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TOP 5 RECRUITING THINGS TO DO


1. Develop a recruiting plan and get evaluated by a third party.

What are you currently doing to get evaluated for college scholarships?  What results has your current plan produced?  If you are not currently being contacted by college coaches at least once per week, then you are not being actively recruited.   

You need to be evaluated by as many college coaches nationwide as possible to maximize your scholarship opportunities and securing a college roster spot immediately!   Attending available camps and showcases also increases your evaluation exposure to coaches.


2. Create your FREE MyScoutingReport NOW!  

Online profiles are the fastest way for college coaches to evaluate a prospects academic qualifications, athletic attributes, highlight/game videos, competition schedules, news articles and how to contact you.   Create your FREE MyScoutingReport immediately for scholarship evaluation by college coaches nationwide!

 

3. Take charge of your game, highlight, or skills video!  

DO NOT wait around for someone else to burn game DVD's or edit a highlight video for you!  Take control of your recruiting process by taking action each day until your video(s) are complete and accessible by college coaches.   


4. Be realistic about your projected college level.  

Too many college prospects get focused on competing ONLY for major NCAA Division I programs, that they miss out on opportunities to compete at a lower level and possibly on a scholarship.  


5. DO NOT LIMIT YOURSELF! 

Time and again college prospects limit themselves to only wanting to compete at a certain level, local area, in-state, U.S. region or certain conferences.  The fact of the matter is that college coaches get to choose which players they want on their roster and which to offer scholarships to.  It's not the players or parents that choose...once again, it's the college coaches.  By limiting yourself to only certain areas for recruitment, you can bet your life that there will be some college coach around the country that could use a student-athlete like you!    

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL RECRUITING FAQ 

1. How important is it to play club volleyball in high school?

Club experience is important that way they know you can compete with players from all over the country. Do research on tournaments and make sure you’re joining a competitive club team.


2. What should be on my highlight video?

All around skills beginning from match point. Serving, blocking, and passing are skills that need to be highlighted. Volleyball college coaches are looking for your versatility and shots.


3. What can I be doing off the court to improve?

Jump training, agility drills from side to side and get as many touches as possible. Staying active and in shape are keys off the court.


4. When does recruiting begin for volleyball?

Recruiting begins as soon as you as you join your varsity team or compete in national tournaments or the Junior Olympics.  Tournaments are very important in gaining exposure for the recruitment process.

     WHAT ARE VOLLEYBALL COLLEGE COACHES LOOKING FOR?

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: LIBERO

Grades: 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT 

Tier 1 Libero/Defensive Specialist

  • 5'8" - 6'2"

Stats:

  • Vertical 24"+

Coaching Keys:

Extensive national level club experience.

 

 

Tier 2 Libero/Defensive Specialist

  • 5'8" - 6'2"

Stats:

  • Vertical 24"+

Coaching Keys:

National Tournaments Attendance

 

 

Tier 3 Libero/Defensive Specialist

  • 5'8" - 6'2"

Stats:

  • Vertical 24"+

Coaching Keys:

Club experience



MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: MIDDLE HITTER

Grades: 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT 

Tier 1 Middle Hitter

  • 6'5" - 7'0"

Stats:

  • Approach Jump: 11'6"+

Coaching Keys:

Extensive national level club experience.

 

 

Tier 2 Middle Hitter

  • 6'5"-6'8"

Stats:

  • Approach Jump: 11'0"

Coaching Keys:

National Tournaments Attendance

 

 

Tier 3 Middle Hitter

  • 6'3"-6'7"

Stats:

  • Approach Jump: 11'0"

Coaching Keys:

Club experience


MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: OUTSIDE HITTER

Grades: 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT 

Tier 1 Outside/Right Side Hitter

  • 6'3" - 6'6"

Stats:

  • Approach Jump: 10'10"+

Coaching Keys:

Extensive national level club experience.

 

 

Tier 2 Outside/Right Side Hitter

  • 6'3" - 6'6"

Stats:

  • Approach Jump: 10'10"+

Coaching Keys:

National Tournaments Attendance

 

 

Tier 3 Outside/Right Side Hitter

  • 6'0"-6'4"

Stats:

  • Approach Jump: 10'10"+

Coaching Keys:

Club experience



MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: SETTER

Grades: 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT 

  • 6'1" - 6'5"

Stats:

  • Approach Jump: 10'6"+

Coaching Keys:

Extensive national level club experience.

 

Tier 2 Outside/Right Side Hitter

  • 6'1" - 6'5"

Stats:

  • Approach Jump: 10'6"+

Coaching Keys:

National Tournaments Attendance

 

Tier 3 Outside/Right Side Hitter

  • 6'0"-6'5"

Stats:

  • Approach Jump 10'6"

Coaching Keys:

Club experience

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL SCHOLARSHIPS


                     PROGRAMS        SCHOLARSHIPS

NCAA I:               25                             4.5

NCAA II:              10                             4.5

NCAA III:             46                               0

NAIA:                  17                               0

NJCAA:               13                              0

TOTAL:             111


NCAA III:  Do not offer athletic scholarships, but offer academic scholarships and financial aid.   

                           MEN'S VOLLEYBALL RECRUITING CALENDAR

Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Create a list of prospective schools consider both athletics and academics
  • Film highlights tape
  • Attend summer camps with the goals of honing your skills and to gain exposure 

 

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • Coaches are watching your development throughout high school at camps, in school and on the field
  • DI and DII coaches can’t personally contact you until Junior year 
  • DIII and NAIA coaches can contact you at anytime
  • Important to do be familiar with the school both athletically and academically

Sophomore Year

  • Film your highlights tape
  • Narrow your list of schools
  • Get an evaluation of your skills tape
  • Continue to research prospective schools
  • Fill out questionnaires 


Rules/Tips to Remember:

September 1st of Junior year marks the first day DI and DII coaches can send you personalized letters and emails

 

Junior Year

  • Film your highlights tape
  • Find camps to join
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Respond to EVERY coach
  • Make unofficial visits to schools
  • Narrow down your prospective schools list

 

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • DI and top DII programs will make offers to top recruits during Junior year
  • DIII, NAIA and Junior Colleges do most of their recruiting during Senior year

 

Senior Year

  • Make official visits – only allowed 5
  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a TIMELY manner
  • Apply to the schools- applications, financial aid
  • Sign and Commit to a school and program (Signing period in April, last date is August 1st
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS

How to Film:

  • Tape from the near side of the court if possible (the side the player is on).
  • Keep the camera stationary at the back of the court.  Station the camera in right back for a setter or rightside, middle back for a middle hitter, left back for an outside.
  • A tripod is highly recommended
  • Ideally station the camera 5 feet off the ground.
  • The camera view should not be obstructed (net, other players on the court, line judge, people walking by).
  • Do not zoom in and out.
  • Do not follow the ball or move the camera while filming.
  • Station the camera view so that the player is always in the picture no matter where they are on the court without needing to move the camera.  Be sure you can see a hitters approach.  Serving is the only time that the camera angle may need to be changed, then put in back to the original position.  
  • Every play, player, and ball placement does not need to be filmed.
  • Focus on the player being taped so they are clear and in focus, but not too close!


Position Specific Instructions:


  • Outside Hitters
  1. 10-15 Hits/Kills/Backrow attacks
  2. 5 Blocks
  3. 5-10 Serve receive
  4. 10 Defense plays/digs
  5. 5 Serves 


  • Opposite/Rightside Hitters
  1. 10-15 Hits/Kills/Backrow Attacks
  2. 5 Blcoks
  3. 5-10 Serve receive (if applicable)
  4. 10 Defensive plays/digs
  5. 5 sets
  6. 5 serves


  • Middles
  1. 15-20 Hits/Kills
  2. 15-20 Blocks/Blocking Footwork
  3. 5 Serves


  • Setters
  1. 20-25 Sets
  2. 5 Attacks
  3. 10 Defensive plays/digs
  4. 5 Serves

  • DS/Libero
  1. 15-20 Serve receive
  2. 15-20 Defensive plays/digs
  3. 5 Serves
  4. 5 Backrow attacks (if applicable)

SAMPLE MEN'S VOLLEYBALL RECRUITING VIDEO