Some of the schools we have been interested in post information about their newest recruits from this year. We have found it interesting to see where the players come from and what their background is. This gives us insight as to where the coach is looking for players. It also has given us insight into the things they feel like are important to see on a resume.
Sometimes colleges post recruitment videos sent in by the players to get the coach's attention. This helped me out a lot because I had no idea how my home made iMovies compared to what college coaches are use to seeing. Turns out, I did a halfway respectable job capturing video with my iPhone (no fancy video recorder necessary.) We did learn that shooting video from the top of a five foot ladder does help give field perspective and I did have to figure out how to make a freeze frame and super impose a highlight arrow or circle around my player so that watchers knew who to look at. It took some time, but it saved quite a bit of money from having something professionally made. A teenager could have probably done it in a tenth of the time it took me, but I'm always game for learning something new.
I will try to find the college that posted video of their players so that you can see what helped me out. Right now I can't remember what school it was. Hopefully it will come to me.
Tracy Proulx - blog moderator
I started to make a webpage about searching for a college soccer program, but I'm not an expert on college recruiting. So instead, I decided I would just blog about what we are learning in the process of helping our high school Junior go through this. It has been an interesting journey so far, but I imagine it is not unique in the least. There are definitely things that would have been nice to know if I had known what to ask before this point in time.