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Cal South E-News | June 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING

June 20, 2012

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COLLEGE PLANNING
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NCSA Athletic Recruiting

Are You Searching for the Right Schools and Programs That Fit You?

1. Many soccer players aspire to play at the next level after college, which leads many of them to search and choose institutions based solely on the soccer program. A student-athlete has to remember it's about getting an education first. Starting the search based on academic interest is great way to get started.

2. The next thing a student-athlete should think about is how the school would fit them socially. For example: "Will I thrive as a student-athlete in an urban area or is it a better fit for me to be somewhere smaller?" Will you progress in a large school and class setting or do you need a smaller setting that will allow you to receive more attention?

3. Finally, searching a school based on their soccer program. Yes, everyone wants to play at the top programs, but student-athletes should ask themselves a few questions while searching for that right program:

A. "Can I play at that level?" Be honest and compare yourself to players that are already playing at the program. Also, get feedback from your club coach. They see you train and play more than anyone else and can evaluate you.

B. "If I get hurt or am not playing, will I want to continue my education at that institution?" Injuries and lack of playing time are part of sports. Picking the program at an institution that you would want to attend whether or not you are playing soccer is very important.

C. "Will I be able to pursue my academic goals while playing?" Remember, playing at the college level takes a lot of commitment and time management. Some programs will ask more of you as player than others. Are you prepared to make that commitment to the program?

D. "What type of system do they play?" If you are used to a system that keeps the ball and plays to feet, it is probably not wise to attend a program that does not play that style unless you are willing to adapt. Also, the more you can see them play the better. It will allow you to get a feel for the system, players and coach.

About NCSA:

NCSA Athletic Recruiting changes lives by building leaders through sports and connecting four key communities involved in the college athletic recruitment process: qualified high school student-athletes and their families, high school coaches and athletic directors, college coaches, and professional partners such as the NFLPA, ESPN, and more. NCSA is the leading collegiate recruiting source for more than 200,000 student-athletes and 35,000 college coaches across the country. By taking advantage of this extensive network, more than 90% of NCSA Athletic Recruiting-verified athletes go on to play at the collegiate level. In addition, NCSA educates over 4 million athletes and their parents about the recruiting process each year through educational resources on its website, www.ncsasports.org, presentations of the critically acclaimed seminar "College Recruiting Simplified," and the book from NCSA Athletic Recruiting, "Athletes Wanted."

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