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BOTC MAIN FORUM
38 minutes ago
Originally Posted by Anonymous
I agree. Forget US lacrosse for one minute. I’m saying this as a parent. How does another parent of a youth player, actually allow their son to play against younger kids. Not high school, youth is what I’m saying. I’d be embarrassed as a dad, allowing my son to play against kids a year or 2 younger. If your kid has a good game, what do you say to him. Good game son, you scored 4 goals. Doesn’t it enter your head as you say that. Well my son is 10, he dominated 8 and 9 year olds.


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Whomever wrote this must be new to lacrosse...i remember when my son first started playing, thinking wow how are these other few kids so physically advanced over my son. My kid was a very good athlete, and not a small kid, but in a totally different class at the beginning stage. Little did i know, all of their dads played lacrosse in various college settings, and each of their dads held them back and had them play down. It was not that they were better players, they were older and had been playing for years. When my son started travel lacrosse at 7/8, there were kids 20 months older than him on the team (disgraceful).

4 years later, i am still grappling with this concept. My kid caught up, their kids still look like they should be playing in a different age group, and my wife and I cannot fathom a family holding back kids in school for a youth sport that has ZERO chance of having a lifetime of earnings (unless you are Paul Rabil or want to be a gym teacher/lax coach).

We have come to grips that the age and "how can i get Johnnie to be physically superior" discussions will not end until a new player either takes a ball to the neck/chest from a kid playing down 2 years, or a "true on age" player basically gets run over by a 20 month older player. It's pretty disappointing. It forces the on-age players to play more aggressive because they are 10 inches smaller, lol.
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MARYLAND MAIN FORUM
43 minutes ago
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Subject: GHCLC Spring Season - POSTPONED



Club Directors and Administrators,



We will be extending the GHCLC start date to AT LEAST the weekend of April 24th.



We're going to explore different avenues (i.e shortened season, multi-weekend tournament, etc.) as we work through this tough time. The league and it's Board of Directors will continue to discuss contingency plans. We also understand that many of our clubs/organizations fall under several different jurisdictions and must adhere to those regulations.



Please visit https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Recreation-and-Parks for more detailed information



Thank you for your patience during this time. As always, please reach out with any pressing questions.


No chance this season happens...


I'm with ya. Summer has to be iffy at this point
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MARYLAND MAIN FORUM
56 minutes ago
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Has HoCo made any decisions regarding spring league? Is it completely cancelled?


Nothing official, but I would be shocked if they play a game. Summer is highly in doubt at this point. Reports saying that MD cases will his their peak around July 4th don't give much hope.
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BOTC MAIN FORUM
Yesterday at 11:59 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
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It’s done, they have the extra year. It’s the particulars that need to be finalized. Can you transfer, scholarship money, roster size...


Not true

D1 council agreed that eligibility relief is appropriate. On the 30th, that’s this Monday, they will finalize all the rules that will apply.


That's not true. It was a subcommittee that stated they determined that an extra year for all spring athletes was appropriate. The NCAA D1 Council has not said anything at this point and votes on Monday.


Wrong again , that subcommittee was in contact with the NCAA D1 Council and asked to release a statement on behalf of the NCAA . The NCAA has contacted all the D1 coaches and informed them that a so called 5th year of eligibility will be granted , it’s the details that have not been decided . The reason the made the decision so quickly is they wanted to comfort the seniors and not have them feeling horrible that they would never play the sport they love again , unlike you who seems to enjoy trying to make them feel horrible .


As I was saying, the D1 Council has agreed to nothing. Reports are things are going sideways. Schools won’t have the money to support this

https://www.cbssports.com/college-f...ot-a-slam-dunk-as-ncaa-prepares-to-vote/
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BOTC MAIN FORUM
Yesterday at 11:25 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
FOGOlax practicing through the Coronavirus epidemic... speechless


I see that on Instagram he is money hungry . He packs out his money grab clinics inside like a pack of sardines and just grabs any open turf space @ $50 a hour then jokes about it with fresh air and get better . Stop being greedy


He runs a business that has produces some of the best FO players in the world. He packs them in like sardines because his players/students get better. Period!


Stop just stop . Dont wanna hear the best fo players in the world ? Really who cares . Lacrosse not even relevant as a pro sport After college say bye to the sport . Some are you are really fooled out there. This guy having clinics putting people at risk he joking about it on Instagram. No school , college , ncaa tournments , pro sports , malls closed and this guy having $50 “cash” clinics blowing a whistle on his phone :


Sounds like your son didn't live up to your expectations so you are blaming it on someone else.

Continue to be fooled. WSYL is over, 2025's will fall to the bottom of the blog like the rest of them.
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BOTC MAIN FORUM
Yesterday at 09:16 PM
Calm down sparky! Travel doesn't really start till june
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MARYLAND MAIN FORUM
Yesterday at 08:48 PM
Everybody will find a home. HS kids will graduate and move on or age out and 95% in college already are not going to pay another year of tuition for 0530 lifts and no social life just so they can continue to ride pine and wear swag.
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PLAYERS TRIBUNE
Yesterday at 08:29 PM
@CBLaxers Girls' Recruit: Ravenwood High School (TN) 2020 Midfield, Attack Julianna Iovine of Dodgers Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Manhattan College.

High School: Ravenwood High School (Brentwood, TN)
Grad Year: 2020
Positions: Midfield, Attack
College Committed to: Manhattan College
Club Team: Dodgers Lacrosse
Lacrosse Honors: Varsity Lacrosse, Varsity Field Hockey, Ravenwood Field Hockey, Super Juniors CT, Team Connecticut 2017/2018, 2018 Connecticut All Conference Member, Team Tennessee 2019, Tennessee State Champion 2019, MVP of Champion Weekend, Tennessee High School Girls Lacrosse All Region & All State, Tennessean Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year Nominee
Academic Honors: Distinguished Honor Roll, Scholar Athlete, Sports Panel, Ravenwood Girls Cotillion
Expected Major: Business
What other colleges did you consider? "Bucknell, American, Lafayette & Butler"



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PROFESSIONAL LACROSSE
Yesterday at 02:08 AM
Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) co-founder Paul Rabil has signed with CAA Sports for representation.

The PLL launched in October of 2018 and completed its inaugural season in 2019. Rabil, along with his brother and fellow co-founder Mike Rabil, signed an exclusive media rights deal with NBC Sports Group for PLL in late 2018. This marked the first time professional lacrosse had secured a major network rights deal. PLL games are now shown on NBC, NBCSN, and NBC Sports Gold. CAA is an investor in the league along with The Raine Group, Joe Tsai Sports, Chernin Group, and Brett Jefferson among others.

In addition to managing the day-to-day operations for the league, Rabil also plays for PLL team Atlas LC. He led the Johns Hopkins University Men’s Lacrosse team to two National Championships in 2005 and 2007, and was drafted first overall in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) draft. He is a two-time MLL MVP and is also a two-time gold medalist for Team USA in the World Lacrosse Championships.

Rabil is currently shopping a PLL-produced documentary titled “Rabil: The Fate of Sport,” which chronicles the rise of the league and charts his journey from athlete to sports executive.


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PLAYERS TRIBUNE
Yesterday at 12:57 AM
@CBLaxers Girls' Recruit: Patriot High School (VA) 2021 Midfield, Defense Sophia Browning of Rattlers Girls Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Belmont Abbey College.

High School: Patriot High School (Nokesville, VA)
Grad Year: 2021
Positions: Midfield, Defense
College Committed to: Belmont Abbey College
Club Team: Rattlers Girls Lacrosse
Lacrosse Honors: 2nd Team All District Cedar Run
Expected Major: Health Professions
Why did you choose Belmont Abbey College, Women's D2? "I decided I wanted to experience going away to a different state for college. Belmont Abbey checked all the boxes. I instantly fell in love with the campus. Everyone is friendly and welcoming!"
Is there anything else you would like to share? "I’d like to thank all my coaches, teammates and my family for all your support."
What other colleges did you consider? "Shenandoah University & UVA at Wise"



CB Laxers, the official college commitments sponsor for BackOfTheCAGE.com congratulates Sophia Browning on her commitment to Belmont Abbey College. CB Laxers runs events for players aspiring to play at the college level & future college-bound players with small, boutique recruiting showcases for players in grades 8th-11th to provide players with a platform to get maximum exposure. For seniors signed to play at the next level, pre-college strength & conditioning training and the 'committed games' are offered which emulate the NCAA training regimen to help the top 10% of athletes get prepared for the next level. Visit CBLaxers.com for more info.
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BOTC MAIN FORUM
03/28/20 09:49 AM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Express North did same. Pushed back payments 5/8 but left door open for summer but admitted they and all other clubs don't know what to do. Nothing liek this has happened in 100 years.


Well the Turtles took the last payment, cancelled practices, but held paid for clinics at the Turtle Dome.
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SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
03/27/20 07:12 PM
This week, Back Of The CAGE caught up with the #8 ranked senior on Long Island and the Preseason 1st Team All Back of the Cage selection from Mattituck High School, Mackenzie Hoeg for our weekly Senior Spotlight series interviewing a new senior each week.

Since Mackenzie Hoeg got called up to play on Varsity as a seventh grader alongside her two sisters, she has been the catalyst for the Tuckers and a major contributor for their consistent improvement and success that includes winning three Long Island Championships and two consecutive NY State titles. Hoeg has contributed 322 points (223g, 99a) ever since her arrival and has garnered a plethora of accolades for her dynamic play on offense, defense, and at the draw circle. Mackenzie exemplifies what it is to be a team player with the team first mentality and although the season is still to be determined due to the covid-19 outbreak, Hoeg is training hard to get one more chance to cap off her career where she has been dominating for 6 years with friends and family before departing to the University of Virginia.

See below to get a closer look at the returning All American selection:


Q&A w/ Mackenzie Hoeg

Back Of The CAGE (BOTC): You have played a phenomenal role in helping your Tuckers' win 3 consecutive Long Island Championships and back-to-back NY State Championships in which you earned All State & All American honors respectively for your efforts. How does it feel to be apart of the only 2 NY State Championships in the history of Mattituck and to be dubbed as one of the best players in the entire country after receiving All American honors?
Mackenzie Hoeg (MH): There is no greater feeling than finishing the season with a win. Being part of a program that every year seems to be getting stronger has been an awesome experience. A big part of our teams success comes from the dedication that Coach Maloney has shown to the program both in season and out of season. While it is an honor being recognized with some of these accolades it is not something that I pay much attention to as the most important thing to me are winning championships and that is done as a team.

BOTC: With the 2020 season being up in the air due to the covid-19 outbreak, have you had time to reflect on your amazing career?
(MH): Honestly, it is not easy when you look forward to a lacrosse season for so long and right when you start playing with your team again, it gets suspended over something we have no control over. I haven't really looked back on my career as I tend to be a person who looks forward to the next challenge.

BOTC: What have you been doing to keep yourself in shape for when they hopefully allow Lacrosse to resume and how much will that mean to you to be able to take the field one last time as a Tucker?
(MH): My two sisters both had their college season cut short and since they have been home they have been really good workout partners and they have helped me stay busy. Having been on the varsity team since 7th grade lacrosse is such a big part of my life growing up. It would mean a lot to have one last season.

BOTC: What is your most memorable moment thus far throughout your illustrious career?
(MH): My favorite memory was winning states this past season. The entire process from pre season workouts to the in season games had the dedication of the entire team. We constantly reflected on the years prior to try and make that season the best one yet and I think we definitely accomplished that. The experience of going upstate with my best friends is something I will always remember.

BOTC: What is your favorite quote or saying from Coach Maloney?
(MH): My favorite saying from Coach Maloney is to not worry about the mistake you made and focus on not making the same mistake twice.

BOTC: Why did you choose the University of Virginia and what other colleges were you considering?
(MH): I chose the University of Virginia because it offers a great balance of a traditional competitive lacrosse program and a great education. As I was being recruited I felt a really strong connection with the coaches and knew they will help me in the transition from high school to college and they will help me become the best person and lacrosse player I can be. Also, My sister Riley was a freshmen on the girls lacrosse team this year which definitely made my decision a little easier. I was considering Maryland, Boston College, and Penn State as other options.

BOTC: Are you superstitious and do you have any pregame rituals?
(MH): Yes I am very superstitious. Before every game I would do my hair the same way and I would always have a yellow gatorade and water with me.

BOTC: What’s on your playlist before games?
(MH): I normally don't listen to a specific playlist before games, I just listen to whatever playlist my teammates made which is basically any song that is upbeat.

Rapid Fire Q & A's:
  • Favorite Food? Pineapple
  • Favorite Movie? Warrior
  • Favorite Sports Team? New York Yankees
  • Favorite Athlete? Aaron Judge

See some of Mackenzie's career athletic accomplishments below: #32 Ranked Player in the US (IL), Preseason 1st Team All-BOTC (2020), US Lacrosse All American (2019), 1st Team All-State & Varsity Captain (2019), 2nd Team All-BOTC (2019), 2nd Team All Long Island (Newsday - 2019), Suffolk Times HS Athlete of the Year (2019), 3rd Team All State (2018), MVP of the 2018 State Class D Tournament, 4x UA Underclass All American, 3x All County (2017-2019), 2x All Division (2015-2016), Suffolk County Rookie of the Year (2015)

Check BackOfTheCAGE.com to meet Hunter Roman from St. Anthony's.


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BOTC MAIN FORUM
03/27/20 06:51 PM
NY SCHOOLS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 15th .... NOT LOOKING GOOD FOR LACROSSE THIS YEAR
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BOTC MAIN FORUM
03/27/20 04:24 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
If things return to a new normal by Memorial Day, why would people expect a refund? Everyone will get practices and tourneys in. If things extend into June, ask then. The real sad thing is the HS season.


Well Express postponed the 3rd payment which was the right thing to do.

I would expect some kind of refund if I paid for a spring season. Not sure as we are paying the HS rate at Express.

Even if all is back to normal, I doubt the summer season will stay the same. all clubs are at the mercy of the tourney organizers. The organizers are at the mercy of the venues. Toss in liability issues, insurance, rescheduled college and HS graduations......it is not looking good. Neither are prospect days. Total mess.
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PLAYERS TRIBUNE
03/26/20 07:00 PM
@CBLaxers Boys' Recruit: Cheshire Academy/ PG (CT) 2020 Midfield Ryan Stefanik of LI Sting Elite has made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Monmouth University.

High School: Cheshire Academy/ PG (Cheshire, CT)
Grad Year: 2020
Position: Midfield
College Committed to: Monmouth University
Club Team: LI Sting Elite
Why did you choose Monmouth University, Men's D1? "Growing up down the shore. The ability to stay home and play in front of my family."



CB Laxers, the official college commitments sponsor for BackOfTheCAGE.com congratulates Ryan Stefanik on his commitment to Monmouth University. CB Laxers runs events for players aspiring to play at the college level & future college-bound players with small, boutique recruiting showcases for players in grades 8th-11th to provide players with a platform to get maximum exposure. For seniors signed to play at the next level, pre-college strength & conditioning training and the 'committed games' are offered which emulate the NCAA training regimen to help the top 10% of athletes get prepared for the next level. Visit CBLaxers.com for more info.
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PLAYERS TRIBUNE
03/26/20 02:34 PM
@CBLaxers Girls' Recruit: Chattahoochee (GA) 2021 Midfield, Attack Madisyn Norris of Georgia Outlaws Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at St. Bonaventure University.

High School: Chattahoochee (Duluth, GA)
Grad Year: 2021
Positions: Midfield, Attack
College Committed to: St. Bonaventure University
Club Team: Georgia Outlaws Lacrosse
Lacrosse Honors: All Star Team Maryland, Duke Super Elite All Star
Academic Honors: Honor Roll Spring 2019
Expected Major: Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Why did you choose St. Bonaventure University, Women's D1? "It made me feel at home. I knew once I walked on campus it was the school for me! I loved the campus and the team!"
Is there anything else you would like to share? "[Thanks to] my coaches, family and friends."
What other colleges did you consider? "Winthrop, George Mason, & Young Harris"



CB Laxers, the official college commitments sponsor for BackOfTheCAGE.com congratulates Madisyn Norris on her commitment to St. Bonaventure University. CB Laxers runs events for players aspiring to play at the college level & future college-bound players with small, boutique recruiting showcases for players in grades 8th-11th to provide players with a platform to get maximum exposure. For seniors signed to play at the next level, pre-college strength & conditioning training and the 'committed games' are offered which emulate the NCAA training regimen to help the top 10% of athletes get prepared for the next level. Visit CBLaxers.com for more info.
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BOTC MAIN FORUM
03/25/20 05:48 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Does anyone know of a legitimate box lacrosse Boys program on long island ?


From what I know, there are really only 2 box programs on Long Island. Island Box or NOTB.....Neither legitimate though
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COLLEGE LACROSSE
03/25/20 03:58 PM
The NCAA has limited all in-person recruiting activity through April 15th. Families can learn more here.

This means no in-person meetings, practices and attending of games (dead period); but keep in mind, recruits can still message college coaches. A dead period = no face to face contact or evaluations, and no campus visits. College coaches may still contact recruits by phone, messaging and video chat (ex. FaceTime).

Going forward, we may see further guidance after the NCAA meets again on March 30. While these restrictions are for DI and DII; DIII, NAIA, NJCAA has generally followed suit.

Families can monitor testing dates on the ACT and College Board websites. Tests on June 13 (ACT) and June 6 (SAT) are currently scheduled.

Existing restrictions for Division I and II coaches around June 15 (select sports) and September 1 (lacrosse) contact remain. So 2022 recruits still cannot be contacted by DI and DII coaches. Recruits can always message college coaches at any time in the process. Check out virtual tours and social embeds on our partners (ConnectLax) college profiles (free to access).

Concerning extended eligibility for DI spring athletes and its impact on current recruits, this discussion is only conjecture at this time. We recommend recruits invest in their self and control what they can. It’s hard to imagine many seniors deferring their careers considering the financial implications of returning.
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BOTC MAIN FORUM
03/25/20 11:46 AM
3 days a week plus a game? or 2 practices plus a game?
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MARYLAND MAIN FORUM
03/24/20 05:15 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
You know what the difference is between Hawks and the rest. Number one is depth. The second line and third line kids come in and they dont miss a beat. Number two is coaching. The guy is crazy as heck from what Ive seen but they are well prepared and the run their offense crisply and extend farther out than teams in high school

The upside to the coronavirus is we don’t have to hear a Hawks sideline until Fall.
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MARYLAND MAIN FORUM
03/24/20 01:32 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
With three of the regions “suspended” due to coronavirus and, in my opinion, the whole event likely to get cancelled, do you think the WSYL would shift to 8th grade age or simply skip the year?

I think there is no way teams would want to go do this the summer prior to 9th grade. They will skip a year if they even continue this event. Based on the teams who already qualified, the event is continuing to decline. Outside the LI area, most clubs do not do this event. Next summer, the 2025 class will be included in showcase style events like Under Armor and the IL showcase events.
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BOTC MAIN FORUM
03/23/20 03:01 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Anyone have thoughts on how the NESCAC and other high academic D3 schools will handle recruiting for the 21 class if the summer club season does not play out ?

Most of the high academic schools are working their lists now. My daughter has been on some visits this winter and spring. All say they can't or won't offer spots until they see junior grades. Some have made it clear (without an actual promise yes I know) that she has a spot if she wants it come July. Assuming grades and test scores hold up. Others have been less concrete, saying they like her a lot but since they can't offer spots til July anyway, they will watch HS and Summer games, and late spring camps. Now that HS games are all on hold and seasons may be cancelled, I guess it depends on how much they saw of a kid before the shutdown. If they had a good look in the fall or last summer, or at a camp early this spring, they may not need another look. I imagine it will be tougher for kids who are just emailing D3 coaches fresh at this point. But a lot of these schools were still filling in spots in the 2020 class this winter, so like everyone else, what the heck do I know?

Also, I bet spots (some, not a ton) may open at a lot of programs. Girls who have committed far from home may decommit if COVID19 ends up affecting their families. A season or a year without lacrosse may lead some girls and families to prioritize other things. Some may not miss it that much.
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PLAYERS TRIBUNE
03/23/20 02:40 PM
@CBLaxers Boys' Recruit: Abington Senior High School (PA) 2020 Defense Sean Donohue of Bandits Lacrosse has made a verbal commitment to play lacrosse at Widener University.

High School: Abington Senior High School (Abington, PA)
Grad Year: 2020
Position: Defense
College Committed to: Widener University
Club Team: Bandits Lacrosse
Lacrosse Honors: Bandits Lacrosse MVP, Abington’s Freshman of the Year & 3rd Team All League
Expected Major: Business
Why did you choose Widener University, Men's D3? "I felt it was the right fit the coaches seemed like they let their players grow as players while still having fun on and off the field. I also liked the opportunity to be close to the city. Lastly I liked the opportunity for co ops and study abroad."
Is there anything else you would like to share? "Like to especially thank my parents and all my coaches who helped me become the player and person I am today."
What other colleges did you consider? "Moravian & Albright"



CB Laxers, the official college commitments sponsor for BackOfTheCAGE.com congratulates Sean Donohue on his commitment to Widener University. CB Laxers runs events for players aspiring to play at the college level & future college-bound players with small, boutique recruiting showcases for players in grades 8th-11th to provide players with a platform to get maximum exposure. For seniors signed to play at the next level, pre-college strength & conditioning training and the 'committed games' are offered which emulate the NCAA training regimen to help the top 10% of athletes get prepared for the next level. Visit CBLaxers.com for more info.
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BOTC MAIN FORUM
03/23/20 01:51 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Plus there’s a family history of not keeping to your word.


No reason to rip the kid or her family. Her flipping is a prime example of why change was needed to recruiting. Kids shouldn't need to make a decision like committing to a service academy in 8th grade.
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