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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Electronic first contact allowed outside of recruiting barriers

Athletic dean Daniel E. Smith voted against law P-9 F-13’s revision. According to Smith, the new law has a potential to create recruitment disadvantages to certain schools. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry

A revision of bylaw P-9 F-13, brought out by the California Community College Athletic Association which will come into effect July 1, will now allow coaching staffs of the community college level to make direct first contact with athletes only through electronic forms of communication.

Originally, an athlete interested in a specific school would first have to contact the coach of the school’s athletic department and only then could the coach give information back to the student athlete.

The new law will allow a coach that is interested in a student athlete outside normal recruitment barriers the ability to either call the athlete or e-mail the athlete about inquiring his or her skills.

Athletic dean, Daniel Smith, was on the board that voted against the revision.

“What I think could happen, and it won’t be good for the state if this happens, is the really good programs will get better, and the really bad programs could get worse,” Smith said. “And so there would be a bigger gap.”

According to Smith, all out-of-area athletes will be contacting the schools with the best sporting programs leaving the weaker athletic departments in the dust.

“That’s my fear,” Smith said. “I don’t know if that will happen but I think the potential is there.”

Athletic director, Dan Clauss, also shares the same concern Smith has about having students go to specific sporting departments and leaving others behind.

“It gives an unfair recruiting advantage,” Clauss said.

The Cerritos College recruiting district touches El Camino Compton center district, Long Beach district, Los Angeles district, North Orange district and Rio Hondo district.

Clauss said that representatives from other school sports will keep a watchful eye to help regulate when coaches from outside recruitment districts attempt to make illegal physical contact.

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Sebastian Echeverry
Sebastian Echeverry, Editor in Chief
Hello all, my name is Sebastian Echeverry and I am the Editor-in-Chief for the fall 2015 semester. I have been working for the newspaper for four semesters now and slowly climbed the ranks from staff writer, to assistant sports editor, to sports editor, news/managing editor and finally the big cheese. My interest in journalism began when the twin towers fell on September 11 and the U.S. invaded Iraq. Global news coverage of airstrikes in Baghdad plagued the media and my father who served in the Colombian military would sit with me and explain what was going on to me. I was only eight years old at the time, so putting politics aside, I was only interested in how reporters on the front lines were seeing history unfold in front of them. Since then, I enjoyed reading and writing especially about global news. My first taste of research was for a high school paper about the militias still active in the U.S. I remember sipping some brew outside on the Coffee Bean's patio and being swallowed up by data, and liking it. I Currently have a part time job at Calvin Klein, my favorite sport is soccer and I love, Barcelona, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund. I also enjoy watching hockey and my favorite team there is the Detroit Red Wings, yeah weird I know. I'm an easy person to approach and talk to and if you have story ideas let's get cracking on them! my email is: [email protected] My Twitter is: C_bass581141 My Instagram is: onlyc_bass5 and for giggles my snapchat is: onlyc_bass5
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