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7 Suggestions for College Planning Success

1. Find the right SCHOOL.
Make sure your prospective school, not just the soccer program, is the right fit. Ask yourself, “Would I still attend this college if I no longer played on the team?”

2. Keep your eye on the ball when it comes to your high school GPA.
Consider taking Honors, AP or Dual Credit classes, which can go a long way when a coach evaluates if you can stand up to the academic challenges of college.

3. Know the four components college coaches look for in a recruit:
• Tactical Ability • Technical Ability • Physical Ability • Psychological Ability

4. Take advantage of the athletic website to learn more about the program.
The coach’s biography can provide clues to playing style, philosophy and success of his/her teams, while the roster page can allow you to see if you model the type of player (physical characteristics, youth accomplishments, etc.) the coach recruits for a given position.

5. Arrange for a campus visit.
While there, see if you can spend time with the team. Gain insight into the program and experience campus life to get a feel for what to expect as a student-athlete.

6. Attend a game.
This provides a chance to get a first-hand look at the team’s playing style in a game situation and to see how the coaches conduct themselves on the sideline. You can also see if you have the ability to contribute and make an impact on the program should you play there.

7. Reach out to the coaches.
Let coaches know you are interested in their program and school with a unique, personalized email. Show you’ve done your research and highlight why you think their school is a good fit. Include your academic and athletic information, as well as a highlight video and upcoming competitions in which you’ll be playing.

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NCAA Eligibility Center (Formerly NCAA Clearinghouse)
The NCAA Eligibility Center is something that every potential collegiate student-athlete needs to register for in order to play collegiate sports at the Division I & II level. Your high school transcripts, SAT scores, ACT scores will all need to be filed with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

You should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of your junior year of high school.

NAIA Eligibility Center
The NAIA Eligibility Center is something that every future collegiate student-athlete needs to register for in order to play collegiate sports at the NAIA level. Much like the NCAA Eligibility Center, your high school transcripts, SAT scores, ACT scores will all need to be filed with the NAIA Eligibility Center

College Board (SAT College Entrance Exam and Scholarship Website)

The SAT is one of two exams (ACT being the other) that you can take to be eligible to attend college.  Every student-athlete must achieve a certain score on the SAT in order to be eligible to play collegiate athletics.  Through the college board website, you can register for an upcoming SAT exam, have your scores sent to the college of your choice, and even take practice exams to get prepare for the real one!

The SAT is a more widely used test when it comes to college athletics, but not the only option. Visit the College Board website to answer any other questions about the SAT you may have.


ACT Student (ACT Entrance Exam and Scholarship Website)
The ACT is the second of two exams that you can take to be eligible to attend college. Every student-athlete must achieve a certain score on the ACT in order to be eligible to play collegiate athletics.Through the ACT website, you can register for an upcoming ACT exam, have your scores sent to the college of your choice, and even take practice exams to get prepare for the real one! Visit the ACT website to answer any other questions you may have.

FASFA Website (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  This is the application for college-bound students to potentially receive Federal and State grant money to attend a public or private college.  The FAFSA awards are mainly based on financial need and merit of the student.   Not only does the FAFSA open up opportunities from the Federal and State governments, but it also highlights specific awards at different collegiate institutions.

Every potential college bound student should file the FAFSA for scholarship opportunities for college.  Visit the FAFSA website today!

FastWeb (Scholarship Search Website)
FastWeb is a search engine dedicated to finding scholarships for college-bound students and current college students.

There are a wide variety of scholarships out there, and FastWeb helps to locate them.  It is a great resource to use so visit it today










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