Facts About Volleyball Recruiting
Many volleyball girls – and guys – dream of playing for a major college team. But what does it take to get on a top-tier Division I team? Are those teams even a good match for you? Would a different division fit you better? And once you’ve chosen a team and school, how do you get the coach’s attention?
Let’s look at what we’re up against…
I'm already being recruited...
But I don’t know what to do next. Can you help?
The Volleyball Recruiting Challenge
There are approx. 40,000 high school and club volleyball teams in the US...
but just under 1,000 NCAA schools with teams...
each with only 12 - 14 girls per team...
That’s over 500,000 players for under 12,000 spots in Division I, II and III.
What does it take to get noticed, watched and recruited?
How Major College Program Recruiting Works
The top college teams have the majority of their team decided years ahead of time. Exceptional players are contacted early in high school and often times commit prior to their Junior year of High School.
So the earlier you start the recruiting process, the more college options are available and the better your opportunity to get in to a school of your choice.
Sound hopeless? It’s not.
It’s still worth hiring me to help you with the recruiting process.
- The top tier teams, like any team, needs to fill out their rosters. There still may be a spot for you as a walk-on player, or if a player gets injured or transfers schools at the last minute.
- If you truly are good enough to make a Division I team, but there is not a spot for you on the roster at the College of your choice, there are plenty of other competitive teams in Division I that want to know about you.
- Players transfer teams from year to year for a variety of reasons. Coaches like to have a knowledge of qualified replacement players.
- Not only are there Division I teams, but there are Division II, Division III, NAIA, Junior College and Community Colleges. There are successful teams in all Divisions.
Girls and parents usually don’t like to hear this, but a top program might NOT be the best fit for the athlete for a number of different reasons, regardless of their talent. Successful teams and happy players are much more than just being talented. It has a lot to do with matching players and coaches that work well together.
Facts About Coaches
Having coached and played at the highest levels, I can tell you – coaches are all different. And like any human being, they react differently to different people.
You might think “If I made the team at a top school, I would never leave the team.” And yet, it happens at all top schools because sometimes a coach and a player don’t connect. The athlete may have one vision of what their strengths are and how they should play, and the coach could have a completely different vision.
So the recruiting process is about matching a player academically first to a school, and then matching a player’s personality, talents and goals with a coach’s personality, coaching style and team needs.
And that’s a huge part of what I do for you.
It’s important to realize a few things about coaches:
- Coaches get hundreds of emails a week about players and honestly they don’t have time to read thru all of them. Few of them are looked at, and are often opened by an assistant coach and then discarded without the Head Coach ever reading it. There are simply too many emails from lots of parents that think their child can play at that college.
- Parents love to tell coaches about their daughters but unfortunately most parents don’t give a very reliable evaluation of their kids. Coaches have to deal with this a lot. Coaches are looking for information about athletes from a reputable and reliable source and that’s where I come in. I will help get your daughter recognized by coaches.
- A coach isn’t just looking for a talented girl, they are looking for the whole package. They want to know how coach-able they are, what kind of a teammate they are, what their temperament and disposition is like and if they’re willing to switch positions, among other things.
The good news
is there are many great options for athletes who want to play volleyball in college. I have helped many girls get recruited to Division I schools that probably would have given up if they hadn’t called me. And as many of my happy clients will tell you, there are excellent schools with very talented teams at all divisions – DI, II and III. And even community colleges. The thrill is the same!
Call and let’s talk about putting my knowledge, experience and connections in play for you! Feel free to ask me for references that you can talk to about their experience with me and ACC.