As the weekend of the NCAA Championship approaches, many high school players are thinking about how they can be playing in this nationally televised volleyball event in a few years. Here’s a quick guide to fall recruiting, with thanks to Amanda Millard of VolleyballRecruits.net.
Only four Division I college volleyball teams are still playing in the NCAA tournament right now, meaning that hundreds of other volleyball coaches are finished with their regular season. Most colleges and universities are finishing up their semesters, so student athletes are heading home for the holidays. High school volleyball players probably find themselves in a similar position: school is winding down and the holidays are coming up.
Tempting as it may be to spend your holiday break vegging out in front of the TV and drinking hot chocolate, take some time instead to contact college volleyball coaches during this less stressful time. An introductory email, complete with a link to your skills video and volleyball highlight reel, can be especially effective right now.
By February most coaches will have narrowed down their list of possible recruits to the highest priority players that they want to see play in person. That’s the short list that you want to be on, and the best (perhaps only) way to make that happen is to contact coaches now.
College volleyball coaches need to know your club schedule and how your high school season ended up as well as what position you play, when you graduate, and any academic information that you can provide. Make sure you have video footage to point them to as well, since pictures (and videos) are worth a thousand words.
Remember that coaches can’t contact you directly via mail or email until September 1 of your junior year, and they can’t call you directly until July 1 of your senior year, so don’t get discouraged when you don’t get an answer to your emails. Be sure to contact all the schools you’d like to play for and to follow up regularly.
Make the most of your winter downtime so that when spring rolls around you can reap the benefits with visits from college coaches!
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