August 25, 2010
Your club coach can help you earn a college scholarship
By Pat Grecco
This story is not about blue chip teams whose coveted roster guarantees membership in The Golden Circle and underwrites dreams of college and soccer. The story is about club teams, coaches who work exceptionally hard to fulfill their players’ dreams to play in college but more important they had a battle plan.
Sure, the team had a few ODP players, some former Academy team players but an analogy of this club team made me realize that it consisted of solid varsity players who were determined and had desire to play at the higher level.
Together, players, parents, team manager and coach made the strategic decision to hire a professional coach to prepare the players for years of trench fighting that could lead to college and berths on top teams.
Money for coaching, travel, tournaments, training and expenses were minted. Parents and players signed on for a year-around commitment and mandatory practices, clinics, tournaments and lots of hard work.
Did their plan work? Yes and here is how they did it. They trained and trained, began to attend the most competitive tournaments, knowing they would probably not take first place. But they wanted to play against the best competition.
They fought their way through the USA Cup, Dallas Cup, Surf Cup, Disney Classic, Columbia Invitational and Potomac Invitational, then attacked the best teams in the Carolinas. With every battle they grew.
Team managers maneuvered into position, academics were stressed, collecting player GPA/SAT and Act’s, stats, references, preferences, photos with which they could create their projectiles -- player profiles -- to be launched with deadly accuracy at college coaches, first by hard copy, snail mail and then attached to every email they would send out to college coaches. Always updating, networking.
As the smoke of battle cleared and the players were packing for their next mission -- college soccer -- the club coach spoke out and said “to watch boys grow into men with purpose and dedication makes all the hours of hard work worth it. It was our investment in their future. Now the college coaches all agree, there will always be a place for the blue collar player, as well as the blue chipper, on their college teams.”
Pat Grecco writes about another subject about high school student athletes finding the right college. She is the College Bound Athlete Advisor at www.collegeboundathlete.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.