Crescenta Valley Soccer Club

College Prep Program

Looking to the Future!

As Director of Crescenta Valley Soccer Club, I have been fortunate enough to assist in the development of many of the top youth soccer players in the area. In earlier years, as a high school coach and assistant coach at UCLA, I realized that many players were not getting the necessary help and information from their club teams that they needed in order to play at the next level after graduation. Along the way, I have spent many hours working with college coaches, high school counselors, players and their families to develop proven methods to get players noticed, and to help them reach their goals to play in college. I have developed a comprehensive plan for soccer success and am very excited to pass along this information to our club players as we introduce "The CVSC College Prep Program".

First off, I want to say that no sports club or organization can guarantee a scholarship for your child, however we do guarantee you will get our best effort, from both my dedicated staff and me. In addition to receiving the excellent field training from our well-developed professional staff, we will work hard for you and your child to help them reach their goals as a student-athlete.

The object of the "CVSC College Prep Program" is to begin at the earliest ages of development with a specific soccer curriculum and academic goals. This step-by-step plan will help your child develop the necessary level of soccer skills needed to play at the high school and college level. Once players have the skills, we will work to get them exposed to college programs across the nation. We will help your child prepare a cover letter and resume that works, and help match them with college programs that fit their soccer skill and academic level. Our teams play at the highest levels of youth soccer competition and regularly attend College Showcase Tournaments, so your child will get to display their talents on the field in front of college coaches. Our coaching staff will even help in contacting schools that might suite your child’s ability. We will also present college nights, where college coaches, players and counselors will discuss how to achieve success as a collegiate student athlete. Of course, the "X Factor" in any plan of this nature is the desire, commitment, and ability that players and parents display. Success requires hard work.

See the information below to begin your college prep planning process. Our organization is committed to fostering both the athletic and academic excellence of youth soccer players for success in high school and college.

COLLEGE CHECKLIST

FRESHMAN YEAR

Attend High School orientation
Set four year Academic Plan with your high school counselor
Start a college folder with CVSC staff members
Set academic goals with family
Set soccer achievements for yourself
Wish List of college you would to attend
Be apart of school activities (i.e. student government, club...)
Community service opportunities

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Set Academic Plan for school year with counselor (Review & Revise)
Review grades and goals with parents
Start listing 20 schools you are interested in.
Add to your CVSC file a contact lists (include school, coaches name, e-mail)
Attend College Night at high school functions
Sign up for PSAT
CVSC team going to College Showcases
Meet with Director of Coaching with your parents to go over plan
Start gathering information to write your cover letter, and resume
Your CVSC folders starting to fill up with info...
Continue to visit college campuses
Focus on Grades...
Review NCAA College-Bound Student-Athlete Guide

JUNIOR YEAR

Review & Revise your four year Academic Plan with high School counselor
Have your CVSC college folder ready to use at all time
Visit college nights and college fairs
Verify SAT registration deadlines with high school counselor
Get letters of recommendation
Complete your Cover letter and Resume with CVSC Director
Visit colleges to find size and climate you preferred
Take SAT and ACT www.collegeboard.com
Attend Financial Aid workshop
Start NCAA Clearinghouse Application www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
Take AP Classes or Honor Classes if possible
Have your top 10 preferred college list
Review college applications for admittance with your counselor
Your CVSC team is competing in College Showcase Tournaments
Really focus on your Grades "Demand Excellence"
Beware of Scholarship Scams

SENIOR YEAR

Apply to the University of Choice (Sept., Oct., Nov.)
Finalize application essay topics
Finalize your recommendation letters
Review application essay with parents and teachers for proofing
Get Financial Aid forms on Jan. 1
Meet all application/ scholarship/ housing deadlines
Parents and student meet with school counselor to finalize transcripts
If necessary re-take SAT and ACT (last date in Dec.)
Send mid. Year & final transcripts for Clearinghouse
Meet with CVSC Director for assistance
Follow up on all letters written to college coaches
Have a strong soccer season
Take recruiting visits
Send final transcripts to the University you have accepted
Attend Financial Aid meeting