Attending tournaments, showcase and register in some of the recruiting website (such as BeRecruited , sportsrecruits) is a good exposure of your talent but often that coaches or schools your are interested are not a match or knowledge of you. check out the step by step recruiting process can help.
Step by step recruiting process:
1. Determine the schools you would have an interest in by your academic interest, location and corresponding playing level.
- 15-25 schools that you would love to attend
- 15-25 schools that you would have an interest in
- 15-25 schools that you would attend
2. Use the resources below to gather coaches contact information for these schools.
- Make a spreadsheet with school name, information, website, coaches name, coaches email. It is a good idea to get the assistant coaches email as well.
3. Create a profile.
- See examples below or create a free website (www.wix.com, sites.google.com) to host this information. email link or PDF file to email@example.com, we will post them on RVC website - your team area.
4. Send an introductory email to your list of schools.
- Include your name, height, position, grad year, high school and club. Be sure to express interest in their school and volleyball program. Address the coach by name to start the email (ex. Coach Lindstrom). Include your profile and/or a link to your website.
5. Make a Skills Video and/or gather Game Footage
Skills Video - can be made at RVC. Contact coach Tsai: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Game Footage – should be one entire game (you can edit out dead time, walking back to serve, etc…) of you playing. Be sure to let the coaches know which number you are and in what position you start in.
6. Send your Video link to those coaches that request it and/or to your list of schools
- You can upload the video to Google drive, dropbox, your website or to YouTube.
7. Schedule visits
- Once a coach watches your video and or sees you play live and they like you, they will ask you to schedule a visit. All visits before September 1st of your Senior year are unofficial and therefore you will have to pay all expenses.
8. Consistently check in with coaches
- If a school expresses interest, continually check in with them with updates on your schedule and/or team. Building a relationship with the coaches is a key to success!
9. Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse
* NCAA List of schools that offer volleyball by division
* Volleyball Recruits – The Official Recruiting Tool of USA Volleyball
* List of Division I Volleyball Schools with link to website (by conference or district)
* Rich Kern’s List of Colleges with links to volleyball website
* Rich Kern’s School Information (includes coaches emails)
Rich Kern’s website is a subscription website, but well worth it!
* PrepVolleyball.com’s College Needs List (schools post their position needs by grad year)
PrepVolleyball.com is a subscription website, but also worth it!
* Questions to ask College Coaches
*US News National University Rankings (Academic)