Qualities Coaches Look for in Recruits
When recruiting, coaches look for athletes that will fit into their teams, usually filling their weaknesses. As a result, not all coaches are looking for the same type of athlete and will look for different particular characteristics that may be decisive in the recruiting process.
Here are some of those things:
NCAA DI Soccer National Championship 2016
The NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer national championship was being disputed last Sunday at the BBVA Compass Stadium during a scoreless game that ended up going into penalties. However, by the end of the match, the Stanford Cardinals won their second consecutive national title.
In the 71st minute, Drew Skundrich, playing for Stanford, took a shot, but Wake Forest’s goalkeeper Andreu Cases Mundet made a save when he caught the ball, laying on his back keeping it from crossing the line. Stanford celebrated a goal and Wake Forest celebrated a save. However, NCAA rules allow a review, which resulted in no goal.
By the end of the game, the scores remained 0-0 and the game went into penalty kicks. By the 5th penalty, Hayden Partain, from Wake Forest, shot low to the right corner, but Stanford’s goalkeeper Andrew Epstein made a game-saving block sending the teams into a sudden death shootout. Sam Werner scored giving the Cardinals the lead, while the Wake Forest team needed a goal to stay alive. However, Epstein had a different plan and when Brad Dunwell attempted to score, he dove to his right to make a save, winning the cup for his team, becoming the first team since Wisconsin in 1995 to win a national championship without a goal against.
Andrew Epstein is a redshirt junior and is the fifth goalkeeper in NCAA history to have a 0.00 goals-against average in a season. His career goals-against average is 0.34 and the NCAA record is 0.39.
It isn’t the first time Coach Jeremy Gunn leads a team to the national championship, he guided Charlotte to the 2011 College Cup.
The Importance of Making a Good Recruiting Profile
Most recruiting processes begin online through recruiting services, so your profile is the first impression you make with the coaches. A good online profile allows coaches to find and evaluate prospective athletes quickly and efficiently.
Here are 5 things you should consider when writing yours:
Differences Between NCAA Divisions I, II and III
“The NCAA’s three divisions were created in 1973 to align like-minded campuses in the areas of philosophy, competition and opportunity” – NCAA
The NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, regulates the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. The purpose of creating different divisions is to create an even playing field for college teams, giving teams with fewer resources a chance to compete in championships. However, the higher the division the more publicity and prestige it gets.
We compiled a list of differences between each division, so you can see which one suits your goals and abilities the most:
How to Manage Stress During Exams
The semester is coming to an end and for a student that only means one thing: FINAL EXAMS.
But that’s not the end of it, you still have practice, games and, on top of that, you may still have some papers due. It can get very stressful, but don’t panic you will survive. With a little preparation and some understanding of what’s to come these next few weeks you will be able to manage the stress.
First you have to realize stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing, if you are able to control it, things like the pressure of a deadline will push you to get things done. However, you should plan ahead so you don’t sacrifice the quality of your work due to lack of time. So here are some tips to plan ahead:
SAT or ACT?
As soon as you start looking for colleges you have to pay attention to the admission requirements schools ask for. When it comes to test scores, colleges accept both the SAT and ACT for admissions and merit-based scholarships, so which one should you take?
These are the differences:
10 Tips to Enjoy Christmas Abroad
Christmas is just around the corner, the streets are filled with festive lights and TV ads won’t let us forget it’s time to spend money on presents for our loved ones.
We are expected to go home and stay with our families, but what are we supposed to do when we can’t make it? The semester is about to finish and the reality that we are going to have to stay abroad for Christmas is unavoidable, but it isn’t the end of the world. You are going to experience Christmas in a new way and you should be excited! Not everyone will be able to experience this, so take advantage of it.
Here are our 10 tips to enjoy Christmas abroad:
Social Media has forced college recruiters to adapt and change from traditional scouting methods. Coaches and recruiters now use social media sites as an effective tool in finding and recruiting new athletes. In a previous article Athletes USA wrote that young athletes have to be more careful with their social media accounts as recruiters will use them to determine their potential and character. FXCM state that social media platforms such as Facebook have constantly evolved with technology, which in turn has forced society to evolve with it. One huge change has been the way users purposefully and accidentally reveal personal data. In this article we examine how social media sites can be useful tools for recruiters and the potential dangers for young athletes.
College recruiting is big business and college sport departments are constantly looking for a new way to promote their programs and athletes. Spredfast report that 98% of Universities in the US have a Facebook page, and with 72% of incoming high school seniors using a social media site to research prospective colleges social media has become an important marketing tool.
Colleges can now potentially cater their recruitment approaches to meet the needs of recruits. This self-promotion also goes the other way with students also taking advantage of the increased platform to showcase their abilities.
Speaking to ESPN Iowa State Cyclones director of scouting John Kuceyeski said “if you want to be a good recruiter in today’s college football, you have to be on [social media]…if you’re not doing it, you’re going to get beat by somebody that’s doing it.” He emphasized the need to be different and visible through social media. The Iowa State Cyclones coach Matt Campbell spoke of how his team is using social media to rebrand themselves. He believes that social media can be used to create a positive culture that will attract new recruits.
The new openness of information has opened many doors but can also slam them shut too. Cleveland.com reported that the Oklahoma State assistant football coach had to warn his Twitter followers that he had stopped recruiting a young man due to his social media presence. While recruiters cannot make contact using social media until junior year they can still follow potential recruits online. The website gave a list of social media gaffes by young players including a soccer player who got himself suspended after tweeting about marijuana.
The danger of social media is that many users don’t realize that it is like film; once it’s up there it is very hard to remove. This a big danger for younger recruits who can find that their mistakes can have a rippling effect on the future of their career. Like the rest of the world athlete recruiters are still trying to figure out the rules of social media and how best to use it. Yet as Iowa State Cyclones showed the potential of social media in recruiting is huge.
We talked with, Australian soccer player, Brian Jamba after he had settled in his new home at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. UCF is the second largest University in America with roughly 60,000 students enrolled. UCF is also part of the NCAA Division 1 universities. Since his arrival, Brian has already become a key player on the team. Check out what he says about his first few months in the states.
Athletes USA is proud to announce our latest partnership with John Kosmina Football Academy. By working together, Australian athletes can now combine education and sport in the US and enrol into our sport scholarship program, allowing us to provide soccer players with athletic scholarship opportunities in more than 3000 US colleges.