10. Be a recruit athletically. Practice hard. Learn. Work out. Be classy.
9. Be a recruit academically. Know the eligibility rules. GPA, Test Scores, and MAPS.
8. Know what you want. What are your interests? Where do you want to be? What kind of school do you want? What level of play best suits you?
7. Research schools. Use the internet. Find out what schools offer and what schools need. Find out about coaches. Research similar schools on conference website.
6. Understand Recruiting Rules.
Apply to the NCAA Eligibility Center https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/
The NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete is a must. http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/CBSA19.pdf
NAIA has their own recruiting rules and eligibility center @ http://www.playnaia.org/
Junior college recruiting rules and eligibility center @ http://www.njcaa.org/todaysNJCAA_Eligibility.cfm?category=Eligibility
5. Send out resumes. One page. Physical attributes, athletic and academic background, all awards and recognitions, plus a personal cover letter. Web based? Electronic delivery is fine.
4. Send out a skills video. Talk to your coach and schedule a time to shoot skills. Make a video of about 5 minutes of skills and about 10 to 15 minutes of live play. Demonstrate all skills. Introduce and clearly identify yourself at the beginning of the tape. Electronic delivery is fine.
3. Get on University Athlete. It’s the program coaches use to identify players at tournaments. http://universityathlete.com/
2. Keep your coaches involved. Keep your coaches (both high school and club) informed as to whom you are contacting, and who is contacting you. They will be one of the first points of contact for college coaches and are critical in the recruiting process.
1. Be proactive! Prepare for all National Tournaments by giving your coach copies of your resume for coaches who inquire about you. Email updates and schedule reminders to the coaches with whom you are in touch, Send out periodic match video and highlights. Keep up to date on schools and email coaches with short notes after big events.
NCAA Division I: 12 Full ride scholarships (usually a year round commitment)
NCAA Division II: 8 Full ride scholarships or equivalency of.
NCAA Division III: Financial packages can be offered based on academics.
NAIA: Separate from NCAA & can offer Athletic and Academic packages.
JUCO: 2 year schools that can offer Athletic and Academic packages.
*Levels of play and geographical areas should be considerations in your research.
There is a lot of info online regarding the recruiting process. Don’t be afraid to do some research and to borrow ideas from services and others who have done this before you. This is a tough process both for the coaches and the families, but it can be very rewarding when you find the right school and they find you! Good luck!
Most importantly, your daughter needs to pick a college that best suits her overall needs - not just volleyball. Each student-athlete should contact collegiate coaches (of their choice) themselves either by phone or email. Before this occurs, make sure you are very familiar with their program. If coaches contact you, regardless of your interest or not, please respond to their email or phone call and let them know your intentions. Additional information can be found on the following web-sites:
The NCAA Eligibility Center verifies the academic and amateur status of all student-athletes who wish to compete in Division I or II athletics.
For Division I student-athletes who will enroll in August 2016 and later, the requirements to compete in the first year will change. In addition to the above standards, prospects must:
A contact occurs any time a coach has any face-toface contact with you or your parents off the college's campus and says more than hello. A contact also occurs if a coach has any contact with you or your parents at your high school or where you are competing or practicing. For more information, see the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete (PDF - requires Adobe Reader). Page 27 includes a table of when contacts may occur.
Red Shirting: As a red shirt athlete, you may practice but you can not play one second during a college game or scrimmage. The red shirt year does not count as one of the four years for playing eligibility
During high school and club seasons many student-athletes are contacted by individuals who "act" as agents and are interested in representing or promoting players in the recruiting process. These services can be very costly (usually a base price of $1000.00). With a little research, you will find several individuals that offer these exact services at no cost to the families. One such service can be found at www.recruitingregistry.com by Rich Kern. Rich's website is devoted to volleyball and provides a wealth of information and services.
Another individual that is well respected among the college coaches and that NORCO relies on very much is Bill Feldman. Bill is a full-time volleyball scout that over 184 colleges subscribe to: "American Volleyball Scouting Report."
Due to NORCO's national and regional reputation and the exposure our players get, it is recommended that parents DO NOT pay for recruiting services.
The purpose of the "National Letter of Intent" is to secure a binding agreement between the college and the student-athlete. Once an athlete has signed this letter, they are obligated to play for that school and should not receive any more recruiting contacts from other schools. The National Letter of Intent program is not under NCAA affiliation but is under the Collegiate Commissioners Association. Failure to honor this commitment may cost a player up to two years of eligibility at another institution. There are two signing periods for Volleyball - For more information: www.national-letter.org
At the beginning of the tape briefly introduce yourself and state physical data such as standing reach, approach jump and block jump. If possible, stand at the net and do several stationary blocks to demonstrate reach.
Emphasize your specific position.
Camera and tripod should be placed at the back of the court where the entire match can be viewed.
No coaches expect an absolute error-free tape, but you need to feel confident in your results. The edit button is there for a reason.