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Indiana Elite Scholars Academy


Indiana Elite FC is committed to the development of a lifelong passion for soccer to enhance not only skills in our athletes, but leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, and discipline – both on the field and in the classroom.  Studies have proven that the advantages of competing in college sports is both immediate and long term, giving athletes countless opportunities to learn, compete and succeed.  According to the NCAA, student-athletes graduate at rates higher than college students in general.   Whether or not a player wants to try to extend their soccer career into college, playing sports helps tremendously when applying to colleges.  College admissions officers don't just look at grades and test scores; they also look at a student's extracurricular activities.   Playing a sport, staying active in the community and having an interest in music, art, or another hobby are not only helpful – they show that the student is well-rounded.

IEFC has a strong commitment to athletics and academics, and our student-athlete success rate.  Indiana Elite FC has implemented several programs to assist our players in rising to athletic and academic challenges, including a free homework and tutoring program for our players needing extra assistance with academics, and ACT/SAT preparation classesOur club is proud to be the first in the area to offer academic assistance, tutoring, and test preparation to our players and families to help make the academic process less overwhelming, especially if this is the first time you are thinking about college. Many universities and colleges set a minimum GPA of 3.0 as a baseline for freshman admission and transfer students. But the fact is this: the minimum you need to graduate may not be the same as what you need to get into college.  Whether you choose a trade school, community college, four-year university, or Ivy League institution, the choice is YOURS. The time to start thinking about the future is now, and we are here to help.

Here are some helpful ways to track your student-athlete’s journey:

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Athletic goals

  • Keep track of your child’s accomplishments, championships won, and teams played.  You can make sure your player’s stats are accurately recorded at GotSoccer.com.  This site is widely used by schools and organizations, high school coaches, and college recruiters. 
  • Take pictures and video of your child during games or practices.  Not all colleges can afford to send recruiters, and video footage may make a difference in scholarship disbursement and team placement.  Remember, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
  • Reinforce hard work, discipline, and sportsmanship with your child.  Lead by your actions on and off the field, and be an integral part of your child’s soccer team and club.  Help your child stay active during the off-season.

Academic goals

  • Start by talking about the value of education and college while your child is in elementary school. 
  • Plan academics, and discuss courses particularly in math and science with your child.  These classes are required in order to take more advanced math classes and science offerings such as physics and chemistry. English should be taken every year.  History, geography and science should be taken as much as possible, and most colleges require at least two years of a foreign language which can be started now.
  • Be an advocate for your child.  Actively seek scholarships to those institutions which you think may be a good fit based on your child’s interests.  It’s never too early to see what’s out there!
  • Encourage your student to do his/her best in school and on standardized tests.  Take tough classes and develop strong study habits now, so that good grades follow in high school.  Colleges are looking at classes and grades. 
  • Choose classes, electives, and volunteer opportunities that will help you explore your child’s interests.  Keep track of these for resumes and applications.
  • Guide your child in talking with other adults, relatives, teachers, and community members who he/she thinks has an interesting job, and ask what they like about their job, what education they received, and if they have any advice that would benefit your child.

HIGH SCHOOL

Athletic goals

  • Keep track of your accomplishments, championships won, and teams played.  You can make sure your player stats are accurately recorded at GotSoccer.com.  This site is widely used by schools and organizations, high school coaches and college recruiters. 
  • Ask someone to take pictures and video of you during games or practices.  Not all colleges can afford to send recruiters, and video footage may make a difference in scholarship disbursement and team placement.  Remember, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
  • Remember that hard work, discipline, skill and sportsmanship are important.  Lead by your actions on and off the field to be an important part of your soccer club.  Stay active during the off-season.
  • Participate in soccer camps at the college or university you are thinking of attending.
  • Consider optional tournaments for additional exposure to coaches and recruiting scouts.
  • Be proactive with your future! If you wait until your applications are due to begin the college preparation process, you may have missed many opportunities for scholarships.  Some institutions begin awarding scholarships during your freshman year in high school. 
  • Visit www.NCAA.org regularly to keep up with the latest information available.

Academic goals

Freshman year

  • Map out an academic plan to get from freshman year to senior year, and eventually to the college(s) of your interest.
  • Plan a rigorous academic path.  Some AP and honors classes taken in high school may fulfill certain degree requirements.
  • Establish a relationship with your high school counselor and set up goals for the path you choose.
  • Take an English course every year to prepare for college.
  • Most colleges require three years of high school math.  More competitive colleges may require four. Take math classes such as geometry and algebra early to improve your standardized test scores.
  • Colleges look for at least three years of a laboratory science class such as biology, chemistry or physics, and Earth/space science. More competitive colleges may require four years of lab science.
  • Many colleges require at least two years of study in the same foreign language.  Some colleges require, others recommend, two semesters in the arts (art, dance, music, or drama).

Sophomore year

  • Research your careers and colleges, and start visiting right away.  This helps narrow down your lists of likes and dislikes so you can finalize your choice by senior year.
  • Start thinking about and exploring your colleges and careers.  Career and college fairs are a good place to start, but it’s never too early to set foot on campus.
  • Meet with your high school counselor to be sure your goals and academics are on track.
  • Start building a scholarship resume.  Extracurricular activities are a key element of the college application process.  The more extracurricular, volunteer, and leadership opportunities, the better!  

Many volunteer opportunities are available through the IEFC.  We are committed to helping our players track their hours each year, as well as provide a written letter for their resume materials.

Junior year

  • Seek out internships, summer jobs, and job shadows that align with your career of interest.
  • Focus on standardized testing, the ACT and SAT, and college entrance exams, and work hard to do well.  These tests are offered throughout high school, and to be considered for admission, most universities require at least one of these testsIndiana Elite FC will offer free ACT and SAT preparation classes and study materials through the club.  These classes will be tailored around practice schedules so we can offer our players every opportunity to excel on and off the field.
  • If you plan to attend a selective college, SAT Subject tests may be required. 
  • Meet with your high school counselor to be sure your goals and vision are on track.  Remember to talk to your coaches about where students of your skill may be recruited.

Senior year

  • Narrow down your list of colleges, finish up visits, and apply.  Be aware of application filing deadlines.
  • If you plan to apply for financial aid, check your college’s website to make sure the proper forms are completed. 
  • Meet with your high school counselor to be sure your goals and vision remain on track.  Remember to talk to your IEFC and high school coaches about where students of your skill may be recruited.
  • Remember that your senior year grades will be sent to all colleges to which you apply, so keep working hard!

 

Indiana Elite FC is working to expand its involvement in preparing our players for success on and off the soccer field. According to the NCAA, more than $2.7 billion in athletic scholarships is distributed each year along with access to medical care, academic support services, and first-class training opportunities. We want to encourage our high school athletes and their parents to be proactive in discussing future goals, and ask parents of middle school students to start navigating your child’s future path now.  With the academic programs IEFC is putting into place, we look forward to being an integral part of your child’s academic and athletic journey. Together, we will experience the positive impact and success of our IEFC student-athletes as we shape them for the future.

 

Sincerely,
NOVI MAROJEVIC

President, Indiana Elite FC
10971 Four Seasons Place, Suite 207, Crown Point IN 46307

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Resources


NCAA Student-Athlete Guide 

This is a guide for college-bound student athletes and their parents or guardians on getting to the next level. This explains rules and regulations from an academic standpoint as well as communication with college coaches. Keep in mind that these rules for communication reside solely on the coach. You can reach out to a college coach at any time via email, phone call, or snail mail. This guide explains how and when a coach can respond directly to you. 

Note: This guide applies to NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 schools only. NCAA Division 3 schools do not have regulations as far as core-class requirements, and the coaches can respond directly to you at any time.

NCAA Eligibility Center 

All student-athletes must adhere to specific academic and amateur standards in order to compete at the NCAA level. These academic standards include your GPA, Test Scores, and Core Classes, and must be met in order to participate in NCAA college sports. The NCAA will also need to verify that you are not a professional athlete and have maintained your amateur status. 

You must complete the NCAA Eligibility Center questionnaire at some point during your high school career. To get this out of the way, we recommend completing this sooner than later. It allows college coaches to verify that you are on the right track and will be eligible to compete in the NCAA should he/she want to recruit you. We also recommend downloading the NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athletes for more specifics. (Link also provided on this FitBox).

NAIA Eligibility Center 

Similar to the NCAA, student athletes must adhere to certain standards to compete at the NAIA level. . The NAIA will also need to verify that you are not a professional athlete and have maintained your amateur status.

The NAIA Eligibility Center allows college coaches to verify that you are on the right track and will be eligible to compete in the NAIA should he/she want to recruit you. We also recommend downloading the NAIA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athletes for more specifics. (Link also provided on this FitBox).

Applying to College 

You may have many questions about how to apply to college, what materials you need, or when to start. This will help ease your mind with the rigors of the application process and give you a better understanding on what to explect. Keep in mind that the process may be slightly different for each school, and you will need to research what to do for each one individually.

Early Action / Decision 

This is something everyone ponders at some point, but applying early to college has both its advantages and disadvantages. Keep in mind you may HAVE to attend the school if you apply early and are accepted, so you need to be 100% positive that this is the school you wish to attend. This article will give you more insight on the early application process.

Selecting A College 

You already have access to the perfect tool to help you with the decision process – The College Compass in your College Fit Finder account. This applies logic to what is otherwise an emotional decision and helps guide you to your right fit. Just rate the level of importance each of the different aspects of college life are to you, and the calculations take care of the rest.

NCAA Timelines of Communication 

You can find a Recruiting Calendar on page 27 of the NCAA Student Athlete Guide. This calendar details what type of communication you can receive from college coaches and at what time during your high school career. 

Note: This calendar applies to NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 schools only. Keep in mind that these rules for communication reside solely on the coach. You can reach out to a college coach at any time via email, phone call, or snail mail. NCAA Division 3 coaches can respond directly to you at any time.

SAT Testing Dates and Registration 

The SAT is a standardized test that helps colleges from around the country determine your scholastic abilities in 4 subjects including Reading, Math, and Writing. It is recommended that each student-athlete prepare appropriately for this test and it may be a good idea to look into a test prep course.

Weighted GPA Calculator 

The College Fit Finder will ask for your weighted GPA, however, not all school districts will provide students with that weighted calculation. Follow the link to calculate your weighted GPA.

National Letter of Intent 

A player may make a "Verbal Commitment" to a play for a college, however the commitment to not binding until a player signs the National Letter of Intent. Most sports have signing dates that begin in the late winter/spring of an athlete's senior year of high school
A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

NCAA Resource Center 

There are quite a few NCAA rules that a student-athlete must be aware of when navigating the recruiting process. This link gives access to many FAQs and additional information that may help you along your path.

FAFSA Form 

The first step in determining your eligibility for college financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The form can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.

CSS Financial Form 

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (often written as CSS PROFILE), short for the College Scholarship Service Profile, is an application distributed by the College Board in the United States allowing college students to apply for financial aid. It is primarily designed to give private member institutions of the College Board a closer look into the finances of a student and family. It is much more detailed than the FAFSA.

The CSS Profile asks questions about the financial status of the student and the student's parents. The information the student gives in the CSS Profile is then sent to colleges or universities that the student specifies.

Along with the FAFSA, the CSS Profile is the most common financial aid application that students in the United States fill out.

NAIA Student Athlete Guide 

This guide will help you understand the necessary grades, test scores, and amateur stance to compete in the NAIA. For parents, it helps explain the types of scholarships, financial aid, grants, and loans that may be available to you.

NAIA Timelines of Communication 

Similar to NCAA Division 3, college coaches at the NAIA level can respond to you at any time via email, phone call, text, or snail mail, with a few exceptions, which are detailed in this article.

College Application Checklist 

You may have trouble keeping track of where you stand with applying to each individual school, and this is a great resource to help you stay organized. We recommend keeping this checklist (or something similar) handy for each school.

ACT Test Dates and Registration 

The ACT is a standardized test that helps colleges from around the country determine your scholastic abilities in 4 subjects including English, Reading, Math, and Science. It is recommended that each student-athlete prepare appropriately for this test and it may be a good idea to look into a test prep course.

NCAA Core Courses 

NCAA schools require college-bound student-athletes to build a foundation of high school courses to prepare them for the academic expectations in college.

Click the link above for more information on the eligibility requirements for NCAA Core Course Eligibility Requirements for the various athletic divisions.

List of NCAA Core Courses 

Some student-athletes need to know if their specific High School classes have satisfied the NCAA Core Course Requirements. Follow the link to determine which or your High School classes fall under each category.

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