Testimonials

Testimonials from athletes & their families that I have helped:

"I thought you were very helpful. I wouldn't be where I am today without your help. I am also continuing onto another school that just makes where i am today even better. The process was very easy. Just had to give you the info and you did the rest. Really helped to get my name out there and would recommend you to anyone looking to further their education and passion in sports. Overall it was a great experience and was worth every penny! Thank you very much."

- Scott Boyd, Hockey Athlete

"We are very grateful and thankful that we were introduced to Bryan! Without him there is no way Emily would have had the exposure needed to get a scholarship. Bryan is very knowledgeable and helpful and has developed an excellent network for many sports and really is the go-to person to get the exposure. Many tips and email attachments and book recommendations were extremely helpful. We were really surprised and amazed by the responses we received from Universities and Colleges from across North America - hundreds! It was/is very exciting! Bryan provides a very reasonably priced service that we found invaluable and are thankful as we watch our daughter head off to play softball in Montana! Thanks for your help!!"

- Nicole Graham, Parent of Emily, Softball Athlete

"I just wanted to take a moment to write and update you about Brooke’s plans for college next year. This week, she signed her letter of intent and enrollment documents to attend Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. She was awarded a yearly scholarship combined athletic and academic to play softball at Bryan. After a week long trip visiting colleges in New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee she chose the smaller college of Bryan over Felician in New Jersey and North Oklahoma College. Bryan has a renowned biology department which Brooke plans to take full advantage of on her way towards earning her undergraduate degree majoring in pre-med courses. Softball is a new sport to Bryan College so Brooke will be part of the inaugural Lion’s squad there. They are building a brand new state of the art softball dedicated facility with a budget of over 1.5 million dollars. With a number of offers to choose from, Brooke was more comfortable with her choice and was able to relax and enjoy her college visits. Without Get Seen Athletics and your guidance, none of this would have been possible. Having signed with another recruiting program in the past, we were disillusioned with the process. We had paid out many thousands of dollars for nothing more than a blip on a website which we were responsible for updating frequently. We were left on our own with no updates and no guidance. Meeting you was a turning point for our family. Get Seen Athletics provided us with a number of choices and payment levels all of which were a drop in the bucket compared to what we had paid before. You came to our home, and helped us through the process finding out about Brooke and her goals along the way. The website you developed for her was seen by so many colleges, I lost count. The emails flooded in and we were able to quickly make some choices based on many factors which were important to Brooke. Her priorities were; quality of education and location. We were able to get to know the coaches through phone calls, emails and even Facebook! The component of adding video of Brooke pitching was a huge help to us as well. All college coaches want to see prospects “doing their thing” and we had no access to equipment to get the footage required. By providing a video service, Get Seen Athletics was really a full service program which provided better results than we could have hoped for. Please know that as a parent of two extremely sports active daughters, I constantly talk about your program to parents. Whether I am watching volleyball, basketball or softball, many parents are interested in our story and want to know how Brooke’s scholarship came to be. The other day, I was speaking to a Mom who has a son with a dream to play football at school down in the US and I gave her your contact info knowing that football is where you began! Please feel free to provide our name and contact info to any prospective families that may want more information about you and your service. We can’t thank you enough for stepping in and helping Brooke find her way!"

- Nancy & Lorne Rackel, Parents of Brooke Rackel, Softball Athlete

"Working with Bryan from Get Seen Athletics was an enjoyable journey that netted results. Bryan produced an effective website that showcased our daughter’s softball skills enough to garner several scholarship offers. We simply provided the information Bryan requested and he produced a professional looking website including photos and video and made the necessary connections to several College Athletic Directors and Coaches.Bryan was a pleasure to work with. He provided guidance and knowledge through the scholarship process, he responded quickly to our inquiries, and was genuinely interested in our daughter’s success. The value of what Bryan offers far exceeds the cost. "

- Gary & Nancy Marlatt, Parents of Alaina, Softball Athlete

"I would like to recommend Get Seen Athletics as a way for your child to promote their skills as an athlete to countless post-secondary institutions in Canada and the United States. When our daughter was deciding what her options were after high school we gave Bryan Polak a call. Bryan was very professional and down to earth with his advice. He met with us whenever we needed and was always an email or a phone call away. Being from a small town she played locally and didn't get the exposure of tournaments where there were scouts. If the institutions don't know she existed how were they going to offer her the opportunity to study and participate in sports? We signed up with Get Seen Athletics and literally over night heard from all over the United States and Canada. There are so many schools down south that it is overwhelming and with the help of Get Seen Athletics you truly do get seen. Our daughter has completed her second year. It has been a great experience and she is looking forward to returning in the fall."

- Calvin Walz, Parent of Sarah, Softball Athlete

"I am one of those athletes who had a bit of talent, but didnít get nearly as far in any sport as I should have. The small northern Alberta town I grew up in was partly to blame because it offered few developmental opportunities. The coaching was mediocre at best, my parents placed little value on athletic ability, and no one around me cared enough or knew enough to show me how to make the most of the talent I had. When I had my own children, I wanted to do everything I could to help them to fulfill their potential in every area of their lives, including sports. I started by helping to coach just about every team they were on. At the age of seven and nine, my two oldest showed an aptitude for running, so I started a track & field club for them and a few of their peers. They developed quickly and became excellent sprinters. I learned everything I could about coaching and training young athletes, and found myself constantly seeking information and higher levels of certification, just to keep up with them. When my son was in grade ten, I knew I had to start thinking about his opportunities for a university athletic career. He had become a very good and well-rounded track & field athlete, but not so good that he would be in demand by all the best schools. I needed a plan to market his skills and I really didnít know where to start, especially with the NCAA system in the US, where I knew some of the best educational and athletic experiences were available. Being a do-it-yourself kind of person, I knew I could figure out the whole college scholarship thing, just as I had figured out how to develop a club from scratch, how to coach, and how to take advantage of the opportunities available to my young athletes. However, between working, coaching and parenting, I just didnít have the time demanded of the task. It made far more sense to get some help. I looked at a couple of different companies specializing in matching athletes with US colleges, but they were expensive and so huge that I felt my son would be just another number to them. Then I met Bryan Polak, who told me about Get Seen Athletics. This company was small and much more personal than the others I had experienced. The thing I noticed right away about Bryan is that he seemed to take a genuine interest in my son. I got the feeling he really wanted to see kids succeed, as I did, and wanted to help them do it. I also noticed that his fees were reasonable and flexible. After doing some due diligence, I decided to sign up with Bryan, and that turned out to be a very good decision. He saved me a lot of time and frustration by clearly explaining all the requirements for entering the NCAA system, from writing SATís to registering with the NCAA Clearing House, to the rules surrounding contacting schools and coaches. He explained the questions I needed to be asking and provided me with publications that detailed the steps I should be taking and the timelines for each of them. He then created a professional-looking Athlete Profile for my son and sent it to carefully targeted schools. He contacted coaches directly, and within a few weeks my son and I began getting e-mails from many of them. At the end of all this, I can say that I have an excellent knowledge of how athletic scholarships work in Canada and the USA, and of how to attract the attention of college and university coaches. In the fall, my son will be heading off to Harvard, where he will participate in Division I track & field. Needless to say, he is excited and optimistic about his future. Though his generous financial award does not include an athletic scholarship, which Ivy League schools do not provide (something I learned from Get Seen Athletics), Bryanís help was instrumental in laying out all the options and guiding us to the best possible outcome. His service has paid for itself many times over."

- Chris Coy, Parent of Jesaiah, Head Coach, Calgary Olympic Track Club

"Working with Bryan from Get Seen Athletics was an enjoyable journey that netted results. Bryan produced an effective website that showcased our daughter's softball skills enough to garner several scholarship offers. We simply provided the information Bryan requested and he produced a professional looking website including photos and video and made the necessary connections to several College Athletic Directors and Coaches. Bryan was a pleasure to work with. He provided guidance and knowledge through the scholarship process, he responded quickly to our inquiries, and was genuinely interested in our daughter's success. The value of what Bryan offers far exceeds the cost."

- Gary and Nancy Marlatt, Parent of College Scholarship Recipient Alaina Marlatt

"Having signed with another recruiting program in the past, we were disillusioned with the process. We had paid out many thousands of dollars for nothing more than a blip on a website which we were responsible for updating frequently. We were left on our own with no updates and no guidance. Meeting you was a turning point for our family. Get Seen Athletics provided us with a number of choices and payment levels all of which were a drop in the bucket compared to what we had paid before. You came to our home, and helped us through the process finding out about Brooke and her goals along the way. The website you developed for her was seen by so many colleges, I lost count. The emails flooded in and we were able to quickly make some choices based on many factors which were important to Brooke. Her priorities were; quality of education and location. We were able to get to know the coaches through phone calls, emails and even Facebook! The component of adding video of Brooke pitching was a huge help to us as well. All college coaches want to see prospects “doing their thing” and we had no access to equipment to get the footage required. By providing a video service, Get Seen Athletics was really a full service program which provided better results than we could have hoped for.

We can’t thank you enough for stepping in and helping Brooke find her way!

- Nancy, Lorne & Brooke Rackel

"My son Henry Ferriera finished his High School career in 2006 and could not make up his mind about the future as far as a career is concerned. On the other hand he was a successful Track and Field athlete concentrating on the Multi- events. Some of his achievements included a silver medal at the Canadian National Legions Championships in the Octathlon, a silver Medal at the Canadian National Junior Championships in the Decathlon and the Gold Medal in the Decathlon at the Western Canada Games. He also held several Alberta records in the multi events. He was also a successful thrower. He holds several age class Provincial records in the Javelin and had won numerous Provincial Championships in Shot Put, Discus and Javelin. Henry was so lucky to have had an excellent coach in the person of Reg Green who was especially known as a grass root and development coach. After his junior years it was time for Henry to move on and Henry, Reg and I came to the conclusion that a college track career in the US would be a good option.

But how do one go about to make it happen? We knew nothing about the US college system. Luckily I became aware of Get Seen Athletics via the Internet and got into contact with Bryan Polak. He responded immediately and he met up with us in Calgary during one of Henry’s track meets. He explained the importance of his website to us and it made immediate sense. He also made us aware of other hoops that on have to jump through like the SAT exam and the NCAA clearing. He then helped us to create a profile of Henry online which included video material, remarks from his coach and his important statistics and achievements in Track and field and academics.

By now Henry had made up his mind, due to inspiration that he had acquired from his summer job that he would like to study engineering. We received a few responses from colleges but none had the right fit of track and schooling. Then came the letter from the University of Wyoming. This was the big one. One thing lead to the other and we went for a visit. This was the right fit. Negotiations followed and in August of 2008 Henry enrolled at this NCAA1 School to study Petrochemical Engineering and he will also be a member of the Track and Field team.

Where this will take him is now up to him, on and off the field. Get Seen Athletics had played a mayor role in opening up all these possibilities. Thank you Bryan."
- Albert Harmse, father of Henry Ferreira

"We are very grateful and thankful that we were introduced to Bryan! Without him there is no way Emily would have had the exposure needed to get a scholarship. Bryan is very knowledgeable and helpful and has developed an excellent network for many sports and really is the go-to person to get the exposure. Many tips and email attachments and book recommendations were extremely helpful. We were really surprised and amazed by the responses we received from Universities and Colleges from across North America - hundreds! It was/is very exciting! Bryan provides a very reasonably priced service that we found invaluable and are thankful as we watch our daughter head off to play softball in Montana!"
- Nicole & Patrick Graham, Parents of Emily Graham

"We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely express our appreciation for the tremendous service and national exposure you provided. We are extremely pleased with “Get Seen Athletics” throughout the entire recruiting process. We entrusted your professionalism in this emotional endeavor and you delivered as promised. Having Chantel’s profile and video on the “Get Seen Athletics” website clearly made a huge difference in the number of looks and contacts she had from coaches. Many letters, dozens of phone calls and even a home visit were all made possible by the work you put into the marketing of our daughter’s athletic talent. We strongly recommend more athletes and their families to consider “Get Seen Athletics”. The benefits can greatly improve the chances an athlete can attend a college/university in which he or she will receive the most strategic education in his or her area of study and also participate at the level of competition he or she desires. "
- Gerry & Bonnie Pearson, Parents

"I believe that you are providing a very important service to student-athletes. “Get Seen Athletics” has provided me with the opportunity to experience the softball life down in the United States. I have spoken with many Colleges and Universities in the United States and received many offers. Having the opportunity to communicate, learn and review the schools has also changed my softball achievements to be greater things. I am very excited to be attending a Div II University where I can continue on with my studies and set new personal goals for softball. I would highly recommend “Get Seen Athletics” to those student-athletes who have the desire to further their education along with furthering their career in the sport they love to play. "
- Chantel Pearson, Pitcher, West Texas A & M University

"A recruiting service such as GET SEEN ATHLETICS was such a blessing for me. I had always wanted to play college football but didn't know how to get in touch with universities or colleges in the States. Bryan helped me achieve my goals and now I am at a great college playing football."
- Mike O'Leary, QB, Valley City State University.

"Canadian baseball players interested in pursuing their dream of playing college baseball at U.S. Junior Colleges, NAIA or NCAA schools need to aggressively market themselves to head coaches & recruiters. It is not always possible for Canadian players to be seen in person by a college coach or recruiter. One of the best marketing tools that I have experienced is the use of on-line videos. Bryan first introduced our son Brett to this concept. Within a few days of posting Brett’s videos and information, he received a number of calls from college recruiters & coaches. The end result was that Brett received athletic and academic scholarships to an NCAA school of his choosing. We successfully repeated the process a year later when he transferred to a larger NCAA school to play baseball. College coaches and recruiters are busy people too. You need to reach them in an effective and efficient manner. Posting video clips and player information on the internet is a very effective marketing tool. It also allows you to send concise emails and links to targeted coaches/recruiters inviting them to view a player’s video clips. Within a few minutes of reviewing a video and player profile, coaches are able to determine if a player is suited to their program. This is a solid first step on the road getting a personal interview, tryout and campus visit that hopefully will result in an offer to receive an education and play baseball at your chosen school."
- Neil Bousquet, Calgary, AB (neil.bousquet@prwizard.ca)