Rio Rapids Soccer Club is proud to offer a comprehensive college search support program for our member student-athletes and their families. Our results speak for themselves and are unmatched by any other soccer organization in New Mexico:
- 97% of our 2018 high school graduates are attending college,
- 76 alumni (52 women and 24 men) were a part of college soccer programs during the Fall of 2018,
- This includes an impressive 432 alumni who have played college soccer
The Club achieves these results by providing a broad range of programs and resources that educate our member families and coaches, maximizing player opportunities to catch the attention of and be seen by college coaches, and supplying our players with the knowledge of what it takes to become a successful collegiate player and access to the high level training to reach this goal.
Our extensive college search programs and resources include:
College Fit Finder
Rio Rapids is excited to announce our partnership with College Fit Finder for our High School age teams in an effort to further assist our players in connecting them to opportunities at the collegiate level. As we strive to engage players, parents, and our own staff in the recruiting process, the club is providing this robust tool to EVERY High School age player/family.
The College Fit Finder provides our players with a competitive advantage over a typical student-athlete navigating the recruiting process. This comprehensive system allows for individuals to take ownership of their future by equipping them with tools necessary to find a home at the college level. As a club, we are committed to not only player development, but truly being a catalyst in helping our players fulfill their dreams of playing collegiate athletics and accessing higher education. The College Fit Finder will provide uniformity to the club’s recruiting efforts and will allow for our coaching staff to take a much more personal approach in helping our athletes throughout the process.
We look forward to facilitating the recruiting efforts of every family looking to play at the next level.
College Search Seminar for Players/Parents
Rio Rapids annually offers a comprehensive college athletic planning seminar for players and parents of high school age member families that provides information on how to successfully navigate the college search process as a student-athlete. This presentation forms the foundation of the Club’s college search program and provides information regarding:
- Factors to consider when choosing a college
- How to get noticed by college coaches
- Parents’ and student-athletes’ roles in the search process
- Developing a letter of introduction and player profile/resume
- Understanding soccer scholarships and other forms of financial aid
- NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA recruiting rules and restrictions
Maximizing College Exposure
To maximize college opportunities for our member student-athletes, Rio Rapids has undertaken a multi-year effort to collect data on college coach attendance at showcases and tournaments and to cultivate relationships with an extensive network of college coaches. These contacts and proprietary data have significantly grown exposure for our players:
- Over 750 college coaches attended Rio Rapids SC games to scout players in 2016/17
- Rio Rapids SC coaches have relationships with the staff at over 150 college soccer programs,
- UNM Women’s Soccer Day in the Life – a full-day collaboration with UNM women’s soccer where our high school age players get to experience what it takes to play for a high level NCAA Division 1 women’s program.
College Search Resources
The club has done the leg work to collect valuable college search information and to develop a variety of templates that can serve as tools in communicating information with college coaches. These include:
- A list of valuable online websites and resources,
- Advice and information regarding college visits and camps including an ID camp calendar,
- Guidelines and advice for developing video for college coaches,
- College recruiting rules and regulations summary,
- Player profile template,
- Sample college coach contact emails/letters.