The national signing day is a significant day for the student-athletes in the United States of America. The national signing day marks the beginning of the college football signing session. There is national signing day for other sports too, but the popularity of football is high. The national signing day is held on the 3rd Wednesday of February every year for football students. The national signing day is not on the same day for all the sports.
The national signing day is when the high school senior can sign a binding national letter of intent to be a part of the athlete program and participate in the sports in the university they attend.
What is national signing day?
The national signing day is the first day that a high school senior can sign a national letter of intent to be a part of the collegiate sport with a school that is a member of the United States National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA).
Historical facts on national signing day
The national letter of intent was created in the 1960s by a group of college athletic conferences so that the recruiting process of the athletes who deserve the scholarship could be easy. The process of signing gives stability for the athletes and the colleges. Nowadays, there isn’t one single day where all students should sign, but a week’s time is given, and dates differ according to the sports.
The NCAA abolished the early signing day in 1981. But, in 2017, the early signing period was reinstated, which was effective since the school year of 2017-2018.
The day was created due to the organized efforts of many conferences. There were many disputes regarding the signing day and early signing day, but the day is held, and the recruitment is being done without any issues since its inception.
What is the significance of signing the bond?
The student ends his college recruiting process by signing the national letter of intent. Once the student is selected to be admitted to the college, he or she must be provided with the scholarship for the first year. The school must let the student know if the scholarship is renewed after the first year. It does not mean that a national letter of intent is the only criteria for admission; a student may be rejected if he or she does not meet other criteria regarding the admission.
Why should there be a national signing day?
The national signing day is essential so that the recruitment process is more organized. On having a national signing day, the process of signing the national letter of intent will be regularized, and it would be easy for the students. Every student can’t sign on the initial day, but those who do it feel more special.
The athletes would be in the heights of excitement on signing the national letter of intent. The national letter of intent is the pride that the athletes have received for the hard work they put in sports during their years in school.
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