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PostSubject: why do players reclassify to another year?   Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:44 pm

I have noticed a number of BC players who are reclassifying to an out year beyond their normal grad year and was wondering why they do this.  Is this only if they go to some kind of prep school and then they can be considered by universities in relation to a younger group of players, or is this to help players get their grades up or....?
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PostSubject: Re: why do players reclassify to another year?   Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:45 pm

PressThis wrote:
I have noticed a number of BC players who are reclassifying to an out year beyond their normal grad year and was wondering why they do this.  Is this only if they go to some kind of prep school and then they can be considered by universities in relation to a younger group of players, or is this to help players get their grades up or....?

You seem to have answered your own question, the two of the biggest reasons I believe kids reclass are 1) to attend a Prep School for further exposure, and 2) an academic need for it. Many top players do this across North America for obvious reasons. To make up for lost time after an injury, to get stronger in preparation for the next level and also to garner more recruiting attention.

Some kids graduate from small high schools with offers little offers; but, get offered an opportunity from Preps to reclassify for more looks, the opportunity to practice against other superior athletes, play against other top programs while traveling the country while also getting a jump on academics.
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PostSubject: Re: why do players reclassify to another year?   Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:04 am

I guess in many cases it is all about getting even more exposure and trying to get offers from higher end Div. 1 universities. The prep schools must be very expensive and you have to wonder if it is worth it for some players (who already have reasonable exposure and are getting good grades) as they could still get excellent scholarships at good schools w/o reclassifying.
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PostSubject: question about B.C.   Sat Jul 19, 2014 3:08 pm

Does anybody know how it works in B.C.? I've heard of players reclassifying and going to prep schools. But can a player here reclassify and play an extra year for his B.C. high school team? Just curious?
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PostSubject: Re: why do players reclassify to another year?   Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:09 pm

Once you enter grade 8 you only have eligibility for 5 years so you can not reclassify
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PostSubject: Re: why do players reclassify to another year?   Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:10 pm

Once you enter grade 8 you only have eligibility for 5 years so you can not reclassify
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PostSubject: Re: why do players reclassify to another year?   Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:10 pm

Once you enter grade 8 you only have eligibility for 5 years so you can not reclassify
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PostSubject: Re: why do players reclassify to another year?   Fri Jul 25, 2014 2:08 am

ebe wrote:
Once you enter grade 8 you only have eligibility for 5 years so you can not reclassify

thanks ebe
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PostSubject: Re: why do players reclassify to another year?   Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:33 pm

Islandview2 wrote:
ebe wrote:
Once you enter grade 8 you only have eligibility for 5 years so you can not reclassify

thanks ebe

I am going to take a stab at answering this question....

There are a number of different levels of authority over reclassification, but people often talk about reclassification as it relates to the NCAA. Ebe responded to reclassification for BC high schools. You can only play four years of high school basketball in BC, so if you want an extra year you must go to a prep that is outside of public high school jurisdictions (or transfer to Ontario, Quebec or an international school).

The NCAA give athletes four years from grade 9-12 to complete the 16 core courses and achieve a sufficient GPA to be eligible to play basketball. Athletes can then take another year – a prep year - before starting to lose NCAA eligibility. Deciding to do that extra prep year after high school is a reclassification. At a prep school, athletes can only take one more course to upgrade their GPA. The GPA requirement for 2015 is 2.0, but that increases to 2.3 for players entering D1 in September 2016.

In the US, rising players can reclassify before grade 9. This effectively means they are held back a grade. That kind of reclass doesn’t seem to happen much in Canada – not sure why. For NCAA eligibility, it has to be done before grade 9 to obtain full advantage – this way a player can effectively get two reclassifications – the year before grade 9 and the prep year.

In Ontario some kids grab their extra yr by attending grade 13. While grade 13 was abolished over a decade ago, some kids do seem to manage an extra “victory lap” year. From the NCAA’s perspective, grade 13 is the same as a prep year, so there is no particular advantage. Players in D1 must start school by end of the fifth year after grade 8, or playing eligibility starts to be lost.

Canadian preps are starting to pop up, particularly in Ontario. Most are in a different category than US New-England type preps, which are real, high-end private schools with a tradition of preparing kids for university. These preps are often glorified clubs, that enable a player to obtain an extra year of training and exposure. Some are excellent – most are not. Same is true in the US.

So why is it done? The first reason is that it effectively allows players to play against kids who are younger than they are. This is an edge that works in the early years – and seems to maintained, though to a lesser degree, up through pro. The reality of the effect of age differences doesn’t usually get much attention (except Steven Levitt’s work on the subject). You will see evidence of it when kids reclassify back to their proper grad class at the end of grade 12 or when they are up for the NBA draft at 24 yrs old… Sometimes kids have legitimate reasons for reclassifying before grade 9. They could be poor students or they might move jurisdictions (say from Canada to the US) and their birthdate allows them to be in another class. Mostly it is about gaining an edge.

Reclassification also affects AAU basketball, which is a primary market for assessing NCAA-bound athletes. AAU is a grade based system (with some age exceptions), so if you are older, but in a lower grade, it is an advantage. The US and Canada (for the most part) have different school entry ages. In the US it is usually a September cut off and in Canada it is mostly in January. This affects the comparisons between US and Canadian high school teams and also between Canada and US AAU squads. US teams are usually older…. for legitimate reasons of government-mandated age categories, and illegitimate reasons such as outright cheating. The NCAA often steps in on the cheating for NCAA certified events, but the AAU does virtually nothing. To the credit of Basketball BC and BC clubs, they do not cheat like many teams in other Canadian provinces - notably Ontario.

FIBA categorizes players and competitions by birth year, which seems to be the fairest way of dealing with this. You can’t reclassify your birth year, in most countries….

This is a pretty general overview of reclassifying. Feel free to add to this, or point out mistakes I may have made.
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