Why go to a Prospect Exposure Camp?
Well it is rapidly approaching that time of year again. I have been getting numerous emails daily about whether there is value in attending this camp or the other during the spring or summer? As usual, I won’t tell you to go to this event or skip that one, instead, I’ll give you an overall guide to what questions to ask of yourself and of the event organizers! Now, there IS VALUE in these camps, it just might not be what you expected! Bottom line though, we all have some inkling that these events are cash-grabs. It is widely known that these camps can provide a significant contribution to somebody’s income, but that does NOT preclude you getting good bang for your buck!!!!???
Let’s start with the Hockey Advocates Guideline #1 to Exposure Camps:
Just because you got an invite to a Camp or event, don’t assume it is because someone noticed you and thinks the event would be a failure IF you didn’t attend.
People Ask me all the time, “How or Where did that guy, or group get our email or phone number?”
The truth is, Everyone who plays in any tournament, prospect event or on a REP minor Hockey Team gives out their contact information to ALL types of hockey related people whether you realize it or not. Everyone from Scouts, Coaches, GM’s and Agents to Personal Trainers or whoever has a hockey related business gets access to your information. This is to your advantage in most cases, you want exposure. If you understand this situation, then you will have an entirely different perspective on what it means when you get an invite to this camp or the other. That doesn’t mean the invite isn’t legitimate, it just means, you and the other 900 players in your age group got the same limited time offer! Ask WHY does this particular event provide value to your career path?
Of course, I’d be reckless to not acknowledge the benefit of a well planned and executed program for your son, but the good ones are the exception and NOT the rule. Are scouts present? Sure they are. Is your ‘diamond in the rough’ just in need of being at the right place at the right time to be discovered? That might be a little bit of a stretch. You have to ask yourself ‘Why are you going?’ From there, we can explore the real value for you based upon your motivation.
Next week we will look at the second part of this discussion. We will go a bit deeper, and examine the impact of these camps on different groups of players and the value of exposure to specific leagues & levels at these different events.
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