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The NCAA isn’t your only option if you want to play collegiate golf. Another option is to get a golf scholarship from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). While the NJCAA may not have the prestige that comes with playing golf at big universities, it shouldn’t be dismissed. There are many benefits of aiming for a NJCAA scholarship, including:

  • Lower academic requirements for eligibility
  • At 2-year colleges which aren’t as competitive as big universities
  • Can move onto 4-year university after completion
  • Can use it as a stepping stone to get a NCAA or NAIA scholarship
  • NJCAA colleges are much more affordable

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Divisions of NJCAA Golf and Scholarships

The NJCAA offers men’s golf at three divisions: 1, 2, and 3. Women’s golf is offered only at Division 1.

  • NJCAA Division 1 Golf: May offer full scholarships
  • NJCAA Division 2 Golf: May only offer funding for tuition, fees, and books
  • NJCAA Division 3 Golf: Cannot give any scholarships for athletics

 

NJCAA Golf Scholarship Requirements

Each college has its own requirements for eligibility, so you will have to check with the college. However, you can count on the fact that the academic (and athletic) requirements will be much lower and lax than with NCAA and NAIA Division 1 schools.

For example, at Indian Hills Community College (which is currently the #1 ranking men’s golf team in the NJCAA) has an “open admission policy.” This means that anyone who properly applies to the college will be accepted. Admissions couldn’t be easier than that, eh?

Once you are accepted to an NJCAA college, you will need to meet these requirements to keep your scholarship:

  • Enroll in 12 credits at the college
  • Maintain a 1.75 GPA during first season, and 2.0 corresponding GPA during the second season

 

After Your 2 Years Are Up

NJCAA colleges are two-year programs and NJCAA scholarships are limited to this period. You can’t do 2 years at one NJCAA college and then move on to another college.

So what are you supposed to do after your 2 years are up?

You could take the knowledge you’ve acquired and go get a job, either in the USA or back at home. Or, you can do what a lot of Americans do: move on to a 4-year university.

In fact, a lot of talented golfers use NJCAA scholarships as a chance to improve their game and move on to earn NAIA and NCAA scholarships at top universities.

 

You Can Play Golf for the NJCAA and Another Team

In most cases, students playing in the NJCAA are not allowed to play on any other teams during the season. However, there is an exception for golf. As an NJCAA golfer, you can still play with whatever teams you wish.

 

Best NJCAA Golf Colleges

You can find a complete list of NJCAA golf schools at the NJCAA website. Click here for Men’s NJCAA Golf Colleges and click here for Women’s NJCAA Golf Colleges.   You’ll notice that there are a LOT of colleges to choose from! To narrow down the list, you might want to focus on a region. Or you can go to www.golfstat.com to see the current NJCAA Men’s Rankings and NJCAA Women’s Rankings.

Here are some you might want to consider:

Top NJCAA Division 1 Men’s Golf Colleges

  • Indian Hills Community College
  • Eastern Florida State
  • Odessa Community College
  • McLennan Community College
  • Wallace State Community College

 

Top NJCAA Division 1 Women’s Golf Colleges

  • Daytona State College
  • Seminole State Florida
  • McLenan Community College
  • Mesa Community College
  • Western Texas Community College

 

 Want to learn more about golf scholarships for international students in the USA?  Fill out the free scholarship application form to see if you qualify.

As a Track and Field athlete, you probably have more scholarship options than you may realize. In the United States, it is common for colleges and universities of all sizes to give scholarships to promising athletes. One option worth considering is a NJCAA scholarship.

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NJCAA Scholarships vs. NCAA Scholarships

Scholarships through the NJCAA are much different than those through the NCAA.   To start with, NJCAA colleges are 2-year institutions.   They are referred to as “junior colleges” or “community colleges.” When you finish with the 2 years, you will have an Associate’s Degree or a Technical Degree. The purpose of these institutions is to give students enough core knowledge to enter the workforce after the 2 years of education. Or, many students transfer the course credits they earned there to a 4-year college or university where they can get a Bachelors degree.

Both academically and athletically, NJCAA colleges are not as competitive. This can be a good choice for Track & Field athletes who love playing, but don’t necessarily want to go pro. Some other reasons to choose a NJCAA Track & Field scholarship include:

  • NJCAA colleges are much cheaper
  • Very diverse student body; great for international students
  • Can use community college to improve academics and/or athletics and then win a scholarship at a NCAA or NAIA institution

 

How Good Do You Have to Be to Get a NJCAA Track & Field Scholarship?

NJCAA is not nearly as competitive as the NCAA or NAIA. However, this doesn’t mean you should dismiss the NJCAA. Some community colleges have very good Track & Field teams and you will be able to develop yourself athletically in the programs.

To get an idea of how good you need to be to win a D1 Track & Field scholarship at a NJCAA college, take a look at the NJCAA championship results.   Here are some results from 2015 and how they compare to the NCAA D1 results.

Event NJCAA D1 NCAA D1
 Men’s 100 Meter Dash  10.82  9.90
 Men’s 400 Meter Dash  50.47  44.00
 Men’s High Jump  2.1m  2.28m
 Men’s Long Jump  7.09m  8.43m
 Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles  14.2  12.55
 Women’s High Jump  1.73m  1.99m
 Women’s Long Jump  5.36m  6.99m

 

NJCAA Track & Field Scholarships Offered

There are about 60 colleges in the United States which offer scholarships for Men and Women’s Track & Field (indoor and outdoor).

Note that most NJCAA sports are divided into D1, D2, and D3. With Track & Field though, there are only levels D1 and D3. Scholarships are only available at the D1 level. You can earn a full scholarship or a partial scholarship at the D1 level.

Here are some of the top NJCAA colleges to consider for Track & Field.

  • South Plains College – Levelland, Texas
  • Central Arizona College – Coolidge, Arizona
  • Barton County Community College – Great Bend, Kansas
  • Iowa Central Community College – Fort Dodge, Iowa

 

Want to learn more about Track & Field scholarships in the USA? Fill out the free application form to see if you qualify.

 

Golf tournaments and events are great places to get noticed by college recruiters and win scholarships. Most Division 1 college golf coaches will attend 10 to 12 junior tournaments each year looking for new players for their teams. This is actually a very small window of opportunity to get noticed by college coaches in person, and most golfers aren’t going to be able to attend every major event. So, you want to make sure you attend the golf events which have a high number of golf recruiters in attendance.

Here are the top golf tournaments you should try to attend if you want to be noticed by college recruiters.

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1. The Tournament Which Your Top School’s Coach Is Attending

If you are serious about playing collegiate golf, then you will want to make a list of top golf universities that you would like to attend. Contact the golf coaches or assistant coaches at these universities. Introduce yourself, include your CV and highlights video, and ask which tournaments the coach will be attending. Then, make sure to be at these tournaments.

 

2. AJGA Tournaments

The American Junior Golf Association is by far the best place to get noticed by college golf recruiters. Since college golf coaches only have a limited time to recruit, this is where they will spend there time. Some of the top AJGA tournaments include:

  • Rolex Tournament of Champions
  • Thunderbird International Junior
  • CBI Boys Championship
  • Polo Golf Junior Classic

You can find a complete schedule of AJGA tournaments here.

 

3. PBE Tournaments

If you want to compete in AJGA tournaments, you have to qualify first. The AJGA uses a Performance Based Entry system (PBE). The PBE system recognizes achievements at other golf events and uses these to assign players “status.” At the AJGA website, you can find information about how the PBE system works, and a map of PBE tournaments. Many of these PBE events may be attended by golf recruiters, especially if the event is in the state of the college you wish to attend.

 

4. European Golf Association Tournaments

If you are an international student looking for a gold scholarship in the USA, it may be difficult for you to travel to the USA to compete in golf tournaments. Unfortunately, college golf coaches rarely (if ever) travel abroad to recruit. They simply don’t have the budget for it.   Don’t let this discourage you though. Ranking well in European and international tournaments will help you get the attention of recruiters. Make sure you capture your performance in video to include in your highlight video and it won’t matter so much that they didn’t see you in person. EGA tournaments are a great place to build your status as a junior golfer. Some of the top ranked EGA tournaments include:

  • European Young Masters
  • European Boys Team Championship
  • European Girls Team Championship

 

5. English Golf Union

As the governing body of amateur golf in England, EGU events are important for UK golfers who want to build up their status and get the attention of college recruiters in the USA. Some of the top EGU events for junior golfers include:

  • Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters
  • Duke of York
  • The Carris Trophy
  • McGregor Cup

 

6. Local Events

Don’t get so focused on rankings and college recruiting that you forget the real reason you are at the event: to play golf. Participate in local events and work on improving your game, demeanour, and professionalism. Remember, college golf recruiters aren’t just looking at your stats. They want to make sure you are a mature player capable of playing in a variety of situations and who has a true love of the game.

 

Are you interested in earning a gold scholarship in America?  Learn more about US golf scholarships or request an assessment.

You are golfing a 72 average on courses over 6800 yards, finishing at the top in national and regional golf events, and golfing in high ranking junior events. This is impressive and could certainly earn you a college golf scholarship in the USA. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that simply being a good golfer is enough to get noticed by college golf recruiters.

There are many talented young golfers all around the world who would like to play collegiate golf in America. College golf recruiters simply don’t have the time to look at them all, and they don’t have the budget to attend every major tournament. It is easy for a talented golfer to get overlooked by scouts. This is especially true with international golfers looking to get scholarships because coaches virtually never travel abroad to look for talent.

If you want to get noticed by college golf recruiters, it is up to you to take the initiative. Here is what you should be doing to make sure you get noticed and don’t miss out on a golf scholarship in the USA.

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Start Early

NCAA rules prohibit coaches from contacting athletes before their junior year. However, athletes are still allowed to make contact with coaches at anytime.   Many players already have made verbal commitments to colleges by their sophomore year.

Most top Division 1 golf universities have already signed one (if not all) of their players before the players complete junior year. If you are already in your junior year, you might find there aren’t many slots open to you anymore.

Another reason to start early is that it gives you enough time to learn the college recruitment process, and to get your grades and game in order. You can keep college golf coaches updated with your progress. Seeing how you have improved over the years can win coaches over so they offer you scholarships.

 

Your College Golf Marketing Package

You will need to reach out to college coaches directly, such as through emails or during campus visits. When you do, make sure you have an impressive marketing package ready to give them. Your golf marketing package should include:

  • A golf highlight video
  • A golf-specific CV
  • A letter of introduction

 

Get the Timing Right

So, you’ve reached out to a college golf coach and think that you’ve made a good impression? Well, now it is up to you to make sure the golf coach doesn’t forget about you!

Since you’ve (hopefully) started the college golf recruiting process early, you will likely have a lot of improvements to tell the coach about. Send out a new letter of introduction each year to golf coaches at colleges you are interested in.   When meeting with the college coaches in person (whether at a campus tour or at a golf event), make sure to follow-up with a thank you letter.

 

Make a Good First Impression

Having impressive golf stats is important, but ultimately coaches are signing up players. That means they are interested in the total package – how well you can handle stress, how well you will represent the team, how mature you are…

The first thing to remember with making a good impression is to always dress appropriately. Golf clothes are fine when meeting college coaches at events, but make sure you wear appropriately nice clothes during campus tours and any other meetings or interviews.

You should also practice talking to the coach. You should be able to:

  • Articulate why you want to play college golf, and why you want to play golf at that particular college.
  • Talk about what your goals are, both in the short term and long term, and for golf and academics.
  • Talk about your strengths and weaknesses.

Finally, be sure to have questions ready for the golf coach when you meet. Do your research ahead of time so the questions are relevant. Asking questions shows the coach that you are serious about collegiate golf, are mature, and would be a good asset to the team.

 

Seek Help from a Golf Scholarship Recruiter

The college golf scholarship process is complex and confusing. Rather than trying to navigate through it yourself (and possibly making a mistake which could cost you a scholarship), you might consider professional scholarship services.

Golf scholarship recruiters will first give you a golf assessment to determine whether you are eligible for a golf scholarship, and at what level you should be aiming. Then they can help you get your CV in order and make you a professional highlight video.

Another major benefit of working with scholarship recruiting services is that they have direct lines to college coaches. This is something that athletes do not have. Further, the NCAA rules prohibit coaches from contacting golfers before their junior year. A loophole to this rule though is that the college coach can contact the golfer through someone else – like the recruiting specialist.  This gives you even more access to coaches, putting you ahead of the competition for golf scholarships.

To learn more about the golf scholarship process and see if you qualify, contact United Sports USA.

You are a skilled young soccer player (or what we call football in the UK) and you dream of playing as a student athlete at a top American university. Sorry to break it to you but, unless you become a viral sensation online, college soccer scouts aren’t going to find you. They don’t even know you exist! This is particularly true of international players because college coaches rarely travel abroad to watch matches and scout for players.   This does not mean you need to give up your dream of getting a soccer scholarship in the USA. It just means that you must take the initiate to get recruiters to notice you.

Stop being passive. Here is what you need to do to make sure college soccer recruiters notice you!

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1. Start Early

The college sports recruiting process begins early with many players making verbal commitments by their sophomore year. By November of the Junior year, many students have already signed National Letters of Intent committing themselves to playing at a school. By Senior year, most of the spots have already been filled and your chances of winning a spot on the college team are slim. Don’t wait until it is too late. We suggest you familiarize yourself with the NCAA Recruitment Calendar and also visit the National Letter of Intent website to learn about signing and signing dates.

Read our article on how to apply for a sports scholarship in the USA to learn more about the process.

 

2. Know Where You Stand

You dream of playing soccer at a top Division 1 school, but this might not be a reality for you, or even the best option for your future. The best way to figure out where you stand as a player is to schedule a soccer assessment. You will be given an unbiased assessment of your strengths, weaknesses, and ability to get a scholarship (and what level of scholarship you should aim for – D1, D2, NAIA). This is not something you can get from your high school coach.

 

3. Get Your PR Pack Ready

Playing college soccer is serious, and you should take the recruitment process very seriously. Start by getting your PR pack ready. You will need:

  • A highlight video
  • Your CV
  • Academic records
  • Copy of your athletic assessment

There are professional scholarship recruiting agencies who can help you with this, such as by taking HD videos of your matches and editing them into stunning highlight videos. United Sports USA performs these services for promising athletes which meet their requirements.  Find out if you are eligible by applying here.

If your grades aren’t in order, work on them now! College soccer coaches in the USA want to know that you will be able to handle the demands of being a student athlete (emphasis on the word student!).  You will also need good grades to get accepted to the university offering you a scholarship.

 

4. Make a List of Colleges and their Coaches

Your assessment will tell you what level of football scholarship you should aim for (D1, D2, NAIA). Once you know this, start making a list of colleges in this level which you would like to attend. Write down the names and contact info for the Head Coach and Assistant Coach.

 

5. Contact Coaches

Send out introductory letters to the coaches on your list. Be friendly and courteous while still showing that you are serious. It helps to mention some specific information about the college and athletic program, such as what major you are interested in and why you think you’d be a good fit for that specific team.

Be sure to include this information in letters to college coaches:

  • Personalization – always include the coach’s name and not something generic like “to whom it may concern”
  • Your basic info like age, grade, and where you live
  • Your team name, position, stats, coach, and coach of any clubs or camps you participate in
  • Your CV
  • Your PR package (school records, assessment, and link to highlight video)
  • Your contact info and your coach’s contact info (NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from contacting students until certain times, but they can contact you through your coach or other intermediary)

 

6. Find Out Where the Coach Will Be

Instead of waiting for soccer coaches to contact you, you can take the initiative of finding out where they will be, such as what soccer camps they will attend. Then make sure to be at the camp. You can even invite the coach to come watch you play (though this is very unlikely if you are an international player). Please note that Division 1 college coaches have higher recruiting budgets, so they are more likely to attend camps and matches. Division 2 and NAIA schools don’t have as high of a recruiting budget, so they aren’t as likely to travel for recruiting.

 

7. Enlist Professional Help

Even if you follow these steps, you will soon realize that the college soccer recruitment process is fairly complex. Aside from athletic abilities, there are numerous factors to consider like the competitiveness of schools, how to highlight your skills in the best way, academic requirements, travel expenses, negotiating scholarship terms, and more. To make sure you get a scholarship, and that the terms are in your best interest, you may want to enlist the help of a professional soccer scholarship recruiter. These recruiters have a direct line to college coaches and are familiar with the scholarship application process.

To learn more about soccer scholarship services, contact United Sports USA today.

 

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There are over 1,000 NCAA institutions and they give out about $1 billion in sports scholarships each year. With so many sports scholarships available, you might think your chances of getting one are pretty good. But consider that only 2% of American high school athletes and even fewer international athletes get an NCAA scholarship. You can increase your chances of getting an athletic scholarship by making sure you know how to apply. Here is what you need to know to make sure you get the sports scholarship you deserve.

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Don’t Sit Around Waiting to Get Recruited!

The biggest mistake that student athletes make is sitting around hoping that they will get noticed. College coaches don’t have the time or budget to visit every single town and country in search of talent.   Yes, talent is important – but that talent must be brought to the attention of coaches!

It is up to you to make sure that coaches know who you are and what an asset you can be to the team. Expect to put a lot of work into representing yourself properly and contacting coaches directly.

 

Know the Requirements

No matter how good you are at your sport, you won’t be able to get a scholarship if you don’t meet the NCAA requirements.  This includes requirements for age as well as academics.

Did you know that you are even required to take certain courses in high school, such as 4 years of English, 3 years of math, and 2 years of social science? Ideally, you enter high school with these courses in mind so you can shape your curriculum to meet the NCAA requirements. If you are already into your high school career, then be sure to fill in any gaps that you may be missing.

Here are some resources to make sure you know and meet NCAA requirements:

Also note that you must be accepted to the college.  For example, a college coach may promise you a scholarship, but this is contingent on you getting into the college.  Some schools have very high academic standards, so make sure you research the schools’ admission rates and the average GPA and SAT scores of accepted students.

 

Get Your PR Pack in Order

Again, we must emphasize that it isn’t enough to be talented. If you want a sports scholarship in the USA, you’ve got to bring this talent to the attention of college coaches. How do you do this? By creating a PR pack to represent yourself as a student athlete.   Here is what you will need for your PR pack:

  • CV: This will include information like your team, position, achievements, experience, and personal stats. Your coach or recruitment specialist can help you make your CV.
  • Sports highlight video: This is a professionally-made HD video which showcases your skills
  • Academic records and test results: Yes, academics do matter for getting sports scholarships. It isn’t enough to meet the minimum NCAA requirements. You’ve also got to make sure your grades are good enough to get into the college.
  • Letters of recommendation: Such as from your coach or coaches at camps you’ve attended
  • Personal Statement: You will need to write a personal statement for applying to the college

 

Learn Recruitment and Signing Dates

Did you know that the NCAA has very strict rules about when college coaches are allowed to contact and sign up student athletes? The rules change frequently, so make sure you know them. Otherwise, you might miss a window of opportunity for getting a scholarship.

There are two calendars you need to know: Recruitment calendars and National Letter of Intent signing dates.

NCAA Recruitment Calendar:

Look at the NCAA Recruitment Calendar to learn about the rules.  In general, the NCAA prohibits college coaches from contacting high school students before September 1st of the athlete’s Junior year.  This doesn’t mean you can’t reach out to coaches before then though!

National Letter of Intent (NLI) Signing Dates:

College coaches can give verbal promises to student athletes, but these don’t mean anything. What really matters is signing the National Letter of Intent (NLI). This is a formal agreement between the prospective student and the institution which states:

  • A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year
  • The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year

Once you sign a National Letter of Intent with a college, you have committed yourself to that school. You cannot withdraw from the NLI and sign with another school. There is an early signing date (usually in November of the Junior year), and a regular signing period in April of the Senior year. Go to the National Letter of Intent website to learn more.

 

Start Early

Just because college coaches are not officially allowed to sign up student athletes before a certain date (typically November of the Junior year), that doesn’t mean you should wait until then to get coaches’ attention. Many top Division 1 coaches have already filled many slots during the NLI early signing period. If you wait until the regular signing period, there might not be many slots left.

 

Here is a timeline what you should be doing to secure yourself a college sports scholarship:

 

  • Freshman Year: Familiarize yourself with NCAA eligibility rules, especially if you are an international student and may need to meet certain academic course requirements.
  • Sophomore Year: This is when you should get really serious about finding an athletic scholarship. Get your PR pack in order and send it to coaches at schools you are interested in along with a letter of introduction.  You can work on improving your visibility in other ways too, like attending soccer camps in the USA which are attended by coaches of top schools.
  • Junior Year: This is the most important year for getting a sports scholarship in the USA. Update your PR pack and send it to coaches with a letter about your achievements since you last wrote them. Visit colleges and meet the coaches. Don’t be passive and by the end of your Junior year, you should start getting contacted by coaches.

 

 

 

Make Contact

College coaches can’t contact you during the NCAA “Dead” and “Silent” periods, but you can contact them. Just make sure to include your coach’s contact info (or the contact info of the scholarship recruiting agency you are using). This is a loophole to the rules: the coach can’t respond to you directly, but can communicate with you through your coach or the scholarship recruiter.

 

Want to find out if you are eligible for a sports scholarship in the USA?
Fill out the scholarship application form here.

 

If you want to get a football scholarship (aka soccer in the US), then one of the first things you will need to do is schedule a football assessment. Even if you’ve played in important Youth Cup Finals in front of a stadium full of fans, it can still be scary to get a formal football assessment. Here are some tips on how you can prepare for the football assessment to make sure you get the most out of it.

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1. Understand the Difference between a Football Assessment and Trial

A football assessment and trial (or tryout) are not the same thing. During a trial, you are playing football in front of a coach in order to win a spot on the team. During a football assessment, you are playing in front of a professional who will then inform you of your strengths, weaknesses, and your chances of getting a football scholarship or making a team. You usually don’t get this information during a football trial – you just get a yes/no answer.

Even though a football assessment is not going to directly affect whether you get on your dream team or win a scholarship, it is still very important and could affect your future. The information you get from the football assessment can tell you things like:

  • Whether you have a chance of getting a football scholarship
  • What level of football scholarships you should be aiming for (D1, D2, NAIA)
  • What you need to work on (including your grades!)
  • Whether scholarship recruiters will work with you

 

2. Know Your Goal

Before you go to the football assessment, take some time to really think about what your goals are.   Do you dream of playing professional football/soccer? Do you want to play Division 1 football at a top American university? Or maybe you’d rather play at the NAIA level so you can focus on your studies while still enjoying the sport you love? Maybe you aren’t interested in playing college football at all, but just want to know where you stand so you can become a better player for your local team. These are all valid reasons for attending a football assessment.

When you know what you want, then you will be able to ask the assessor for specific information and get the answers you need.

 

3. Note the Rules

Each football assessment may have slightly different rules. You don’t want to show up on assessment day only to realize that parents aren’t allowed, or that you are out of the age limit, or that you were supposed to bring your CV.

 

4. Call the Assessor Beforehand

It is good practice to call the person/agency running the football assessment ahead of time. The first reason for doing this is that you can ask directly whether there is anything you can do to prepare for the assessment, and also get vital information like how many people will be attending. Another important reason for calling the football assessor is to introduce yourself. At some football assessments, there will be dozens of players performing and you could easily get lost in the crowd. Make a good impression by introducing yourself to the assessor beforehand to make sure you get noticed.

 

5. Be Physically Prepared

Get at least 10 hours of sleep before the football assessment day, and make sure you eat a healthy meal of carbs (for energy) and lean protein about 3 hours before the assessment. You should also make sure you are fully hydrated and bring an isotonic drink with you.

 

6. Arrive Early

Remember that football assessors aren’t just looking at your physical abilities. They are also looking at your dedication and reliability. Nothing looks worse than if you show up late to the football assessment (you might not even be able to play if you don’t show up exactly on time!). Plus, you need to make sure you get to the assessment early enough to warm up.

 

7. Play Intensely but Relaxed

Always give everything you have during the assessment – but don’t take it so seriously that you are all wound up. You should enjoy playing and the experience. Yes, the assessor may be watching you and taking notes, but you should just do what comes naturally instead of trying to put on a show.

 

Are you interested in attending a football assessment in the UK? United Sports USA holds football assessments in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Scotland.
Sign up for a football assessment here.

 

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We know that most golfers dream of playing at the Division 1 level. But, if you are looking for a golf scholarship in the United States, the reality is that you may be better off looking at the Division 2 level.   The rules for Division 2 golf scholarships are not as strict as at the D1 level – both academically and athletically.   Some young golfers may not have a chance of getting a scholarship at a big-name Division 1 school, but find many doors (and scholarships) open to them at the Division 2 level.

NCAA Division 2 golf universities tend to have a more balanced focus on academics and athletics. If you love golf and competing, but don’t necessarily want to go pro, then Division 2 might be the better choice for you. Even for those who want to go pro, the more balanced environment of Division 2 golf schools can often help players reach their full potential faster than at an ultra-competitive Division 1 school.

Remember, even if you are playing golf at a Division 1 school, there is no guarantee that you will make the 5-person travelling team. If you aren’t competing in the travelling squad, then you aren’t going to have the opportunity to compete and improve. It would be better to have opportunities to compete at the Division 2 level than be at the Division 1 level and not compete at all.

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Top Division 2 Golf Universities with Scholarships

There are currently 248 schools which offer Division 2 golf (231 men’s teams and 181 women’s teams). There are 3.6 scholarships offered per men’s team (for an average scholarship of $5,770) and 5.4 scholarships offered per women’s team (for an average scholarship of $7,024).

These schools may not have the elitism associated with Division 1, but they still produce great players, have impressive facilities, great coaches, and room for athletic and academic growth.

Here are some of the best Division 2 Golf Universities in the United States which offer scholarships.

 

Florida Southern

The Florida Southern Moccasins, or “Mocs”, have an impressive D2 golf team. Since their first National Championship win in 1981, they have won a total of 12 championships – more than any other D2 school in history. The women’s team can boast 4 wins, including a streak from 2000-2002. Located in sunny Lakeland, Florida, the university has an enrolment of about 2,000 students.

 

Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University is also located in Florida, in Fort Lauderdale. NSU is currently the Men’s National Championship winner and also can boast a 2012 win. The women’s team had an impressive winning streak from 2009 to 2012. NSU also can boast great facilities. Students will play at the Grande Oaks Golf Course, which is par 71 and 6,680 yards. With over 1000 international students on campus, this is a good choice of school for athletes from abroad who want to study in the US.

 

Barry University

Golf is one of Florida’s favourite sports, so it is no surprise that the top-3 D2 schools are all located in The Sunshine State. Barry University is located in Miami Shores and is one of the largest Catholic schools in the region. As an academic institution, it can boast that it was named one of America’s Top Colleges three times in a row. As for golf, the men’s team has taken home 3 National Championships (2007, 2013, and 2014) and the women’s team was runner up 2 times.

 

University of South Carolina Aiken

University of South Carolina Aiken is one of the most successful D2 golf schools in the United States. The men’s team won National Championships from 2004-2006. The USC Aiken “Pacers” practice at the Palmetto Golf Club, which is par 70 and 6,711 yards. Note that there is no women’s golf team at USC Aiken.

 

Lynn University

Lynn University is a non-profit university located in Boca Raton, Florida, which is near Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. They have an enrolment of about 2,500 students from 90 countries, which makes for a very diverse student life. As for their golf facilities, Lynn leads women’s golf with National Championship wins in 2013 and 2014. Their men’s team hasn’t won any National Championships but were runner ups in 2011, 2013, and 2015. The head women’s coach is Danny Randolph, and the head men’s coach is Andrew Danna.

 

Rollins College

Rollins College, located in Winter Park, Florida, has an impressive history when it comes to golf. They entered their first inter-college tournament in 1931 and have consistently ranked in state and national championships. The women’s team can boast National Championships wins from 2003 to 2007, and were runner up 6 times. The men took home Championships in 1970 and 2002. As for academics, Rollins is a strong liberal arts college with a average class size of just 17 and more than 60 programs of study.

 

Columbus State University

Columbus State University, located in Ohio, offers both men and women’s Division 2 golf. Their men’s team is particularly strong with 6 NCAA National Championship wins. The downside of CSU compared to the other D2 golf schools on this list, is that Ohio does have colder winters which means you can’t play golf year round. However, CSU has a larger campus and is located in a major metropolis, which means for a richer academic and cultural environment.

 

California State University Monterey Bay

Cal State Monterey Bay is located in the Central Coast area of California, which means sunny, warm weather ideal for playing golf year round, and also great for beach lovers. Note that there are 23 schools in the CSU network and the Monterey Bay has the lowest fees and admissions of them all. As for golf, they don’t have as impressive winning record as the other schools on this list but offer a richer academic life. The CSU Monterey Bay “Otters” play on the Bayonet and Black Horse golf courses.

 

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In 2014, there were 319 American universities with NCAA Division 1 golf. This breaks down into 300 D1 men’s teams for a total of about 3,000 male golfers, and 263 D1 women’s teams with a total of about 2,250 female golfers.

Feeling overwhelmed by the thought of narrowing down all of these golf universities? We’ve done the leg work for you. These 10 universities all have spectacular Division 1 golf programs, consistently rank well, have turned out notable pro golfers, and also offer golf scholarships to gifted student athletes.

 

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State can boast more NCAA titles than any other university in the last 25 years, and have the impressive Karsten Creek course for their student golfers to play and practice on.   The University has produced the famed golfers Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell III, Bo Van Pelt, and Scott Verplank. Another reason to choose Oklahoma State is that they offer a higher percentage of their undergraduates financial assistance. If you are a good student, you could get an academic scholarship on top of your golf scholarship, adding up to a full ride.

  • Roster size men: 11
  • Roster size women: 5
  • Average scholarships men: $11,203
  • Average scholarship women: $12,283
  • Out of state tuition: $22,252

Stanford University

Dream of studying and playing golf in sunny California? Stanford University is a great choice. The University has had a golf team since the 1930s and has won 8 national championships and its players have won 24 professional major championships. Notable alumni include Tom Watson, Notah Begay and Tiger Woods, as well as 3 USGA Presidents.

  • Roster size men: 10
  • Roster size women: 8
  • Average scholarships men: $24,078
  • Average scholarship women: $25,040
  • Out of state tuition: $43,683

 

Duke University

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina, famous for its warm, sunny weather and relaxed lifestyle. The golf program at Duke is anything but relaxed: they have produced talented golfers like Laetitia Beck, Jenny Chuasiriporn, Brittany Lang, Art Wall, Jr., Mike Souchak, Skip Alexander, Joe Ogilvie, and Kevin Streelman. The Duke University Golf Club is consistently ranked as one of the best golf courses in the southeast USA, and was recently renovated. Be warned that Duke is a competitive school: only 13% of applicants are accepted, and the bottom 25% of students have SAT math scores of 690. 75% of students have math SAT scores of 790.

  • Roster size men: 9
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $24,702
  • Average scholarship women: $23,135
  • Out of state tuition: $45,376

 

Florida State University

It isn’t surprising that sunny Florida, which is famous for its golf courses, produces a lot of pro golfers. Many of them get their start at Florida State University.   The Seminoles men’s team has won 28 NCAA tournaments and 22 national championships, and the Seminoles women’s team has made 8 AIWA tournament appearances, 22 NCAA tournament appearances, and 8 national championship appearances.   FSU is also one of the few universities in America which offers a major in Professional Golf Management.

  • Roster size men: 9
  • Roster size women: 8
  • Average scholarships men: $19,152
  • Average scholarship women: $16,866
  • Out of state tuition: $21,673

 

UCLA

UCLA is considered one of the best universities in the United States. The University also can boast a great golf program with alumni including Corey Pavin, Patrick Cantlay, Duffy Waldorf, and Kevin Chappell. Just be warned that UCLA does have a relatively high tuition fee for international students, and the cost of housing and living will also be higher. The admission standards are also higher (only about 22% of applicants are admitted) so you should have SAT scores of at least 600 for Math.

  • Roster size men: 14
  • Roster size women: 7
  • Average scholarships men: $17,126
  • Average scholarship women: $10,733
  • Out of state tuition: $35,575

 

University of Texas at Austin

Don’t mess with Texas’s…golfers! That’s right, the Texas Longhorns are golfers to be reckoned with. They won their first national title in 1971 and have since produced many talented golfers, including Jordan Spieth, Ben Crenshaw, Justin Leonard, Tom Kite, and Mark Brooks. The warm, sunny weather of Texas means that you can golf year round.   Note that the University of Texas has campuses at Austin and at Arlington. Both campuses have men’s golf, but only Austin has women’s golf.

  • Roster size men: 11
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $17,736
  • Average scholarship women: $14,669
  • Out of state tuition: $33,842

 

Arizona State University

Arizona State University has won 10 Men’s conference titles and 8 women’s. Thanks to donations from alumni Phil Mickelson, they can also boast some of the best golf facilities of any university in the United States and offer generous golf scholarships. It is common for student golf athletes to get full ride scholarships here. Other notable alumni include Anna Nordqvist, Billy Mayfair, and Grace Park.

  • Roster size men: 10
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $24,048
  • Average scholarship women: $23,980
  • Out of state tuition : $23,654

University of South Carolina

The South Carolina Gamecocks are currently ranked 5th in the United States and have won or shared 12 tournament titles, made 6 NCAA regional and 3 NCAA championship appearances. Their Cobblestone Park with a par 71 and 6,788 yards is one of the best in the region.

  • Roster size men: 10
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $13,536
  • Average scholarship women: $11,064
  • Out of state tuition: $28,528

 

University of Georgia

Georgian University has an impressive alumni list including Green-Jacket winner Bubba Watson, Liz Murphy, Chip Beck, Brian Harman, Chris Kirk, and Ryuji Imada, and they have won more than 25 SEC Championships. If you are an international student golfer, you will also enjoy the sunny weather of Georgia – which sure beats playing in the dreary, rainy UK!

  • Roster size men: 12
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $17,876
  • Average scholarship women: $16,081
  • Out of state tuition: $28,472

 

University of Houston

The University of Texas in Austin isn’t your thing? Maybe you’d prefer to play golf in Houston instead?   One of the perks of playing golf at Houston, aside from the great facilities, is that the university has a lower tuition rate than most other big-name American universities, and offers high scholarship amounts. Their admission standards are fairly high, so get your grades in order! Houston was at its peak in the 1960s, but still continues to produce great golfers and can boast 16 national titles. Notable alumni include Fred Couples and Steve Elkington.

  • Roster size men: 15
  • Roster size women: 14
  • Average scholarships men: $11,993
  • Average scholarship women: $14,887
  • Out of state tuition: $16,897

 

Want a golf scholarship to one of these universities?  Schedule a golf assessment to find out if you are good enough and to learn about the golf recruitment process.

soccer scholarships abroad

Many young, talented soccer players dream of landing a soccer scholarship at an American college or university. With 205 Division 1 Men’s Soccer programs in the USA (as of 2014) which recruit a total of about 1,200 new players each year, it seems like the chances of getting a soccer scholarship are pretty good. But what a lot of young soccer players don’t realize is that the soccer recruitment process is tough and competitive.

If you want a soccer scholarship in America, it is up to you to take the initiative.   Even if you are soccer superstar, you can’t just sit back and expect college coaches to find you and offer you a big fat scholarship. Here are some of the ways you can go about getting a soccer scholarship in America as an international student.

 

1. Rely On Your Soccer Coach to Get You a Scholarship

Your coach cares about you, knows how talented you are, and wants the best opportunities for you. We don’t doubt this. But relying on your coach to land you a soccer scholarship (especially one in the USA) is a TERRIBLE idea.   Most soccer coaches simply don’t have the time or resources to help their players get scholarships.

Does your coach have the numbers of top US soccer coaches on speed dial? Probably not.

Does your coach understand the complex recruitment process for student athletes in the US? Probably not.

Does your coach have professional videographers to capture your game highlights? Probably not.

Does your coach know how to negotiate with colleges and universities so you get the best scholarship deals? Probably not.

Again, we want to emphasize that it is up to you to get a soccer scholarship in the USA. You have to take the initiative. Your coach is a good starting point for asking for resources and advice, but don’t expect your coach to land a US scholarship for you.

 

2. Get a Soccer Assessment and Determine Eligibility

Probably the most important thing when it comes to getting a soccer scholarship to study in the US is knowing which scholarships you should even be aiming for. Start by checking the NCAA requirements for eligibility, which include athletic abilities as well as academic requirements and SAT requirements.

We know that you probably dream of playing Division 1 soccer at a top American university, but this might not be realistic or the best choice for you. Even if you are qualified for a NCAA D1 scholarship, keep in mind that less than 1% of D1 student athletes get a full ride. If money is an issue, then you might be better off aiming for  soccer scholarships which are outside of D1 so you can get a full ride. Further, your chances of getting any soccer scholarship are better outside of Division 1: 94% of soccer programs are not D1 and 85% of scholarships are outside of D1.

If you are serious about wanting to play soccer in America, then we highly recommend getting a professional soccer assessment (no, your high school soccer coach’s opinion doesn’t count!). At the assessment, you will get unbiased information about your abilities, eligibility, and what steps you should take to secure a scholarship in the USA.

 

3. Get Good Grades

A lot of aspiring student athletes make the mistake of thinking that grades don’t matter when it comes to soccer scholarships abroad. But the truth is that grades matter just as much as your athletic abilities. For starters, your ability to get good grades while playing high school soccer is a sign that you will be able to handle the academic demands of student athlete life. As a student athlete on a soccer scholarship, you will be expected to maintain a full course load, find time to study, and still fit in hours of gruelling training.   And, if you don’t maintain a certain GPA as a student athlete, you will lose your soccer scholarship!

Further, you probably won’t get a full ride scholarship for soccer. Less than 1% of Division 1 soccer players do. Sorry, but that’s just the truth of it – most student athletes just get partial scholarships. But, you can get an academic scholarship on top of your soccer scholarship, which can add up to a full ride, even covering the costs of books and housing.

 

4. Go to Soccer Training Camp in the USA

College soccer coaches have a pretty limited budget for recruiting. Most aren’t going to fly abroad to watch local games and scout for talent. Where they usually invest their time and resources is at soccer training camps. If you want to go with this route, then you’ll need to do your research first. There are dozens of soccer training camps in the USA, some of very elite status and others the equivalent of a summer fun camp. Expect to pay about $500-$1000 to attend the soccer training camp, plus additional costs for the flight and visa, if you need one.  And remember that simply attending a soccer training camp in the USA is not enough to get a coach’s attention.  You will need to take steps beforehand to make sure the coach knows who you are, such as sending the coach a package with your soccer highlight video footage, grades, and CV.

 

5. Contact Coaches Directly

You can contact the coaches of your chosen colleges directly by sending a video of your highlights and asking for a soccer tryout. This tactic certainly won’t hurt but, honestly, you probably won’t have much luck. Soccer coaches are busy people and they get dozens of requests for tryouts. Plus, you’d have to come to the United States for the tryout – which means a big travel expense. A better approach is to find out which training camps or assessments they will be attending. Then make a point of being there!

 

6. Use a Recruiting Agency

If you are really serious about getting a soccer scholarship in the USA, then this is the best way to go. Athletic scholarship recruiting agencies evaluate players. If they believe the player has a good chance of getting a scholarship at an American college or university, they will sign them up (for a fee). They will then get to work on creating a professional highlight video and also help you with your academic profile and CV.

Recruiting agencies are the best way to get a football scholarship in the USA because college coaches rely on these third-party evaluations to help weed out unqualified players and find the best talent. A good soccer recruiting agency will not only understand the complex recruitment and scholarship application process, but know the details of the many soccer programs in the USA and which ones are right for you. They can also help with SAT prep, visas, and other aspects of getting a soccer scholarship in America. And, when you do get a soccer scholarship offer, the recruitment agency will negotiate the terms so you get the best deal.

 

Want to know if you are eligible for a soccer scholarship? 

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