Archive for October, 2015



We at SportsForce would like to congratulate Ryan Novis on his commitment to St. Mary’s College. Here are Ryan’s recruiting story and interview after he committed. Good luck as a Gael!

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1. Share your recruiting story and status

We started the recruiting process late but didn’t know it. At first, we didn’t think we needed help, but after a while what we were hearing from recruiters, schools, and showcases did not add up. Everyone was very positive, and despite our son’s many accolades (All District, All State, Junior All American) our communication with the colleges seemed to stall. We sought out Andrew and his team at SportsForce and they had an immediate impact for us. They helped us move beyond the marketing hype and wishful thinking and were able to give us the real information we could act on, even when we didn’t want to hear it.
They were always honest and supportive, a tough combination.

With their help, we reworked Ryan’s profile and videos (never underestimate how important this is!) and they could tell us who was really interested in Ryan and who was trying to collect a fee for a camp. Being recruited is a highly competitive process, especially on the west coast where the number of talented athletes outnumbers the available scholarship opportunities nearly five to one.

The process starts earlier and earlier and is more competitive in every way. To be honest, I am not sure how the Coaches themselves manage to navigate this process. It’s challenging for everyone, but Andrew and his team helped us get a handle on it, helped us put together a real plan we could act on, and they supported us through our efforts. In the end, the offers started to come and when the right school offered Ryan, everyone in the family was informed enough to know that it was the right offer.

In the end, we feel incredibly blessed because Ryan found exactly the right opportunity, at the right school for him and we could not be happier. I do not believe this would have been possible without the help of the Sportsforce team.

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

Ryan is going to St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. Ryan selected St. Mary’s because it had the best of all the factors that mattered the most to him. They are a division 1 school that competes in the West Coast Conference. They need players in Ryan’s position – outfield, and the school is well known for its academics. As a final bonus, it is located in Northern California, a beautiful part of the country.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

1) Advice – Andrew provided excellent and honest assessments

2) Programs – the email template, campaigns and tracking sheets made things much more manageable

3) Q&A – They helped us prepare for conversations with coaches and campus visit

4) Video editing – they took our raw footage and dramatically improved the presentation

5) Insight – The events we attended that were recommended by the SportsForce team lead to real recruiting conversations.

6) Encouragement – It can be a long frustrating process and SportsForce was always supportive and encouraging.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process?

There are a lot of people who are happy to sell you what you want to hear. In my business I work with many advisors, some of them earning many hundreds of dollars per hour and they are well worth it because of the trouble they save me. Once I realized that Andrew and his team were much they same, their value became obvious. Get with their program and follow it. Early. If your son (or daughter) really does have what it takes to play at the next level, having a solid advisor, in my opinion, makes that process easier to navigate.

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

Ryan is extremely excited about his future in college as is the whole family.

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

We will have saved about $100,000 due to the athletic scholarship money.

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

I would absolutely recommend SportsForce for all the reasons I have mentioned above.

 

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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We at SportsForce would like to congratulate Jacob Sniffin on his commitment to the University of Hawaii Manoa. Here is Jacob’s recruiting story and interview from after he committed. Good luck as a Warrior!

Jacob Sniffin

1. Share your recruiting story and status

The recruiting process for me was a very interesting experience and very different from what I thought it would be. It can be very long or very short, and sometimes it is just playing well in the right place at the right time. For instance, I started being recruited by Hawaii by playing well against one of Hawaii’s coach’s best friends, who referred me to their coach and it took off from there. I ended up committing after I went on an official visit, and knew it was the place for me.

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

I am going to the University of Hawaii, Manoa. I chose this school because I loved the entire atmosphere of the island itself, the campus was very nice and the baseball team gets a lot of help with academics because they are on the road a lot, and the coaching staff really cares about making their players better and succeeding in their careers, with the team itself being one big family. I loved everything about it.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

Sportsforce helped me by asking me all the right questions about myself, my skills, my academic ability, and what I am really looking for from a college and its baseball program. They really helped me in learning what to say to college coaches, either in emails or in person, which was very important because in hindsight I would not have been ready to talk to coaches or even know what to say or what questions to ask to find out most of the information on their school and program. Lastly, they helped me by putting a video together to showcase my ability to the coaches I wanted to, and that was one of the factors that made the Hawaii coach come to watch me play was when he saw my video.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process?

The best advice I would have for people is to start early in the freshman/sophomore year, and do not be so focused on going to a D1 school or an absolute powerhouse. Keep an open mind, because you want to go somewhere you will have a chance to play and that you will enjoy being a part of that school.

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

Personally, I could not be more excited about my future in college. It has been a dream of mine since the day I realized I loved playing and it was what I wanted to do when I was older. I have a great opportunity to come into a program with spots open and a lot of competition, and I am looking forward to that very much.

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

We are saving around $20,000+ a year by being a recruited athlete for an out-of-state school.

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

Yes, I would, because Sportsforce being by my side and guiding me through the crazy process was a blessing, they were always available to answer questions and helped us get on the right track for everything we needed to do. I don’t think I would be in the same spot today if not for Sportsforce.

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We at SportsForce would like to congratulate Patrick Davis on his commitment to Dickinson College. Here is Patrick’s recruiting story and interview from after he committed. Good luck as a Red Devil!

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1. Share your recruiting story and status?
The recruiting process really began freshman year for me, when I quickly established playing college baseball as a priority for me. Freshman year I began researching a mix of schools I thought I would be interested in, ranging from high Division I to Division III. I wanted to view all my options and not set my sights on a small, selective group of schools so early. Throughout high school, I began reaching out to coaches and expressing interest in their schools and attending specific showcases in which I knew the certain schools I targeted would be attending. Attending these showcases gave me the opportunity to be seen by the entire Dickinson coaching staff and allowed them to fully evaluate the aspects of my game.
 
2. What school are you going to, and why did you choose them?

In 2016 I am thrilled to be attending Dickinson College because it encompassed everything I wanted in a school. Dickinson has already established a great baseball program, filled with very talented players and a coaching staff who will do nothing but support me on and off the field and help to improve my game. Just as importantly, Dickinson offers a very challenging and rigorous academic opportunity that I look forward to. Deciding to compete at the Division III level will really allow me to expand my academic horizons in ways such as studying abroad in Spain. Dickinson is the school that will support my two track mindset of hopefully playing Major League baseball, and being successful in the classroom and whatever work field I decide to be in.

3. How did SportsForce help in the process?

SportsForce was a huge help to me because it gave me guidance that was essential to the recruiting process. SportsForce was able to help guide me in the right direction when it came to reaching out to coaches, what showcases to attend, and it also helped to put my stress on hold because even though I was inexperienced in this situation, I had the guidance from SportsForce to help me along the way.

4. What advice would you give to other players and parents with the recruiting process?

I think the best advice I can give to other players and parents about the recruiting process is proactive, and RELAX. If an athlete has targeted a school as one they think they may be interested in attending, reach out to them, tell them that you’re interested. You can’t sit back and expect it all to come to you; scouts see thousands of kids over the course of a summer, and it’s tough for them to target a specific player unless you make it your priority to let them know that you are interested. Also, others may tell you that this process is going to be the most stressful one of your life, but it’s only as stressful as you make it. You need to focus on the things that only YOU can control: like playing as hard as you can, reaching out to coaches, and giving yourself the best opportunity to be seen by these schools. The moment you begin focusing on external things is the moment your performance will begin to decrease and your stress level will become unnecessarily high.

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

I couldn’t be more excited for my future at Dickinson. I think Coach Hanson and the entire Red Devil coaching staff is going to push me to be the best I can be on and off the field, and allow me to put myself in a position to be successful in whatever career I decide to pursue. I also think that when I arrive on campus in 2016, the teammates I’m going to have will push me as well, and become some of my best friends and brothers.

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

SportsForce is perfect for all student-athletes who are really serious about pursuing college athletics. SportsForce gives you guidance and insight that really cannot be found anywhere else. I think that SportsForce played a large role in my commitment to Dickinson, and I absolutely recommend this to any other student-athlete whose priority is to play in college.

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