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What does college sports mean?

College sports: the combination between sports and studies in the United States. You study and compete for the varsity sports team of your university. Student-athletes earn a respected university degree while they are playing their sport nearly every day.

In the US, nearly all universities have sports teams that compete with each other on a regional and national level. The universities in the US allow student-athletes to develop themselves on an academic and an athletic level, while keeping a good balance between sports and academics. In most cases, universities offer scholarships that lower the costs of studies in exchange for athletic performances.

In the United States, all schools are called ‘college’ or ‘university’. This does not mean that you are required to be able to study at a university level in Europe. For more information about the academics, check out the FAQ page on academic and admissions requirements.

Would you like to combine sports and studies in the USA and would you like to receive more info? Contact us!

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Why college sports?

The combination between academics and sports in the United States is the perfect way to develop yourself as a student, athlete and person in an international environment.

In other countries it is nearly impossible to follow a university study while playing sports at the highest level. In the United States, where universities have their own sports teams, the combination of sports and studies is much easier to make. Universities use a lot of tools and resources to make sure student-athletes can perform both athletically and academically.

Universities offer academic tutoring, intensive training programs, high level competitions, physical therapy, fitness coaching, nutrition advice and sports psychology. Combining this all with the world class sports facilities means: you are getting prepared for a successful career in sports and academics!

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How good do you have to be in your sport?

The required level really depends. There are so many different divisions, conferences, leagues and levels, that for many athletes there is a place to play in the US. Slamstox helps internationally active and high level athletes, but also works for regionally active and local athletes to combine sports and studies.

Some student-athletes have one goal: becoming a professional athlete. Others enjoy playing their sports while earning a respected university degree. The level depends on the university and the team. Curious if you match the criteria to become a student-athlete? Or would you like to know which division would be best for you? Check out sports pages, or contact us for an individual assessment.

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Which sports are offered?

American universities offer scholarships for student-athletes in up to 35 different sports!

The following sports are offered: Acrobatics Archery Badminton Baseball Basketball Beach Volleyball Bowling Cross Country Cycling Equestrian Fencing Field Hockey Football Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Lacrosse Rifle Rodeo Rowing Rugby Sailing Skiing Soccer Softball Sprint Football Squash Swimming & Diving Synchronized Swimming Tennis Track & Field Triathlon Volleyball Water Polo Wrestling. Are you interested in learning more about the requirements for your sport? Check out our sports page

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What does the life of a student-athlete look like?

As a student-athlete, you train with your team, travel to tournaments and compete in games against other universities. All in one of the world’s most unique athletic environments. America is all about sports and every university wants to be the best athletically!

You are playing your sport in college in this unique environment, while earning a university degree at the same time. It seems like a lot, but in the US they take very good care of student-athletes. It’s a priority for the school to make sure that you can develop yourself athletically as well as academically and as a person. Nearly every university offers free tutoring and advising, sports psychologists, nutritionists and more: just for the student-athletes!

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What is a student-athlete?

“Student-athlete” is the American term for a college student that plays his or her sport for the official “varsity” sports team of the university. Every university has one ‘varsity’ team per sport, which means it is the official team for the university. Students can also play sports at a recreational level.

Every student-athlete is recruited by a college coach, to compete for the university team during games and tournaments against other universities. Many student-athletes receive (partial) athletic scholarships, which helps them pay for tuition, housing, meals and other costs of attendance.

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What academic level is required?

The American athletic associations and the American universities require a certain level of high school, to be admitted as a student-athlete. The requirements differ per country. It is common to start the recruiting process before you have complete your high school degree.

It is also possible to join an American university as a transfer student. This means that you have already started studying in your home country. In many cases you will be able to transfer your credits from your home country to your American university, and continue your studies in the US.

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Which visa do I need?

As an international student you will need an F1 visa, which will allow you to stay and study in the United States for a period of 5 years.

To receive an American student visa, you are required to follow multiple procedures. You have to sign up for a student visa interview at the American consulate in your country, and send in a lot of additional paperwork. If your interview is successful, you will receive your visa within a few working days.

Slamstox helps you throughout the complete recruiting process, including the visa application. Would you like to learn more? Contact us.

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Can I stay in the United States after my studies?

If you would like to stay in the US after completing your bachelor’s degree, there are a few possibilities. We will tell you more about some of them here!

1) Optional Practical Training (OPT). Every international student has the opportunity to work for a year in the US after completing a bachelor’s or master’s program. Many students use this extra year to find a company to work for. Companies in the US can then offer work visas to graduated students once they start working.

2) Extend your stay in the US by starting a Master’s program or PhD. In this case, you will have to apply for a new student visa. As a student-athlete, you will receive 4 years of eligibility. Therefore, it’s usually not possible to keep playing your sport during your master’s or PhD. However, there are opportunities to lower your study costs without an athletic scholarship. Want to learn more? Contact us.

3) A work visa! Another method to stay in the US is by applying for a work visa. International students regularly receive job offers to keep working for American companies.

4) Last but not least: find an American girlfriend or boyfriend, and get married! Or sign up for the Greencard lottery: if you are very lucky, you can earn a green card to live and work in the America 😉

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How does the process work?

The process to become a student-athlete is intensive and complex, but Slamstox can help you with it! We have created a detailed step-by-step plan that is designed to help you navigate the recruiting process efficiently.

Read more about the process and about the Slamstox App, to prepare yourself for the recruiting process.

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What if you say ‘Yes’ to becoming a student-athlete?

When you want to become a student-athlete, we will plan an introduction meeting. In this meeting we will share information on everything you need to know about Slamstox and sports and studies in the Unites States. With this knowledge, you can make your decision to start the process. If you have any question, you can reach out to us. This meeting is non-binding.

Are you ready to start the American adventure? Then we will start the Slamstox process and you officially become a Slamstox Student-Athlete. There is a lot to be done before you can get on the plane to the U.S. and we will help you get there.

Slamstox has designed a process that covers everything that needs to be done to make your time in America unforgettable. We will take your personal preferences into account.

Are you curious about the whole process? Plan an introduction meeting with us.

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How do I get in contact with Slamstox?

Do you want to get in contact with us, do you have a question or you want to plan an personal meeting? Je can call us, mail us or send us a Whatsapp message. We will respond to you as soon as we can. Our office hours are Monday till Friday from 8.30-17.00. 

You can always visit our contact page for more information. 

Besides that, you can always reach out to us on Instagram. Send us a DM if you have a question or you want to get into contact with us. 

Do you want to meet us and plan a personal meeting at our office or online? Send us a introduction form and we will reach out to you.

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What age do you need to have to sign up at Slamstox?

There is no age limit on the Slamstox sign up. Most of the time we see sign ups from the 10th grade in high school. You are probably 14/15 years old. To go to an American university, you need to have a (HAVO or VWO) high school diploma. This is not necessarily age related. 

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Can I go back home during my time in America?

It is certainly possible to go back home during your time in the USA. Most student-athlets come back
home during Summer Break and Winter Break. The summer break usually starts around May and
lasts until mid-August. This can change based on your school and athletic schedules. Winter break
usually starts in the beginning of December and will last until early January. Therefore, you usually
have the opportunity to return home for about 3/4 months.

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How long can you be a student-athlete?

You have 4 years of eligibility, which you can spread out over a period of 5 years after finishing high
school and starting a degree. Have you already started your bachelor’s degree? Then you can go the
the US as a ‘transfer student’. After completing your bachelor degree, it is also possible to start a
masters program (graduate program) in the US right away. As a transfer student it is very important
to be sure of your remaining eligibilty. Slamstox can help you determine your eligibility.
 
Not sure if you meet the criteria? Please feel free to contact us!

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Which state is the most popular among student-athletes?

The most Slamstox student-athletes are on the East Coast, where most universities are located. One
of the most popular states of America though, is California. Many Slamstox student-athletes study in
California as well. In the picture below, you can see the Slamstox Map in our Eindhoven Office. It
shows where all Slamstox athletes are located.

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What is the average age to go to the United States as a student-athlete?

Most students leave to the United Stated after they graduated from high school. The average age is
between 16-18 years. You can also go to the US as a transfer student or a graduate student. The age
for transfer and graduate students can go up to 23 or 24 years, before they leave to the US. Are you
curious about your options for playing college sports at an American university? Feel free to reach
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How can I impress college coaches?

When it comes to athletic recruitment, coaches do not only consider your athletic results and
abilities. There are many other factors coaches take into consideration in their decision whether they
want you in their team or not. Some of those factors include:

  • Academic results; as a student-athlete, you are also expected to perform well in the
    classroom and show you are genuinely concerned about your grades. Coaches always take in
    to account your GPA and your test scores, such as the SAT and TOEFL.
  • Communication with the coach: when you’re in contact with coaches, it is important to show
    interest and to be responsive: don’t wait very long to respond to a coach.
  • Video footage: the coach wants to see you play. By watching video footage of you while
    playing, the coach can get a good impression of your athletic level. You can find a lot of
    examples of recruiting videos on our YouTube channel.
     
    You should also read this article, here you can find all top 5 factors coaches look at when recruiting
    student-athletes.

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