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THINGS TO KNOW IN VOLLEYBALL RECRUITING

The good news is that scholarships for volleyball are abundant. But it's important to learn from NCSA exactly how the women's??s volleyball recruiting process works so that you separate yourself from the hundreds of other athletes trying to land volleyball scholarships.

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 When does the volleyball recruiting process start? 

1. The volleyball recruiting starts as early as junior high. You need to start early if your goal is to earn a volleyball scholarship. Playing club volleyball as soon as you can is essential, and recruiting really picks up stem during your freshman year. Freshmen should be proactive and reach out to potential coaches by sending out their athletic resumes.

How do I get discovered?

2. A third-party evaluation from a trusted neutral source like NCSA is essential. It's also important to play club volleyball. Be sure to let college coaches know that you're interested in a volleyball scholarship by sending emails and letters and directing them to your NCSA online profile. When a college women's volleyball coach can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA, you gain instant exposure and credibility. And don't forget about club volleyball, it's an important way to show off your skills.

 How do coaches evaluate prospects?

3. The Internet is your best tool when trying to earn a women's volleyball scholarship.Coaches 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. A third-party evaluator like NCSA offers easy access to your video highlights and statistics and helps women's volleyball coaches find players that fit their system.

 Where am I qualified to play college volleyball?

4. 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. NCSA is an experienced neutral talent evaluator, and can tell you at what level you're most likely to succeed.

What is my volleyball coache's role?

5. Your coach can help with your development on the court, but getting a scholarship for volleyball is your responsibility. Your high school or club volleyball probably doesn't have the time that the volleyball recruiting process requires. There is 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.

THINGS TO DO AS A VOLLEYBALL RECRUIT

 There are plenty of opportunities to earn a college women's volleyball scholarship but there is also a lot of competition. NCSA can help make sure that you do every little thing that you can to stand out in the volleyball scouting process.

 1. Develop your game plan and get evaluated by a third party. College women's volleyball scouts rely on evaluations from a trusted source like NCSA. Because NCSA is a neutral third party, we provide honest answers about your skill level, which helps you set realistic goals about where you want to play college women's volleyball.

2. Post your academic/athletic resume online. NCSA has the largest digital platform available to high school athletes. When a volleyball recruit posts a highlight video and resume online, it becomes instantly visible to hundreds of college volleyball scouts.

 3. Create a winning highlight/skills 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Setters: Highlight your movement, consistency, and ability to play solid defense.
  • Defensive Specialists: Show that you can play every position in the backcourt.

4. Contact 50 to 100 realistic women's volleyball programs. Nearly 1,600 colleges have women's volleyball. Be proactive and reach out to several that you're interested in by simply sending an email. Using NCSA's digital space makes volleyball scouting easier and lets you get your information to dozens of prospective colleges. Know that the majority of volleyball teams aren't in Division I. Nearly 80% of college women's volleyball programs are at the Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college levels.

 5. It's not a four-year decision. It's a 40-year decision. 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. Input from a neutral third party like NCSA can help you find a school that's an ideal fit during the four years that you are there.

VOLLEYBALL RECRUITING TIMELINE

Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Create a list of 100 prospective schools consider both athletics and academics
  • Film highlights tape
  • Send introduction letters to coaches
  • Go on unofficial visits to colleges
  • Build relationships by making phone calls, send letters and emails
  • 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
  • Standouts are proactive, itâ??s never too early for YOU to write a letter or make a call to coaches
  • DI and DII coaches canâ??t personally contact you until Junior year, but YOU can contact them
  • 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
  • Continue to build relationships by making calls, sending letters, emails
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Make unofficial visits

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
  • Follow-up with coaches youâ??ve contacted in a TIMELY manner
  • Find camps to join
  • Continue to call, email, send letters to coaches
  • 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 â?? only allowed 5
  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a TIMELY manner
  • Apply to the schools- applications
  • Apply for financial aid â?? FAFSA.ed.gov starting Jan. 1st
  • 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

VOLLEYBALL RECRUITING GUIDELINES

Liberos/Defensive Specialists
Grades:
 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT 

Tier 1 Libero/Defensive Specialist

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'5"- 6'0"

NCSA Expert Notes: Extensive national level club experience.

 Tier 2 Libero/Defensive Specialist

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'5"- 5'10"

NCSA Expert Notes: National Tournaments Attendance

 Tier 3 Libero/Defensive Specialist

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'0"- 5'8"

NCSA Expert Notes: Club experience

 Tier 4 Libero/Defensive Specialist

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'0"- 5'8"

Stats: 8'10" Approach

NCSA Expert Notes: Club experience is preferred, but not necessary.

Middle Blocker
Grades:
 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT 

Tier 1 Middle Blocker

Physical Measurables: Ht: 6'0" - 6'4"+

Stats: 10'+ Approach Jump

NCSA Expert Notes: Extensive national level club experience.

Tier 2 Middle Blocker

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'11"- 6'3"

Stats: 9'8" Approach Jump

NCSA Expert Notes: National Tournaments Attendance

Tier 3 Middle Blocker

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'10"- 6'2"

Stats: 9'6" Approach

NCSA Expert Notes: Club experience

Tier 4 Middle Blocker

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'9"- 6'1"

Stats: 9'4" Approach

Outside Hitters

Grades: 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT 

Tier 1 Outside Hitter

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'11"- 6'2"

Stats: 9'8+ Approach Jump

NCSA Expert Notes: Extensive national level club experience.

Tier 2 Outside Hitter

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'10"- 6'0"

Stats: 9'6" Approach Jump

NCSA Expert Notes: National Tournaments Attendance

Tier 3 Outside Hitter

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'8"- 5'10"

Stats: 9'4" Approach

NCSA Expert Notes: Club experience 

Tier 4 Outside Hitter

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'8" - 5'10"

Stats: 9' Approach

NCSA Expert Notes:

Club experience is preferred, but not necessary.


Rightside Hitter

Grades:
 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT 

Tier 1 Rightside Hitter

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'11"- 6'2"+

Stats: 9'8" + Approach Jump

NCSA Expert Notes: Extensive national level club experience.

 Tier 2 Rightside Hitter

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'10"- 6'0"

Stats: 9'6 Approach Jump

NCSA Expert Notes: National Tournaments Attendance

 Tier 3 Rightside Hitter

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'8"- 5'10"

Stats: 9'4" Approach

NCSA Expert Notes: Club experience

  Tier 4 Rightside Hitter

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'8" - 5'10"

Stats: 9' Approach

NCSA Expert Notes: Club experience is preferred, but not necessary.

Setters

Grades:
 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT 

Tier 1 Setter

Physical Measurables: Ht:5'9"-6'1"+

Stats: 9'6" + Approach Jump

NCSA Expert Notes: Extensive national level club experience.

 Tier 2 Setter

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'8"-6'0"

Stats: 9'4" Approach Jump

NCSA Expert Notes: National Tournaments Attendance

 Tier 3 Setter

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'7"- 5'10"

Stats: 9'2" Approach

NCSA Expert Notes: Club experience

 Tier 4 Setter

Physical Measurables: Ht: 5'4"- 5'10"

Stats: 8'10" Approach

NCSA Expert Notes: Club experience is preferred, but not necessary.

VOLLEYBALL RECRUITING VIDEO GUIDELINES

A recruiting video is an important tool for high school volleyball players hoping to earn a college volleyball scholarship.

College coaches simply don't have enough time to see every volleyball recruit in person, which is why a highlight video is an essential aspect of your online resume.

It takes just a few minutes for a good recruiting video to show what a high school volleyball recruit has to offer.

If you want your video to be effective, you need to realize what volleyball coaches want to see. Realize that each sport is different when it comes to recruiting videos. NCSA knows what highlights volleyball coaches want to see and how to film them. For example, combining match clips and skills footage is a good idea for volleyball recruits. Also, each position requires a camera to be placed in a specific place at the back of the court.

 How to Film:

  • Tape from the near side of the court if possible (the side the player is on).  
  • Keep the camera stationary at a 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 it 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 should log:
    • 10-15 Hits/Kills/Backrow attacks
    • 5 Blocks
    • 5-10 Serve receive
    • 10 Defense plays/Digs
    • 5 Serves
  • Opposite/Rightside Hitters should log:
    • 10-15 Hits/Kills/Backrow Attacks
    • 5 Blocks
    • 5-10 Serve receive (if applicable)
    • 10 Defensive plays/digs
    • 5 Sets
    • 5 Serves
  • Middles should log:
    • 15-20 Hits/Kills
    • 15-20 Blocks/Blocking Footwork
    • 5 Serves
  • Setters should log:
    • 20-25 Sets
    • 5 Attacks
    • 10 Defensive plays/digs
    • 5 Serves
  • DS/Libero
    • 15-20 Serve receive
    • 15-20 Defensive plays/digs
    • 5 Serves
    • 5 Backrow attacks (if applicable)

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