Overview of EACT Support Evening

Aim: To inform parents and players on college structure, application procedure, when and how players should be looking at post HS, to assist in the creation ′Team cards′ and player resumes for U15-18 for game day and tournament handout and to set up a point of contact for any future questions and a support framework for players and parents throughout the college selection and application process where soccer is involved.

Our role as an EACT Support Network includes but is not limited to

What are the different levels?

Discussed the amount of teams and players playing college soccer at the moment (refer to handout)

Year by year we then gave a breakdown of what players should be doing when combining school and soccer

Freshman Year : Spend time with your parents and guidance counselor, decide how can your school and goals be best met, be sure to cover a diverse range of activities within your school and the community? What do you enjoy most? Put maximal effort into your school grades. Begin a college folder with EACT College Liaison support as required.

Sophomore Year: Talk with parents and college guidance counselor – are there any institutions that stand out in your mind right now, ensure you are making your mark in extracurricular activities, club officership, maintain high Focus on coursework, aiming for the highest possible grades, Play in tournaments, leagues for EACT, complete your small section of your player card (you will be emailed in due course), collect college information and any emailed/passed out help sheets into your college folder for future information – map out 15/20 colleges you might like to attend, rank them according to best case and ′worst case′. Meet with Coach/EACT College Liaison together with parents to discuss plan moving forwards at end of spring season.

Junior Year - Play in tournaments and Leagues for EACT. More frequent meetings with your college guidance counselor at school – every 2-3 months minimum. Use their advice to help towards deciding what senior classes to take. Take relevant school tests and prep tests – be prepared! Check out some college applications, discuss with parents about your college financing, if they haven′t already initiated conversation. Identify a few of your favorite teachers along with a representative that can act as references.

Senior Year -Fall - Narrow college choices to handful – list application deadlines, Take appropriate school tests, ensure essays are only submitted after reviewing and proof reading by at least 2 others, approach teachers about filling evaluation forms. Maintain regular phone and email contact with schools of interest. Continue to meet with EACT Coach about playing at next level. Find out as much as you can about schools soccer program – players, coaches, roster sizes.

Senior Year -Winter - Launch applications if not sent, stay in touch with school counselor, get financial forms – including FAFSA in mail, keep tracking down scholarships, check in with local civic groups, businesses. Keep playing and training! Visit any schools and overnight schools and continue to Find out as much as you can about schools soccer program – players, coaches, roster sizes, preseason invites etc.

Senior Year -Spring Be patient – schools have many applications to sort through, If placed on a wait list, discuss what to do next. Decide which college is right for you from your selections – consult as many people as possible – from your parents, coaches, teachers, to the schools current players, Notify schools of decision
….Keep playing, training and working hard This is vital!
Our second handout discussed how then you would select an appropriate program, step by step. (for more see
www.collegeview.com to practice finding schools that meet your needs.

2 Things to work on post meeting

What Else College Coaches are looking for http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IjUayL-lng

What Else will EACT do for you?