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The Art of Balance

Life is a challenge to be met with strength if one is to find success. 

At Forza1 we are keenly aware of the challenges that student-athletes face in managing their time, their academics, their athletics and their social life. 

At Forza1 we will foster and develop life-skills in our players that will help them achieve balance and strength on and off the court. 

Understanding is the first essential element to creating balance in life and sports. Our goal here is to provide you with knowledge that will lead you to understanding the following:

- the expectations and criteria for success
- where and how to find advice, services, aid, guidance
- how to identify and meet important markers along the way
- how to enjoy the process of fulfillment 

Welcome... to Forza1 Life Skills for Student Athletes...

Let's Start with Learning

Learning is the foundation for happiness and success. At Forza1, we believe that if you can learn to play volleyball you can learn to do anything. We also believe that if you can learn to do math you can learn to do anything. The lesson here is that if you can learn one thing, you can learn anything. How? Through effort, attention and practice. 

Some things come easier than others and this usually varies from person to person. At Forza1 we encourage our players to be well-rounded and to transfer their on-court learning to all areas of their life. If something comes up that is particularly challenging (sometimes known as adversity) we encourage our players first to assess their strengths, and then their weaknesses, and then begin learning how to overcome the challenge before them. 

With tenacity (sustained effort) all things can be learned and achieved and it is our belief that this mindset is what creates strength and balance in life. 

Application to Academics

Academics is an important part of growing up and achieving success in life.
At Forza1 we encourage all our athletes to be students first and athletes second.
Now, this doesn't mean they can't love sports, but it does mean that they need to
keep things in balance and apply the same attention and tenacity in the classroom. 

For athletes that develop in our program and want to continue playing volleyball
in college, academics will be the foundation for the opportunities they receive.
The NCAA and the NAIA have set standards and requirements to be able to
compete and be considered as a prospective student-athlete at the next level. 

At Forza1 we want our players to understand these expectations and surpass them!
To do so requires commitment to: 

- managing your time effectively
- managing your work load effeciently
- being attentive in class and with instructors
- finding ways to excel without being told how or when or why
- saying no to things that could hinder your success
- wanting to succeed and believing that you can
- surrounding yourself with a positive peer group
- having discipline and patience 
- knowing what's expected & planning ahead

Top 6 Questions to Ask a College Coach!

Q1. How many players have you committed to my recruiting class?  And how many are you hoping to commit?
You need to make sure that the soccer programs you are pursuing are still recruiting prospects for your class. Keep in mind that although a soccer program may be done recruiting scholarship players, there may still be openings on the roster for recruited walk-ons.

Q2. How do my scores (GPA, SAT) weigh up to the general admittance requirements of your college?
You don't want to waste your time talking with a coach if you don't have a chance of being admitted to his/her school.  Some colleges/universities allow athletic programs to admit students with lower scores than the average student while some do not.  Coaches can request (and often do) a pre-admittance read of your transcript/scores to determine if you are likely to be admitted to the school.

Q3. Does the school have the major I want or are there a variety of potential majors?
Some prospects are entertaining schools because of the strength of the athletic program and a chance to play in the professional ranks. The majority of prospects, however, are combining academic pursuits and athletic performance.  Make sure the school offers either the program you require or a degree that facilities your needs.  Keep in mind that nationwide, approximately 50% of college students change majors at least once before college graduation. Make sure the school has a great variety of majors just in case.

Q4. How many of your seniors are graduating this year and what are their positions?  How about juniors?
Knowing this information will help you understand the likelihood of playing in your first two years. For example, if you are a forward and the school is graduating forwards in the next two years, you may have a high likelihood of playing straightaway.  On the other hand, if program is not graduating forwards, you may find yourself on the bench or redshirted?  Check out the program’s roster online and see for yourself.

Q5. What is your program's style of play and how do you see me fitting in?
It's important to know if your abilities fit into the schools style of play.  Prospects should know if you are going to play in a similar role or are the college coaches expecting you to play in a different role or position.  You may want to also ask if the system of play may change in the near future.  Also, you may be able to stream some live games off the athletic program’s website.  Many athletic programs offer live streaming for free.  This is a great way to see firsthand if you could fit into their style of play.

Q6. Which events will you recruit this season/year?By knowing the coach's schedule, you can make sure to get all your information (resume, club name & squad number, game times, etc.) to the coaches ahead of time.   You may even be able to influence your club manager or coach to register for a particular event where this coach will be present.

Introducing Forza1...

Financial Planning Staff

Adam Skumawitz is an accomplished adviser, consultant and accountability coach.  As a Certified College Planning Specialist and Financial Adviser with Thrivent Financial, he and his wife, Jennifer, provide Froza1 with education, information, direction and support as it relates to college funding and academics.

For further help or questions, please contact Adam Skumawitz

Adam Skumawitz
(951) 676-6450

Learn the Foundation

College funding is complex.  What will it cost?  Will I receive a scholarship?  Have we saved enough? How can you help provide for your child’s education without sacrificing your retirement savings or overburdening your child with student loan debt?

Forza1 hosts an annual college night for our players and parents to cover topics related to admissions and academic eligibility, college funding and the FAFSA, as well as scholarships and recruiting.

One of Forza1's resources, Adam Skumawitz, is an accomplished advisor, consultant and accountability coach.  As a Certified College Planning Specialist with Thrivent Financial, he and his wife, Jennifer, provide our club with education, information, direction and support as it relates to college funding and academics.  This support starts with the college night and continues as an ongoing resource for families desiring additional help.  Adam Skumawitz provides Forza1 families with a free consultation appointment to discuss their college funding plan.

Academic Staff

Jen Skumawitz was an Academic Counselor at Great Oak High School and is on staff at Forza1 to conduct seminars and offer academic guidance to athletes who want to play in college. Jen has been working with student-athletes for the last 12 years and understands the crtieria, process and logistics of meeting the standards set by the NCAA and NAIA. 

What are the Standards?

Academic Eligiblity (from

To participate in Division I athletics or receive an athletics scholarship during the first year of college, a student-athlete must:

  • Complete the 16 core-course requirement in eight semesters:
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by the high school)
    • 1 extra year of English, math or natural or physical science
    • 2 years of social science
    • 4 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, nondoctrinal religion or philosophy)
  • Earn a minimum required grade-point average in core courses
  • Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches the core course grade-point average and test-score sliding scale. (For example, a 3.000 core-course grade-point average needs at least a 620 SAT).

Student-athletes enrolling in college in August 2016 and later must meet all of the above requirements to receive aid in the first year and practice in the first term. In order to compete in the first year, prospects must meet all of the above and:

  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in core courses
  • Meet an increased sliding-scale standard
  • Complete 10 core-courses prior to the start of the seventh semester, at least seven in English, math and science.

If a student-athlete earns nine credits in the first term, he or she can continue to practice the remainder of the year. If not, he or she can remain on aid but can’t practice.

CORE Courses Summary

Helpful Links to Get on Track!

Click this image to go the the NCAA Division 1 Eligibility Page with A TON of insightful information!

Click this image for NAIA's eligibility requirements!

Click this image for Junior College eligibility!