Over the past year we have had over 150 college coaches attend and participate in our iSoccerPath College Coaches Panels around the U.S. We host our college coach panels at clubs, showcases and college ID camps.
One of the most important questions or topics is what is the best value time wise and financially to get seen by college coaches this summer?
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 or so the answer from over 80% of them is College ID Camps. That is a huge 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 all have talent and good grades, it is impossible to get a good evaluation in just one game or in 15 to 20 minutes at a showcase. Coaches on average see 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. High School games are mostly thought of as very low value due to level of talent on field. Not every player can or does the ODP/TC route and club games are still viable but only for coaches in a 30-60 mile radius on a weekend for the most part.
The reasons that coaches now encourage 1 day College ID Camps and small multi coach camps are listed below:
- Have on average 5 to 6 hours to be evaluated in a small setting
- Players are grouped within their grad year to play amongst peers
- NCAA allows one on one communication at camp to learn character (Division 1 excluded)
- Current college team players run drills and can get to know recruits during the day
- Players can get a feel of the campus, staff, food, and dorms to see if a possible fit (Division 1 excluded)
- Costs are usually less than $150 and many camps have multiple D1, D2, D3, NAIA and JC coaches
- Can use camp to set up unofficial visit after September 1st of your junior year in high school
- Can receive an eval from college coach staff afterwards to know immediately if you should continue to pursue that program or not
- Opportunity to work on branding and marketing yourself before and after camp through 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 College ID Camps can be done by visiting the program’s website. You have to be proactive and do the work early as many camps are selling out over a month in advance.
*** Secret Sauce Tip of the Day – Get an evaluation from someone you trust before signing up for a camp. Go to your DOC, club coach or use iSoccerPath to learn where you should be going to camps based on your technical and grade abilities. Don’t waste time and money going to camps that you have no opportunity to play at. For this help and more in the process to get a roster spot in college please visit us at www.isoccerpath.com to help you in 2018!
Jeff Jaye is Director of iSoccerPath, the leading college education company for parents and players in the US. Visit www.isoccerpath.com to learn about how their program can help your family!
By Jeff Jaye – Director of iSoccerPath