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SummitKB February 06th, 2013 03:51 GMT Print this post
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Quoted from: soccerlvr, February 05th, 2013 17:50  GMT
I have always felt that the discipline that comes with a lifestyle of competitive sports has helped my kids academically and otherwise.  Idle hands to the devil's work!  I think many people focus too much on college and ignore the other benefits that competitive sports bring to families and kids.  It has been worth every dime for my kids even if there is no scholarship at the end.  


Great perspective!
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wdrkb February 06th, 2013 06:19 GMT Print this post
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Quoted from: soccerlvr, February 05th, 2013 17:50  GMT
I have always felt that the discipline that comes with a lifestyle of competitive sports has helped my kids academically and otherwise.  Idle hands to the devil's work!  I think many people focus too much on college and ignore the other benefits that competitive sports bring to families and kids.  It has been worth every dime for my kids even if there is no scholarship at the end.  


I couldn't agree more.  
The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this:  if it moves, kick it.  If it doesn't move, kick it until it does.  ~Phil Woosnam, 1974

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mtnlady February 06th, 2013 08:44 GMT Print this post
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Quoted from: Norcaldad, February 06th, 2013 03:21  GMT
Realilisitcally, Kids should know half way through high school if they will realilistically play for a college team. Hence it is very important to mainly focus on school grades first and foremost.
I would even say after your freshman year.
Nancy Drew has it.


100% agree. Focus on school, play soccer for fun.
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20sDad February 06th, 2013 17:28 GMT Print this post
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This message was edited by 20sDad on February 06th, 2013 17:29 GMT

Interestingly enough, it seems to be that the unreasonable perspective in this thread is coming from those that would have parents believe there is no college benefit to playing youth soccer (most of whom have no firsthand experience on the subject).  From what I’ve seen, nobody here has stated they expect a full ride scholarship or that grades aren’t important to the overall picture of playing college soccer.  Most don’t even list playing college as a primary factor in having their kids play youth soccer.  At the same time, not acknowledging that there are potential college benefits beyond a full ride is disingenuous.  

I took a little time to look into it and found that, on average, about 65 percent of our first team (and we usually only have one team by that age) graduates go on to play college soccer.  While admittedly the financial aid component is usually minimal, these players are getting A) acceptance a school they want to attend, and B) priority registration for classes.  Anyone familiar with today’s academic landscape knows how beneficial these two things can be.  Beyond that, these kids are getting a well rounded college experience that will be with them for the rest of their lives.  

There is really no denying that a high level student-athlete has more options than a high level student only and, to echo something already mentioned, successful players are successful academically more often than not.

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edparent February 06th, 2013 19:43 GMT Print this post
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If your child plans on going to a state school and wants to graduate on time (within 4-5 years), you better hope they have priority registration which you can get by being an athlete on campus.
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TJSoccer February 07th, 2013 00:06 GMT Print this post
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Quoted from: wdrkb, February 06th, 2013 06:19  GMT

Quoted from: soccerlvr, February 05th, 2013 17:50  GMT
I have always felt that the discipline that comes with a lifestyle of competitive sports has helped my kids academically and otherwise.  Idle hands to the devil's work!  I think many people focus too much on college and ignore the other benefits that competitive sports bring to families and kids.  It has been worth every dime for my kids even if there is no scholarship at the end.  


I couldn't agree more.  


As long as its all in perspective.  A friend of mine's daughter was a great athlete.  She received a 4 year athletic scholarship for soccer and may have been able to walk on the college's basketball team as well.  As a youth, she was so over committed that her parents did everything for her.  As a young adult she is pretty helpless, expecting others to help her with everything and unable to handle difficulties.  Basically, they created a prima donna.

Just a warning he gave me.  Use the sport to teach life lessons like responsibility and time management.  Sometimes its easy to fall into the trap of helping them when you see how hard they are working at something.  But the passion for sport may not translate to the "real world"
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Norcaldad February 07th, 2013 00:16 GMT Print this post
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This message was edited by Norcaldad on February 07th, 2013 00:17 GMT

Just a warning he gave me.  Use the sport to teach life lessons like responsibility and time management.  Sometimes its easy to fall into the trap of helping them when you see how hard they are working at something. But the passion for sport may not translate to the real world.

TJSoccer- Great Advice!
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soccer88 February 07th, 2013 15:45 GMT Print this post
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Mustang numbers off actual # is 22 girls  
Blast =16
Revolution=2
Fury=4
Boys side=3
and how they got there is important sacrafice,dedication,hard work, I could go on and most important parents commitment! Just that all the kids are out of the house and making a mark on the world and finding themselves. So congrats to all kids in all clubs for this. And to there parents
Quoted from: soccerwest, February 05th, 2013 05:49  GMT
Congrats to all those Nor cal girls and clubs who have committed to play at the next level.

12   Mustangs
11   Rage
10   San Juan
7     Placer
5     West Coast
4     MVLA
3     SRU
1    Sporting
1    Lamorinda
1    Bay Oaks
1    Ajax
1    Davis
1    Santa Cruz

Any more?

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norcalsoccer82 February 07th, 2013 17:11 GMT Print this post
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Cal Blues has the following:

1 - Colorado college
1 - University of Louisiana
1 - Cal State Stanislaus
1 - Southern Oregon University
2 - Sac State
1 - Wake Forest
3 - Indiana University
1 - UC San Diego
1 - University of New Mexico
1 - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

13 players, boys and girls. Not sure if there are more players looking to sign.
-norcalsoccer82
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mtnlady February 07th, 2013 17:30 GMT Print this post
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This message was edited by mtnlady on February 07th, 2013 17:42 GMT


Quoted from: edparent, February 06th, 2013 19:43  GMT
If your child plans on going to a state school and wants to graduate on time (within 4-5 years), you better hope they have priority registration which you can get by being an athlete on campus.


Or by being in an academic scholarship/honors/award program - of which there are plenty of opportunities. Also upper classmen get priority registration however the first two years can be tough unless you are recognized as an upper level student (or an athlete). Saying that the first two years you tend to burn through a lot of your non major electives so if class 'a' isn't available you can go to 'b' and 'c'. The key is to make sure the core classes you need for your major are being taken on time as subsequent classes many times require that certain key courses be taken first.

Also be aware that playing on a college team - especially a D1 type environment is close to a FT job. Figure that a four year degree will take at least 5 years to accomplish as course loads need to be reduced to account for the extra training.

And 20s, as to your comment basically stating that I don't know what I'm talking about PM me and I would be more than happy to give you my college playing experience. In return, please provide me with yours.
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