The volleyball recruiting process centers on setting realistic expectations about the student-athlete’s commitment to playing in college. To get started, athletes should ask themselves the following questions:
Am I ready for the demands of being a college volleyball player? Being a college volleyball player—no matter the division level—takes a ton of time and effort. It’s like having a full-time job on top of classes and homework. There will be early practices, training sessions, games and traveling. Athletes need to be ready for this level of commitment before jumping into the volleyball recruiting process.
Am I good enough to play college volleyball? Answering this question requires you to evaluate your current skillset and athleticism. You also need to estimate how much you’ll be able to improve by the time you are a freshman in college. This is a great time to get your high school or club coach involved to discuss your goals of playing college volleyball. Having a candid conversation about your skill level and potential as a volleyball player can be extremely valuable.
Which division level am I good enough to play at? There are loads of opportunities for volleyball players at the Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, NAIA and junior college levels. Athletes should talk to their current coach, a recruiting network like NCSA and college coaches to understand what division levels they might be qualified to compete at. Families should watch a few college volleyball matches at every division level and analyze the level of competition to measure how close their athlete is to that level.
Am I on a club team that will get me exposure to the coaches I’m interested in? College coaches typically recruit club volleyball players. There are a a few reasons for this: Club teams compete year round, which means players gain more volleyball experience. Club players also compete against top competition and tend to have a higher level of training than high school-only players. Plus, they compete in large tournaments that draw college coaches nationwide.
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