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What Can You Expect From Our College Sports Recruiting Services?

You may ask: What can I expect when I work with you guys? Fair question! In this post, I will try to explain our mission and why we started helping other athletes to play college sports in the USA.

Written by

Lars Blenckers

Why We Founded Plus31 Sports

Christoph and I (Lars) founded Plus31 Sports and offer college sports recruiting services because we wanted to guide players on a more personal level than we saw with some ‘big’ agencies. We believe this process is life-changing, and you need the personal attention you deserve to make the best decisions at this stage of your life. 

The journey to play in the USA is different for each person. Our goal is to put ourselves in the shoes of our athletes and their families. We have been there as well, and no ‘general’ advice suits everyone. You need guidance tailored to what you need. 

We both played at the professional academy level and in the top amateur senior leagues before we started our own journey to play college sports.

During and after this journey, we realized that the search for the perfect fit should be centered around the individual athlete, as there are many different opportunities and options here.

Keeping It Small

We keep our agency small and only work with a limited amount of athletes. We do this to ensure we have the time to give all of our athletes and their families the time and attention they deserve. When you work with us, you know you are being taken care of. 

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Christoph (left) & Lars (right)

What Makes Us Different From Other College Sports Recruiting Agencies?

Personal Attention

By now, you know that we really focus on personal attention and make sure we understand what is best for our athletes and families.

Does this make us different from other agencies? Yes we believe so!

We have had our fair share of experiences with college sports recruiting agencies where you become just a number, and the agency is happy just to get you a few options. 

We’re not happy with just options. You need the best options

And we can only give you the best options if we know who you are as a person, as an athlete and what you and your family are really looking for in this experience.

But Do You Have A Network?

Look, we’ve been in the business for almost 10 years. I am not going to brag about our network or how we have a bigger network than other agencies.

The truth is that any agency in this business for so long has a big network.

So does it make us different? No. We know exactly how the recruiting process works and how to make sure you get in touch with coaches. 

But again, do you want to get in touch with just any school or with the school that is actually a good fit for you?

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Lars in action at Urbana University

Why Should I Use A Recruiting Agency To Play College Sports?

To make your life easier, save time, and use professional expertise to make the right decisions. 

Just forget about the amount of paperwork for now. That’s just admin work, but we also take care of that.

The main problem is that many athletes don’t even know WHAT they want. 

That’s why it’s helpful to have someone on your side to ask you the right questions to guide you in the right direction and ensure you end up at the right place.

Can I Do It On My Own?

Yes, you can. It’s not that our college sports recruiting services are rocket science. You can learn a lot about it online (or even in our blogs).

However, it’s new to many athletes and families, and knowing where to start is hard. With our help, you know that everything will go smoothly and you will go to the right university.

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Christoph in action at LMU

What Do Our College Sports Recruiting Services Include?

Before We Start

Before starting the actual recruitment process, we begin with a free consultation call and evaluation of what is possible for you. By doing this, you already know what you can expect in terms of schools, sports programs, and finances.

Preparation

When we start your journey, we will need to take care of a couple of things first before we can begin to connect you with the right schools and coaches:

  1. Build your recruitment profile
  2. Create your highlight video
  3. Collect your high school transcripts
  4. Register you for necessary tests
  5. Register with the NCAA or NAIA

Connecting With Coaches

We keep communicating about what you’re looking for regarding school programs, coaching style, location, campus size, sports program and everything else that’s important for you. Based on this, we make a selection of schools that we think is a good fit for you.

We start connecting you with the coaches and schools and prepare you for the first interviews with coaches. We advise you on how to handle scholarship offers and how to make a decision eventually.

Paperwork

This is the boring and long part. You will have to start applying to the chosen university, send in all the documents to the NCAA or NAIA to become eligible, and more. 

We give you the right instructions on how to handle this so you don’t waste unnecessary time in this process.

After you have signed your scholarship agreement (NLI) and the school accepts you, you can apply for the F1 student visa. It sounds like a lot, which it is, but we have done this a dozen times and make sure it all goes smoothly.

Ongoing Support In The USA

My entire statement about us being so personal would be deceptive if we weren’t supporting you when you were in America. 

No, even when you’re here, we stay in touch and make sure you are doing well. We try even to come visit you and watch a game or two.

And if you’re unhappy with where you are, we can help you transfer to another university. 

At the end of the day, your future is our main concern. 

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Visiting Myrte van Herwijnen At UMass Amherst

Final Words

I hope you now better understand why we do what we do. We do this with passion, and by helping other talented athletes, we get to relive our best memories every day.

So if you’re looking to play college sports and you want to work with someone who is really trying to understand what you are looking for? Give us a call, send us a message, or leave your details below.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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