Here you will find small tips that will help you get noticed and perhaps RECRUITED by a College or University program.
1) Continue to Develop Your Game
Put the effort in away from your club’s training sessions; repetition and touches on the ball are key to development.
Play at the highest level you possibly can, giving yourself the best chance to be seen by recruiters. Although there are opportunities for Tier 2 players to go to College Showcases, Tier 1 players are considered more visible and have more eyes on them, from a recruiting standpoint.
Many Universities and Colleges offer Academic bursaries that can help subsidies your fees.
The higher your grades, the more Universities you will be eligible to attend.
See what academic programs you are interested in and then compare that to programs offered by Universities/Colleges.
3) Game Footage
Coaches of Universities probably haven’t seen you play; compiling footage of some of your best attributes within some of your games, allows them to gather a greater understanding of how you perceive differing scenarios.
Try to make this footage as up-to-date as possible. Development can be very quick at times and slower at other times, it is hard for coach to gauge where you are now as a player if they see footage from 3+ years ago…
4) Player Resume
Put together a playing resume, illustrating your playing career. (I.e level of competition, teams, accolades, coaches you have worked with).
5) Reach-out to Recruiters/Coaches
Many programs offer their coaching staff’s contact information on their website. Be proactive and reach-out to programs you are interested in.
Ask your coaches and club TD’s if they have any contacts within U-Sports, NCAA or CCAA that they can reach-out to.
There are also many small college leagues within America, do research and broaden your opportunity of furthering your academics and athletics.