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How a 140 Character Tweet Can Cost you a $140,000 Soccer Scholarship

Be careful what you post! College coaches always look at the full player.  They look at their abilities on the field, their skill and technique, their decision making, how they behave with their team or with their coach, their character, and many other components.  If they like what they see they may contact a player’s club coach.  Then they will ask questions and look into their social media footprint.  Coaches are not only looking for great players, they’re looking for students who they want representing their school.

Most college soccer programs use interns to review potential recruits to their program.  Their role is to find anything that could make a coach question a student’s character. We continuously hear from college coaches that there are so many good soccer players with great grades to choose from now that a negative social media post or tag can easily remove your son/daughter from their watch list.  Also, parents, YES, they are looking at yours too as they say the “apple doesn’t fall from the tree”.  

It’s never too early to learn the importance of your player’s “brand”, or what everyone sees and thinks of them.  And remember, even if your kids don’t plan to play in college, protecting their “brand” is important because all colleges now are checking social media accounts at time of admission decision.  And the scrutiny continues even after college, as any job they apply for will have the same process to go through.

Take the time now to educate your children on the importance of scrubbing their footprint on the internet.  All it takes is 1 post to take away your child’s soccer dreams.

iSoccerPath assists your family in this very important part of the college education process to ensure your kids are at the top of the college coaches recruit board.

By | 2017-07-26T20:43:35+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: Ask the college coach|1 Comment

Parental Expectations / Guidelines – the 24 hours rule

In order to obtain optimal success, it is necessary for the coaching staff to be in complete control of the athlete’s performance. In order to do so, we need the full cooperation and support from the parents. We are dealing with your child and the team on a daily basis and hold them accountable in each and every soccer situation.

Our staff will provide the necessary motivation and technical/tactical instruction. We would hope that as parents you would support the club and its teams as well as your own child. Please encourage your child to take responsibility for his own actions, rather than intervening yourself. Ask your child to address his/her concerns directly with the coaching staff. This develops them as individuals, holds them accountable for their own actions, and promotes maturity

If you feel the need to intervene, please allow 24 hours after a match before approaching a staff coach to discuss your child’s performance.

The coaches are the most invested people in the matches and this is an emotional time for everyone. We find that 24 hours allows for cooler heads to prevail and promotes a more productive dialog. This applies to tournaments when coaches are inundated with logistical demands of scouting, prepping for next match and dealing with meals and other administrative concerns.

Unfortunately, addressing individual concerns is sometimes at the expense of the entire team. Please put the team and the coach first by setting an appointment 24 hours after the event.

As parents we expect you to cheer and support the team appropriately and in a positive manner. We do not expect or ask you to coach the team. Please be humble and represent your child and our club the spirit of the sport. At no time is it appropriate to discuss other players’ performance to other players or parents on the team. Your own expectations and goals may differ from that of your child, please keep this in mind.

Following these simple suggestions will help give your child a better and more meaningful experience in the game. College coaches who are looking for players for their programs tell us regularly that they are observing your character and behavior during games and after. They consider it a major part of the decision making process in choosing one player over another if they feel they will have to “deal” with that parent for 4 years. So like your sons/daughters everyone is being watched even when you don’t think so.

You can be a very positive character role model and increase their chances of playing college soccer if that is their goal.

By | 2017-07-26T21:01:49+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Ask the college coach|0 Comments

Soccer character and its major factor in college coaches decision to pick your kid

College Soccer Panels, the event hosting division of iSoccerPath, runs college education nights all over the US for soccer clubs and college id camps.  This topic has become the most important and most responded to area of the recruiting process by college coaches for the last few months.  When there are hundreds of players who play your son’s/daughters position and have the same if not better grades, why is a coach going to choose your child over the others for a spot on their roster and in their locker room? 

This article from James Leath is one of the best and well written pieces on “Soccer Character” and why college coaches now rely on it more than ever when choosing a player.  Parents, we are not immune to the character review either. When a college coach approaches a club coach because they liked your son/daughter in a game , these two questions are always going to be the two they ask:

“What are their grades?” followed right behind it with “What are they like?” and then “What are the parents like?”   Please take some time to share this info with your spouse and your youth soccer players.

You will be doing the whole family a great service to learn this as early as possible.

At iSoccerPath our clients are taught about character, what coaches are looking for during warm ups, games, interactions with adults etc.   Reach out to us at to become part of our family that helps your family in the college education process to become a student athlete and get an education thru soccer.

By | 2017-07-26T21:02:00+00:00 March 18th, 2017|Categories: Ask the college coach|0 Comments

Is my son too young for an ID Camp?

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 with the subject “Ask the College Coach”.

This months answer comes from Coach Robert Cummings, Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Cal State Monterey Bay

 Hi Coach,

I have a 14 year old, eight grade boy. A friend of mine recently told me about college ID camps.  He was offered a scholarship at one, a year ago when he first got here and was learning English. I looked into it and found 5 universities around where I live that will have one this summer. Two division 1 schools and three division 2 schools.All they say is that player must be at least 14 years old.  Do you think he is too young or it’s to early for him to go? Is it a waste of money?

I don’t expect him to get a college offer at this age. With him not even being in high school. He is not a soccer phenomenon or something. He does kick the ball around with some of my friends that played in college and physically he definitely keeps up. Skill wise he’s not as fine tuned yet. I’m hoping he gets some good training and has a cool experience of what college soccer is . Gets inspired and gets a no bullshit assessment of what he needs to work at to play at the college level.

Secondly, my son plays goalie mainly but after he hurt some fingers began playing center back too. He plays both well. I wasn’t sure about his college aspirations because he has only been playing competitive soccer for two years. It hasn’t been in the top levels either even though it’s pretty competitive here in San Diego. So, I was unsure if his aspirations were realistic however after seeing how he did with my friends, I decided to ask two clubs playing in some of the higher levels if he can just train with them and to my surprise he didn’t look like a fish out of water. Even looked good at times. When choosing a team should he choose the team playing at the highest level but he might not play as much or the one he plays in the most? The whole what’s most important for development. Level of competition or playing time dilemma.

Thank you for your time,

Jose Cavazos

Dear Jose,

Is he to young to go to an ID Camp? I think it depends in how your approaching it. Meaning if it’s a school of interest then to get on the coaches radar sooner rather than later could help your ability to be looked at longer and more closely than maybe someone who comes to the ID Camp as a Junior or Senior. That being said I wouldn’t break the bank on a ID Camp.

If you’re not necessarily looking at one college, then I would see if there are going to be multiple coaches at the ID Camp that can take a look at you and allow you an introduction to several different coaches from different Universities or Colleges.

I’m a firm believer of not getting caught up in whether the ID Camp is Div I or Div II. More importantly, look at what the University or College might offer you as a potential future S-A.  Is it a waste of money? I guess I can’t answer that as each ID Camp is run differently and it depends on what you’re looking as a “waste”. Some might find just playing games as a good ID Camp and some might find an ID Camp that has more instruction and small sided drills as more productive. Waste of money depends on what your looking for.

To go with the assessment again that will be determined by the ones running the camp and how they do feedback. ID Camps for many Coaches are used as a tool to evaluate future players, so therefore a coach running a 1 day ID Camp probably isn’t going to give you a written evaluation. However, most would say if you have any questions you can stay after the ID Camp and ask or if your a Junior or Senior then you can e mail the coach and have him get back to you.

Since your child is in 8th grade I would say the level initially isn’t as important. The key is to develop and play in as many games as possible. As he gets older then you may want to look at moving him up. However, like a coach once told me, “you don’t get recruited from the bench.”

So if you’re going to play minimal minutes at higher level, when he gets a bit older then I would say find a team where he can get minutes and grow as a player. Then you might have to go to a few more ID Camps to give the exposure for your son as depending on the team they may not be playing in the major tournaments and not getting looked at like he would be if he’s part of the higher level team. Again, it’s all about finding the right fit and balance.  The key is developing.

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By | 2017-07-26T20:42:41+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Categories: Ask the college coach|0 Comments

How Social Media can be a POSITIVE in the Recruiting Process

At our College Coach Education Panels we put on all over the US at clubs, showcases and ID camps, we hear how social media can ruin your chances to be recruited.   As soon as you become a “prospect” from a college coach, immediately interns in the athletic dept. go to work to find everything they can about the player AND the parents from their social media footprint.  They don’t just do it once, but everyday looking for something that can prove what type of character you have.  

With the amount of great and talented soccer players now and most have 4.0 gpa’s it’s easy for a college coach to just pass on a player that has something negative on their site and move to next candidate.

At a recent College Soccer Panel, Tracy Hamm, the women’s head coach at San Francisco State University, made a comment that she actually believes social media can help in the process and explained why.  She was the first coach to bring this up and since we have incorporated it into our iSoccerPath membership package for our clients and more coaches are now commenting on this topic.

Coach Hamm shared that she is looking for posts from prospective recruits that show things like doing charity work in the community, attending one of her games and posting in attendance, and posts where the recruit is maybe wearing the gear of her school to show interest. 

All great ideas to pass along.  Remember these things when it comes to social media:

  • Don’t let a 140 word tweet cost you a 140,000 college education
  • Count to 10 before you send
  • Don’t post it if you wouldn’t want your grandparents to see it
  • Pick a day each week when you go in to all your accts and review and delete any bad items or tags
  • Parents, your social media is being watched as well so be aware
  • You have worked for up to 10 years to get this opportunity, don’t let 1 post, tweet or Instagram ruin it

If you want extra help like this in marketing and branding your name to college coaches, please reach out to us at

By | 2017-03-28T14:30:31+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Categories: Ask the college coach, Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

10 things parents do to mess up the college recruiting process

These are the ten top mistakes we too often see parent do when it comes to their kids’ college recruiting process. Contact us today to get your son or daughter college career on the right track.

1. Fail to get an honest evaluation on son/daughter that includes Division and Conference recommendation as beginning of every season from coach.

2. Belief that it is the club’s responsibility to get their son/daughter into   college

3. Listen to other parents ­­about what they should do

4. Think that waiting till 10th or 11th grade is right time to start the process

5. Assume athletic scholarship and Division 1 college roster spot is attainable and do not cast wide net to other divisions.

6. Have the financial talk with their son/daughter early in process as to what type of schools they can afford to avoid acquiring student loan debt

7. Visit one college ID camp year after year and do not send son/daughter to the ones that match eval that year (see #1 above)

8. Contact coaches via email and in person directly versus having son/daughter work that process

9. Believe that college ID camps are money makers only and have no value in the recruit process

10. Allow son/daughter to take first offer to “get it over with” instead of waiting and going thru the process to find best fit.


By | 2017-03-28T14:30:31+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Categories: Ask the college coach, Blog|Tags: |0 Comments