Some UK players are now choosing to take their degree
in the states so they can focus on their water polo at the same
time as taking a degree. It's not easy to get accepted. Typically
they will be looking for players who have represented GB. Below
is some information that is advising players who already live
in the states, but it may be of some use.
Most athletes who compete in high school water polo
dream of making the college water polo team, or better yet, even
being recruited by colleges for their team. If an athlete promotes
himself properly, he has a much better chance of being noticed
by a college, and being recruited by the water polo team.
1. Obtain letters of recommendation from coaches.
Any high school coaches as well as recreational coaches can
write these letters of recommendation to the college. They should
be positive, and define the athlete's traits that will benefit
him on the college level.
2. Attend any camps or events sponsored by the
college. Training camps hosted by the college are a great way
to get to know the coaching staff, as they are usually the same
as the regular college teams' coaches. Any event hosted by the
college is a great way to get noticed to be recruited.
3. Clip newspaper articles. Save anything that
highlights personal or overall team achievements.
4. Collect video footage. Include footage of matches
in general, as well as those that focus on the skill sets of
the athlete. Recruiters and coaches watch these videos in order
to evaluate whether the athlete has the ability to compete on
the next level.
5. Volunteer in the community. Volunteering is
a great resume builder, and it's for a good cause. Coaches and
recruiters take interest in an athlete who is humble enough
to help others.
6. Return requested information to the college
as quickly as possible. Timeliness is of utmost importance.
Any information that the college requests from the athlete and
his coaches should be returned promptly. This speeds up the
decision process, and helps them decide to recruit the athlete.