If you are among the thousands of volleyball recruits trying to make it to the college level, there are five keys to recruiting you should be aware of. These five keys can be the difference in playing volleyball in college or seeing your volleyball days being over when high school days are over.
For soccer recruits striving for the next level, here are five things you should know:
1. What level of volleyball competition is right for you?
Collegiate volleyball is offered at all levels. It is played from the junior college level all the way up to the elite Division I level. You need to get out and watch some soccer games in person to help you determine what level of college volleyball may be right for you.
2. Determine which schools are right for you
Once you know what division level of volleyball is right for you, start looking closely at the schools who play at that level. You need to look at the degree programs they offer, the price of tuition, and how close to home you want to be.
3. Do I have good chemistry with the coaching staff
Once you start making visits to some of these colleges, you will want to evaluate the coaches you meet. Volleyball recruits such as yourself just have better chemistry with some coaches than others. If you want to have a good and enjoyable college career, you need to have good chemistry with the coaching staff.
4. Do I want to play right away or red-shirt my first year
Some coaches bring in volleyball recruits and they are asked to be a contributor from the very beginning. Other coaches like to red-shirt some of their freshmen to help get them ready for college competition. It’s hard to sit and watch games for a year, but it does end up making you a better player.
5. Do I know how to market and promote myself to college coaches?
This just may be the key question. If you have been setting the world on fire since an early age, college coaches are probably already camping on your front porch waiting to sign you. However, most high school volleyball players need a little help to make sure they get the attention of college coaches.
These five questions are the key questions volleyball recruits need to ask themselves as they try and make it to the next level. If you are at this point in your decision making process, I strongly suggest that you take control of your recruitment and begin making contact with college coaches.