Can You Improve Your Chances of Being Recruited?
If you’re serious about volleyball recruiting and playing at the collegiate level, it’s never too soon to get me involved. I can give you such an advantage over other girls not using a recruiter, or who are just paying to have an online profile. But if you’re not ready to take that step yet, here are three things you can do to improve your chances of being recruited.
1. Start making a business case for yourself.
Many of you have started this process, but start gathering information about yourself – games played, statistics, definitely game footage and awards. But go beyond these typical things by gathering endorsements from your coaches, other players and even competitors. You can never have too many friends, so make as many as you can along the way!
2. Practice being coach-able.
What? How do you practice being coach-able? For many girls, it takes a conscious effort to be humble enough to accept a coaches direction without complaining. Embrace what your coach is telling you, whether you agree with it or not. I hear from so many parents and players who complain about their coaches. Here’s a secret – almost everyone complains about their coach, their team and even the club they belong to. Don’t do that! Be coach-able and professional! If you really can’t play for that coach, don’t make a big deal about it. Kindly tell your coach you’re going to try a different team for a while, and you’re grateful for their help and all they’ve taught you. Trust me – this kind of thing goes a long way.
3. Make practice your priority.
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. A player will not earn a spot on a team out of pure talent. You have to have that work ethic of putting in strong practices. Coaching the Junior National Team and Youth National Teams, we see a big difference in effort – even at that level! The good thing for us coaches is it makes our selection process easier; a player that practices hard is more likely to play hard. A girl with the attitude of “I’m saving my best effort for the game” is never going to see the game court.
These are also great tips if you’re not sure you want to continue playing volleyball. If you’re not able to do these three things, you might not be right for college volleyball. But then, there are some great teams at smaller schools that might love to have you, and you might really enjoy playing for!
Got questions? Call Charlene!