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Using ACC to help us navigate and weed through different schools took loads of that stress off of me, and my boys too.  ~ Laura Blinkman

By Melynda Nash

The recruiting process is a nerve-wracking time for the kids.  And the parents.  Most of us know nothing about it, except maybe some bits and pieces that we’ve heard from others who have gone through it.  With no information or knowledge about this process, it can be extremely stressful. ...

The moment I signed with American College Connection the emails started to pour in. The calls started. ~Marlene Bruckner, Diving Parent

By Melynda Nash

Hi Folks. I'm a mom of a diver from Canada. I got a referral from a friend of mine who knew Rick. I called him and was a little skeptical about paying and hiring Rick. After I called him I was impressed and thrilled to hear about his expertise. The...

A Reality Check on Grades...Are You Affordable?

By Rick Paine

I know this may be hard for some of you to admit, but mom and dad were right......................... Grades Do Count    College coaches will look at your times first to see if you can help them and then immediately look at your grades. Recruits with good times and good...

READY, SET, GO!

By Lori Payne

The big day is finally here. This is the week where you look over your shoulder at those who love you the most and begin the adventure of your life; college and college swimming. Your reward and gratification for those classroom and pool hours are here! Like any child and...

Kaki Christensen Gives Her Verbal to UVA

By Melynda Nash

Check out the latest article about one of our swimmers in SwimSwam!https://swimswam.com/ct-record-holder-kaki-christensen-hands-verbal-commitment-uva/

Manners in the First Degree

By Lori Payne

The old saying, "first impressions" could not be more true when you have your first contact with your potential college swim coach.This is a formal interview; your tone, demeanor, interest in their school and manners, must be positive and well spoken.  This is all indicative of their first impression of...

Selling Your Potential

By Rick Paine

College coaches base a lot of their recruiting on a swimmer’s potential. Any good coach wants to believe they are recruiting a swimmer who they can help get faster. They are all looking for swimmers who are “headed in the right direction.”So how do you present your potential to college...

How New NCAA Rules are Affecting Scholarship Offers

By Rick Paine

A couple of years ago the NCAA changed its rules to allow coaches to guarantee scholarships beyond the first year. Some coaches do and some don’t. If a coach doesn't offer a guarantee, then you need to ask. Guarantees should be listed on the scholarship agreement form. Usually, but not...

WHAT DO COLLEGE COACHES THINK ABOUT JUNIOR COMMITMENTS?

By Rick Paine

Editor’s Note: Approximately 31% of college coaches in charge of recruiting responded to the survey. Approximately 79% of the respondents were NCAA Division I coaches.For years we have been reading about football, basketball, soccer, volleyball (etc. etc.) players committing early to a university. Swimming has finally jumped on the bandwagon as we...

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE A COACH’S BEST OFFER?

By Rick Paine

The answer is you don’t because most coaches don’t know. You can usually count on the first offer not being their best offer, but where do you go from there?College recruiting changes on a daily level throughout the year, but it changes on an hourly level in the fall. You...

Recruiting in Plain English - Signing Periods, Official Visits, and Commitments

By Donny Brush

The recruiting process can be quite confusing. From registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center to signing an NLI, there are so many steps in the process. Here is a breakdown of times/ dates to help you understand the "official visits" and "signing" parts of the recruiting process.Fall signing period: When: November 8-15, 2017...

SAT Testing Dates for 2018-2019

By Melynda Nash

SAT Testing Dates Click here to find this year's testing dates and deadlines: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines        

ACT Testing Dates for 2018-2019

By Melynda Nash

ACT Testing Dates: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act.html        

New NCAA Rule Changes in Plain English

By Donny Brush

  The NCAA passed new rules yesterday that will have a huge effect on recruiting. Our own NCAA Compliance Director spent several hours on the phone with the NCAA to make sure of our interpretation of the new changes.   This only affects Division I programs.   The new rules...

Did ACC help guide them to their ultimate decisions for which college to choose?  The answer is yes!  - Bryan Schultz, parent

By Melynda Nash

We first heard about ACC at a swim meet a couple years back. Knowing we were at the beginning process of researching colleges for our son and trying to make a plan, I looked into ACC and what they could offer us. I also conferred with other parents I knew...

The Importance of Extra Curricular / Volunteer Activities for the College-bound Athlete

By Melynda Nash

Juggling sports, academics and community service can lead to quite a hectic schedule for high school students; however, for the college-bound student these days, it is a must.  According to Topunivserities.com, it does not matter what a student chooses as his or her volunteer work or extra-curricular activities, rather they...

Your help has been immeasurable! - Stacey Hansen, parent

By Melynda Nash

What a crazy process. I want to thank you for your guidance and patience. Your help has been immeasurable. The endless hours of emails, calls, and visits were worth it. Without the framework of visits and knowledge, we built over the past 18 months of active recruiting Ginger may never...