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SPVB Recruiting Page
In today's competitive athletic world, it is never too early to start the recruiting process. "Hit the Books". Your athletic ability means nothing if you can’t do the class work. If you can’t qualify for college academically, your talent and efforts will be wasted. Meet with your high school guidance counselor. Tell him/her of your desire to play college volleyball. You want to be in line with the NCAA required core courses. And don’t forget you will need to take the ACT or SAT. Most students take these tests at least twice. Try to schedule a winter date that won’t conflict with your high school or club season. Play the best and most competitive fall/spring/summer volleyball that is available to you. Play with the best teams, at the best tournaments, against the best competition possible. If you are interested in playing in college, visit the NCAA eligibility center HERE.
What colleges are available?
Collegiate Athletic Associations
NCAA- National Collegiate Athletic Association
Schools by State
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
National Junior College Athletic Association
Schools by Region
NCCAA-National Christian College Athletic Association
NWAACC-Northwest Athletic Association of Comm Coll
What are NCAA eligibility requirements?
When determining eligibility, the NCAA looks at two major aspects of a student-athlete’s profile: academic and athletic eligibility. To determine academic eligibility the NCAA examines your core classes, as well as your GPA compared to your standardized test score, either SAT or ACT. This is known as the sliding scale.
To be academically eligible to play at the NCAA DI or D2 level you must take certain required core classes and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
For student-athletes enrolling in 2015, the minimum GPA requirement to compete as a freshman will be a 2.3. Athletes with a 2.0-2.2 can still receive an athletic scholarship, but will not be able to compete their freshman year.
How do I find contact information for a college coach?
On the school’s team website.
Most athletes and families don’t realize the contact information (phone and email) for almost every college coach is listed on their schools website. In addition, there are several different recruiting agencies that also have that information available for free. Just like the other school and athletic department employees, coach’s email and phone numbers are listed in the staff directory on the athletic website. There are two places to look, first is under the coaches bio, which is usually available from the roster on the school website. If you can’t find the info there, look under the general information and the directory for the athletic department. For larger programs like major DI Football and Basketball the head coach probably isn’t listed, you will instead be emailing the assistant or position coaches or recruiting director.
Can I use social media to connect with coaches?
The NCAA passed a rule in 2016 that permits coaches to follow athletes pages or profiles on any social channel. But, coaches are not allowed to comment, retweet, share or 'like' any posts. They can ‘follow’ you, but that's it. Kind of like being able to call coaches all you want, they just can't respond.
As far as posting goes, be mindful about what you post, like or share. What you want all your friends to see definitely wouldn't be what a college coach wants to see. A good rule of thumb would be to post, share or like only positive things that the player's parents or grandparents would also like! Never post anything when you are highly emotional, if you have any question about whether you should post something or not, don't post!
What kind of video do I need to share?
Parents are encouraged to record video during tournaments so coaches can see your daughter in action. College coaches have stated that highlights from tournaments weigh heavily in their decision to recruit. Recording the video is not too difficult, but the editing can be a monumental task and can get expensive with current software needed to edit an effective and professional product to get a coaches attention. For a fee, if you need assistance in editing your video or recording video for recruiting purposes, you can contact our video professional:
Should I attend a college camp?
Many volleyball players start receiving questionnaires, camp brochures/invites, and general college information from the admissions department for camps. NCAA coaches are allowed to send camp brochures to players. Because of this, any number of college coaches will use the hint of recruiting as a means to drive camp enrollments. If you're a recruitable athlete and have not already received a lot of interest from this college program prior to receiving the camp brochure, do not assume this school is recruiting you, and that the summer camp is an opportunity to be recruited. A decision to spend the money for camp should be based on whether you are actually being recruited.
Signs that a college coach is recruiting you:
**Attending a camp does not count as an unofficial visit.
What can I do to contact coaches?
Be sure you have a highlight video and then start sending out emails. Include: contact information for SPVB Director of Recruiting Julie Dailey (email@example.com), your position, recruiting year (year you will start attending college), your club schedule, your school schedule and any video links. Except during specific designated dates after your Junior year, Division 1 & 2 college coaches are not permitted to contact you directly except to notify you they received your letter and to invite you to their summer camps. If they are interested, they will contact Julie and then Julie will let you know she has been contacted. Remember, Division 1 & 2 schools can't contact you directly, but you can contact them all you want. You can email and text to say when you may call them, if they answer, you can talk to them. They just can initiate the contact. Division 3 schools can contact you directly, they aren't bound by any rules for that. Plan visits! Before your senior year, all of these visits are “unofficial.” This means that the college can’t pay for any part of the visit, you must pay for the trips or any camps. You can also call the coach and ask to meet with them. Ask if you can attend a practice or match and meet the team afterwards. You will be starting to narrow down your college choices, so be thorough on this visit. You may be asked to make a decision before you will be allowed by the NCAA to take an 'official' visit.
What is an "unofficial" visit?
Unofficial visits are visits that prospects finance themselves. Student athletes can visit a coach on that coaches campus at any time, as long as they pay their own way. These types of visits are called "unofficial" visits and have become a big part of the recruiting process. Because college coaches are recruiting players during their freshman and sophomore years in high school, the only way they can really meet and talk with these recruits is on unofficial visits. Recruits are being asked to commit to schools before they can take official visits, so unofficial visits are playing a more important role.
Prospects make take an unofficial visit at any age or grade level. There is no requirement that prospects even be in high school, much less have started a certain grade before visiting a school on their own dime. As a result, unofficial visits are one of the big factors behind early recruitment and early commitments by prospects.
The one time prospects may not make an unofficial visit is during a dead period. During dead periods, all in-person recruiting between coaches and prospects is prohibited including evaluations, off-campus contact, official visits, and unofficial visit. The one exception is that prospects who have signed a National Letter of Intent, an athletic scholarship agreement, or been admitted to the school and paid a deposit may make an unofficial visit during a dead period. In basketball, prospects are also not permitted to make any unofficial visits during July, even those a portion of July are evaluation periods when unofficial visits are normally permitted.
What the School Can Provide: The school can provide up to three complimentary admissions to prospects on an unofficial visit, one for the prospect and two for guests. Prospects from nontraditional families (e.g. parents have divorced or are separated) may receive two additional complimentary admission so both sets of parents may attend.
If the venue is off-campus, the school can provide transportation between campus and the venue, provided it is within 30 miles of the campus. If a school’s home venue is unusable because of damage from some sort of natural or man-made disaster, then the 30-mile limitation does not apply.
The school can also provide housing during an unofficial visit, but only if the athlete pays the normal rate for it. Some schools charge guests who stay overnight in dorms, although the rate is typically much lower than a hotel room. Other schools do not charge overnight guests unless they are in the dorm room for longer than a couple of nights, so an unofficial visit to those schools could include an overnight stay free of charge.
What The School Cannot Provide: The list of things a school cannot provide is pretty long, essentially anything except for the free admission for a prospect and two guests. Most importantly the school cannot provide the normal expenses for travel like transportation, housing (except as stated above) and meals.
What is an "official" visit?
According to the NCAA, an official visit is when a prospective student-athlete visits a college campus paid for by the school. This includes travel/transportation to and from the school, room, meals, and entertainment expenses (three admissions to a home game). However, the school is not allowed to pay for your parents’ visit too. All expenses are for the student-athlete. Prospective student-athletes are only allowed to take five official visits total to different colleges.
Official visits occur during a student-athlete’s senior year. If a coach hasn’t offered you an official visit, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t interested, but you should always discuss this with the coach before you take a trip on your own there. Some schools don’t have large enough recruiting budgets to host many prospective athletes.
If you can afford it on your own (an unofficial visit), making a visit to the school is an important part of choosing what college you want to attend. As long as you have open communication with the college coach, you should know whether making a visit to the school will be beneficial to you and to the coach.
What questions do I ask?
What is a National Letter of Intent?
A National Letter of Intent is signed by a college-bound student-athlete agreeing to attend a Division I or II college for one academic year. Participating colleges agree to provide financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete as long as the student-athlete is admitted to the school and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules. Other forms of financial aid do not guarantee the student-athlete financial aid.
The National Letter of Intent is voluntary and not required for a student-athlete to receive financial aid or participate in sports.
Signing a National Letter of Intent ends the recruiting process because participating schools are prohibited from recruiting student-athletes who have already signed letters with other participating schools.
A student-athlete who signs a National Letter of Intent but decides to attend another college may request a release from his or her contract with the school. If a student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent with one school but attends a different school, he or she loses one full year of eligibility and must complete a full academic year at the new school before being eligible to compete.