College Recruitment

The BSA program is specifically formulated for the premier level player that aspires to play collegiate soccer.  The BSA program focuses upon the most important steps that allow our players to be successfully recruited at the colleges and universities where they wish to play and pursue their education.  The key to the program is the incremental approach to developing technical and tactical skills coupled with the reputation that BSA’s Director of Coaching, Henrik Ambarchian, has earned with major collegiate programs.

 

I. TECHNICAL AND TACTICAL DEVELOPMENT 

Speed of play is what separates Division I recruits from Division II and III recruits.  Speed of play is determined by a player’s ability to read the field, make quick and appropriate decisions, play 1 and 2 touch soccer out of pressure, move to balance offensively and defensively, and most importantly handle the ball with composure under pressure.

 

BSA training emphasizes:

 

  • composure with the ball (ability to execute plays in limited time and space)
  • Ball skills under pressure
  • accurate 1 and 2 touch passing
  • tactical understanding, passing and movement as a unit
  • defensive players joining the offensive attack
  • mental focus and leadership
  • physical strength and fitness training

 

It is this incremental training approach that allows our players to be recognized at collegiate ID clinics and camps, ODP program and Collegiate Showcase Tournaments.  Without this level of foundation, players that aspire to play in college will fall short in their quest to be identified in the recruiting process.

II. EXPOSURE AND IDENTIFICATION

Major Division I and II colleges and universities recruit technically skilled players that are able to perform at the highest level against the highest level of competition.  The primary ways that recruits are identified are through 1 and 2 day clinics and summer camps on campus, the Olympic Development Program(ODP) and Collegiate Showcase Tournaments.  Our players are consistently identified by college coaches at 1 and 2 day clinics, summer camps and the ODP program due to their strong technical foundation and experience.  BSA has an excellent track record of placing … players at the top levels in … any  program.

     COLLEGE SHOWCASE TOURNAMENTS

 

If you wish to play Division I or II soccer and your club or team cannot get accepted into the above tournaments or is not placed in the top 2 brackets at each of these tournaments, you are playing for the wrong club and likely will not be scouted at such events.  College coaches have lists of hundreds of recruits and do not have the time to watch an unlimited number of matches.  Therefore, most coaches typically watch only teams in the top couple of brackets where the competition is at the highest level.  In addition, style of play is extremely important.  BSA is constantly scouted by coaches because of its style of play.  The club has received numerous compliments from elite level Division I schools because our players play with skill and offensive creativity at the highest levels of competition. 

     

     OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

 

BSA is a strong supporter of the ODP program and encourages its players to participate.  The technical and tactical development of its players has assisted numerous players over the past several years to achieve success in the ODP program.

 III. COMMUNICATION WITH DIRECTOR OF COACHING

 

A vital, but often overlooked, part of the recruiting process is the role of the club coach.

Player, Parent and Coach

The BSA Director of Coaching assists the player in identifying the appropriate level at which the player can expect to be recruited and with the identification of clinics and camps.  At BSA, this open line of communication between the player, parents and coach is paramount and always an ongoing process.

 

Recruiting School and Coach

 

Due to NCAA rules, most of the preliminary conversations with the schools recruiting the players takes place between the collegiate coaching staff and the recruited player’s coach.  BSA Director of Coaching, Henrik Ambarchian, is the former General Manager of the WNY FLASH, women’s professional team.  He brings a wealth of experience in player identification and relationships established with college coaches seeking to have their college players drafted into the professional leagues over several years.  BSA has developed a stellar reputation for developing skilled players that can play at the highest level of soccer.  The Director of Coaching spends hours every day speaking with college coaching staffs advocating for all BSA players trying to match each player with the best program fit and to secure athletic scholarship money.

 V. Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t colleges wait to recruit until Junior or Senior year of High School?

No, Colleges recruit earlier each and every year and Freshman and Sophomore girls are actively recruited and offered verbal scholarships.

Don’t I need to play in the ECNL to be seen by top colleges?

No. Colleges will always find talented players in high level competition events. Any team accepted and placed in higher brackets in these select events will generate exposure for their players.  Our players receive an incredible amount of exposure through Showcase Tournaments, college ID clinics, camps and selected  ODP events.  Our players are scouted by the top Division I teams in the nation.

Do all Division 1 & II players receive athletic scholarships?

Per the NCAA website, between 53-56% of athletes receive some form of athletic money.  This is a very limited amount of athletes as only 2% of high school athletes receive athletic scholarships. 

How many scholarships does each Division I women's soccer team receive for the entire team?

Each team has 14 Full Scholarships. Most colleges offer partial scholarships to increase the amount of recruits.  Many colleges have up to 25-30 partial scholarships players also full scholarships are hard to come by.