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College Prep: Will attending College Camps help me with exposure to College Coaches?

The most valuable outcome you should expect from a college camp is that you will become a better overall athlete.

Champions Quest Camp

College camps are strongly recommended for all high school level athletes to attend, as many benefits can come out of the experience. Athletes experience an increase in physical and mental aspects of their sport.

At some camps, college coaches are extremely involved in helping and teaching the athletes about their sport and position. Athletes will get better in their sports through the drills and instruction the coaches lead.

Check out our Champion’s QUEST Alumni competing in College and Professional Sports!

As athletes compete alongside their peers, athletes can get a sense of the competition and can compare their abilities to others at the camp. This helps athletes when being realistic about the college and if it is a “right fit” for them.

On the mental side, playing on a college campus is very valuable in increasing confidence in an unfamiliar environment. It can be very intimidating to play in front of college coaches. Camps give the athlete the opportunity to get used to being in front of coaches and interacting with them.

One of the best Recruiting Coordinators of all time, Bob Chmiel, has told families that he discovered only TWO players at summer camp in his 30 years of recruiting.

Champions Quest College Camp

Many recruits attend college camps with the expectation of being discovered by the college coaches. Typically, the only athletes who receive “true” evaluations are the recruits that the staff was already aware of and actively recruiting.

It is imperative that athletes contact coaches ahead of time via email and a phone conversation. Each camp can hold between 50 to hundreds of athletes. If contact with the college coaches is not established before the camp, it is likely that they will not know who you are and you will become a number instead of a name at the camp.

Don’t know what to write or say?… Email Coach Brittany for guidance



Video: College Prep Highlight Videos

Check out the next video in the College Prep series… what should your Game Highlight Video include when you email college coaches?

Watch the video below to see a Highlight Video that showcases the skills and team work in a highlight video. Take note of how this video was made with an iPad on the sideline. No fancy cameras, just game footage, a movie making app, and a YouTube account.

Check out our Champion’s QUEST alumni who are now playing in college and professionally around the nation. Their dedication in the gym and competition combined with their greatest strengths has earned them the right to be a collegiate student-athlete.

Email Coach Brittany if you need help with your highlight video!




College Basketball Coach Interview: Looking for Winners On and Off the Court

What do college coaches think about the recruiting process?

Coach Brittany had an interview with an old classmate, Coach Brent Crews, and here is what he had to say about his recruiting process. Coach Crews played NCAA Division I basketball at Florida Atlantic University. Switching to the other side of the game, Coach Crews became an assistant coach at the University of San Francisco and is now the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Thomas University, a NAIA college in Thomasville, Georgia.

Brent Crews Thomas University

Q: What do you look for when evaluating potential recruits?

A: “What I look for when evaluating is 3 things. Toughness, basketball IQ, Winner.”

Q: How do you initially reach out to a recruit?

A: “Most of the time I reach out through their coach.”

Brent Crews FAU

Coach Crews played NCAA Div. I college basketball for Florida Atlantic University

Q: Discuss your 1st call strategy for a recruit.

A: “My 1st call for a recruit will start with me explaining who I am as a coach. Then I will talk about the team conference and school. The biggest objective on the 1st phone call is to get the recruit interested. The 1st phone call is all about me, the team, and school.

Q: How often do you communicate with your recruits?

A: “I communicate with my top recruits once or twice a week. Potential top recruits I speak with 2-3 times a month.”

Q: How do you close a recruit when you want them to commit?

A: “When I want to close a recruit I bring him on campus and bring out the red carpet. Take him to the best restaurants in town. Try to get as many 1-1 talks as possible while he is on his visit (official visit.) Answer all questions and show him what it would be like if he committed. After the visit if he doesn’t commit, I immediately set up a home visit and give another pitch.”

Q: What tips would you give athletes just getting started with recruiting?

A: “It is a long process in recruiting. You have to do everything on your end not to mess up any potential schools interested in you. Grades is a must, attitude has to be great, and your coaches and teammates should love being around you. Every coach loves a player everyone else loves. Trust your ability and play with confidence. You are good enough and your time will come. Do not compare your recruiting process to anyone else’s process. They are all different.”


VIDEO: College Prep: Marketing Your Athletic Strengths to College Coaches

This week at Champion’s QUEST, we are dedicated to providing Parents and Athletes with knowledge about the College Prep process to achieving the ultimate goal of being a: COLLEGE STUDENT-ATHLETE.

In this video, Coach Brittany talks about Marketing Yourself to College Coaches by showing off your Athletic Strengths in videos and sharing with College Coaches. 

Whether you are looking to attend college out of California or the local Junior College down the street, College Coaches unfortunately do not have enough time to go out and watch every player that emails them. You must stand out in a different way! 

Athletes sometimes have a hard time explaining their Athletic Strengths in an email or on the phone with College Coaches. It can be frustrating for parents and athletes during the recruiting process. So instead of worrying about how the email sounds or if you made your athlete sound the best, use videos to show the College Coach exactly what you are attempting to say! 

If you have an amazing Vertical Jump and your rebound percentage in basketball is your greatest athletic strength, send video of your training session at Champion’s QUEST working on your explosive power -and- then send another video of all our rebounds from last weekend’s basketball tournament.

Competing against athletes across the entire nation for a spot on a college team can be daunting and scary, so be creative and show the College Coaches you deserve that scholarship on the team and you have the athletic ability to help their athletic program.

Check out Coach Brittany’s video as she displays an athlete’s Greatest Athletic Strength: POWER in her recent training session.

Notice how the clips are short and straight to the point: POWER! Coach Brittany gave a short intro and exit to open the video. It is a great idea for athletes to give a quick intro introducing themselves (name, graduation year, sport, position, team name, high school) -and- state what the college coach is about to view.

Remember, it’s great to show off your Athletic Strengths! Go get that College Scholarship!


Youth Soccer Players: “Play Up” or Play in Birth Year

With U.S. Soccer’s new player development initiatives taking effect by 2017, Cal South is pushing to have all soccer teams and clubs apply the new initiatives now instead of gradually changing over the next couple years. The biggest change for U.S. youth soccer is that all players register for teams according to the year they are born (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31st) instead of the calendar year (Aug. 1st – July 31st.) USYS_USS_Logos2

The United States and Canada were the only 2 countries out of 208 countries registered with FIFA that had teams on the calendar year. The U.S. ODP programs have always been based on birth years so this will not affect any try-outs or players that are currently on ODP teams.

Several soccer players are now on the younger end of their teams or could potentially “play up” an age group if they stayed with their team.

Should soccer players “play up” with the new birth year initiative?

With the increase in youth soccer concussions and knee injuries, parents should be careful of allowing their youth soccer player to “play up” to stay with their current team. It is unfortunate that players have to look for another team or coach if they are now on the younger end of the team; however, injuries have far more greater consequences than a youth athlete learning to play soccer with a different coach and team. 

Brittany Gonzales

For an example, a soccer player born in July 2003 has been the youngest on their soccer team. With the current birth year changes, if that same July 2003 player “plays up” to stay on their team, they could potentially play against an opponent that is born January 2002 (an entire 1.5 years older.) Both of these soccer players are in middle school and going through puberty changes, social changes, and the older one may be preparing for high school in the next year once the fall season concludes.

Now, there is the argument that “playing up” will help certain soccer players elevate their game and advance their skills so they can make ODP teams and have an opportunity to hopefully play for the National team or in college. In fact, youth National team coaches encourage soccer players to play up to gain more speed on and off the ball and learn to make faster decisions in the game. 

Each soccer player has a different journey and can handle different stresses. For some soccer players, “playing up” will not be a problem but a great challenge that will help them to increase their soccer IQ. For some other players, the team changes will give them an opportunity to be on the older end of the team or right in the middle, instead of the younger end.

Right now is the best time to expose these youth soccer players to different clubs, teams, and coaches to find the right fit for deciding if “playing up” should be an option. All teams and clubs are going through the same changes and hosting team try-outs.

Brittany GonzalesContact Coach Brittany Gonzales for updates on current team try-outs and if “playing up” is a great option.


Brittany Gonzales, Director of Champion’s QUEST Soccer Academy BIO


Coerver Soccer Training + Youth Athletic Performance

Soccer skill development and athletic performance are growing and becoming more vital each year for youth soccer players due to increased competition on the soccer field.

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pular and successful soccer method, Coerver Coaching, focuses on the individual skills development and small group play suited for all ages, especially for players aged 5 through 16. The goal of Coerver Coaching is to develop skilled, confident, and creative soccer players. imgres
Coerver coaching bases their soccer skills training program on 6-building blocks in a pyramid scheme. The first level is ball mastery, which consists of repetition ball control drills. The second level is receiving and passing, which contains soccer drills to improve first touch and accurate passing. The third level is soccer moves (1v1), using soccer drills to create space against packed defenses. The fourth level is speed to increase technique and encourage instinctive soccer play. The fifth level is finishing with soccer drills that emphasize in technique and instinctive play. The last and sixth level is the group play, which focuses on soccer drills that create fast break attacks and small group play.

As a previous collegiate soccer player and a strength and conditioning professional, I have incorporated the Coerver Coaching into my own soccer training drills for kids. My soccer skills program focuses on the skill development with the addition of exercises that include reaction and change of direction drills for all ages. In other words, my program incorporates the Coerver method’s 6-building blocks and with a focus on youth athletic performance drills. The goal is to increase each soccer player’s athleticism and soccer skill to maximize their potential to be the best soccer player they can be. Ultimately, the soccer player can achieve their desired level of play.

Coach Angela Garcia Email me about Coerver Coaching and Strength & Conditioning

Katie Searle – Soccer Success Story

Katie Searle started training at Champion’s QUEST in August and has been working hard every week since then. She currently is finishing off her season at Rosary High School where she plays midfield on the soccer team. When Katie first started here her goals were to make Varsity and to improve her overall strength. Over the last 6 months, she has pushed herself hard in the gym and on the field and got pulled up to the Varsity team for CIF high school soccer playoffs!Katie Searle Not only did Katie earn the opportunity to play on the Varsity team, her athleticism has improved as well, especially her strength. Her push-ups have increased from 3 to 36 and her linear and lateral footspeed improved from a 10.31s and 11.20s to a 7.68s and 8.14s respectively. Katie always pushes herself in every training session and her hard work is just beginning to pay off. She has many more great accomplishments ahead of her, including playing in front of college coaches and getting prepared for college! Katie's Results If you want your success story to sound like Katie’s, email us at soccer@championsquest.com, or fill out a guest pass, click HERE. Coach Eric Brunter