For 98% of all potential student athletes, the recruiting process is a journey filled with ups and downs. If you are planning on playing volleyball at the collegiate level, then you have to keep in mind that there are others working towards the same goal. Follow these quick tips to stay ahead of the competition and find the right school for you:
1) Write a list of 10-20 potential schools in a variety of divisions. You never know what kind of school is best suited to your personality and skill set.
2)Once you identify your target schools, begin calling coaches right away. Express your interest and show recruiters just how dedicated you are to the sport.
3)Set up unofficial visits and tour the campuses of your target schools. Meet students, introduce yourself to coaching staff, and talk to current players.
4)Get involved in extracurricular activities outside of the court and stay sharp in the classroom. Schools want recruits who are well rounded.
Division I coaches should begin contacting your daughter through mail or email on September 1st of their junior year of high school. However, coaches at Division I schools cannot call or meet with your daughter until July 1st of the summer between their junior and senior years. Division II coaches may also begin contacting her through mail or email on September 1st of their junior year, but may begin calling or meeting with your daughter on June 15th of the summer between her junior and senior years. Division III coaches cannot meet with your daughter until her junior year is over. See the chart to better understand the coaches limitations.
Above all else, you need to be encouraging your child to not only excel on the court, but also in the classroom. Many colleges and coaches like to see athletes that actively participate in other clubs and activities aside from volleyball. You should also be encouraging your athlete to build relationships with coaches and players. Make sure they understand that their future team will become a family. It is important for your daughter to explore her options and see what her future would be like at different schools. Involve her at every step of the decision-making process and remember most of all that this is about your daughter and what is best for her!