Re: Questions about playing sports in college
Ditto on the coach involvement. It can make a world of difference. I ended up NOT playing soccer in college, but several friends of mine did. We were all at about the same level. It's not like they were better than me, and in some cases a couple of them were guys I beat on a regular basis in high school games. At that time, I was one of the only players in Cincinnati who could bend a ball with both feet. Not bragging, but I had some chops.
The difference was the coaches. Mine was a great game coach but he was completely still born, socially. He didn't network for any of us...and we were some of the best players in Ohio. Only one ended up playing in college and he walked on at UNC. Unfortunately, most of the guys were like me- our parents hadn't gone to college and had no experience with it; we just weren't prepared to expect that college was an option or that we could get a scholarship.
The other kids, whom I knew from summer and indoor ball had coaches who wrote letters to colleges, made phone calls and badgered ncaa coaches to take a look at their kids. These guys played for Walnut Hills, Forest Park, Greenhills, Turpin; all of which had strong programs. Several of them ended up getting invitations from those coaches.
Back then there was little money for soccer players. If you got a scholarship to a Div I school it was one of two ways, either you were so good that you got noticed, or your coach made the initial contacts for you.
Good luck getting a scholarship! Don't be afraid to work your coach. Many of them now know that there's value in moving their graduates to college.
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