Understanding the difference between a verbal commitment and a signed commitment is simple but extremely important.
A verbal commitment is a non-binding commitment between you and a college, there is no signed agreement. You can verbally commit to a school anytime, but that doesn't mean you should or that you're not accountable for your verbal commitment.
When you're considering verbally committing to a school, be sure to speak with me, your parents, and the college coaches at that program before announcing it to anyone.
Verbal commitment aren't binding and you can revoke your commitment whenever they'd like. However, keep in mind that when you frequently change your commitment, it can leave a bad taste in the mouths of college coaches and can certainly burn bridges.
A signed commitment is a binding agreement between you and a college, and there are a couple different types of signed commitments, depending on the level of school to which you're committing.
For NCAA DI and DII programs, you will sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) which states:
You are agreeing to attend that school full-time for one academic year
That school agrees to provide athletic financial aid for one academic year
For NAIA and Junior College programs, you will sign a Letter of Intent (LOI), which is also a binding document between that athlete and the school.
For NCAA DIII programs, you will sign a "celebratory-NLI" as DIII schools only offer academic and merit based scholarships.
Before you sign with college programs and announce your commitment, you should reach out personally to each college coach who recruited you along the way to thank them for their time and inform them about your decision.
This is a thoughtful gesture which is appreciated by college coaches.
Hope this helps and as always if there is ever anything we can do please do not hesitate to reach out.
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