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Ask the college coach – How are so many kids committed to school so early?

Welcome to SoccerNation’s “Ask The College Coach” column. In this series we take questions from soccer parents from around the country and have real, currently employed college coaches answer.

If you’re interested in having a coach answer your question, please send us an email at news@soccernation.com with the subject “Ask the College Coach”.

Dear Coach,

I wanted to ask if a coach in college can explain why girls in 8th ,9th or 10th grade can get committed to college when every rule I can find on this on the NCAA website says they cannot talk to college coaches? Is it because the different Divisions have different rules? How do these girls get this type of communication with college coaches at their age?

Brian

Phoenix, AZ

Hello Brian,

That is a really good question. The answer to you comes down to pure semantics. When a kid who is in the 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade commits, it is not an OFFICIAL commitment. It is purely VERBAL. Any kid can initiate conversation with a college coach, it is the coaches who have the restrictions. Depending on the division, the time frames college coaches can initiate contact vary. (Caveat…the rules for communication only apply to High School age kids. College coaches can talk to any kid in the 8th grade and below without the restrictions).

For instance, Division II coaches can only initiate contact with a recruit any time beginning June 15th going into their Junior year. Prior to that date, a coach can talk to that recruit IF the recruit contacts the coach via a phone call and the coach ANSWERS the call or the recruit shows up on campus the coach can talk to them. Prior to June 15th of the Junior year, a coach cannot return phone calls or reply to any type of messages from that recruit or the parents of that recruit. This date varies amongst the Divisions.

The way coaches talk to the kids is via a secondary contact, which is usually the club coach. College coaches reach out to the club coach to have them relay the message of interest and to have the kid call them at a specific time. Once this happens and the coach answers that phone call, recruiting conversations can be had. The other route to communication between a young recruit is via an unofficial visit to campus. Once again, this is usually arranged by the college coach contacting the club coach who relays the message to the recruit.

The recruit then contacts the club coach who then relays that message to the college coach. Once the kid is on campus, recruiting conversations can take place. After these types of activities; phone calls initiated by the recruit, on campus visits, electronic message (email or text) communication between college coach, club coach, and the recruit, a kid will then make a VERBAL commitment to the college. Once they enter their Senior year, the official commitment can be initiated with a National Letter of Intent (NLI) being signed.

I hope this helps explain how 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders can be committed to a college before their 12th grade year.

LeBaron Hollimon
Women’s Soccer Head Coach
California State University, San Bernardino

[Source: Soccer Nation]

By | 2017-10-21T04:22:57+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Categories: Ask the college coach|0 Comments

Youth Soccer: The 5 Worst Mistakes in College Recruiting

Jeff Jaye – Founder of iSoccerPath – Spoke With Diane Scavuzzo About Success, Soccer, and Life

Youth Soccer News: No one ever thought it was going to be easy — but, no one ever realized how complex the college recruiting process was.

In the sea of organizations offering assistance to excited but overwhelmed and often confused college-bound athletes, there are clear distinctions.

Jeff Jaye, director of iSoccerPath and College Soccer Panels is the first to agree the landscape is littered with confusing options that often only add to the clutter of sifting through options instead of refining the information.  After all, there are thousands of options and limited resources.

Jaye is a father of a student-athlete and a successful businessman who saw the need in the market and focuses his energy on providing real educational opportunities to parents and students athletes to help navigate the complex world of college recruiting.

Made for the parents by a parent. There is finally a connector from the club game to the college game. iSoccerPath helps prospective student-athletes find the correct fit,” says a Divison I Men’s NCAA Final Four Head Coach.

What motivates Jeff Jaye and how is iSoccerPath different? Here is an exclusive interview that offers a look behind the scenes.

Diane Scavuzzo: Are there secrets to getting recruited by a top college?

Jeff Jaye: Yes.

I think the biggest secret right now is that parents and kids don’t know that 80% of the process of getting a roster spot is all on them and not on their youth club.

Diane Scavuzzo: What are the top 5 mistakes players — and their parents — make when trying to get recruited by a college coach?

Jeff Jaye: The biggest mistake is not realizing that parents are not the ones being recruited. Parents are not the ones going to college.

The biggest mistake is parents’ involvement. Parents must stay out of the communication cycle.

  1. Coaches are not recruiting parents to play.
  2. Players do not know how to be interviewed by a college coach
  3. Players do not understand the impact of their social media footprint
  4. Parents and players do not realize being recruited is their responsibility
  5. Simple Fact: It is not the youth soccer club’s responsibility to get a player into college.

Diane Scavuzzo:  Sounds simple … 

Jeff Jaye: It is simple. We often discover players do not know how to interview — either in person or on phone. Players also think their social media footprint is private and can’t be seen by college coaches and admissions. I also see parents and players believing that it’s the club’s responsibility to get their son or daughter into college.

Diane Scavuzzo: How do you define success?

Jeff Jaye:  Success — it is when we make a difference — When a top youth soccer club director or club board takes the time to listen to what we offer and sees how it can help their players and parents.

I want iSoccerPath to be part of the clubs’ CAP programs. Our program helps players and their families become familiar and comfortable with the college education process — we can answer their questions, help them practice how to answer questions and how to rethink their social media posts.

Related Article: Rush Soccer Partners with iSoccerPath

Diane Scavuzzo: How many kids have you worked with and helped?

Jeff Jaye: We are entering our third year and over 20,000 soccer families have attended our College Soccer Panels across the country. These include youth soccer club panels, college soccer id camps on campus, college soccer showcases and ID camps.  iSoccerPath has at any time over 200 boys and girls using our current programs.  In 2018, we plan on introducing our first-ever, national live on-line portal — then we will be able to work with over 10,000 families real time, right on their phones and help with real-time college education services.

Diane Scavuzzo: What is the most surprising thing you have learned about recruiting — since you launched iSoccerPath?

Jeff Jaye: That everything I think I know from working with college coaches changes every 3 to 6 months.

Between the NCAA and NAIA changing their rules on recruiting policies to coaches looking for many different types of players — the recruiting process is complex and it’s not just about being the best player or the one with the best grades anymore.

Diane Scavuzzo: There is so much talk about the U.S. Socer Development Academy (DA) and college coaches wanting to recruit players — Does being a player on a “DA” team really make a big dierence?

Jeff Jaye: The DA or ECNL senior gets about 8% of the 14,000 spots for boys and girls a year.

That accounts for approximately 1,200 or so college roster spots.

While playing on a DA team does have advantages — with the extra exposure to college showcases — not being in one does not hinder a player’s recruiting opportunity.

In fact, college coaches have started to tell us that ID camps versus College Showcases now are the main ways to get seen and be evaluated.

COACHES PREFER TO RECRUIT AT A COLLEGE ID CAMP THAN AT A SHOWCASE.

Diane Scavuzzo: Is it practical to expect a college scholarship? 

Jeff Jaye: First, there are 0 athletic scholarships in D3.

MANY D2 COACHES TELL US THAT THEY HAVE FEWER THAN 5 SCHOLARSHIPS EACH YEAR FOR A 30 PERSON ROSTER.

Division I programs have more scholarships but many are not fully funded at 14 for girls and 9.9 for boys.

If you go into the process thinking you won’t get any and you will get money from the other 3 buckets of funds — grades, government aid, and online scholarships — you will be so far in front of the game.

Diane Scavuzzo: Is it worth paying for help to navigate the college process?

Jeff Jaye: That’s a family’s choice. There are programs out there that charge thousands of dollars to do work that we believe college coaches never even look at or even respond to.

I think that iSoccerPath has found a way to keep it at $20 to $40 a month for what we offer. If we can give your family the tools to get your son’s or daughter’s emails opened, videos watched and coaches to their games, it is worth it.

Just think of the numbers — the sheer number of soccer players trying to get a spot is overwhelming.

Only roughly 7,000 spots each year for boys and 7,000 for girls programs and over 250,000 high school seniors trying — so having a small advantage is worth paying for.

Also, there are families that are stretched so thin time-wise with multiple kids and sports, we offer a little relief that way to them. Plus, we are familiar with this process — for first time parents, working with us can be invaluable and make a huge, lifelong difference.

Note: Part II of the Interview with Jeff Jaye, founder of iSoccerPath will come out next week!

[Source: Goal Nation]

By | 2017-10-21T04:10:07+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

iSoccerPath approved to work with Nor Cal RUSH

(San Ramon, California) – iSoccerPath, the premier education and evaluation company for families of prospective college soccer student athletes, is honored to announce it has been approved to work with Nor Cal RUSH in Fremont, Calif.

iSoccerPath will be working directly with Nor Cal RUSH boys and girls high school age players and their families to enhance and increase the chances of getting a roster spot at a college soccer program.

“Our goal is to have the Nor Cal RUSH players and their families at the forefront of the process of becoming a student athlete. The partnership of Nor Cal RUSH and iSoccerPath together will give their players the best opportunity to reach their goals of playing soccer at the next level coming out of the Bay Area.” said Jeff Jaye, Managing Director of iSoccerPath “I had the great honor to work with Fernando Columares and the chance to build their college placement program is a great honor for iSoccerPath and we are excited to increase college commitments for the club.”

To learn more about iSoccerPath visit www.isoccerpath.com

By | 2017-09-28T18:11:19+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

iSoccerPath adds three new Coaching Directors to its staff

(San Ramon, California) – iSoccerPath, the premier education and evaluation company for families of prospective college soccer student athletes, is happy to announce the addition of 3 new Coaching Directors to its staff. Darren Sawatzky, Rod Underwood, and Robin Hart have each accepted a coaching director staff position, starting April 1, 2017. Sawatzky will serve iSoccerPath clients in the Pacific Northwest, Underwood will work directly with his professional and club coaches contacts to help educate and evaluate youth clients across the Country, and Hart will be focused on helping players and families be evaluated for NAIA programs across the country, a critical division to place potential soccer student athletes.

“The hiring of these three exceptional coaches to our staff is a great achievement for iSoccerPath (ISP) and College Soccer Panels (CSP).” said Jeff Jaye, Managing Director of iSoccerPath, “In the past two years we have been fortunate to expand in 8 States servicing over 70 youth soccer clubs as well as the biggest college ID camps and showcases. Being able to hire Darren, Rod, and Robin, who are passionate about the iSoccerPath education model, will add tremendous value to our current staff and allow us to scale up to handle the demand for iSoccerPath as we enter more soccer markets.

Along with our Directors, each evaluator is either a former USSF national staff youth coach or college coach so our clients are ensured the best possible direction to become a student athlete through soccer.”

Darren Sawatzky has an extensive playing history including 4 seasons in MLS and 5 in the United Soccer Leagues. He is a passionate and dedicated coach and has held several positions at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels including University of Washington Assistant Coach, Seattle Sounders Head Assistant Coach, Washington Youth Soccer ODP Director, Sounders FC Director of Youth Development, Mercer Island Technical Director, and was 2016 MASL Coach of the Year. He is currently the Sounders U23 General Manager & Head Coach, and coaching for the Tacoma Stars and the Guam Men’s National Team.


Rod Underwood is currently the head coach of the Montego Bay United FC, 1st Division Jamaica. He was the coach of Cleveland City Stars and spent a year as a head coach of North East Stars in the TT Pro League before moving to the coaching staff at Portland Timbers FC. Recently, Underwood was the Academy Director for Sacramento Republic FC. Rod is a passionate leader, and states “My goal is to help youth soccer players develop and teach them the character needed on and off the off the field, which leads to success in obtaining a college roster spot”.


Robin Hart is currently the new women’s head coach at Menlo College and pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration. Prior to Menlo, Hart was an assistant coach at NCAA Div. II Sonoma State University where she helped the team to a CCAA regular season championship in 2015 and a runner-up finish in 2016. Previously, Hart was a coach for Santa Rosa United Soccer Club, for the regional ODP camp, as an assistant coach at San Francisco State University, and as a coach and assistant DOC at East Bay United Soccer Club for six seasons. As a senior and team captain at SFSU in 2008, Hart propelled the Gators to a 12-7-3 record and appearances in the CCAA Championship and NCAA Division II Championship Tournaments. For her NSCAA All-West Region First Team efforts that season, Hart was voted as the Gators’ Most Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year.


To learn more about iSoccerPath visit www.isoccerpath.com and www.collegesoccerpanels.com

By | 2017-04-25T21:21:16+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments

iSoccerPath adds Texas Staff Director Jose Tellez

(San Ramon, California) – iSoccerPath, the premier education and evaluation company for families of prospective college soccer student athletes, is happy to announce the addition of new Coaching Director, Jose Tellez to its staff.  Jose has accepted a coaching director staff position, starting April 15th, 2017. 

Tellez will be working to serve our parents and players in the Texas and Southwest area where he has long term playing and college education assistance ties.

“We are excited to add Jose to our staff at iSoccerPath (ISP) .” said Jeff Jaye, Managing Director of iSoccerPath, “Jose has an excellent relationship in the youth soccer rich state of Texas and the last 3 years has been working in the college education field mentoring families on how to become student athletes in college. His knowledge will be an integral part of growing our presence and serving the youth soccer clubs, leagues and Associations in Texas.”

Jose Tellez played college soccer at Midwestern State University and graduated from University of North Texas. In the last 3 years he has had a 100% success rate assisting and educating players on the process to gain a college roster spot.

“I bring passion and industry experience to iSoccerPath which I believe is the most innovative and professional college education company in the U.S.  I’m extremely excited to help educate families and ultimately make their dreams of playing soccer come true.”

 Welcome Jose to the ISP family!

By | 2017-04-23T01:02:05+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

College Soccer Exposure Camps and College Soccer Panels Renew Partnership for 2017-18

(Danville, CA) – College Exposure Camps and College Soccer Panels, a Division of iSoccerPath, the leading event and college education company in the US for bringing college coaches to youth soccer clubs, college showcases and College ID camps, have agreed to extend their partnership to provide college coach education panels for all College Soccer Exposure Camps for the 2017-18 soccer year.

“We are very excited to once again be part of the College Soccer Exposure Camps. The success we both had in our first year working with each other to achieve common goals made it easy to extend the Partnership with College Soccer Exposure Camps. Getting our education panels into as many high school age potential student athletes to help them get into college to get an education is our main goal. College Soccer Exposure Camps gives us one of the most professionally run camp operations we have seen to help us accomplish that.

Their college camp experience for potential student athletes to get evaluated by top college coaches in all Divisions around the US coupled with College Soccer Panels education program during the event is win-win for parents looking for the best College ID camp experience.” said Barbara Jaye, director of College Soccer Panels.

“We are thrilled to once again have College Soccer Panels provide the college education talks at our camps in 2017-18.” Charlie Campbell, Director of College Soccer Exposure Camps stated. “The information and presentation is a very big part of our camp experience that separates us from other college ID camps and we believe College Soccer Panels is the best at what they do. They add tremendous value to our campers and their parents to assist them in the college process.”

To learn more about College Soccer Exposure Camps, visit www.collegesoccerexposure.com
and for College Soccer Panels, their info can be located at: www.collegesoccerpanels.com & www.isoccerpath.com

By | 2017-04-19T21:39:22+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Categories: Press Release|0 Comments