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College Night

College Night

Informational meeting for players and their parent's about the college process.

 

Dates: TBD


To get you started...

Navigating the College Soccer Recruiting Process


1) RESEARCHING SCHOOLS
   
+  What do you want out of your college soccer career? Understand the challenges and rewards
   
+ College Soccer Opportunities, NCAA I, II & III, NAIA, NJCAA
 
   -  Total # of Men's Programs = 1,214 (NCAA = 783)
    -  Total # of Women's Programs = 1,367 (NCAA = 968)
   
Variables to Consider
 
  - Academic Level
   - Academic Offerings
   - Geographic Location
   - Climate
   - Size of School
   - Urban vs. Rural
   - Cost
 
  - Level of Soccer Program
   - Impact You May Have on Program

2) TARGETING SCHOOLS
    
+ Narrow down your list, find schools that will be the right fit
  
- Set realistic expectations both academically and athletically, use coaches for honest opinion
   - Watch college soccer
   - Understand the recruiting cycle, roster size, graduating class size
   - Student-Athlete not Athlete- Student
   - Understand what your role may be on a team, Impact, Core or Depth


       

3) COMMUNICATING WITH COLLEGE COACHES
     

+ You have to self-recruit
  
- You can't start too early
   - Personalize all correspondence
   - Have a reasonable email address
   - Coaches have NCAA rules to follow in how they can respond
   - The power of a phone call
   - Make sure you send reminders to coaches before an event/showcase
   - Your soccer resume should include: contact information, graduation year, academic details, soccer achievements, upcoming events, references and extra circular activities
   - Be persistent in all communication, reach out every time there is an update in your academic or soccer career. Test scores, event results etc.
     
+ Visiting Campus
  
- Understand the difference between official and unofficial visits
   - Schedule a campus tour
   - May have meetings with coach, players and academic support
   - Be smart, behave. What you do during a visit will most likely get back to the coach
    
4) GETTING EVALUATED
     

+ Tournaments and Showcases

   - Maximize opportunity for evaluation with effective communication prior to the event
   - The coach is looking at your technical, tactical, physical, psychological and emotional components
   - Follow up after the event with a note to the coach, use your club coach as a point of contact
      

+ Camps and One Day Clinics
  
- Camps are opportunity for development, evaluation but are also sources of revenue for the program
   - Make sure you attend camps that suits your needs, too many camps in a summer can burn you out
   - One day clinics offer a time and cost effective approach, allowing for evaluation and understanding
    

+ ODP, ID2, Select Programs
  
- College coaches are often on staff at these identification and development programs
   - The environment is constantly changing, these programs are not necessary for evaluation, but are another avenue for evaluation
    

+ Recruitment Videos (Consider SOCCER ASPECT)
  
- You will not get recruited solely from a video, but it may get the coaches attention, spark interest or support your application. It acts as your visual resume, it must provide an opportunity for evaluation
   - Understand the difference between a highlight reel and a recruitment video, coaches want context
     
5) MAKING AN INFORMED DECISION
      
+  Ask for Feedback from College Coaches
  
- Ask the hard questions, e.g. Do you think I would be a good fit for your program?
   - Be okay with rejection - The coach is looking to fill their needs and a 'no' narrows down your list.
       

+ The Reality of Soccer Scholarships
  
- Understand that soccer is an equivalency sport, and programs may not be funded to NCAA limits.
   - 2% of high school athletes will get a scholarship at an NCAA Division I or II institution (NY Times).
   - The average amount of athletic scholarships offered in equivalency sports is $10,000.
   - Division III programs may find ways to attractively package student-athletes.
    

+ The Admissions Process
  
- Admissions officers admit students, not coaches. Ask coaches for feedback on admissibility status.
   - Soccer may help you get into schools that may be out of your reach without athletic support.
   - Don't rely on soccer to get you into schools, work hard in the classroom to give you opportunity.
     

+ The NCAA Clearinghouse
  
- Clearinghouse refers to Division I and II only.
   - In order to participate in athletics and receive athletically based financial aid, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and meet academic and amateurism eligibility standards.
   - Download guide for College-Bound Student-Athlete
   

Click here to learn more about the Clearinghouse

       
+ Parents Role in the Process
  
- Let the athlete lead the process, coaches want to deal with prospects not parents
   - Be realistic about your child's ability and opportunity.
   - Guide them, advise them and support them. Help organize the process and materials.
    
6) PREPARATION
       

+ After you commit you must prepare physically, technically, tactically, physiologically and emotionally for your college soccer experience. Don't think the journey is over - it's just begun.

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