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Volleyball Recruiting 101

Recruiting FAQ's 

Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. Do your research and make an educated decision, not only as a volleyball recruit, but also as a student athlete. Take unofficial trips to visit the school, ask questions and don't be pressured until you are ready to make YOUR decision. 

When does the volleyball recruiting process start? 

1. The volleyball recruiting starts as early as junior high. Some 8th graders are verbally committing to a university to play volleyball. You need to start early if your goal is to earn a volleyball scholarship. Playing club volleyball as soon as you can is essential. Freshmen should be proactive and reach out to potential coaches by sending out their athletic resumes. The first step is registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center your sophomore year. 

  • Freshman Check list for recruiting

  • Sophomore Check List for recruiting 

How do coaches evaluate prospects?

2. The Internet is your best tool when trying to earn a women’s volleyball scholarshipCoaches can’t always see you in person during the high school season or at club tournaments. The best way that a college volleyball coach can evaluate you is the Internet.  You may want to consider a third-party evaluator to help create easy access to your video highlights and statistics. If you don't have time to do it your self.  Nearly 1,600 colleges have women’s volleyball. Be proactive and reach out to several universities that you’re interested in by simply sending an email. After the initial contact is made the coach may want to see you play in person. If the coach can't make it to a club tournament send them a video. 

Keys to making a good video 

A highlight/skills video is one of the most important aspects of the volleyball recruiting process. A good video includes game footage of around 25 plays that illustrate that you’re a well-rounded player. Start with your best plays first and prove that you’re suited for your position.

  • Outside Hitters: Show that you can hit both on the outside and opposite side. Also prove that you are a good passer and server. 
  • Outsides should log on video: 
  1. 10-15 Hits/Kills/Backrow attacks
  2. 5 Blocks  (include swing blocking)
  3. 5-10 Serve receive
  4. 10 Defense plays/Digs
  5. 5 Serves (be versatile and include jump floats) 
  • Middle Blockers: Footwork and movement around the net is important, but so is highlighting that you can block and hit. Show that you can play in the back row too.
  • Middles should log on video:

  1. 15-20 Hits/Kills
  2. 15-20 Blocks/Blocking Footwork
  3. 5 Serves
  • Opposite Hitters: Show your ability to move around the net, and that you can hit from all spots on the floor. Include plays that illustrating your skills in the back row.
  • Opposite/Rightside Hitters should log on video:

    1. 10-15 Hits/Kills/Backrow Attacks
    2. 5 Blocks

    3. 5-10 Serve receive (if applicable)

    4. 10 Defensive plays/digs

    5. 5 Sets

    6. 5 Serves

  • Setters: Highlight your movement, consistency, and ability to play solid defense.
  • Setters should log on video:

    1. 20-25 Sets

    2. 5 Attacks

    3. 10 Defensive plays/digs

    4. 5 Serves

  • Defensive Specialists: Show that you can play every position in the backcourt. 
  • DS/Libero should log on video:

    • 15-20 Serve receive

    • 15-20 Defensive plays/digs

    • 5 Serves

    • 5 Backrow attacks (if applicable)

Where am I qualified to play college volleyball?

3. There are a large amount of schools that offer volleyball scholarships, but just 20% of them are at the Division I level. Scholarships for volleyball are abundant, but realize that the majority of college women’s volleyball programs aren’t in DI. Nearly 80% of women’s collegiate volleyball players compete at the Division II, Division III, NAIA or junior college level. 

What is my volleyball coach’s role?

4. Your coach can help with your development on the court, but getting a scholarship for volleyball is your responsibilityYour high school or club volleyball probably doesn’t have the time that the volleyball recruiting process requires. There’s a good chance that you’re not the only one on your team hoping to earn a volleyball scholarship, and relying on your coach to manage the recruiting process for several athletes at once is too much to ask.