10 Steps To Find A College For Your Sport! with Ryan Jay Owens
#RJO SOLO SESSION: A current pro since 2002 living, playing & working in over 30 countries globally!
Use EliteVolley.com's Blog post to create your CV and submit it for FREE HELP!
1. MAKE IT A GOAL
Write it down! Put why you want to accomplish it…. what happens if you do.. what happens if you don’t do it… people that you know that did it & people you don’t know but that were the best at it like All-Americans from your country or state.
List of top 10-15 places where you would like to go to (inform yourself about schools, academics and coaching staff)
2. PREPARE YOURSELF
Get all of your school records, create your CV, schedule your tests and make sure you’re eligible to play for either the NCAA, NAIA or JUCO schools.
Make a list of possible mentors, coaches, schools & companies that can help you get to school. Use Facebook, USNews.com, the school’s team rosters & an internet search will help you find international/national college recruitment scouts/service like my free service through EliteVolley.com & Elite Sport Students Project.
4. CONTACT YOUR NEW NETWORK
Send your email and CV to all of the mentors, coaches, schools & services ASAP. You can start this at age 15!
[SANJA TOMASEVIĆ TIP: Ask coaches for a chat and a tour of the school via Skype or Google Hangouts.]
5. IMPROVE IN SCHOOL
The better you do in school the more chances and opportunities you will have when you want to go to college. Learn more through MOOCs if you find your subjects easy… Join a school extracurricular club or comittee… Get tutoring from teachers or other students… Take required tests for US Colleges like the SAT & TOEFL… Surround yourself with top students.
6. IMPROVE IN YOUR SPORT
Improve your weaker skills first… Don’t forget your mental skills like visualization or meditation like olympians… Get flexible, stronger & faster… Learn how to “EAT CLEAN” and get the proper amount of sleep and how to recover from exercise… & find a mentor in your sport… pick the best athlete’s in the world to emulate by watching their videos online & don’t be afraid to contact them via twitter, email, Facebook.
[#PRORJO TIP: Anyone in need of help for fitness, finding a school, nutrition, volleyball, etc. Contact Me]
7. STAY UP-TO-DATE & FOLLOW UP
Keep your CV online using Google Drive and make new documents using Google Documents.. all FREE!
Be sure you follow SAT, TOEFL, ELIGIBILITYCENTER.ORG
Follow coaches & students playing in US & CANADIAN schools from where you are from…
Follow Up by telling teams when you update anything on your CV!
Communicate with the people helping you to see if anything has changed!
8. TRACK PROGRESS
Make sure you are hitting your mini goals each day/week/month!
Keep track of schools that are contacting you…
Keep records of your improvements physically, nutritionally, educationally, socially, etc.
9. REVIEW GOALS
Every month be sure to re-evaluate your goals to be sure they are still what you want to accomplish. Change anything that needs to change. Mark the ones you completed as COMPLETED! :)
10. BE DISCIPLINED
Be aware of what you are OR are NOT doing everyday to reach your goals… Keep them in places where you can see them. Mirrors, doors, tables, pocket, bags, phone/computer screens, etc.
Find someone that is driven to have a great life like you. Ask that you check in with each other each day or each week at a certain time to check that you both have done the mini goals you should be doing every day and week.
BE CAREFUL WHO YOU TELL & WHO YOU ASK FOR HELP!
CLEAN UP YOUR IMAGE
SELFIES? ALCOHOL? ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES? OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOR? GET RID OF THEM! No Team wants a player that will cause trouble or not have great character!
ADD VALUE BY HELPING OTHERS & SHARE IT ON YOUR CV
SPEND TIME WITH MENTORS
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with!” -Jim Rohn
[#PRORJO TIP: Use BeyondAthletic.com to get free mentorship and contact info of olympians, pros & college all-americans!]
USE FREE SERVICES WHEN POSSIBLE IF QUALITY…
FIND SCHOOLS: ELITEVOLLEY.COM, BEYONDATHLETIC.COM & ESS….
EDUCATION: KHANACADEMY.ORG, CREATIVELIVE.COM, COURSETALK.COM…
SPORTS STREAMING SITES LIKE: LAOLA1.TV, YOUTUBE, LIVETV.SX, WIZIWIG.TV, SPORTLEMON.TV
RESEARCH WHAT YOU DONT KNOW!