Hokie Soccer Academy at Virginia Tech… much more than just training …
College Opportunities for Student Athletes magazine, since 1991, written with several hundred college coaches, specifically to help subscribers get to college and on the team … often with full scholarships.
Summer camps are, in our opinion, the best way to get to know the college coach you may some day play for. Coaches use camps to train and evaluate future members of their teams. Summer camps provide an ideal environment for both student athlete and coach to thoroughly prepare and improve the quality of the recruiting decision.
For these important reasons we publish our book, The Best Soccer Camps and dedicate the Spring Edition of our magazine, College Opportunities for Student Athletes to detailed reviews of only 100 summer camp operators, nationwide.
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Hokie Soccer Academy at Virginia Tech … much more than just training …
“Intelligent Choices pay dividends.” Coach Oliver Weiss.
Since his arrival at Virginia Tech in 2002, Head Coach Oliver Weiss has elevated the men’s soccer program into the national spotlight by achieving unprecedented postseason success, recruiting outstanding student-athletes and creating a soccer environment that demands excellence in every aspect of collegiate athletics.
Weiss’ drive for excellence led the team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003. Again in 2005 and 2006 the Hokies were invited to participate in college soccer’s most prestigious event. Each year only the top 64 … the best of breed of all 200 Division I programs … are invited to compete for the national championship.
When UNC won the Division I National Championship in 2001, Oliver’s three years of hard work as their Top Assistant Coach paid dividends; he knows how to recruit and motivate the best.
Weiss believes strongly in playing nationally-ranked teams outside the always-difficult ACC, regarded by many as the best soccer conference in America. We counted six previous national champs in the Hokie 2006 schedule.
Invest some time on the VT and Camp websites. Look for the signs of people who understand preparation … goal setting … hard work … and enjoying the rewards.
Opportunities abound here. Step one is Oliver’s camp.
Information and registration: http://www.hokiesocceracademy.com
Summer Camps: Much More Than Training
Every camp here has been selected in our Best Soccer Camps book. The current edition of our Best Soccer Camps book contains only 100 selected camps from the more than 500 summer soccer camps.
Is this approach working? When have you seen so many camp ads and articles, anywhere, ever? Think about this. We talk to more serious soccer families and more truly dedicated college coaches, in one year, than anyone. And we help readers find the good camps that can affect their college futures, and their lives.
Now, consider what serious players do for top camps. Competitive players make the camp a success, elevate the level of play, and challenge other players. They stimulate the coaching staff. Everyone learns more and has more fun. And sometimes, a player catches the eye of a coach because, “Those campers were working so hard they looked like college players.” … the rest … perhaps, is history!
Readers refer to our Student Athlete magazine as the “Consumer Reports” of College-Bound sports. We are proud to have earned your respect. When we compile our Special Campers Issues we invite only camps recommended in our Best Camps book to advertise. We’ve done our homework. All of these camps are good!
As parents of serious student athletes, we know how expensive, yet important, good camp selection is. Add the camp’s cost, airfare, new clothes, new equipment, spending money, telephone, ground transportation and family gifts … a residential camp’s cost can total $1000!
What are the alternatives, once you’ve learned how to how play, for getting noticed by the college coaches?
The three most important things to do, to increase your chances of playing sports in college are:
1. Participate in the ODP
2. Win state cup with your club team
3. Attend camp at the college where you hope to play
Camp selection is the only event YOU can control. By the end of the camp, both you and the coach will know if his college is in your future. If the news is not good, ask him to recommend colleges where you can play, and to use him as a reference.
Bob Collins, Editor
Student Athlete Scholarships Foundation
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