Your Volleyball Recruiting Game Plan

Resources to help you find your best college match

If it's your dream to compete on a college volleyball team, you have to know how the recruiting process works. These resources are designed to help families successfully navigate the confusing world of college recruiting. From how to research schools to gauging your best division level, communicating with coaches and more, these articles will give your family the advice you need to find your best college match.


Recruiting Resources

To be able to compete for either an NAIA or NCAA school, there are certain academic requirements that you must meet. Furthermore, the NCAA has specific rules around when and how coaches can recruit athletes.

NCAA Eligibility Center
NCAA Recruiting Rules
NAIA Eligibility Center


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When to start the volleyball recruiting process

Starting the recruiting process is going to really depend on your height, athleticism and skillset. Athletes who are already superstars as freshmen in high school will start sooner than someone who isn't fully developed until junior year of high school. Former Division 1 volleyball coach Matt Sonnichsen provides insights into how you can determine when is the best time to start the process.


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How to get recruited by college volleyball coaches

The competition to get recruited by college volleyball teams is fierce! In fact, only about 5.8% high school volleyball players go on to compete in college, and only about 1% of high school volleyball athletes play at the D1 level. For this reason, it's crucial that families understand how the recruiting process works, so they maximize all their opportunities.


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How to gauge your best division levels based on your athletic talent

One of the first steps in the recruiting process is for athletes to accurately gauge their talent level and get an understanding of the divisions they might be suited for athletically. The good news: There are plenty of ways to figure out where you stand athletically.


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Find your best college match, athletically and academically

Choosing a college isn't a four-year decision; it's a 40-year decision. From campus to classes, academics to culture, there's a lot to consider. And, with more and more volleyball players transferring colleges after a year or two, finding the right match is now more important than ever.


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Communicating with coaches: How to stand out from the crowd

College coaches receive hundreds—if not thousands—of emails every year from potential recruits. The trick: Learning how to stand out and really capture the coach's attention, not just in email, but in social media DMs, phone calls and more.


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Create a highlight video that shows off your best skills

College coaches rely heavily on an athlete's highlight video to show them how they play in a game setting, their athletic skillset and more. In many cases, coaches aren't able to travel to see a recruit compete in person, and the athlete's highlight video is the only means they have to evaluate them.


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How to keep your recruiting moving forward when it starts slowing down

If you feel like you're hitting a lull in your recruitment, it probably means you've hit the maintenance portion of the recruiting process. There are a number of boxes to check off and steps to take to keep your recruiting moving forward during this time period, including going on campus visits, following up with coaches, understanding upcoming deadlines and more.


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Does Changing Clubs for a 1's Team Affect Your Recruiting Process?

As High School seasons start to wind down across the country, the excitement and buzz of the club season is all around us. In turn, the age old question from athletes (at least those competing in club volleyball) returns. Does changing clubs in order to play for a 1's team have an affect on a player's recruiting process?


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How to Stay Proactive When Your Recruiting Process Slows Down

The late summer and early fall can be a slower time for recruiting by the collegiate programs. College coaches are in their competitive season, focused on the success of their team and they are managing a thousand details during the early part of the season. While recruiting is always on the minds of coaches, it is not at the forefront now. Here are some ways you can stay pro-active and engaged in your recruiting process.


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How Early is Too Early for a College Commitment?

As illustrated by a recent espnW article, early recruiting in women's sports is not limited to volleyball. For a variety of reasons, the recruiting cycle now begins as early as Junior High, and this trend will most likely continue until rules and regulations are adjusted for NCAA Division I volleyball programs, which is where the majority of early recruiting is noted. Many collegiate volleyball coaches are offering and receiving scholarship commitments from players who have yet to spend one day in high school.


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Beach Volleyball Recruiting Guidelines

Beach Volleyball is the NCAA's fastest-growing sport, starting with 15 Division I programs in 2012 and projected to top 100 collegiate programs by 2020. Here's an explanation of and game plan to begin the recruiting process for girls interested in playing beach volleyball at the collegiate level.


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