Archive for November, 2014

College Prep Ivy League Admission

Matt Hunt, founder and CEO of College Hunt Educational Counseling, once again leads a very informative workshop for prospective college athletes this time focusing on admissions for Ivy League schools. Throughout the workshop Matt breaks down the requirements and application process for Ivy League admission, as well as providing helpful tips and insight to meet these requirements. The workshop will conclude with a question and answer segment hosted by Matt. (See link below to the workshop) His experience while counseling at Rancho Bernardo High School has provided an opportunity for him to speak directly with Ivy League admission personnel gaining inside information on the admission process.

Click here to view the video and slides from the Ivy League Workshop

The Ivy League admission office is looking for a positive display of well roundness in every aspect of life

Do you meet the requirements to attend an Ivy League School?

Preparing to compete

  • Enroll in the highest curriculum possible (honors, AP) taking advantage of your strengths
  • Participate in 2 or more extracurricular activities demonstrating commitment and leadership
  • Strong performance on SAT or ACT

Separating Yourself from other Applicants

  • Participate in internships focusing on your major or career goals
  • Extraordinary initiative or creative thinking in designing your opportunity
  • Strength of character in overcoming adversity

The Essay

  • This is an opportunity to express yourself, future goals, growth, and a particular strength
  • Include specific information regarding the major you wish to be placed in
  • Write your OWN essay, take ownership of process and product

Have a question or are looking for some potential help with the college selection process?

Matt is currently conducting a limited number of college planning consultation calls with families that are serious and committed to attending college.

Click here to schedule your consultation call or you can reach out to Matt directly at

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Top 10 NCAA Recruiting Showcase Tips

Andrew Beinbrink, the founder and CEO of Sportsforce, recently completed a live online workshop focusing on how to maximize the benefits of recruiting showcases. He emphasizes various aspects of NCAA recruiting showcases while providing valuables tips to increase an athletes success at these showcases. (See the video of the workshop down below) As a former NCAA Division I and professional baseball player, Andrew has experienced many recruiting showcases providing him with first hand experience to share.

Click here to view the video and slides from the workshop

Are YOU Getting the Most Out of Your Recruiting Showcase Appearances?

Choosing the Right Recruiting Showcase

  • Assure that the showcase’s format will allow the athletes to gain the most exposure
  • Research which colleges and coaches will be attending the showcase
  • Is the time and energy being invested have an equal future return?

“Only attend individual camps if a large number of schools are attending the showcase, or if there is a high amount of interest in that particular athlete”

Maximizing Performance at Recruiting Showcases

  • Be sure to get 8 hours of sleep and always stay hydrated
  • Play with passion attempting to do your best at all times
  • Show your ability to work in a team environment

“Coaches look to see if athletes are showing glimpses of a level of skill and ability that they know they are going to be able to coach and get better”

Contact With Coaches

  • Email coaches with some basic information about yourself as well as why they should care about you and the easiest way to scout you
  • When meeting a prospective coach be sure to give a firm handshake and make eye contact
  • Continue with a follow up email to coaches after their evaluation of you

“You want to make coaches say, I am going to make the time to come see you play. So letting them know where you are going to be gives you the best opportunity to be recruited”

Have a question or are looking for some potential help?

It all starts with an honest NCAA evaluation by an expert who knows what college recruiters are looking for and where you stand, an evaluation of what level of college is right for you.

Click here to learn about scheduling your NCAA evaluation & consultation

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We want to congratulate Mikaela Livengood on committing to play golf at Morningside College. Here is Mikaela’s recruiting story and interview from after she committed. We wish Mikaela the best as a Mustang.

1. Share your recruiting story (ex. what was the process like? when did you commit/sign?)

My name is Mikaela Livengood and I am a 2015 senior. I just committed to Morningside College in October, and I will be doing a signing in November. The recruiting process can be a little stressful, but overall, it turns out just fine! I started looking at colleges the summer before my junior year, but I didn’t start talking to coaches seriously until the spring golf season of my junior year. By then, I regularly sent them updates and kept in contact with them. Many coaches asked for my schedule and I met a lot of them who came to my tournaments and meets, and it was nice to start those relationships out early. By the end of spring, I had my first couple of offers from colleges, but I decided not to choose where I was going yet because I still hadn’t visited anywhere. My first college visit was to Morningside in the summer, and then many followed. Even though having coaches talk to you all the time, offer you scholarships, and tell you why their college is the best can be overwhelming, it is important that you take your time with your decision and make sure to compare all factors of each college. After I had made all of the visits that I felt were important, I took about a month or so to decide on where I was going to college. During that time, I compared my notes I had taken and questions I had asked on each visit, and I also considered whether they felt like a good fit for me.

2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

I will be attending Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. I chose Morningside because after communicating through email with the women’s golf coach there and then meeting him and going on a visit, I just really felt at home and knew I would be happy there. It was also the best financial package for me. I know that I chose the right place.

3. How did SportsForce help in this process?

If I was to include all of the ways that the SportsForce team helped me in the recruiting process, you would be reading for hours. Overall, they helped me gain exposure to college coaches not just in my state, but from all over the country. SportsForce also provided me with a professional-looking profile to post my scores, stats, academic, and other important information. Not only was I able to have this profile on display for so many coaches, but I was able to send out competent and well-worded emails to them with the help of SportsForce. They are also there for you throughout the entire recruiting process. If there is something you need, are confused about, or would like to communicate to coaches, don’t be afraid to send the SportsForce team an email and ask for their help. They will always be there to support you and assist you with whatever you need during this time.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process (ex. start early, get a highlight video)?

My advice to other players and their families regarding the recruiting process would definitely be to start as early as possible. Make sure that you have a good-quality highlight video done as soon as you can, and try to get exposure to as many coaches as possible. Even if you don’t think you would want to attend that college, it is important to give them a chance and see what they have to offer you. I also believe that it is imperative for you to take advantage of all of the opportunities you have to play your sport and improve during the recruiting process, because that is what is really important. When coaches view your profile, they love to see someone who is active in their sport as much as they can be and is always looking to improve. As you progress in the recruiting process, don’t be afraid to send out updates or call coaches when you have had an important game or tournament; it is essential that you keep coaches up to date on your progress. I also recommend that you prepare for your college visits; write down questions you’d like to ask, and ask the same ones for each college so that you can compare them when making your decision.The most important thing to remember during this process is that you need to choose to go where you think you’ll feel the happiest! Don’t let anyone make or influence your decision for you.

5. How excited are you on your future in college?

I am very excited for college now that I have made my decision. I truly cannot wait to play the sport that I love in college and have fun with my new teammates! I am eager to get a college degree

6. How much money do you anticipate your family saving in college expenses from being recruited?

SportsForce undeniably assisted in saving my family a lot of money in college expenses! Because of their help with the recruiting process, I received a great scholarship that will really aid me in the future. If it was not for all of the wonderful services that SportsForce provided for me, I am not sure I would be so lucky!

7. Would you recommend SportsForce to any other student-athletes? Why?

I would definitely recommend SportsForce to other student-athletes if they are really serious about playing a sport in college. SportsForce definitely helps you out with planning out the recruiting process and making it go as smoothly as possible. They provide so many services and reminders for student-athletes that it is just unimaginable. I am so thankful to the SportsForce team for helping me during the recruiting time and giving me the ability to contact many colleges and expand my options. I urge all student-athletes who are looking to take their love for their sport to college: Do not pass up the opportunity to work with the SportsForce team!

Over the last five years SportsForce has helped over 1,000 student-athletes and families successfully navigate the college recruiting and athletic scholarship process while saving families on average $50,000 in college expenses.

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