I am looking elsewhere and have much better offers. This one is a complete low ball--30 percent when others are 40-full. I have no doubt I can get it done. Just angry that with my Spring times that should be clear and I shouldn't be thrown into the hunger games with 20 grand on the line for one race. What if I am sick that day or just off.
This is not even the best program. But it is the best school and current top choice. Another problem is that if I wait for NXN, I miss early signing. Id have to tell my second choice (full ride) to wait and I am not sure how well that would go over.
Watch yo mouth befo yo ass be missin.
What do you think of a coach who offers a small scholarship but offers to double based on NXN results. Is it normal to put 20K on once race rather then solid results from Jr. year. Is this just a twisted head game????? Is this normal or a signal that the coach is masochistic thriving on putting a runner under extreme pressure.
You're right, it isn't a game, its a sum of money that isn't too far off the amount of money this person will have earned a year out from graduation.
this isn't a game. don't assume you know what is going on as it relates to running a division 1 track and cross country program. you don't know what resources the coach has. don't assume all things are equal with the other "better teams." (in fact, perhaps his plan to get better is to get good kids like you on smaller offers so he can get MORE GOOD KIDS LIKE YOU, and beat the other teams currently ahead of him.)
If scholarship offer is your #1 criteria, make that clearly known. it is adult conversation time. have it with the coach in question. either you want to go to school there or you don't. It is a total package, academic institution and track program, and scholarship offer. that is the coach, he runs the program, he has told you how he operates..
Sure it would be nice if you could pick the location of school A, the scholarship offer of school B, the running trails of school C, the coach of school D, and the success of school E. But you can't. So find the best combination, but don't expect someone to change what they are.