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Stanford's Dulcie Davies Making News In South London Press

Story from South London press

Decorated former Alleyn’s School hockey star Dulcie Davies is making a name for herself more than 5,000 miles from home.

The goalkeeper moved to California on a hockey scholarship with Stanford in 2010 and hasn’t looked back.

The former England U16, U18 and U21 international was recently named defensive player of the year in the NorPac conference.

“I wanted to come to the US to play at the highest level possible at the intensity that the US college system brings” Davies said. “I also wanted to receive the highest regarded education that i could, and with FPUSA’s scholarship i managed to find that at Stanford”

 

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Davies, from East Dulwich is in her third year of a degree in science technology and society. She ranks first in annual saves percentage, conceding one or fewer goals in 17 or 18 games – including seven shutouts. She excels against elite competition, making 33 saves and letting in just five goals in six games against top 20 opponents.

The former Surrey Schools hockey captain works tirelessly both on and off the field – she lives the life of a professional athlete with a grueling four-hour training session each day, sandwiched in between almost 10 hours of studying and lectures.

“I was presented with the opportunity to have an unforgettable experience whilst playing some great hockey and developing my skills and fitness” the 22 year old said. “It has also enabled me to see and live in an amazing part of the world, develop lifelong friendships and mature as a person. Looking back, i wouldn’t have done a thing differently”

Davies plans to stay in California as a hockey coach after she graduates in 2016.

 

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Why College Is Cheaper

Check out this inforgraphic on why college is cheaper and why it’s a great return on investment. The price of college education can also be lowered with a sports scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

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2013-14 NAIA Women's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll – No. 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Defending national champion Oklahoma Baptist sits atop the NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Poll, the national office announced Thursday. The Bison earned all five first-place votes and 30 total points to claim their third all-time No. 1 ranking. Since the program’s inception during the 2011-12 season, Oklahoma Baptist has been ranked among the top three in all 10 coaches’ polls.

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The Bison have placed first in four meets this season and own dual event wins over NCAA Division II Colorado School of Mines and NCAA Division III Southwestern (Texas). Oklahoma Baptist owns the top time in three-of-five relays: the 200 Free, 400 Free and 400 Medley, and also boasts the top individual times in several events: 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 1 Meter Diving and 3 Meter Diving.

Cumberlands (Ky.), which has placed in the top two in every meet this season and is 4-1 in dual events, accumulated 18 points to earn the No. 2 position. The Patriots have bested NCAA Division III Centre (Ky.), Campbellsville (Ky.), Union (Ky.) and Asbury (Ky.), while their lone loss of the season came against NCAA Division I Xavier (Ohio) on Oct. 12. Cumberlands owns one of the top two times in four-of-five relays: the 200 Free, 200 Medley, 400 Free and 400 Medley. Individual Patriots swimmers have also posted the top times in the 200 Back, 100 Fly and 200 IM.

SCAD Savannah (Ga.) accumulated 13 points en route to the No. 3 position. The Bees have placed among the top three in two meets this season, but have lost five-of-six dual events to NCAA Division I Georgia Southern, NCAA Division I Georgia Tech, NCAA Division I College of Charleston (S.C.), NCAA Division II Limestone (S.C.) and NCAA Division III Emory (Ga.). SCAD Savannah’s lone dual meet victory came on Jan. 11 against NCAA Division II Florida Tech. Individual Bees swimmers have earned the top times in the 500 Free, 1000 Free, 200 Fly and 400 IM.

Brenau (Ga.) holds the No. 4 position in the poll with 11 points, while Union (Ky.) and Concordia (Calif.) share the No. 5 spot with three points each. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) was the only other program to receive votes in the poll.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches from the NAIA Swimming & Diving Coaches Association and is the second of three regular-season Top 5 polls. The third and final regular-season poll will be released on Feb. 26.

2013-14 NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving Coaches’ Poll – No. 2

RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Oklahoma Baptist 30
2 1 Cumberlands (Ky.) 18
3 3 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 13
4 4 Brenau (Ga.) 11
T5 RV Union (Ky.) 3
T5 NR Concordia (Calif.) 3

Others Receiving Votes: Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)

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How to Transfer to a NAIA University

A student-athlete wishing to transfer to a new institution must be aware of how the transfer may affect his or her eligibility. A student-athlete who has decided it to transfer to an NAIA institution should understand these rules that apply to various parts of the transfer process. Keep in mind these rules are for transferring to NAIA schools only. If a student athlete is considering transferring to a non-NAIA institution, the student-athlete must follow the regulations for that particular association.

Contacting an NAIA Institution
The transfer process typically begins with an enrolled student contacting other institutions to gauge potential interest. A student (or family member) may contact an NAIA institution about a transfer at any time. Once contacted by a student who is enrolled at another institution, the potential transfer institution is required to provide written notification of the contact to the student-athlete’s current institution within 10 days. The new institution cannot continue contact with the student until this written notification has been sent. Note this is a courtesy notification only; the new institution does not need any type of release or permission to continue recruiting the student.

NAIA coaches or athletics department staff members cannot initiate contact with any student-athlete enrolled at another four-year institution. A coach or staff member can initiate contact with a student-athlete enrolled at a two-year institution only after the student-athlete completes the academic year in which his/her first season of competition was utilized.

Sometimes contact from a student-athlete is ignored or the institution informs the student it is not interested. These types of situations are not considered communication that requires notification to the student’s current institution. However, notification must be made to the current institution if any institutional representative responds in any way to the initial communication.

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Residency Rule
A student who participated in intercollegiate athletics at the immediately previous four-year institution and then chooses to transfer to an NAIA school is required to be in residence at the NAIA school for 16 calendar weeks before the student may compete.

Exceptions:

  • Requirement is waived if the student has a cumulative 2.0 GPA from all previously attended institutions and has a written release from the athletics director at the immediately previous four-year institution.
  • A student-athlete whose only enrollment history is at two-year institutions or whose immediate previous athletic participation is at a two-year institution does not have to establish residency.

Note: NAIA conferences may have additional rules for inter-conference transfers. Any student transferring within an NAIA conference should contact the conference to determine if any additional rules apply.

Obtaining a Transfer Release
A student may request a release from his/her athletics director. However, releases are granted or withheld at the sole discretion of the institution’s athletics director. The NAIA national office cannot force a release nor supersede an athletics director’s decision. The release must be in writing and must come from the athletics director, no other institutional representative.

No official release form exists for the athletic director to sign. She/he simply needs to write a letter releasing the student from the institution.

Seasons of Competition for Mid-Year Transfers
If a student-athlete is considering transferring to an NAIA institution, mid-year (after the end of the fall term), consideration must be placed on his/her seasons of competition. If the student-athlete already represented the initial institution in an athletic competition (say, basketball), then transfers to a second institution where he/she immediately starts competing in the same sport, the student-athlete will be charged two seasons of competition in that sport.

The only time a student could represent two institutions in the same academic year and use only one season of competition is if the student competed for a junior college and graduated at the close of the fall term, and subsequently transfers and competes at an NAIA institution during the same year.

Eligibility Statement
Once the student-athlete has successfully transferred to an NAIA institution, the institution will need to submit an Official NAIA Transfer Player Eligibility Statement to the eligibility chair on behalf of the student prior to any participation in athletics.

 

Source: NAIA.org

 

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How to avoid the Freshman 15

The Freshman 15 refers to the 15 pounds students supposedly gain in their first year of college.

Although, our athletes visiting the US will be keeping fit with their sport, it is important to look after your fitness in and out of the classroom.

These tips should help you alongside your training to ensure you are at the top of your game!

1. Eat Breakfast

The first meal of the day is the most important, as it sets you up for the day ahead by giving you the initial energy you need! You may be up at 5 or 6am for training before class – but you will soon burn out if you are not ensuring you are eating correctly from the start of your day.  Eating breakfast also helps to combat the cravings for snacks before lunchtime!

2. Drink plenty of water and avoid soda and alcohol!

Now that you are at a US College, studying and training hard with the team – often in 80 degree heat – you must remember to keep hydrated!  Always carry a water bottle with you and fill it regularly at water coolers at college.  You need water to keep your brain active in class, which can be challenging after a hard morning work-out! Be wary of soda’s and alcoholic beverages – even the diet varieties – which can often be loaded with sugar and calories!

3. Sleep!

Getting a good nights sleep really does keep you healthy! If you are new to the college, you’ll probably be experiencing a lot of changes, even the time difference may be a challenge at first.  Don’t be tempted to stay up all night to catch up on studies or socialize with friends – you need your sleep to be on top of your game!

4. Be adventurous

You are in a new and exciting country – try new things! Be especially adventurous with your food. Although America may have a reputation for being a junk food haven – the Americans know how to do great, fresh and healthy food.  Try new offerings on menus, especially seafood, and you will not only be eating right but you will be expanding your culinary tastes! Do not be weighed down by junk food!

5. Avoid the late night snacks!

Even if you are training for 3 hours a day – you should still be conscious of what you are eating.  If you are studying late in the library, do not be tempted with those late night snacks – all they will do is lie in your stomach! Be prepared, and have healthy snacks like nuts and fruit, in your backpack for nibbling on throughout the day when you are too busy to stop for proper meals.

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Stick to these simple tips and you will be at your peak fitness and find you will have more energy for the field and can concentrate better in the classroom!

Most Expensive College Football Tickets

American football is one of the highest attended college sports in the USA. CNBC and TiqIQ have compiled a list of the most expensive ticket prices for some American college football games in 2011:

1. LSU at Oregon

Avg. Ticket List Price: $560.23
Date: Sept. 3

 

2. Alabama at Auburn

Avg. Ticket List Price: $514.96
Date: Nov. 26

 

3. USC at Notre Dame

Avg. Ticket List Price: $509.48
Date: Oct. 22

 

4. Texas vs. Oklahoma

Avg. Ticket List Price: $464.04
Date: Oct. 8

 

5. Ohio State at Nebraska

Avg. Ticket List Price: $462.97
Date: Oct. 8

 


6. Texas A&M vs. Arkansas

Avg. Ticket List Price: $461.19
Date: Oct. 1

 


7. Notre Dame vs. Michigan

Avg. List Ticket Price: $457.07
Date: Sept. 10

 


8. Georgia vs. Boise State

Avg. List Ticket Price: $437.91
Date: Sept. 3

 

9. Florida vs. Georgia

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Avg. List Ticket Price: $423.83
Date: Sept. Oct. 29

 

10. LSU at Alabama

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Avg. List Ticket Price: $420.93
Date: Nov. 5

 
 

Greg Dawson

Greg Dawson is a former FirstPoint USA Soccer Scholarship recipient, who is nearing the end of his 4 year academic and athletic lifestyle in Maine.

We caught up with Greg this week to reflect on his time in the USA, his plans after finishing University and what advice he has for any other talented young athletes considering a Sports Scholarship to the USA.

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Can you tell us a bit about your sporting background pre-scholarship?

I was predominantly involved with athletics in school and I was pushing my way up at the top of the national rankings for long, triple and high jump as an U17, so I thought my future might lie in that, but I loved football too much to not play. I played on an extremely talented school team at Madras college and we were always winning our league and cup competitions, the highlight of which was getting to play at Hampden Park in Scottish senior cup final in 2007. My club team was also very talented, which had 99% of the same players on.

 

How did you find out about FirstPoint and what made you apply for a scholarship?

I was unsure what to do after school, didn’t want to quit sport and just go to uni and be a normal student, so someone told me I should look into scholarship options. So I Google’d it and applied to FirstPoint. I had a trail game and an interview which went well and so I was offered to be taken on by FirstPoint.

 

Were you happy with the offers you received? what made you choose Maine?

In total I think I received about a dozen offers to small NAIA schools all over the country. The communications with the Maine’s coaches left me feeling like that was the right decision for me … and in July I committed and booked my flights to the states in August, for preseason to start in mid august, it all was so fast once it got sorted.

 

Are you still glad you chose Maine?

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have experienced California or Florida, but the people in Maine and genuinely the nicest people I have ever met, and I wouldn’t change it if I did it again.

 

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How did you find the FirstPoint process?

I thought it was a solid well organized process which guided me through as best as I could have asked for, as the American system is totally different that anything I’d experienced before.  The only problem I had was when I wanted to transfer schools after two years, FirstPoint were a little reluctant to help me with that process, so I had to do most of it on my own, but once you are in the American system it is easy to learn how it works and what you are expected to do to progress.

 

How has your life changed since you moved to the US?

It has changed hugely, I never thought that I would be pursuing a career on that side of the world, but I have made some priceless contacts in my time which I hope will get me the foot in the door to the next level that anyone would be lucky enough to have.

 

What stage are you currently at in your studies?

I was due to graduate this past may, but due to my 2nd year transfer to a NCAA school, I lost some credits, so I just have one more semester to go back to before I graduate in December. but I am lucky enough to be involved with my team as an assistant coach this fall.

 

What have you achieved since you moved to the USA?

In terms of playing, I have improved vastly since I was a 17 year old school boy.  I have matured physically and as a person, having to be away on the other side of the world straight off the bat from school makes you mature quick in the 4 years.  I have had 4 All conference selections, twice in the NAIA Sunrise Conference – for the University of Maine, and Twice in NCAA North Atlantic Conference for Husson University.  I have scored over 40 goals and had over 20 assists in my 4 years, which included an injury riddled year where I spent most of my time in the Training room.  I also was lucky enough to win my conference and take first place in the playoff and advance to a trip to the NCAA D3 National Tournament, which is something I’ll never forget… and last summer I got the opportunity (through my coaches connections) to be a summer soccer academy coach at Dartmouth College, which was an unreal experience.

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How have you managed your time between academics/athletics/social life?

I think I have nailed it spot on, I have done well in my degree Major which is no Business Administration-Sports Management (which is a degree that I could not have achieved in Scotland), and I have the best 4 years of my life in College.

 

How does the focus and popularity of athletics differ in the US to in the UK?

It is a different class, the American attitude towards athletics is far superior to the UK, the facility, the equipment, the medical and training staff… and the attitudes of the athletes, everyone knows in America that if you want to have a future in sports, that you have to go to college to play first and prove yourself.

 

What are the facilities like at Maine?

My first two seasons at Maine Machias, the facilities were less than what I was expecting, a little poor to be honest, that’s one of the reasons I left, but the last two years at Husson University I have been lucky to have an incredible athletic training department, play on perfect astro-turf pitches and immaculate grass fields.

 

What are your plans when you finish Uni?

I’m not sure at the moment, I am currently trying to find a way that I can have an extension added to my visa so that I can stay in the states for an extended period of time, I’d like to stay to be involved in sports over there as it far superior to sport in the UK.

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Do you have any advice for those considering a sports scholarship?

DO IT!.. best decision you’ll make, if I could do it again, I would.

 

Would you recommend FirstPoint USA?

I would recommend first point definitely, they know what they are doing and they have proven that they can do it time and time again, producing success stories such as mine.

 

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Wimbledon Prize Fund

Ever wondered how much the Wimbledon players get paid? Check below to find out!

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2012 Wimbledon Men’s and Women’s Singles Prize Money
Winner: £1.15 million
Runner-up: £570,000
Semifinalists: £287,500
Quarterfinalists: £145,000
Round-of-16 losers: £75,000
Round-of-32 losers: £38,875
Round-of-64 losers: £23,125
First-round losers: £14,500

2012 Wimbledon Men’s and Women’s Doubles Prize Money (per pair)
Winners: £260,000
Runners-up: £130,000
Semifinalists: £65,000
Quarterfinalists: £32,500
Round-of-16 losers: £16,650
Round-of-32 losers: £9,350
First-round losers: £5,450

2012 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Prize Money (per pair)
Winners: £92,000
Runners-up: £46,000
Semifinalists: £23,000
Quarterfinalists: £10,500
Round-of-16 losers: £5,200
Round-of-32 losers: £2,600

 

Hollie Hits the Headlines

Congratulations to Hollie Dieudonne, who has been featured in the Grimsby Telegraph for securing her soccer scholarship to Bunker Hill Community College, through FirstPoint USA!

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Hollie, who also made it to the top 10 wannabes on Wayne Rooney’s 2010 ‘Street Strikers’, commented –

“This is my dream and it is all that I’ve worked for since I was a little girl.”

Hollie’s mum commented –

“She has worked so hard to get this and although I will miss her desperately, I know she will take to the new lifestyle like a duck to water.”

And it looks like all that hard work and determination has paid off!  We would like to wish Hollie the best of luck for her time in the USA.

 

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