Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 Spring Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Invitations Extended

Below is an email that was sent out this morning extending invitations to the 2014 Spring Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase. Please read it carefully. If you did not receive the email, but you have attended previous showcases, and/or may be talented enough to attend the event, please feel free to email at Recommendations from coaches will be considered.

Parents, Coaches, Players

We are now a little over 60 days before my March 1st & 2nd Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase.  Attached is an invitation for your son/player.  As was the case last September, the event will be loaded with talent, and will represent another opportunity for your son/player to compete against the best players from around Ohio, the Midwest and the nation. The fall showcase attracted over 350 very talented players, and the March event should draw close to 400 players.  As is the case with every Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, the exposure opportunities will be great, as there will be several scouting services, video guys and small college coaches in the house to document the action.

As I did for the September showcase, I will be maintaining a running list of the players who have committed to the event (right hand side of the website).  This list is not official, and will not hold your son/player a spot in the showcase.  Only a full payment of the $125.00 registration fee by the deadline will guarantee a spot. Also, for your convenience, I have placed a Pay Pal link in the upper right hand corner of the website if you would like to pay the fee online with a credit card. There will be a $3.00 surcharge for this method of payment. When using Pay Pal, please enter your son/player’s name, grade, height and position in the space provided, as this will assist me to match your payment with the registration forms. Also, please make sure you note the Pay Pal receipt number on the registration form, and then bring the receipt with you the morning of the event.  If you plan to attend the event, please email with your intentions, provide me with your son’s name, grade, height and position, then send in the registration forms and fee ASAP. Please do not send registration forms without the fee!

For the first time ever, we will be adding a 2nd-5th grade division for the younger players. Based on the reduced number of players and format difference, the cost for players in that division is only $50). Please help pass the word about the younger division, as most people may not recognize the addition.

As the date of the showcase gets closer, I will be sending out emails and updating the website.  It is very important that you continue to follow the website up until the day of the event ( for updates, as things may change. I know I don’t have email addresses for everybody, and some people don’t use the internet very often; therefore, please help me spread the message and share the information and updates with those parents who you know may not receive the information they need. 

For those of you who have not attend Buckeye Prep showcases in the past, below are a number of links to articles and videos from the last event. Please take the time to go through the material, as they offer some great insight into the events.  For those you who have participated in the showcases, you know that the competition is fierce; the right people are there watching; and the event is always well run.

Based on the level of participation in September, the positive feedback we received after the event, and the fact that football will not be an issue, this event will likely be SOLD OUT. Because of facility limitations, once all of the spots have been filled, I cannot add additional players. Spots will be filled on a “first come, first served basis.” If you have any questions or concerns, emailing me is the best option, but feel free to call me at 614-203-2929.  I hope to see you in March!

PS. I’m always looking for quality coaches.  If you enjoy working with kids; have a coaching background; can be objective; and are interested in coaching at the event, please email me. Coaches will receive a showcase T-shirt and free meals and drinks in our “coaches and media only” hospitality room. Please note, you cannot coach your son or player(s), and every attempt will be made to schedule around your son’s games.

PSS. Also, please let your AAU coaches know about out April 4-6th Buckeye Prep Invitational Tournament. Like the showcase, the competition and exposure is top notch!

Rob Taylor
Buckeye Prep Report

Committed player list and updates
Media & video from past events:


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