You can’t be too early, but it’s best to start when you’ve decided that you want to play college sports in America. In a recent survey more than 65% of college coaches in America prefer to start targeting prospects during the sophomore year or earlier.
We work with young male and female athletes in baseball, golf, tennis, soccer, basketball and volleyball. Our services can be broken down into four stages.
Stage 1: Assessment
Our thorough academic and sporting assessment allows us to determine the exact athletic and academic level at which students will succeed as well as pinpoint what options are open to them.
Stage 2: Preparation Adequate preparation ensures that the application and scholarship process goes smoothly and that all doors remain open. Academically, preparation involves services such as transcript preparation and grade translations. Athletically, preparation involves services such as NCAA and NAIA registration, advice on which showcases, tournaments or competitions to attend in the US, creating player profiles, and filming and editing highlights reels, and providing professional scouting reports.
Stage 3: Targeted Promotion
Our recruiting technology with complex custom algorithms work to match you with the best schools and sports programs. We release promotional material to coaches and handle the daily management of interests and contact with coaches. Throughout the timeline we will continue to update coaches with your progress and revised profile. We also review and file communications and scholarship offers.
Stage 4: Final Steps
Once an offer has been negotiated with the coach, we are still here to assist with your college application forms, student visa applications, flights, and insurance. We make ourselves available to you even after you arrive in the USA to assist with anything you need during the transition to your new life in the US as a student athlete.
No, we do not receive any referral fees from colleges in the US. When we work with a student we are impartial in the process and will always keep the student’s best interest in mind when recommending or giving advice on a college.
The NCAA stands for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. They
oversee the rules and regulations for 1,200 Division I, II and III
athletic programs. Any college-bound student-athlete (incoming freshman
or first-year enrollee) interested in enrolling at an NCAA Division I
or II college or university and competing as a varsity student athlete
on behalf of that NCAA school’s intercollegiate athletics program, must
receive an academic and amateurism evaluation certification decision
from the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you are currently enrolled (or have
previously been enrolled) as a full-time student at a university in a
non-U.S. foreign country, you will be considered a transfer
student-athlete during the process to enroll at an NCAA college or
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is the legislator for sports
for over 300 college programs. The programs are usually smaller and tend
to have a religious affiliation. The level of play is similar to
Division II. All first-time NAIA student-athletes must register and
receive an eligibility determination before they are permitted to
play. Even if you’re registered already with the NCAA you still need
to file a separate registration with the NAIA. The NAIA and NCAA are
two separate associations with different certification processes. If you
would like to play in the NAIA, you must register with the NAIA
The NJCAA stands for National Junior College Athletic Association. They are
the governing body for over 513 junior and community college programs
in 15 different sports. Most programs are two year programs and offer
transferable credits. In order to participate in an NJCAA sanctioned
sport, a student-athlete must be in good academic standing; in
accordance with the rules and bylaws of the NJCAA, the member region and
the individual institution. He/ she must be an amateur; who has not
exhausted his/her eligibility; and who is in good health. Due to the
unique academic and athletic situation of each individual, and the
complexity of the NJCAA eligibility rules, it is recommended that each
potential student-athlete discuss their athletic eligibility with the
athletic personnel at the NJCAA college where they have chosen to
There are many different academic levels ranging from Ivy League universities
such as Harvard and Yale to junior colleges – our job is to find the
best fit for you. If you are competent at school and have at least C
average you should take SAT or ACT and aim for a four-year university.
SAT and ACT are two standardized college entry multiple choice tests
primarily testing your math and English. If you did not achieve the
grades you had hoped for or simply want an easier transition you can go
to junior college where you only need to graduate from high school.
The better academics you have the wider choice of universities and colleges
you will have. If you excel at school you might even add an academic
scholarship on top of your sport scholarship.
We analyze your sporting performance, academics and other criteria to
determine which universities are the best fit for you and where you
would succeed both academically and in your sport. We will get you in
touch with several coaches who will talk with us about their programs,
universities, sports facilities, etc.
In most cases you will have 4 years to play, whether you go to a four-
year university/college or you do two years at junior college and two
years at university. If you get injured and cannot play for a whole
season, you are able to take a ‘medical redshirt’ which means you can do
a 5th year and make up that season when you were injured.
There are three seasons in collegiate sports: fall, winter and spring.
Various sports are played at different time of the year. For example,
fall is the season for sports like soccer, during winter sports such as
basketball are in season, and in spring baseball, golfers and tennis
players have their competitions. During off-season athletes spend a lot
of time in the gym working on their strength and conditioning and
specific areas of their game as well as competing at friendly events.
Many athletes train during the summer months as well, for example soccer
players have their preseason in August with the most intense training
of two sessions a day.
Universities and colleges have a comprehensive support system making sure you
recover from any injuries you pick up during training or while
competing. With physio, specialized training programs, nutritionists and
the support of sport psychologists you will be looked after. If the
injury is more serious and recovery time is longer, you can get a
medical red-shirt which means you will not lose your eligibility to play
or your scholarship funding.
If you’re not on a full scholarship, your university will give you an installment plan so you will pay the remainder of your fees over the course of the year. It differs from college to college.
You will have a long Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas break and spring break
as well as summer holidays. During short holidays you can choose to
come back home, spend it with your teammate’s family or visit some
places in the US. On summer holidays many athletes go back home,
however, some choose to spend time competing in summer leagues or
working in summer camps.
You will have to make your own way to university – flights are not included
in sports scholarships and universities are not allowed to pay for your
flights. However, once you get to your university they will sort and
pay for all team travel to competitions and tournaments.
If you are on a full scholarship your accommodation, meals and books will
be covered, as well as all team travel. You will get training apparel so
you won’t need to spend much on your clothing. Although, it is good to
have some pocket money for an occasional trip to a cinema or dinner in
Junior college is an easier route into college sports and higher education in
the US as you will not need to take the SAT/ACT or go through
eligibility centers – you just need to graduate from high school. Junior
colleges offer two year associate programs and are cheaper. Whether you
go to junior college or university, the first two years will consist
mainly of general education classes so there is not much difference if
you start in junior college and transfer after 2 years or get straight
into a four-year college/university.
Since many strong athletes go to junior colleges just because they don’t have
good grades at school, the sports are still very competitive. As there
are only athletes one year older than you in junior college, it is
easier to get a spot in a starting line-up or a travelling team. Once
you have proven you can cope with the challenges of student-athlete life
at junior college, it is also easier to move on to good four-year
programs to complete your final 2 years.
In some sports in America players cannot turn pro if they haven’t gone
to university or college at least for a year, hence, that is definitely a
route where you can improve and prepare for career as a pro. Full time
training, world class facilities and professional coaching will benefit
you as an athlete. Also you will be competing along and against some of
the world’s best athletes travelling around the States.
Yes, you can apply for the Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa which might open a lot of doors for you.