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College Recruiting Seminar: This event was live streamed on facebook.

It’s neither too early or too late to start writing emails and putting yourself out there!

If you to play volleyball in college, there is absolutely a way to do that. We will go over some resources at the club to help you through the process, and financial aid services and deadlines to keep in mind.

There are over 1,700 colleges that offer some sort of volleyball programs, at all different levels in the country. Figuring out what level you can play at is part of narrowing down process. What is your level of play? How tall are you? What is your GPA? Where am I willing to move to?

Average heights and verticals of top Division I Volleyball athletes:

Setters: height 5’9″ / vertical 9’6″ or higher

Outsides/Right Side: height 5’11” / vertical 9’8″ or higher

Middles: height 6″ / vertical 10″ or higher

Liberos/DS: exceptional speed and accuracy, leadership qualities

Figuring out what kind of college experience you are looking for is very important. Location, size of school, religion, Greek life, and your preferred major can all be factors. For some, volleyball is the only thing that matters. Do you want to be a team that is very successful? Do you want a lot of playing time, or willing to be on the bench? These are all factors that are important when looking into schools and your options moving forward.

Types of Volleyball Programs:

331 DI schools: 12 full ride scholarships

302 DII: 8 full rides

DIII: no athletic scholarships, but financial aid and academic aid available

231 NAIA: 8 full rides, with being able to split the funds as per coaches wishes

300 NCJAA: Junior Colleges outside of California offer full ride scholarships

Collegiate Club Volleyball: higher level than intramural sports, but lower than the varsity team on campus. Consistent practices with a coach, and compete with other schools club teams.

Timelines based on your year in high school:

Freshman: Have fun, and focus on your grades. Try to maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher, your recruiting process will be much easier! Start to think about your target list of schools, perhaps about 100 schools.

Sophomore: Start to film at tournaments and work on your video. Start reaching out to coaches; at this point coaches can’t respond to you yet (as per recruitment rules). However, coaches can respond to your club director, Aimee, and can start a dialogue that way.

Juniors: Register for the NCAA clearinghouse. This certification shows that you are eligible to play in the NCAA through your grades, SAT/ACT scores, and amateur status. Start going on campus visits, and whittling down your target list. Continue to e-mail coaches and update your highlight reel.

Senior: Continue to update your skills videos and continue to write coaches vigorously. Go on official and unofficial visits.

Resources offered at the Club:

My SoCal: One stop shop for college recruiting. The College Search tool allow you search all the colleges through volleyball divisions, location, and by name. Your unique My SoCal profile allows you to put your stats, reach, GPA, and film. From there you can see what grades they are looking for, tuition costs, and their volleyball page link. Check their team list, and see what are the heights of the people on the team in your position. This, with your personal gmail account, allows you to e-mail coaches and correspond directly through My SoCal. Being willing to go out of your comfort zone and thinking about playing out of California will give you so many options.

Recruiting Video:

Having film is extremely important; no coach will recruit you without seeing you play. Nes Rodriguez is our in house videographer (see below video filmed by Nes for Misi). Coaches generally watch about 2-3 minutes of your video, so make sure that you have an edited video showing what you do, especially showing you moving and doing that skill. You need to include your name, what club or high school you play for, what your number is, your GPA, your position, your test scores, and a message explaining why you want to play there.

Before this upcoming JNQ, email coaches letting them know you are going and that you will update them with your court information. Having video when you e-mail a coach asking them to watch you is a MUST.

E-mails to Coaches:

Coaches received hundreds of e-mails a day before a big tournament. Make sure your letters are professional, and not copy and pasted. Each school should have an individualized and personalized e-mail, per their program. Cast a very wide net, and e-mail as much as possible. Having a subject line that is unique and an eye catching can help you get noticed in their inbox. Tell the coach who you are, and why you are interesting.

Making phone calls is a part of this process, it is unavoidable! Have questions ready for the conversation. What is your coaching style like? Do you need a Class of 2017 Setter (for example)? Do you have scholarship money available? What is your training schedule like? What is the team dynamic like? These are all very important questions that show how interested you are in making the right decision for yourself.

Commitments:

Verbal commitments can be made at any time. Signing a Letter of Intent is formal commitment to the school. Which ever type of commitment you make to school, backing out of the commitment is really poor form and looked down upon.

Know that a Coach may only watch you and your team play for just a few minutes!

Coaches will look at the way you play and your execution of skills during warm-ups and the match itself. They will also look at how fit you are, how you respond to making mistakes, how you respond to your teammates, how hard you work, and how you act when you are on the bench. Bench players get recruited all the time! Players that add to the culture of the team are very important to a program!

It takes a lot of elbow grease to get recruited, but it is worth it! Going to the Junior National Qualifier in two weeks? We recommend that you e-mail 50 schools with your skills video beforehand! Even if you’re not a perfect fit for one school, you maybe a perfect fit for another school which that coach has a connection with.

Financial Aid:

There is a lot of academic and financial aid money out there. It is very important for you to fill out your FAFSA the January before your college school year starts. Grades are super important, and DII and DIII  have a ton of academic aid for their athletes, as long as they have great grades, and can often create a great aid package. SAT/ACT scores are also a large factor in these grants.

We are here to help you!

Please stop by the office and talk to us! We want to help throughout the process!