not the little twin ones that we have in our dorms, they are king size beds! Although we don’t spend much time at the hotels, except when we are sleeping, we love the amenities that come with staying over at a hotel, like your own bathroom and shower. We also get spoiled with food the entire weekend. A lot of energy and food is required to keep up with our bodies demands while playing two games in two days. Its nice to have a change in food options besides eating at the Commons.

There are many perks of away games but also some sacrifices we have to make. Like I mentioned before we miss classes, which is nice, but also a lot of work to make up and try to get notes for the lectures you miss. We get really good at communicating with our teachers because of all our absences. Also the bud rides, although a lot of fun can get really long at times. (We usually try to sleep off our boredom). Other than making up work and long rides, there really isn’t any down side to away games.

Once we arrive at their rink we unpack and have a pre-game skate, either the day before or the day of the first game. This weekend we had a pre-game skate both day because the ride was so long and they wanted to make sure our legs were ready to go. Our pre-game skate are pretty short and they don’t skate us too hard, because they want us well rested for the games.

Our first game was last Friday night a 7pm. It was a pretty intense battle back and forth. Kelly Seward, a fellow freshman, was the first to score in the game. Which put us up 1-0. Vermont then replied with 2 goals to put them up 2-1. After a little play there was a scramble in front of Vermont’s net, bodies all over the ice, then somehow we managed to put the puck in again! Were were tied 2-2. Then mid-third period Shannon, number 40 on our team, snips one past the goalie to tie it up again. We ended up going into a 5 min overtime where no one scored, resulting in a tie for our first game of the season.

The next day we had our second game against them. We ended up beating them 4-2. Hannah Hoenshell with one goal and two assists, Kelly Seward with a goal (her second of the season in just two games!), and I ended up scoring the other two goals, thanks to two amazing passes from Hannah.

Overall our team was satisfied with our weekend. We are now the only team undefeated in the CHA which is pretty awesome! This weekend we take on Quinnipiac at their home rink.

RCL #6- Rhetorical Analysis Unit

The main thing I learned during the rhetorical analysis unit was the term Kairos. If someone had asked me what Kairos were before this unit I would have no idea how to respond. Kairos is the opportunity to state an argument. Recognizing these is important in politics. If someone wants to bring a topic up when no one else is interested in the topic then they will be sadly disappointed with the lack of response they get. You need to be patient when bringing up arguments in a group. I can apply this concept to my daily life as well. I need to remember that my audience has to be interested in the topic I’m talking about or I will get a response less than satisfactory.

Secondly, although I already knew what, ethos, pathos, and logos are it was a nice refresher to go over them again. I enjoyed being able to look at them in a more complex way than just emotions, reputation, and logic.

Lastly, I learned that there are different types of arguments; forensic, deliberative, and epideietic. Forensic arguments have to do with past issues, while deliberative arguments are future issues. Epideietic, which I am still unsure is a real word because no word programs recognize is as one, are arguments dealing with present issues. More specifically they are usually arguments dealing with praise or blame.

One thing that surprised me during this unit was how loose the definition of an argument was. I always thought of an argument as two people yelling at each other. This is not the case in rhetoric. I learned that people used to get together in the purpose of argument. They looked for opportunities to argument, either to show their knowledge or expand on it.

RCL #5- Kairos

There are many definitions of Kairos in rhetoric, but mine in this instance is the opportunity someone has to make their statement or get their message across. Miley Cyrus was beginning to fade into the background of other up and coming stars younger than her. Her main audience was teenage girls, but now that her audience, and her, were growing up changes needed to be made. Miley’s reputation as an innocent, but talented teenage girl was not making the cut with her older audience anymore. Her fading audience is the exigence that caused her change in appearance. She knew with her growing age that her reputation had to change and her last two songs combined (including their music videos) got her message across. I can’t even begin to analyze her “We can’t stop” music video so I’m analyzing her somewhat less extreme “Wrecking Ball” music video. Even after Miley’s hair cut, change in apparel, and “We can’t stop” music video, people were skeptical as to what she was trying to achieve. Many people thought this was just a quick phase that would be old news. In response to the lack of response to her changes Miley needed another chance to get her message across, that she had changed. I believe that her “Wrecking Ball” music video put the nail in the coffin to her old, innocent reputation. After riding on a wrecking ball nude, there is no going back to innocence. Her entire performance in the video separated her farther and farther away from an innocent image. She knew exactly what she was doing when she decided to become a sexual, outrageous pop star. I don’t believe her goal was to cause problems, only to get back on top and noticed again. She saw her opportunity to get back on the radar and took it.

Passion Blog- Game Week


We have our first game of the season this weekend in Vermont! There is a lot of things that go on behind the scenes to get our team ready for games.

First our equipment manager has to make sure everyones gear is in good condition and does its job. Its also our jobs to tell him if something is wrong, and to give him enough time to fix it before game time. He has to make sure that all the extra stuff like tape, skate sharpeners, extra gear, and anything else we might need in an emergency is packed up and ready to go. He is one of the main reasons all of us make it onto the ice full padded and ready to play. Our equipment manager is so important that he travels with us to away games!

Another person who is extremely important, but isn’t traveling with us this weekend is our weight lifting trainer. Because he is unable to travel with us for this game series he has to print off pre-game warm ups and stretches and post-game cool downs and stretches. He is also in charge of packing up any equipment we might need in our exercises. For example, our rollers (to break down the lactic acid that builds up in our muscles), bands (to help us stretch out), lacrosse balls (to role knots out), and a footwork ladder (to work on our agility). His preparations are key in making sure everyone on the team is physically ready for the game.

Third, we have our trainers, who keep us healthy and help us recover from injuries. They also have to pack up their supplies, like tape, first aid kits, food, water, and an specific thing that a player may need. They are key in keeping our bodies fueled and preventing injuries. Our trainers also travel with us.

Next comes our coaches. They work endlessly picking out lines and plays. They have the teams best interest when they think of how to beat the team we are going to play. Our coaches make sure that there is good chemistry with each line and that they will stack up well against our opponent. Our practices have mainly been focusing on setup in each zone and playing positions. I think this is our best bet when we have such little time to prepare for our first game.

Lastly, are the players themselves. Even a week ahead we are watching what we eat and how late we stay up. We try to stay ahead of our school work, which includes talking to our professors and letting them know when we will be absent. We are also encouraged to turn in work before we leave if it is due while we are gone instead of after. Besides school work we really focus on getting the right amount of nutrients and rest in order to play at our best at the end of the weeks.

Also game weeks aren’t any easier than a regular week of practice, we still condition and do the same tiring drills we would do any other week. Game week is not a week we get to take off.