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Athletes USA Scout Allan Smith

About Allan Smith

Allan joins Athletes USA from the Philadelphia area where he played baseball at the collegiate level for Rutgers University-Camden for 2 years. While he studied Finance during his time in college, his primary focus was always baseball. Shortly after graduating with his Finance degree in 2018, he began working in the baseball industry where he has since worked in multiple baseball related roles for companies such as Major League Baseball and Synergy Sports Technology.

While he is in his 3rd season in a baseball operations role at Synergy, Allan is also in his first season as Recruiting Coordinator for the Palm Springs Collegiate League. He has a passion for player development and is looking forward to contributing to this and scouting student-athletes for Athletes USA.

Allan Smith throwing for Rutgers University
Allan Smith - Rutgers University
Allan Smith Rutgers University

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WHAT IS AN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP?

Athletic as well as academic scholarships are much more common in the US than in most other countries. Athletic scholarships are awarded to athletes of outstanding performance in order to enable them to finance their studies in the US. The athlete participates fully in practice sessions with the college team and represents the university in various tournaments and competitions. The coaches’ job is to professionally look after the teams; in this sense, he has a similar position to that of a professor and is also paid accordingly.

For what reasons are scholarships awarded?

For generations, American universities have had college teams in all kinds of sports. These teams are professionally managed by specially employed coaches and serve as an advertisement for the respective university in numerous competitions. If a team has regional or even nationwide success, the media will cover its development. That is why college teams are a means to market the university in order to recruit new students. For this reason, the universities provide the coaches with a budget to recruit talented athletes from around the world and help them finance their studies or even their entire stay abroad.

Why an athletic scholarship to America 

The American College system produces some of the best sporting talent in the world. The facilities, coaching and support networks including sports science, nutrition, physiotherapy and fitness training are all world class. Universities travel the length and breadth of the United States to play each other; it is big business involving, massive corporate sponsorship, fanatical crowds, rich history, and national television coverage. Collegiate sports are as close to a professional environment as it’s possible to get. A normal schedule involves one to two training sessions or practices a day plus additional sports specific weights and fitness sessions within in a normal athletic scholarship. All this alongside a full university degree program.

Athletic Scholarships are funded sports programs that include Football (Soccer), Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey, American Football, Baseball, Swimming & Diving, Track and Field, Fencing, Rowing (Crew), Skiing, Gymnastics and many more athletic scholarship programs.

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