Saturday, December 31, 2011

Prolonging college ball

I went to a college basketball game last night with my family.

It was a Division II game at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

It's interesting looking at the game program and, in particular, at the players date of birth.

Many college "seniors" are 25 years old.

How might you ask?

Many graduate from high school at 19 (were often held back a year to help ensure they would dominate in sports), get red shirted their first year of college and then play for another 4 years (often even at the same school!). Some get a 6th year if they are granted a "medical red shirt" for an injury.

It's got to be an advantage for some who get to play against a 17-21 year old (who graduated high school on time and wants to finish college in 4 years).

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