It’s an exciting time for high school basketball in our state and around the country. As many of you are aware, BCAT was on the ground floor of the recently passed NCAA legislation. BCAT helped to bring this specific idea to the National High School Basketball Coaches Association (NHSBCA) meeting held in Indianapolis in July 2017. This legislation has put the recruiting process of our athletes back in the hands of the High School Coach. This is a great opportunity for high school coaches across the state to provide a positive influence on the sport we love and to help our student-athletes succeed and mature in a well-organized and professionally-supervised manner.
According to the recently passed NCAA legislation, the last two weekends of June will be permitted as a live-evaluation period for school-based events. This means that the NCAA Division-I, II, and III coaches will be allowed to attend a high school live-evaluation event in order to evaluate players with their high school teams or to evaluate them individually in a combine-style event. These events nationwide MUST be ran by the Basketball Coaches Associations in every state.
The BCAT plan is to run an affordable, two-day team camp event in the Memphis area on June 21st and 22nd, 2019. This event will be for member TSSAA schools ONLY. This event will NOT interfere with the mandatory TSSAA dead period. The location this year will be at Arlington High School, Bartlett High School, and Briarcrest High School. Each team will be guaranteed 3-4 games. Info will be available on the BCAT website very soon at www.bcathoops.com. The BCAT plans to rotate this event to different parts of the state each year for convenience purposes.
BCAT will also host a top 100 invitation-only showcase for rising 10th-12th grade student-athletes across the state. This year’s one-day event will be held on June 29th, 2019, at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro. These student-athletes must be nominated by BCAT member coaches. Information regarding the nomination process will be available soon on the BCAT website www.bcathoops.com. This event will be for participants that are potential college-level players only, and all participants must attend schools that are members of TSSAA.
This showcase event will be run and supervised by BCAT member coaches. However, BCAT member coaches who have a player participating in the event will not be allowed to work or attend the event per TSSAA dead period rules.
The NCAA has strict accounting policies in all areas of these events. BCAT will charge a maximum $200 team fee, with no individual player fee, to attend the team camp on June 21st and 22nd. BCAT will also charge a maximum $25 player fee for the top 100 showcase event on June 29th. If you would like for your team to attend the Team Camp, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. SPACE WILL LIMITED! Again Information regarding both events will be available on the BCAT website soon at www.bcathoops.com.
In closing, through the new NCAA legislation, we have a great opportunity as high school coaches to be reengaged in the recruiting process of our student-athletes. I hope we can all get behind these events for the good of our players and the betterment of our great game.
BCAT President 2018-19
Head Coach Blackman HS