College Advisory Program (CAP)
AIM: TO HELP EVERY BUSC PLAYER WHO STRIVES TO PLAY COLLEGIATE SOCCER TO SUCCESSFULLY FULFILL THIS DREAM
The desire to successfully play any level of collegiate soccer is a huge undertaking! All the interested parties must work together and the roles of each participant must be clearly understood. This project requires a lot of coordinated activity but it can simultaneously be a lot of fun! The project should be looked at like a 2-4 year high school project, depending on when you begin, that is closely monitored, clearly scheduled, and continually re-evaluated. Our club staff, lead by BUSC College advisor Andy Cumbo will help guide and monitor each family in their sons pursuit to play college soccer.
COLLEGE ADVISOR, KEVIN CROW
Coach Crow’s experience at all levels of the game and his personal desire to see every BUSC player who chooses to become a collegiate student-athlete discover the right fit, in terms of both academics and soccer, is a winning combination!
“Being a college student-athlete is a very special and rewarding experience. There are so many programs and levels throughout our country; there really is a place for everyone. I cherish the opportunity I had and look forward to making that dream a reality for our players at Ballistic.”
Coach Crow played in Ballistic and parlayed that experience to the collegiate game earning a scholarship to attend SDSU. After a 4-year college career he was drafted by the San Diego Sockers’ and played for 10 years in both the NASL and MISL. During that timeframe he was selected to play on 2 Olympic teams in 84′ and 88′ and played on the US National team during 83′-88′. He has collegiate contacts at all levels of play (D1, D2, D3).
The next step is to “opt” into our Club’s College Advisory Program by completing the CAP Contract to the right. Our Club’s college advisor, Andy Cumbo, will be notified you are joining and will soon reach out to you to start the journey. Families will be instructed to use CollegeFitFinder’s research, communication and filtering tool. A player may choose to join our college advisory program at any time. As part of the registration process, parents and players will be required to electronically sign the Player, parent, & club responsibility contract. This contract clearly states the key roles for each party throughout the college planning and recruiting process.
OPTIONAL FEE-BASED SERVICES AVAILABLE
In order to help facilitate further some of the work and planning that is required during the college planning and recruitment process, BUSC partners with companies that have a proven track record of helping guide parents and players. In addition to working with Coach Cumbo, parents and families are able to sign up for the programs listed below. Parents may also choose to join these programs at any time during the year.
- iSoccerPath: For as little as $20 per month, iSoccer path will provide additional support and services to help families and BUSC find the right college fit and experience for your son. The details of the additional services provided by iSoccerpath can be found here.
- Big Eye Video: Our partner can either film the games or can provide the editing of games previously filmed by either the club or the family. If the film is provided, it is $50 per hour to find clips, cut, arranges, and produces a professional highlight reel. On average it takes about 4 games of footage to make a 3-minute video. In that case the price is $200 – 4 hours of work. If the family require additional games filmed there is an additional cost of $150 per game. These additional costs can be offset by having multiple players on same team pitch in to share the financial burden. If interested contact Scott Mayo at Scott@BigEyeVideo.com or 925-321-6532.
iSoccerpath-CEO Jeff Jaye: Our club has partnered with iSoccerpath for families who choose a more personalized and higher level program than the club can offer. iSoccerpath hosts our annual College information night and can be your Bridge from Club Soccer to College Student Athlete, iSoccerPath is a unique program for players and their parents, run by current and former college soccer parents. We counsel parents and players over the course of their high school years to best position them to become a student athlete at the college level. There is no other comprehensive service in the USA that has the proven success offered by iSoccerPath’s staff for you and your future student-athlete.
Big Eye Video-Scott Mayo: Our club has partnered with Scott Mayo at BigEyeVideos.com to provide parents and their sons professional quality filing and editing to help build the 3 minute high light reel for each player. As part of every player’s club program fees, BUSC films two games each year. These games can be edited by Big Eye Video and condensed down to a 3-minute high light reel for each player or the family can hire Big Eye Video to film additional games.
CollegeFitFinder-Greg Allen & Brad Friedel: Our club has partnered with CollegeFitFinder, a technology, research, filtering, and communication software company. BUSC players, beginning as early as the U14 age group, are provided a FREE password/username access to create their own personalized college-recruiting plan. The player can build their own player profile page, upload-personalized video, and research schools across the US that fit their personal college criteria. Universities can be sorted by region, size, degrees, success of soccer program, costs, and much more…Players can email and track communication with each college coach that they are hopeful to play for in the coming years.
BUSC USSDA, a non-profit organization , is committed to making its program affordable to all qualified players. By doing this we aspire to bring in the top players in the area for this regional based All-Star type program and itʼs teams. We believe that iron sharpens iron and having the best players play with and against each other on a regular basis will only improve the individuals and their teams.
The entire Academy program is committed and participates in fundraising efforts in order to accomplish this. All players, on all teams are actively involved in a variety of activities. We seek private and corporate donations and sponsorships as well as collaborative efforts like letter writing campaigns, golf ball drops, corn hole tournaments, etc..
This past year we were able to help reduce costs for individual players and several teams by donating over $25,000 to their causes.
GOLF BALL DROP
U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy (DA) in 2007 after a thorough review of elite player development around the world. The intention was to provide opportunities for the most elite players to develop to their full capacity, goals achieved through a philosophy based on increased training and fewer, but more meaningful, games using international rules of competition.
Per U.S. Soccer:
The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer’s global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.
Through a long history of focusing on player development and quality training environments, BUSC has been selected by U.S. Soccer to field DA teams at U12, U13, U14, U15, and U17 age groups. These teams are very different from the other BUSC Competitive teams in that they serve more like regional all-star teams—meaning our DA Staff are looking for the most elite players in the region, throughout the entire season, not just in the immediate area.
INTERESTED IN BUSC’S DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY?
Tryouts for BUSC’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) are by invitation only and are reserved for the most elite players in the region. If you believe your player may be a good fit for BUSC’s DA, please complete the DA INTEREST FORM to the right. Our coaching staff will review your information and get in touch with you if they want more information or to offer a tryout.
Meet the Staff
BUSC USSDA COACHES
Jerry Losson brings a wealth of experience to his position as Director of Coaching for the Ballistic United Soccer Clubs Development Academy. He holds his United States Soccer Federation A Coaching License and is currently completing the prestigious “ by invitation only” USSF Academy Director of Coaching License. He has been coaching soccer at a variety of levels from high school-college-adult-youth since 1983, including 20 years at BUSC. His background includes a Masters degree in Education/Curriculum Development, CYSA coaching instructor experience and just completed his 31st year as a physical education teacher/coach.
Coach Craig is an East Coast native that has been coaching youth and college soccer here in California since 2008. HIs playing career is quite extensive from youth through the professional ranks. He played junior college soccer at Lewis and Clark community college, then moved onto the University of Illinois-Springfield. During his college career, Craig earned All American NSCAA honors three times and was named an NAlA All American. Craig was also an invitee to the 1998 Umbro Senior Bowl. Craig then moved on to play professionally in the A-league and in the Major Indoor Soccer League. During his professional tenure, Craig played for the Hershey Wildcats, Cincinnati Riverhawks, Baltimore Blast -where he won the MISL championship, Saint Louis Steamers, Kansas City Comets, California Cougars and New Jersey Ironmen. Craig coached in the Livermore Fusion soccer club from 2008-17. He is currently the assistant coach for the Las Positas men’s and women’s soccer teams and has been since 2016. Craig has coached in the Development Academy with Ballistic at the U14 and U12 age groups. Craig currently holds his United States Soccer Federation D coaching license and NSCAA National, advance national and Premier coaching certificates. He also completed his Fiorentina level 1 & 2 coaching licenses.
Kevin Crow has his USSF B license. Coach Crow played in Ballistic and parlayed that experience to the collegiate game earning a scholarship to attend SDSU. After a 4-year college career he was drafted by the San Diego Sockers’ and played for 10 years in both the NASL and MISL. During that timeframe he was selected to play on 2 Olympic teams in 84′ and 88′ and played on the US National team during 83′-88′. He has collegiate contacts at all levels of play (D1, D2, D3).
Meet the Teams
BUSC USSDA TEAMS
U12 DA 2008
U13 DA 2007
U14 DA 2006
U15 DA 2005
U16/17 DA 2003/2004
Coordinator, BUSC USSDA
BUSC USSDA Financial Aid
Financial assistance is provided through the Ballistic United Soccer Club and is intended to provide opportunities for financially disadvantaged Pleasanton and other qualifying youth players to participate in BUSC competitive soccer programs.
Qualifying BUSC competitive soccer players may apply for and be considered for financial awards covering Club program and training fees. These awards may defray up to 100% of the Club fees comprised of coaching and technical director salaries, program administrative expenses, field expenses, goalkeeper training, and other related program costs. Uniform, tournaments, and other miscellaneous team fees are NOT INCLUDED in the costs that can be covered by the award.
US SOCCER also provides scholarship opportunities that the BUSC USSDA Staff will help guide you through, if needed.
In order to be eligible for the BUSC Financial Assistance program:
- Must be registered with BUSC for participation in a competitive soccer program or tryout
- Must be a player in good standing with BUSC
- Family Taxable Income
- Hardship, such as recent loss of permanent employment of primary wage earner
- Years with BUSC (including recreational soccer)
In order to be considered for financial assistance, a player’s parent(s)/legal guardian(s) must submit:
- Financial Assistance Application, and
- One Year of Signed Federal Tax Returns (or proof of earnings) (submitted to BUSC via mail or dropped in dropbox at front door of office at 275 Rose Ave. Ste. 209, Pleasanton, CA 94566).
Applications MUST be COMPLETE by the deadlines posted below in order to receive a decision during the post-tryout period when roster positions must be accepted or turned down. The BUSC financial assistance committee will continue to consider all eligible applications and make award notifications on a rolling basis as long as available funding exists.
2019-20 PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at NOON
REQUIREMENTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS
In order for the funding to be disbursed to an award recipient, the player must be properly registered for the competitive program for which he has been offered a roster spot and appropriate arrangements for any remaining fees must be completed in a timely manner. Failure to do so may result in a forfeiture of the financial award.
*BUSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.