1. Determine the schools you would have an interest in by your academic interest, location and corresponding playing level.
One of the best volleyball recruiting tips that we can give: do research and cast a wide net when looking at schools! Ideally, families should start out by contacting a lot of college coaches—around 20–30—and then pare down the list over time. Here’s how we recommend organizing a target list.
- Schools that you would love to attend
- Schools that you would have an interest in
- Schools that you would attend
Below are links that contain all of the NCAA, NAIA and NCJAA Volleyball Programs within the US.
NJCAA Programs: https://www.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/teams-page
2. Create a profile on University Athlete
- University Athlete is a premier communication tool connecting college coaches and student athletes. UA is not a recruiting service - they will not do the work for you. However, this website provides a place for a college coach to find your information, videos, etc. in addition for you to be able to contact the college programs that you are interested in. They combine the convenience of an online database with powerful mobile software to assist coaches' recruiting efforts at tournaments. At a tournament, colleges can instantly find any player, identify new players, evaluate and take notes without losing valuable time needed to watch the action. More than 300 Div I and more than 500 Div II, III, Juco and NAIA programs use University Athlete.
3. Send an introductory email or message to your list of schools.
- Include your name, height, position, grad year, high school and club. Be sure to express interest in their school and volleyball program. Address the coach by name to start the email (ex. Coach Lindstrom). Include a link to your profile page or video.
-NCSA has a detailed page of what to include when contacting a coach and what to do when you are contacted.
4. Make a Video and/or gather Game Footage
-If coaches are not able to see you play in person or have not had a chance to yet, a great way to capture their attention is with a video. The video should include your name, grad year, height, position(s), etc. It should contain a short (3-5min) skills video in addition to live game film. Coaches do not want a highlight video of your best plays.
-NCSA has a great page that has additional info on making a recruiting video and what should be included, even breaking it down by position.
5. Send your Video to those coaches that request it and/or to your list of schools
- You can upload the video to your UA page and/or to YouTube.
6. Schedule visits
- Once a coach watches your video and or sees you play live and if they like you, they will ask you to schedule a visit. All visits before September 1st of your Senior year are unofficial and therefore you will have to pay all expenses.
7. Consistently check in with coaches
- If a school expresses interest, continually check in with them with updates on your schedule and/or team. Building a relationship with the coaches is a key to success!
8. Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly the NCAA Clearinghouse) and/or NAIA Eligibility Center
-All 10th grade college-bound players should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by the end of the school year, and confirm with their school counselor that they are on-track to meet the NCAA academic eligibility requirements. They should also sign up and take both the ACT and SAT to determine which test format you prefer. Once you choose which test format is better for you, take a prep-class for that exam and then start testing for a high score.
-As Juniors, players should take the ACT or SAT a couple times to try and improve their score. Choose the exam with the best format for you. Universities accept either exam. Players who choose to look at NAIA programs should register with the NAIA Eligibility Center before the end of their junior year in high school.
- Families need to make sure they meet the deadlines for the following: NCAA Amateurism Certificate, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), college applications, NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Center registration, final transcripts and proof of graduation.
Academic requirements for players first entering a Division I program: complete 16 core courses, 10 of the 16 courses completed prior to your senior year, 7 of the 10 completed in math, science and English, minimum core course GPA of 2.3, meet ACT or SAT sliding scale minimum score.
-Academic requirements for players first entering a Division II program on August 1, 2016. Div-II has increased academic minimums from 14 core courses to 16 courses in English, math or science, minimum GPA of 2.0, and minimum SAT of 820 OR minimum ACT sum score of 68.
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