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Fencing Athlete Spotlight: Armine Badvaganyan (Bulgaria)

on October 14, 2019

In our “Athlete Spotlight” Series we highlight promising talented athletes that are flying below the radar.

Armine Badvaganyan is a talented fencing athlete from Bulgaria who has excelled in national and international competitions. She is known for a smooth attack and a fast counterattack.

Armine’s career started at an early age in 2008 where she placed first in Bulgaria’s National Championship. Since then she has dominated Bulgaria Fencing by having won 8 more gold medals, 10 silver and 14 bronze in individual and team competitions.

Armine has participated in three international competitions: Balkan Championships in Varna, Bulgaria, 2016; European Championships U23 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2016 and World Championships for Cadets in Plovdiv, 2014, in which she performed the best out of the three and became 68th out of 88 fencers.

Currently, she is focused on training for the Bulgaria National Championship and seeking to compete in the European and World Championships. Armine is seeking training opportunities in Europe and the U.S.A. to further her international fencing experience.

Q&A with Armine Badvaganyan

Q: When did you start your athletic career?

When I was in third grade and the coach came to my school and presented the sport.

Q: What is the fondest memory of your athletic career?

The World Championships for cadets in 2014 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. These were my first world championships and I was really glad I managed to get two wins in the first round and reach the direct eliminations. I remember that during the last bout from the first round I was leading and I needed just one point to win. Suddenly I started feeling afraid that I won’t manage to make it, but I pulled myself together, made an attack and won. Thanks to that I had just enough wins to continue in the competition. This is one of my happiest moments from my athletic career.

Q: What was your best showing in a competition?

The World Championships that I mentioned in the previous answer. Before them there was a training camp with fencers from different countries. I had joined it and with every practice I would see progress in me and I felt better prepared than usual. During the competition I succeeded in both offensive and defensive actions.

Q: Who was your favorite athlete growing up?

Margarita Mamun

Q: Which current athlete in your sport most resembles you?

Inès Boubakri

Q: What are you currently doing in your sport?

I am practicing and competing in my country.

Q: What do you need to do to take your athletic career to the next level?

I think that I need to fence with more developed athletes and go to more international competitions. Having more experienced coaching would be a plus as well.

Q: What do you want to do besides your sport?

I would like to study sport science and become a coach. Also spend time on my family, boyfriend, friends and hobbies, like gardening for example. I am thinking of learning self-defence in the future too. If I become a successful person I would be interested in joining project and causes to help others, especially in the field of fencing.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?

I love to listen to music. When I have opportunity I would learn to play a music instrument. I also like to ride my bike, read books, visit beautiful places, cook, go out with friends.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?

Michaela DePrince, Margarita Mamun and Aljona Savchenko. In my opinion these three women are really inspiring snd strong ballerina, rhytmic gymnast and figure skater respectively. I admire their patience and dedication and I look up to them. I hope that one day I will be as successful as them and I would love to meet them too.

For more info on Armine, check out her Agency Bio.

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Football Player Radar: Marquis Perrilliat (CB) Free Agent

on September 25, 2019

In our “Football Player Radar” Series we highlight promising players that are flying below the radar.

Marquis Perrilliat is a talented football player who played CB for Linfield College. Career Stats: 22 Games Played with 32 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 4 Int, 1 FF, 1 FR, 13 PD. Marquis is a speedy corner with superior ball skills and can quickly recognize plays from various formations and motions. Marquis was selected All-NWC Cornerback (2019), Team Defensive Player of the Week 5x (2019) 2x (2018) and Top Ten NWC in Javelin Throw (2019).

Q&A with Marquis Perrilliat

Q: What is the fondest memory of your college career and/or pro career?

My Junior year started out promising. I started Game 1 that week, we won a hard fought game, and our defense played pretty well overall. The next 8 weeks following however, my playing time was designated to garbage time as we would win games by 40 to 50 points. In the last week of the season, two of our starting corners got hurt, so I had to start our next game. Our next game was the First round of playoffs against the #5 ranked team in the country(University of Hardin-Simmons) and the #3 ranked offense in the country. We ended up winning that game 27-13, with one of our opponent’s touchdowns coming from special teams. I’ll never forget the feeling of being on that field with all my teammates who had supported me to keep working hard that whole year. I was finally feeling like I was apart of this top 5 nationally ranked defense that I had always watched from the sidelines. After the game was really gratifying as well. A lot of teammates knew about the struggle I had to get on the field and how much work I had put in to do so. So having all of them acknowledge that was a feeling like no other.

Q: What was your best game in college or pro?

My best college game would either have to be the aforementioned Playoff game start where I had an interception on the 3rd play of the game, along with 5 tackles and 3 pass breakups. Or my Senior year against University of Puget Sound, where I had an interception, 5 tackles and 5 pass breakups(2 of the breakups were dropped interceptions on my part however).

Q: What was your favorite NFL team growing up?

I was born in Oakland, California, and by extension I’ve been a Raiders fan my entire life. It’s rough sometimes, but you see who the real fans are when they support through turmoil.

Q: Who was your favorite NFL player?

My favorite NFL player was Tim Brown. He played receiver for the Raiders out of Notre Dame. He was actually part of the reason I wanted to play football. It just looked like an art form watching him play. I wanted to be just like him. As I got older, and learned the game more, Charles Woodson began to become my favorite player for obvious reasons. It’s a tie between the two of them.

Q: Which current NFL player most resembles you?

Casey Hayward. We’re around the same size as each other, and we excel through our knowledge of our position, our defense, and play/formation/route recognition. We can both play man and zone coverages well, have solid ball skills, and aren’t afraid to get physical and tackle.

Q: What would your former teammates say about you?

Friends with everyone on the team. Never missed a workout in 4 years. Always helped underclassmen when they didn’t understand something about the defense. Doesn’t talk much, but he smiles a lot. He was 10 pounds away from playing Linebacker.

Q: What are you presently doing as far as training?

Two a day lifting Mondays through Friday, with running in between the lifts. As well as a cardio day on Saturdays, which consists of a morning lift, followed by either Hills, Field work, or a Sand workout.

Q: What is your favorite Combine drill?

Vertical

Q: What do you need to do to take your football career to the next level?

While my speed isn’t bad(4.59 40), if I could improve my speed and trust my technique and instincts, I’d be a complete shutdown corner. I’d also like to improve my overall explosion.

Q: What would be your pitch to NFL scouts?

If I’m on your team, you’re going to have an athlete who’s work ethic exceeds most of, if not all your other athletes, especially in the film room. I somewhat lack the 6 feet or taller formula teams have been on for a couple years now, but I make up for that through intelligence and positioning. I’m also that guy who’ll do the dirty work no one else may want to do. At the end of the day, you’re getting a grinder who is going to work his butt off day in and day out, with the potential to become a well-known lock-down corner.

Q: What do you want to do besides football?

I personally enjoy being involved in nearly all sports, so if I wasn’t playing football I’d be playing something else(Soccer probably). Getting away from sports, I’m also in the process of getting involved in voice acting, which is a skill I’ve had since I was younger. Or I’d be involved in helping at risk youth or inner city kids around my hometown, using my Psychology degree.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?

Again, if I have free time, I’m playing some type of sport. Usually Basketball around the corner, taking shots on the soccer nets near the park, shooting on the street hockey nets I have at home or something similar. I also love relaxing, just listening to music on a sunny day as I take a nap. I also draw and/or watch anime/manga in my free time.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?

Barack Obama is for sure my first choice, he just seems like a very down to earth guy despite everything he has accomplished in his life so far. Plus I know he’d hold a very good sports related conversation. Second, oddly enough would have to be either Adolf Hitler or Jim Crow. I’ve always been interested in what drove these people to act the way they did and do what they did. Some people can’t be redeemed and I wouldn’t plan on them becoming so, but I am really curious abut their mindsets and mentalities. Lastly, after a little consideration I’d have to go with Jesus Christ, for obvious reasons. That would just be such an interesting and informative conversation. My life would never be the same after that.

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How to Get into the NFL Undrafted

on September 18, 2019

No draft-eligible college football player wants to go undrafted. Every player has dreamt about hearing his name called out during the NFL Draft. However, it just isn’t in the cards for everyone. That doesn’t mean the dream is dead if you go undrafted.

Last April, 254 guys were selected during the 2019 NFL Draft. In the days following the draft, over 430 guys signed contracts as undrafted free agents.

So—if you don’t get drafted, how can you go about getting into the NFL undrafted?

If you are thinking about playing in the NFL, more than likely, you are going to be physically ready to do so. But to get your shot, there is one very important thing that players must do—get their name out there.

Advertise.

How to do so in an effective manner while still looking professional can be difficult. But help is available.

Agency Athlete has a membership-based sports marketing service that can help players in need of exposure get it. Through their marketing efforts, athlete profiles, social media blasts, and more, players that go undrafted can get the help they need to find the right opportunities.

There are a lot of great college football players that go undrafted every year. In many cases, it is not because they aren’t good enough. They just weren’t on television much (if at all), so no one knew what their name was.

Agency Athlete’s marketing service can make sure everyone knows your name.

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How to Get Drafted into the NFL

on September 18, 2019

Over 73,000 students participate in college football every season. Of those 73,000+, around 16,000 are draft-eligible—and only 254 get drafted by NFL teams. That means only about 1.5 percent get to continue living the dream.

So, with the odds stacked against getting drafted, how does a player go about getting drafted into the NFL?

Some will say that it is just a matter of being the best at your position– like that is an easy thing to become. For some, that may be all that is necessary to get drafted into the NFL. But for most, it will take a little more—which is where Agency Athlete can come in handy.

Every player, whether he is a first-round pick or an undrafted free agent, will need to prove that he has a high football IQ and a great work ethic.  But how can you do that if you aren’t a household name or a finalist for some award?

What if you aren’t good around people, have trouble articulating your thoughts, or struggle with interviews?

Agency Athlete can provide players with management and consultant services that can help players put their best foot forward around NFL evaluators. They can assist in training (physical and mental), interviews, social media, draft preparation, and so much more.

With the right assistance (like what Agency Athlete offers), good college football players with the talent to play at the next level can increase their chances of getting drafted into the NFL.

Because when it comes to getting your shot, you don’t want to leave anything to chance.

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How to Get into the NFL Combine

on September 18, 2019

For many college football players, the ultimate dream is to get to the NFL someday. Part of that journey, if all goes well, includes a trip to the NFL Combine or maybe the Regional Combine. Getting invited to the Combine does not mean you are a lock to get drafted. But it does mean you are viewed as someone who could be drafted.

You want to be at the NFL Combine. So, how can you get there?

Other than having a great career and final season in college, it is not easy to gain access to the Combine. A special committee meets to discuss draft-eligible players and decide who should be invited.  Once they come to a consensus, the invitations are mailed out.

But if you don’t get invited to the one in Indianapolis, you are not necessarily out of luck. There is always the Regional Combine. Like the Indianapolis combine, this one is by invitation for the top 100 players not invited to Indianapolis.

So, is there anything a player can do to increase his chances of getting an invite? There is no way to campaign to the committee directly, but what you can do is engage in a marketing campaign. With the help of the right service, such as what Agency Athlete provides, it can be done in a way that will increase the likelihood committee members will hear about you.

If they hear about you enough, they may be more inclined to find out more and potentially invite you to the NFL Combine.

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How to Choose an NFL Sports Agent

on September 18, 2019

Other than choosing which college to play for, one of the toughest and most important decisions a football player must make is picking an agent. It isn’t as simple as going with someone who can do a great Jerry Maguire or Bob Sugar impersonation.

You need a person that is going to look out for you; someone you can trust and someone that will get you every penny you deserve. You need an expert negotiator. Pick the wrong guy, and you may lose out on millions of dollars.

So—how does one go about choosing an NFL sports agent?

First, you have to know what you want in an agent before starting the search. You can’t know what questions to ask if you don’t know what you want.

Find out what they can do for you and what they are willing to do; basically, do your homework. Some, like Agency Athlete, will give you a good indication of what their services entail on their website.

Every agent will say they want to make you money. But will they help you prepare for the draft? Can they help with training? What about money-making opportunities outside of football? What about life after football?

Are they still going to be with you and helping you transition into the real world?

Talk to several and try to talk to current players before making a decision. Your coaches will likely have a good idea on who some of the better ones are, too.

The right NFL sports agent, whether it is Agency Athlete or not, is going to have a profound impact on the early stages of your career. Pick the right one, and he/she will have a profound effect on your life.

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Skills Needed to Be an NFL Player

on September 18, 2019

To do any job, a person needs to have the right set of skills; playing in the NFL is no different. Chances are, if you are in a position to potentially become an NFL player, then you already have the skills needed to be an NFL player. Most successful college football players do—but what are they?

There are the physical skills, of course. In today’s NFL, every player needs to be strong, fast, quick, and agile. But even the best athletes will not make it long without a good football IQ.

It isn’t necessary to be a genius but understanding the game and how a play develops can make being a player easier.

Of course, just having the skills needed to be an NFL player will not guarantee you a spot in the NFL. Since everyone trying to get in the league has them, you must do everything you can to make sure your skillset is better than the next guy’s.

That is something the right agency, such as Agency Athlete, can come in handy.

A good agent will be able to recommend the right trainers for you. He/she will be able to get you in touch with trainers that can take your physical prowess and mental acuity and take them to the next level.

Just being physically gifted and intelligent is not always going to be good enough. Your physical gifts need to be better than the next guy’s—but you also need to know how to use them. Every NFL player is a physical specimen.

But every NFL player does not have the mental awareness and football IQ necessary to succeed in the NFL.

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How Sports Marketing Strategies Can Grow Your Business

on May 15, 2019

All the hard work that goes into getting a business off the ground and keeping the doors open can be all for nothing without the right marketing strategy. Not just ‘a’ marketing strategy, but the ‘right’ one. What’s the difference? One makes people interested in your product, and the other doesn’t.

So, what is the right strategy? Well, it will differ from one product to the next. But if you are looking for one that can be successful across a diverse spectrum of products and services, you should look into what a sports marketing strategy can do for you.

When it comes to advertising, the idea isn’t just to inform the general public that your product/service exists. You want the people to like it; you want them to feel like they have to have it because it is the greatest thing ever.

Why is it the greatest thing ever? Because [Insert Athlete’s Name Here] said it was!

Sports marketing uses the love and adoration the general public has for a player or team as a form of leverage. By presenting a product with a popular player, the love and adoration people have for him/her will ideally transfer to the product.

But it doesn’t have to involve a player. Businesses can sponsor a team or event—like your local little league team or a bowl game.

So, if this sounds like a sound marketing strategy for your company—how do you do it? Do you start cold calling athletes and stalking the little league team with the ugliest jerseys? No! You contact someone like Agency Athlete that can help you develop a sports marketing strategy.

A sports marketing strategy is just like any other strategy; if you don’t do it right, it will not work. Whether you just need someone to consult with or more, Agency Athlete can help.

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How to Become a Soccer Agent

on May 15, 2019

As soccer becomes more popular in the United States, more players will be developed that are good enough to go pro, either as a member of an MLS team or overseas. Those players are going to need agents—or as FIFA calls them, intermediaries.

By FIFA’s definition, an intermediary is the equivalent of an agent. But the process that it takes to become an official intermediary is a lot different.

With the passage of new legislation in 2015, FIFA no longer has an official licensing system. In fact, there are no longer any formal qualifications. All a person needs to do to get started is register with their national football association (FA).

When you register, there will be a registration fee (which varies from country to country; it is $400 in the U.S.). You will also have to sign an Intermediary Declaration promising you will work within the rules of the FA. Registrations will have to be renewed every year (costing $50 in the U.S.).

You will also need to pass what FIFA calls a “Test of Good Character and Reputation for Intermediaries.” It sounds like they are referring to a background check. You will also need to prove you do not have a criminal record.

Associations are allowed to add whatever additional requirements they see fit. For example, anyone convicted of a violent crime or a financial one is ineligible to register as an intermediary in the U.S.

With soccer, there are fewer hoops to jump through, but like with the other major sports, becoming an intermediary and knowing how to do the job are two different things. But with the help of Agency Athlete’s Sports Agent Training Academy, you learn how to do the job right from industry pros.

If you are going to do it, you might as well learn how to do it right.

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How to Become an NBA Agent

on May 15, 2019

With the NBA postseason well underway, there are probably hundreds if not thousands of kids watching James Harden, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving work their magic every night. As they watch, most of them will be thinking, “That can be me someday.”

Some of them will be right. But those select few will not be able to get there on their own. They will need the help and support of friends, family, and coaches along the way. When they do make it to the NBA, they are going to need the services of a certified NBA agent as well.

It takes incredible athleticism, skill, and talent to become a player in the NBA. What does it take to become an agent for the league?

The league does not require its agents to develop a jump shot or anything like that. But the players association does want agents to be educated. They are required to have a four-year degree, but relevant negotiating experience can be substituted for education.

Potential agents will have to fill out an application (which will have to be approved) and pay a $250 application fee (non-refundable). All applicants are also required to submit to and pass a background investigation.

Along with the application fee, applicants will have to pay a pro-rated portion of $1250 in agent dues (depending on when you apply and how much of the current season remains). However, if your application is denied, it will be refunded.

Applicants will also have to take a written examination prior to the application window (July 1 through October 1). The next chance will be in January 2020.

Sound like something you can manage, but you’re not sure if you know how to be an agent once you become one? That is where Agency Athlete’s Sports Agent Training Academy can come in handy. Learn the ins and outs of the job from industry pros.

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