CBW Soccer Elite held its annual girls’ college ID combine at Providence Day School in Charlotte this past weekend. Thirty young women trained and scrimmaged in this invitation-only combine that offered premium exposure to college programs from across the country.
Before the weekend’s events began, Chris Bart-Williams held a preparation session with the girls and their families, discussing the mentality and approach required to make the most of this opportunity. Before he spoke, Candace Myers and Luke Williams of Architech Sports & Physical Therapy offered the players invaluable advice on injury prevention, strength and conditioning, and nutrition for optimal performance.
The combine kicked off on Saturday as Coach Hokanson of Georgetown and Coach Vundum of Wingate led the first set of training sessions with the girls, followed by rounds of training with Winthrop’s Coach Brabson and Presbyterian’s Coach Osborne. Sunday’s training sessions were led by Coach O’Brien of Emory and Coach Varga of Gardner-Webb. During the coach-led sessions, the girls were split into two groups of fifteen, allowing them to be closely evaluated and to immerse themselves in the coaching styles and philosophies of the different programs. After the training sessions on both days, the girls then had the chance to implement what they learned during intense 11v11 scrimmages.
The level of play was truly impressive as the girls put forth tremendous effort and left everything on the field while coaches from Wake Forest, UNC, Furman, University of Kentucky and many others looked on. Throughout the weekend, Chris Bart-Williams provided pointers, advice and encouragement to help the girls remain focused and relaxed despite the pressure of playing for such distinguished college coaches. Despite their excitement, the players were able to settle down and play together as a team, helping showcase the best of their abilities as the coaches observed from the stands and took extensive notes.
We appreciate all the coaches who took the time to travel to Charlotte to attend the combine. We also extend our heartfelt thanks to each of the players for the effort and intensity they demonstrated despite the hot and humid conditions. We’re grateful to have been a part of these impressive young women’s college recruiting process and we look forward to sharing feedback with the players and their families in the days ahead.
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Eva Bart-Williams is a mental performance coach with a private practice helping individuals and teams achieve big goals. Eva is also CBW Soccer Elite’s head of operations, where she helps athletes embrace the challenges of high-level competition and advises families on the college soccer recruitment process. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.