My dd is a rising senior. She played club soccer until 5th grade when I pulled her to play for our city’s homeschool team. There are club players on the team, and they play against some really good private schools, so she has also played with and against some club players.
Dd decided she might want to play in college, so we signed up for an ID camp thinking maybe she’d be good enough for a D3 team. She said after the camp, she was just going to leave, but the assistant coach pulled her over and said that they had discussed her and all the coaches like her, and she should make time to talk to each one before leaving, send them emails, and one of them would come see her play.
She talked to all the coaches, and their feedback was that she has a really high soccer IQ, had a lot of good stops, and made one play in particular that they typically don’t see at any level. Criticisms were that she needs to be more vocal and get her fitness level up, which makes sense because her team doesn’t play year round and she’s been training on her own since spring.
The coaches were surprised that she does not play club. One of the coaches asked what schools she is looking at, and she said she made her list based on academics, so most of the schools are DI. He said she could play DI. She is assuming lower level DI. Not destined for the national team or anything, lol.
Anyway, we weren’t sure where to go from here or how seriously to take any of it. Attending this camp is the only thing she has done, no film or anything.
She has another ID camp next month with coaches from different schools where they also take film.
In the meantime, she’s planning to work on fitness. I contacted a local club team who said she could possibly come train with them.
She’s planning on premed so academics are the priority, along with merit money. I wasn’t in favor of hyper focusing on sports, so that’s why she did homeschool team only. But she’s a wonderful kid and wanted to keep playing, so I told her to just go to the camp and see how it goes.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions.