Detroit Mother Starts Petition To Overturn NCAA Satellite Camp Ban
On April 7, the NCAA banned football coaches from working at camps away from their campuses. Some say the rule will reduce opportunities and scholarships for high school students.
One Michigan mother is fighting back.
Rozlyn Peoples, mother of Detroit Cass Tech's five-star WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, created a petition to stop the NCAA's new rule that restricts FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) coaches from working camps at sites away from their campuses.
"Currently, the NCAA's Power Conferences are making decisions with no consideration of what impact they have on every American high school student and their families. Students and parents have no power, no voice and no ability to speak on their own behalf. Our only chance is to garner support via the online petition," says Peoples.
The satellite camps allow high school athletes to be seen by multiple schools and coaches at one location. Without the camps, students would have to travel to each of the schools individually, which costs more money and takes more time.
Most satellite camps are held close to campus, but last summer University of Michigan's head coach Jim Harbaugh traveled with the Summer Swarm, a national tour of satellite camps. Many conferences and coaches didn't like Harbaugh invading their turf. It ultimately led to the new ban.
The SEC, ACC, PAC12, BIG12, Sunbelt and MWC conferences all voted not to allow FBS coaches to work camps at sites away from their campuses.
Large programs like Michigan and top level high school recruits use the camps, but they're not the only ones. The camps also help smaller schools find players and gives players who haven't yet caught the attention of recruiters an affordable opportunity to be seen.
The goal of the petition is to raise awareness. It will be delivered to all members of the NCAA Board of Directors.