Whitecaps set Showcase schedule
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the tentative weekend schedule for the first annual Whitecaps West Coast College Showcase at Newton Athletic Park in Surrey, BC, on March 6 to 8.
"The Whitecaps West Coast College Showcase is much more than a tournament," said Washington State-based 'Showcase of Champions' president and Whitecaps alumni Greg Ion. "Beyond the tournament-style competition - the classroom sessions, information for players and parents, player college bound workbook, and coaches workbook profiling every team and athlete - set this event apart from a tournament-style event, while it also provides a valuable investment in a families' future post-secondary plans."
The opening day will include daytime Showcase games #1 followed by a Showcase opening night of presentations for the players, parents, and coaches.
Opening night presentations are still to be confirmed, but will include:
- What a college coach looks for in a student athlete
- Expectations of a freshman student athlete
- Opportunities for Canadian players in college and beyond
- Understanding the scholarship opportunities in the United States
- A player’s perspective from youth to college
- Moving athletes from good to great
Day Two will see the second round of Showcase matches being played, including games #2 and #3. During the day, in between those games, there will be a series of Showcase presentations for players, coaches, and parents. These will include:
Freshman (Grade 9) players and parents
Topic 1: Understanding NCAA I, II, III, NAIA, and Canadian college affiliations
Topic 2: The four-year guidelines - from youth to college
Sophomores (Grade 10) players and parents
Topic 1: Making Contact with the College Coach (rules, timelines, marketing)
Topic 2: Players - Goal-setting - How to take my game to the next level
Topic 3: Parents - College Admission - What is my responsibility?
Juniors and Seniors (Grades 11 & 12) player and parents
Topic 1: Narrowing down my college choice - finding the school that is right for me
Topic 2: Players - SAT/ACT college admission requirements
Topic 3: Parents - The costs of college and college scholarships
The Showcase concludes on Day Three with final matches.
With support from the Washington State-based 'Showcase of Champions', the invitation-only Whitecaps West Coast College Showcase provides U-15 to U-18 players from across Western Canada a unique opportunity to demonstrate their talents to college and university coaches and scouts. The Showcase will combine high-level competition, college search workshops, and guest speakers from around North America.