It has been called “the window.” For example, experts say the Phoenix Suns have missed “their window” to win the NBA title. The Cleveland Cavaliers are in “their window” to win it.
There is also a “window” to play college sports.
Last summer I was at State University of New York at New Paltz. I was talking with one of their college athletes. She said that when she was in high school she figured she had her four years of high school sports and four years of college sports and that was it. Sure, there would be adult league basketball and slo pitch softball and all of that, but she didn’t want to miss out on “the window” of playing college sports.
This past weekend I delivered “College Recruiting Simplified” at the NIKE Football Combine put on by ESPN RISE. Before speaking, I was talking to a high school football coach from Ohio. He talked about how precious the years were to play high school and college football. Once they were done, serious organized football was over for the great majority of players.
“I am over 40 years old,” he told me. “I can get a few of my buddies and we can play a basketball game. But I am not going to be able to get 21 of my buddies and play a real football game. Kids have one shot to play college football, and after that . . . ”
My advice – do everything you can to make college sports a reality. Don’t let “the window” go by.