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  • Originally posted by lionbaseball View Post
    Sparks,
    Thanks for the update.
    As a Dad of a large family sometimes the best for our kids is the hardest for parents. IMO, sparks jr. needs to get a job or join the military. If he is staying with you I would charge him rent. From my own experience, throwing money at him will not help. He needs to buckle up or move out.
    I would have to agree.... I had two ends of the spectrum with my two boys - This age is the most difficult. Having also been there myself as a youngster, my dad did exactly what was suggested above. I joined the service in 1974 at the age of 19. It was the best thing I ever did for myself. Sparks, we talked once before... Send me a PM if you would like to again.

    I also agree with Mud. Professional help might be in order.
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    • Originally posted by Jake Patterson View Post
      I would have to agree.... I had two ends of the spectrum with my two boys - This age is the most difficult. Having also been there myself as a youngster, my dad did exactly what was suggested above. I joined the service in 1974 at the age of 19. It was the best thing I ever did for myself. Sparks, we talked once before... Send me a PM if you would like to again.

      I also agree with Mud. Professional help might be in order.
      I also dropped out of college at 19 and joined the Navy. I was disappointed with the whole college basketball experience. My father was beside himself when I dropped out and joined the Navy (I had a 4.0 but got zero playing time and was tired of putting in all the work). It was an escape for me, but ended up being the best seven years of my life. Put me on the right track and forced me to grow up.

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      • Update: I don't have all the details but here is what I know so far.

        Out of the blue little Sparks got a call from a college coach (d2). Great school. Seems some boy that is on the team that my boy didn't even know told the coach about my boy.

        He asked Sparks to come down. The day he got there they were having a practice game. Little Sparks got in and pitched 3 innings. He faced 11 batters, struck out 7, walked one and grounded out the others.

        They were gunning him and he topped out at 88mph. Coach said his average fb was 85-86.

        Coach got one of the players on the team and said go show this boy his new dorm.

        Things happened so fast we don't know the details yet.

        Big day!


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        • WOW! Great news! I hope little Sparks is ready for it this time.
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          • Awesome Sparks! Here's to good luck for little Sparks in his new adventure!
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            • Sparks, did he have to apply to the school first to be able to get in academically? Or is it a straight scholly offer? They already had a dorm room ready for him based upon his performance in the intrasquad? Please share more details...this is really a dramatic turn of events and we wish him all the best!

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              • Raptor

                No we had never heard of the school. He just got a call from the coach out of the blue. A few days later my boy drove down there and played in a practice game with them.

                More details are coming in today. The coach said my boy had to be in school this semester to play next semester. School has already started so they are trying to get him into a mini semester or something like that.

                Lots of stuff going on so I'll post when I can.

                Sparks


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                • Good to hear about this second chance at baseball.

                  Just a heads up, a minimester can be a lot more academically challenging than a regular semester. One minimester class will pack 4 months of material into a 2 month class. Usually it's a 4 hour class followed by 10 to 12 hours of study a week. Time management will be very important in order to succeed, if he takes more than one of these courses. He should register for the easiest courses available to avoid being overloaded with an academic demand he may not be used to meeting.

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                  • Question: at a D2 school does a player have to be enrolled in the previous semester in order to play on the team the next semester?

                    Thanks


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                    • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
                      Question: at a D2 school does a player have to be enrolled in the previous semester in order to play on the team the next semester?

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                      From the NCAA website, I think the bold might pertain to what you are asking, or may have heard....
                      In Division II, student-athletes must complete 24 hours of degree credit each academic year to remain eligible for competition. At least 18 of those hours must be earned between the start of fall classes and spring commencement at a student-athlete’s institution (six hours may be earned in the summer). All Division II student-athletes also must earn at least six credit hours each full-time term to be eligible for the following term.

                      In addition, Division II student-athletes must earn a 1.8 cumulative grade-point average after earning 24 hours, a 1.9 cumulative grade-point average after earning 48 hours and a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average after earning 72 hours to remain eligible. Student-athletes are given 10 semesters of full-time enrollment in which to use their four seasons of competition, provided they maintain academic eligibility.

                      Division II student-athletes must complete their four seasons of competition within the first 10 semesters or 15 quarters of full-time enrollment.
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                      • Ok I may be wrong this is a Jr. College. So Jr college is not a d2?
                        I'll go ahead and tell you... The name of the school is Southern Union college. I thought Jr. Colleges were d2 so I think I'm wrong.
                        Anyway they are saying he has to have 12 hours this semester in order to play during baseball season next semester. So that is my question.

                        So far if we can figure all this out he is offered a full scholarship books, tuition, dorm and even a food card.

                        This is all going so fast.


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                        • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
                          Ok I may be wrong this is a Jr. College. So Jr college is not a d2?
                          I'll go ahead and tell you... The name of the school is Southern Union college. I thought Jr. Colleges were d2 so I think I'm wrong.
                          Anyway they are saying he has to have 12 hours this semester in order to play during baseball season next semester. So that is my question.

                          So far if we can figure all this out he is offered a full scholarship books, tuition, dorm and even a food card.

                          This is all going so fast.


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                          http://www.njcaa.org/eligibility/eligibility_rules

                          D.2.c. Two or More Previous Terms of Full-Time College Enrollment: On or before the 15th calendar day of the third full-time, and all subsequent terms of full-time enrollment, A student-athlete must have passed 12 credit hours with a GPA of 2.00 or higher in the previous term of full- time enrollment

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                          • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
                            Ok I may be wrong this is a Jr. College. So Jr college is not a d2?
                            I'll go ahead and tell you... The name of the school is Southern Union college. I thought Jr. Colleges were d2 so I think I'm wrong.
                            Anyway they are saying he has to have 12 hours this semester in order to play during baseball season next semester. So that is my question.

                            So far if we can figure all this out he is offered a full scholarship books, tuition, dorm and even a food card.

                            This is all going so fast.


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                            JC's have both DI and D2 classifications.

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                            • Southern Union State Community College, an open admission, public two-year college and member of the Alabama Community College System, provides quality and relevant teaching and learning in academic, technical, and health science programs that are affordable, accessible, equitable, and responsive to the diverse needs of its students, community, business, industry, and government.
                              http://www.suscc.edu/

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                              • Is the field in Wadley, or Opelika?
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