CaptainU provided a convenient, central location to post all of my daughter’s soccer accomplishments. We were able to post videos, photographs, soccer resume, and external links to high school newspaper reports. Since many consumer-based e-mail applications do not include a “read receipt” function, it was very nice to receive updates from the CaptainU mail that a coach had “Opened Your Mail” or “Accessed Your Profile”. This type of feedback helped to better target coaches and colleges that were interested in her playing soccer at their school.
The ability to research schools within the CaptainU interface was much more convenient than going to each individual website. The information provided about the type of school, standardized test scores, and location map really helped to narrow down our recruiting targets. We wanted to create files to take with us on campus visits, so we would print the CaptainU screen capture, the university academic program list, and the name and photos of the coaches. This allowed us to be much more informed on each visit.
The women’s soccer recruitment process has accelerated and now starts as early as the freshman high school year. Parents and players interested in playing in college should be playing with top teams and in high visibility tournaments no later than their sophomore year. We started the process in October of my daughter’s junior year, so having access to the CaptainU information, e-mail, and video recording capabilities allowed us to get in front of DI, DII, and DIII coaches. Coaches at all three levels expressed interest in my daughter. After evaluating the academic strength of the schools, the style of soccer played, and the connection with the coach and other incoming players, my daughter accepted an offer to play with [a college in Maryland] starting in Fall 2014.