Find Your Balance
- Academics + Athletics + Social = Personal Growth
Choosing for Academics
- Degree or Field of Study Offered
- Small or Large Class Sizes
- Taught by Professors or Graduate Assistants
- Flexible Major or Individualized Degree Programs
- Preparation and Placement into Prestigious Graduate Schools or Work Force
Choosing for Athletics
- How Soon Will I Get to Play?
- How Important Is It to Play for a Winning Program?
- What is the Commitment Level Expected of Me by the Program?
- Is a Scholarship Available for Me?
- At What Level of Play am I Capable?
- Do I Aspire to Play Professionally?
What Does It Take To Play College Soccer?
- Technical - The ability to master the ball so that speed of play is as fast as possible.
- Tactical - (1) Being able to recognize what is happening on the field. (2) Executing decisions that maximize benefit to your team and hurt the other team the most.
- Physical - Mostly inherited, physical speed, strength, agility, and quickness can separate players.
- Psychological - The capacity to deal with adversity. A Player’s composure, confidence, concentration, and commitment.
- Academics - Solid core-course preparation and GPA. Adequate to above average test scores.
Choosing for Social
- Big school or small school
- Big city, small city, or rural college town
- Geographic location
- Greek organization membership
- Student-Government/Leadership opportunities
- Diversity of student population
NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse
Maximizing Athletic Aid
- Understand limited nature of available athletic funds; predict a school’s scholarship budget for your freshman year
- Recognize that most student-athletes are “packaged” (government, academic, and athletic aid)
- Take tests junior year, apply early to colleges, have 3-4 school suitable to your needs who are interested in you
- Establish a family financial plan; know your limits!
- Be open and honest with coaches during negotiations
- Attempt to not let money be the overriding decision
Organizing Your College Future - The 3 P’s
- Be Proactive -- Continuous evaluation and prioritization of academic and athletic goals.
- Be Persistent -- Continuously express your interest in the school and program of your choice
- Be Prepared -- Satisfy all necessary academic and athletic eligibility requirements
HIGH SCHOOL YEAR BY YEAR CHECKLIST OF ITEMS TO ACCOMPLISH
- Understand that every grade in every class counts towards your college acceptance and ultimate opportunities both academically and athletically.
- Prepare a four year academic plan to insure NCAA core course requirements are met.
- Attend summer camps of schools which you have an interest.
- Identify 10 schools of interest to you
- Research their academic standards and athletic programs
- Develop resume and cover letter to be mailed in spring semester
- Identify summer camps of schools in which you have an interest
- Eliminate schools that do not fit your criteria. Add schools who might and have shown interest in you.
- Take ACT and SAT in late spring
- Register for NCAA Clearinghouse in June after grades have been posted to transcript
- Use spring break/summer as an opportunity to take unofficial visits to schools of interest
- Develop realistic financial plans with your family
- Attend summer camp of schools high on your priority list.
- Retake ACT and/or SAT in early fall is necessary
- Take official visits if offered; unofficial ones if not.
- Apply for admission as soon as possible in early fall
- Submit FAFSA as soon as possible in January.
- Hopefully sign a National Letter of Intent on the 1st Wednesday in February!
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