Yet another question for the veteran parents out there... son is getting inundated with coaches' camp emails. Most are generic. One coach simply attached camp info to his brief "thanks for the update" email reply. The two camps that we decided were indeed worth it were both ones to which son was personally invited via some back-and-forth communication. Have also been taking this advice from a HeadFirst webinar: when a camp invite comes from a school that my son is potentially interested in, he emails the coach and explains that we have limited time and resources (can't attend ALL camps of course), but would like to speak with coach on the phone before signing up (our goal is to gauge their level of interest before laying down the money). So far, that approach has only yielded one of those two aforementioned camp attendances.
Should we be broadening my son's net a bit and attending some of these camps advertised generically? Is it important to attend these things even if my son is not invited by name, preferably on the phone? I realize that they are by and large moneymakers for the programs, but I also don't want my negligence to erase opportunities.