What people fail to remember once you get outside the top 15 schools or so these coaches are leaving or getting fired all the time. They don't make that much avg $40k+ so for many its not a lifelong job. When kids were verbaling in 8th grade you were hoping the coach was there 5 years later. With the move to junior year there is a much better chance the coach that recruits your daughter will still be there.
From experience, coaches almost always honor the commits they inherit but then find ways to get out of and push or force inherited players out of the program to free up those scholarship slots year 2
and 3. They make it miserable for girls they don't want around
Not all scholarships are guaranteed for four years, plenty of schools it changes from year to year
Scholarships are year to year ....... you are correct.
Some are some are not .Have never heard of the let's make life miserable thing , again let's hear the coaches who have supposedly done this .
All athletic scholarships are year to year
Wrong. They can be year to year and they can be for the four. It is a contract, tell them the terms you need. If they really want you they will meet your demands. And yes they will meet four year demands if they are confident you are a can't miss pick. And yes all these terms should be spelled out in the verbal negotiation. Take detailed notes for reference and go over them with coach to make sure you are on the same page when it comes time to nail it down later. And to another poster, when a coach over extends on the scholarship and the athelete under performs, they will honor the commitment, and yes it often becomes a ugly, miserable position for a player to be in, with the coach hoping the player bails. I have seen this many times and players often transfer or just stop playing and have to take out additional loans to replace the scholarship money and finish the basket weaving major at an overpriced school. Incredible amount of stress to perform on these student athletes.