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Walk-On not once but twice wins Heisman Award!

Heisman Trophy: Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield goes from walk-on to winner

Written By: Ralph D. Russo               Posted By: www.nola.com

As you all know we pride ourselves in helping our players and parents navigate the tough road to find a college soccer roster spot.

We continue to find great success for our players by communicating to coaches about gaining a roster spot as a walk on.  Almost every college soccer roster has a great number of these spots open each year.  
 
As you can see the term walk on and getting no athletic scholarship does not affect the chances of making the travel team, starting XI or earning money and being an impact player.  No higher honor in college athletics than winning the Heisman and this young man went to 3 schools before winning.
 
If you work the ISP program you can become as successful in soccer and your education goals!!

By | 2017-12-13T20:44:59+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

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“College Coach Panel”
“How to Interview with a College Coach”
“Mental Toughness: How Parents Can Positively Impact College Soccer Decisions”
 
 
 
By | 2017-12-06T20:11:58+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Thinking of your playing options in college?

[This article was originally posted on the Fremont Youth Soccer Club Website [source].

The season for many teams begins this coming weekend, September 9th. All players born 2005 and older are also now entering a period where they may be thinking of their playing options in college. We have a partnership with iSoccerPath, and I hope the following information will also help with players finding their pathway.

No matter what level of play you are at, there are options for playing in college. Yes, you should be realistic with where you want to play, this being cost of the college, does it provide you with the education you want, does your grades get you in, are you at the level of the soccer program they have?

There are a lot of factors, and being on a top competitive team is not the answer to these questions. A few important points to consider –

  • Scholarships are not what you are told. Very few if any soccer programs will give you a full ride through college. There are multiple sources for gaining financial aid, relying on the athletic scholarship will not be wise. Research the additional resources for financial aid in which the colleges can offer you.
  • You need to put the work in. Don’t expect coaches to fall over you and chase you down. Find out who the coach is, introduce yourself through email, making it personal to them and what you like about their program. Research them and ask about their achievements (too many coaches have insane ego’s). Ask to watch a college practice session, go to games, drop in on unofficial visits to the campus.
  • Let coaches know your game schedule, keep them up to date if playing games in their area, invite them to come and watch one of your games.
  • Select the college ID camps that suit the needs of you. Is it the right place, with the right coaching, and the right education.
    Your education is what’s most important. Get the grades you need, and study the courses you have an interest and passion in, every college has a soccer program. Use sports as a release from stress, make it your go to for pleasure and stress relief.
  • You will be in college for up to 4 years, pick somewhere you like. No point in being somewhere you do not enjoy for 4 years, pick a city/town that suits your personality and social needs.

Important areas to start working on now –

  • Coaches want to see disciplined athletes they can work with. Discipline, respect and integrity are not only important characteristics for a college recruiter, but also to take in to other aspects of your life, career, relationships, personal standards.
  • Clean up your social media. This is the downfall for so many. Social media has become an open diary in to your everyday life, nothing is secret anymore, and all can be seen on a screen. Conduct yourself appropriately and take responsibility for your appearance on and off line.

Ultimately it is a lot of hard work, dedication, and lots of selling yourself. This is now true for not only college recruitment, but also the rest of your life.

We have partnered with iSoccerPath as we believe in their program, and this is the best resource for getting ahead in your recruitment.

By | 2017-09-11T03:50:17+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

The Coaches Role in the Recruiting Process!

We’ve interviewed over 150 college coaches in the past two years during our club and college showcase College Soccer Panels.  They continuously repeat to us that one thing sticks out every time in the player ID process… how the club coach approaches his/her role during the recruit period.  

The last 5 years has seen a dramatic shift in the coaches impact not only on their own reputations and careers, but in the future opportunities for their players. Coaches must take more time than ever learning their players grades, test scores, ability to fit in to their playing style, and above all, character.

With more and more players trying to win a college roster spot, college coaches time for unofficial visits, phone calls, and visiting a recruits games are taking up two to three times as it used to.

It is important to build a reputation that college coaches should take your calls and recommendations for your players.  From our many interviews with college coaches we can confidently offer the tips below:

  • Do not set up a visit with us unless you have confidence that the player meets not only our academic requirements but can be an impact player on our team.
  • Learn how we play tactically and what type of players we regularly bring into our program.
  • After showcase games or game where we are in attendance, please stay around so we can find you if we have interest in your players. If we try to find you and you’re gone, we may not have time to follow up.
  • Whenever possible please come up and introduce yourself, especially if you’re a new or young coach and trying to establish your name and reputation.
  • The best thing you can do for yourself and your players when they show interest in coming to ID camps or setting up visits, is to give them an honest evaluation upfront. Having a player come to our camp or on a visit who has no chance to play for us is something we hate to see. It is important that they get your true advice as to where they should visit and reach out to, even if you are dissuading against a school that they think they can play in, when it does not match their true evaluation. 
  • Make sure that the player and family is strong on character on and off the field.  These traits are more and more important to our jobs and future and we need to trust your word.

Hopefully these tips will help you build your reputation with college coaches and help your players reach their dreams of playing in college!

 

By | 2017-04-25T04:09:55+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

The Secret To Your Son or Daughter Playing College Soccer!

There are 2 million club soccer players and only 9% will play college soccer, most get lost in the mysterious recruiting process!

Team Snap members:

The process to become a recruited student athlete has become more and more confusing for players and parents. Everyday we hear questions like…

  • How do I know how good my son/daughter really is?
  • What are the important dates each year so we don’t miss a deadline?
  • What are the NCAA rules we need to follow when communicating with coaches?
  • How do I communicate and get in front of college coaches to maximize my exposure?
  • How do we spend our money wisely over the next few years to target the divisions and conference that is best for our son/daughter?

It is crucial to not only understand this mysterious process but to focus your energy and investments where you will increase the chance your player earns a coveted position as a student athlete.  As parents we spend thousands dollars a year on club fees, uniforms, camps, private lessons, tutors and travel.  At iSoccerPath we have rigorously rooted out the truth versus common myths including “Being in my club will get me recruited”, “Coaches and Scouts will come and find me simply by playing in showcases and tournaments”, “My player deserves and will get a full ride”, and finally “D1 schools are the best schools to go to”!

iSoccerPath has developed a comprehensive and affordable program for you and your family.  We invite you to become part of the iSoccerPath family and join hundreds of youth soccer players our staff has already assisted realize their dream of becoming soccer playing student athletes.  

By | 2017-04-23T23:13:17+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

College ID Camps Take Over Top Spot to get Recruited!

Over the past year CSP have had over 100 college coaches participate in the College Soccer Panels events.  One of the most important questions or topics is:

“What is the best value, time wise and financially to get seen by college coaches?”

Coaches are given 5 choices:

  • High School games
  • Club games
  • College Showcases
  • College ID camps
  • ODP/TC type of play dates

In the last 9 months the answer from over 80% of them is “College ID Camps” offers a better look at players interested in playing for their program. That is a paradigm shift from the last few years where it was college showcases and club games #1 and #2 respectfully.

Why is this?  College ID camps have always been thought of money makers for the coaches, overcrowded, low on talent, and very expensive over a 1 to 3 day period.

The answer simply is that due to the enormous amount of soccer players who are skilled, athletic and have good grades it has made the task of identification exponentially more difficult for college coaches with their limited travel budgets.

Here is what we found from the coaching panels:

Viewing Players at Club Games

College Coaches will attend club games but need to be able to view multiple players or multigames a day.  As NCAA rules apply to D1-D2 coaches that they have a limited amount of visits (off campus) to view a player.  If multiple players are within a particular team or game it gives the coach more incentive to attend.

Viewing Players at Showcase or Tournaments:

It is impossible to get a good evaluation in just one game or in 15 to 20 minutes at a showcase. 

Coaches on average view 30-40 games over 2 to 3 days at a showcase and having only 10-15 minutes at each game it has become too hard as they get 100-200 email requests a day leading up to a showcase to visit players’ games.  Coaches prioritize by grad year and positions needed to replace current graduating soccer athletes and needs of the team

Viewing Players at High School Games

High School games are mostly thought of as very low value due to the level of competition.   D1-D2 coaches are limited by NCAA rules as to how many visits they can see a player offsite of campus which they prefer to use at tournaments or showcases where they can see an abundance of players in highly competitive soccer environment.  NAIA and JC coaches that are not held by these NCAA rules can often attend.  

Viewing Players at ODP or TC

ODP or Training Centers invite college coaches to view these players at these events and coaches can attend if they within a radius of the location that allows.   (These events are selected players only and not available to the larger population of players)

Viewing Players at College ID Camps

The reasons that coaches now encourage 1 day college id camps and multi coach 1-2 camps are listed below:

  • Coaches have much more time to evaluate players
  • Players are grouped within their grad year to play amongst peers
  • NCAA allows one on one communication by coaching staff at camp to learn character
  • Current college players run drills and can get to know recruits during day
  • Players can get a feel of the campus, staff, food, and dorms to see if a possible fit
  • Costs are usually affordable and offer viewing from multiple D1,D2, D3,NAIA and JC coaches
  • Players Can use camp to set up unofficial visit
  • Players Can receive an evaluation from college coach staff and know if should continue to pursue that program or not
  • Opportunity for player to work on branding and marketing yourself before and after camp using email and phone communications with coaching staff 

College ID camps are run several times a year by most college programs. They are typically in Spring, Summer, and over Xmas break.  Locating a college id camps can be done on the college soccer website and players must be proactive and do the work early since many camps sell out many weeks in advance.

ISP Secret Sauce Tip of the Day –   get an evaluation from someone you trust before signing up for a camp. Go to your DOC or club coach or use iSoccerPath to learn what camps based on your technical and grade abilities best fit your skill level. Don’t waste time and money going to college camps that you have no opportunity to play at or get thru the admissions process.

For this help and more if your goal is to get a roster spot in college please visit us at www.isoccerpath.com to help you in 2017!

 

By | 2017-03-28T14:14:06+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog|0 Comments