The 2014 Western Canada Soccer Showcase was my first exposure to NCAA coaches, and the event organizers went out of their way to set me up with a team so that I could participate as a guest player. The seminar at the showcase was full of beneficial insight into the recruiting process. Since the Showcase in 2014 the event organizers have stayed in touch and they have provided me with valuable input on all the challenges that I’ve faced in my collegiate career so far. As an athlete that started in NCAA DII, transferred to NCAA DI and now am back playing USPORTS, I can honestly say that TOPP has made a massive difference in helping me with every step in my career.
The instruction, encouragement and enthusiasm that Paige got through her involvement with TOPP was key for her successful recruiting process. Through the guidance she received from TOPP’s organizers, she was able to lay out a manageable and constructive plan, which took work on Paige’s part, but directly led to her being seen and considered by several schools and ultimately the one she finally chose (and chose her). TOPP emphasized the student athlete’s role in the process as far as maturity, accountability and communication. This not only led to successful interactions with potential schools, but most of all, to personal growth and increased confidence for Paige.
-Paige’s Mom, Amy Van Andel.
I received a full ride scholarship to attend the University of San Francisco, and the organizers of TOPP helped me every step of the way. As a former college athletes, they had first hand experience that they shared with me that helped me immensely. They asked other athletes who had played at different schools to share their experiences with me and showed me steps that helped me narrow down the schools that I wanted to look at. They did everything they could to help me reach my goals and didn’t stop until I signed for USF. Now that I have graduated, I still reach out to them when I have a soccer related question and they always have the answer or are ready to give a helping hand.
We came and watched Katie play last year in Burlington at the TOPP Event. We hadn’t seen her before the event, but she had reached out to us expressing her interest in Ryerson. She did a great job at the clinic and because of that, we offered her a roster spot at Ryerson. She has made a big impact as a first-year player this year, and we look forward to coming back to Burlington this year to find some more talent
-2017 Ryerson Assistant Coach: Tina Cook
Ciera was a player of mine that got injured at an unfortunate time and when she came to the TOPP Clinic in Burlington in November 2016 as a grade 12 player, she was interested in going to the US but didn’t have any viable options. The organizers of the TOPP event we attended sat down with Ciera, got an idea of her needs and helped connect her with an NAIA school, where she received a scholarship and is in the middle of her first year. I can’t say enough good things about my experience with the TOPP program.
-Cristina Volpini: Head Coach Saltfleet 1999’s
We came to the TOPP Clinic in Burlington in 2016 and was very impressed with Mikaela Recchia. As with another recruit from Calgary, Sarah Johns, the TOPP Soccer Clinics were instrumental in evaluating and deciding to offer both players roster spots for 2018. We look forward to coming back and finding more talent in the years to come.
-Jesse Symons, Head Coach, UBC
My husband and I were incredibly impressed with the TOPP Soccer ID Camp in November 2016 in the Toronto area. The venue, information and agenda were well-organised and very thorough and there was great representation and speeches/question answer sessions with coaches from many US and Canadian Universities. As a result of the TOPP organizers extensive soccer connections and the TOPP Soccer ID Clinic, we were connected with Florida International Head Coach Sharolta Nonen. After taking an unofficial visit to Miami in March 2017 our daughter was offered a scholarship to FIU and will be playing there the Fall of 2019. We are so grateful to TOPP for giving us the exposure and connection and allowing Carmen to have this opportunity.
Amy Rapoport, Mother of Carmen Marin, 2016 TOPP Clinic Participant.
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