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Pat Grecco,
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Start Young if You
Want to Play in College
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Pat Grecco,
Independent College Bound Athlete Advisor
Pat Grecco
Pat Grecco strives to get student-athletes into the college of their dreams! She wants her clients to realize their full potential.

Welcome to the College Bound Athlete Newsletter! We'll highlight our clients' achievements and will feature informative articles for student-athletes and their parents.
Start Young if You Want to Play in College

soccer baby

Whatever your sport is, the key to developing into a competitive athlete with a possible view to playing in college is staring early! Beginning at an early age enables athletes to sharpen their skills so they will always on top of their game.

Most Soccer Players begin in the diaper division and play on small fields, small sided teams, with 5 vs. 5, not the usual 11 vs. 11. This way everyone gets to touch the ball, play offense, defense and even score a goal. The key to having younger players in sports is that it is fun, builds self-esteem, teaches them to play with others, and gets them up and moving.

Childhood obesity is said to be a huge problem in America based on a variety of factors: More fast foods being consumed, lots of time spent at the computer and other sedentary activities like watching TV. When I was growing up, especially in elementary school, after school, on arriving home I changed my clothes and rushed outside to play, run and jump around until I was called for supper, but back then, most of the moms' were stay-at-home Moms.

Understand which sport your children play and be sure to identify the one they like the best. When you finalize your sport, perhaps at around age twelve, be sure you ask the coach about training and also exposure to strong competition. If you want to play in college, you must play/compete at the highest level as a youth player.

Often when I meet a player and his/her parents, they proudly tell me they play three sports so now they are seeking to play in college and perhaps win an athletic grant, AKA as a scholarship. Most times, I tell them it's great that you played three sports but you never played at the higher level of any sport. Sort of a jack-of-all-trades, master on none concept. Because you play on Varsity at your high school does not mean you are college bound for your sport or that you will win a scholarship.

I have watched the movie Rudy many times, but in truth, the Rudy concept is not the usual; therefore, one must have several options. Also, don't get too caught up in your sport so that it becomes secondary to academics. Rule #1, academics first and always.

Introduce your athlete to people who have played the game. If it's Tennis, Golf or Swimming, find a program that has instruction with a professional coach or at least a coach or trainer who was in a competitive program, who played/competed at the collegiate level.

In team sports such as Soccer, Lacrosse, Basketball, Baseball, or Softball, many times the parent is the coach and holds the team together but perhaps their own child deserves to be competing at the higher level, and may miss this opportunity because Dad or Mom is the coach.

Vinny Fusco, Coach of a Garden City Soccer Team brought in two trainers/coaches who played at the collegiate level, one a college coach; Vinny knew his own limitations as to what he could offer the team when they entered high school. When Vinny's role changed from coach to manager, he made sure each player understood that they would be attending tournaments, college showcases and training twice a week in addition to the weekend game. In other words, somewhere you must make a commitment to the sport of your choice. I didn't say it had to be done at age five, but it needs to be done at some point.

In today's world of specialization, playing multiple positions is not always a good thing. If you pitch, mention what type of pitches you throw (slider, fast ball, change up, etc.) and perhaps have an alternate position. In Soccer, sometimes I speak to a student-athlete and they tell me, "I can play every position." Well, this is not what I want to hear. Are you a Midfielder, a Forward, a Defender, or a Goalkeeper? In summer camps I have observed what is called "position camp" in other words, specialization, these position camps are usually for older players, who are now trying to be a stand-out in their specific position. Football, Lacrosse, Basketball and Soccer all have position camps.

Finally and most important, athletics can open college doors, providing you have good grades present yourself as an all-around student-athlete.

Questions, concerns and suggestions always welcome, e-mail me at or call me at (631) 988-7746 for a consultation.
I am eager to help student-athletes and their parents navigate the challenging college selection process.

Pat Grecco, Advisor
College Bound Athlete

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