Recruiting Timeline

Freshman (9th grade)

Settle into the high school environment. Get to work developing good classroom and home study habits. Learn to manage your time. Work hard on the junior high/high school team. Try to stay after with the coach to learn new skills or perfect basics. Play the best and most competitive spring/summer club volleyball that is available to you. Play with the best teams, at the best tournaments, against the best competition possible. a comprehensive college summer camp.


Sophomore (10th grade)

Continue to “hit the books” hard. You’ve probably heard it before, but it is very true. 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 “on track” with the NCAA required core courses. Play as much club volleyball as possible ... the more you play, the more experience that you will get...and the more you should improve. Attend as many college summer camps as you can afford. This gives you a chance to learn new techniques, see different coaching styles and see many campuses. You will begin to find what things are important to you in a future school. Send out your first contact letters – include your club schedule and your junior year high school schedule. College coaches are not permitted to write back yet except to notify you they received your letter and to invite you to their summer camp. But you will get your name out in front of the coaches you want to play for. Plan Visits! Before your senior year, all of these visits are “unofficial.” This means that the college can not pay for any part of the visit. These are done on your own. Call the coach asking to meet with them, an academic advisor, and a professor in the major you care to pursue. Ask if you can attend a practice or match and meet the team afterwards. You will be starting to narrow down you 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!


Junior (11th grade)

Ask your high school coach to write letters to a few preferred colleges. Include a copy of your fall schedule. SEPTEMBER 1st – Coaches are permitted to send letters in writing! Register with the NCAA Initial – Eligibility Clearinghouse (your high school guidance counselor should have these forms). Register for the fall ACT / SAT standardized tests. Most students take these tests at least twice. Try to schedule a winter date that won’t conflict with high school or club season. Request that your ACT/SAT test scores be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse (there is a box on the application form that you check for this). Prepare a videotape to be sent out when requested. Ask for help from club coaches, parents, and club teammates. Continue club ball – but be selfish! If college ball is your ultimate goal, you need to play on a team with a lot of exposure. You could be the star on a local team, but if your club only attends a few regional tournaments, the college coaches won’t see you! “Play” is the other concern. If you are on the club’s number one team, but never play, you won’t be noticed. Ask to move to the #2 team where you can compete more often. As difficult as it may be, moving to another club can help you get the exposure you want. Focus this summer should be on attending “Select” or “Advanced” or “Elite” camps. In this environment you will be able to gauge yourself against some of the best players, at each camp. The college coaches will be able to do the same. JULY 1st – Phone contact from college coaches is permissible.


Senior (12th grade)

DO NOT LET UP ACADEMICALLY! It’s easy to catch “senioritis” and it may cost you your eligibility. Review core academic requirements with your guidance counselor. Make sure you are “on track.” Send out your fall schedule. The first day of class for your senior year is the first day you may attend an official visit. If you haven’t already verbally committed, take those visits ASAP! If you are offered an official visit — prepare for your visit with a list of questions written down. (You’ll be amazed how nervous you will get – and you’ll forget what you wanted to ask!) Be prepared for any questions the college may have for you. Early signing period — dates vary slightly from year to year — Check on the NCAA website for the current years dates. You can contact college coaches (by phone) at any time prior to July after your Junior year, but they can not call you.

Why Play in College?

Why would I want to be recruited to play college volleyball? College scholarship, opportunity to keep playing volleyball, built-in 'support network' as a freshman in college, academic support, physical fitness and businesses like to hire college athletes.


If you are a high school freshman girl who is 6’0” tall start early! Club directors are now getting asked about their 14 & 15 year olds vs. their 18’s. The recruiting process is speeding up! Make sure that you work with your club director and or club recruiting coordinator.


1. Start the process as a high school freshman. Make a file, start a folder.

2. Keep a list of awards, honors, newspaper articles, etc.

3. Start walking around potential college campuses informally, while on vacation travel in an area.

4. View a list of collegiate volleyball programs at or then go to member institutions and you can view schools by

division. You can also go to and to locate member institutions.

5. Letters sent from college volleyball programs are generic until you are a high school junior (at least for Division 1 colleges). Be sure to fill out volleyball questionnaires that are mailed to you and turn them in. Show interest!! Start a folder.

6. Full ride scholarships actually run for one year, renewable yearly. Most colleges renew them since they don’t want a bad reputation.


Note: A big part is how much effort that you put into the recruiting effort to tell coaches about where you are and show interest in THEIR school. Review the college websites. Look at their volleyball rosters. See what positions arecoming open. If you are a high school junior, look at their juniors. Are the statistics low on the backup players in those positions? Do you want to play right away or wait behind a current player? Note recent accomplishments of the team. Learn as much as you can about their program for future conversation or an email to the coach. College coaches look at athletes, not teams. It doesn’t matter if your high school or club team is not one of the top names. Your job is harder, but not impossible.

Find the Right College

Collegiate Athletic Associations


NCAA- National Collegiate Athletic Association


Schools by State

Division I

Division II

Division III


National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

Member Schools



National Junior College Athletic Association


Schools by Region

Division I

Division II

Division III

NCCAA-National Christian College Athletic Association

NWAACC-Northwest Athletic Association of Comm Coll


The Recruiting Process

The recruiting process can be stressful if you don’t know what you’re doing, start too late or don’t take the right steps or do your research. Below is a list you can go by to help you get started:


1. Establish relationships with the coaches of schools you are interested in

2. Keeping sending emails to let prospective schools know where you are playing

3. Sort and prioritize your school choices

4. Know the rules under which coaches must operate

5. If a school wants you they will pursue get them to see you

6. Wait to choose school until you are ready to choose


Helpful Recruiting Guides

Athletic Scholarships for Dummies

The C Bound-A Recruiting Guide for Athletes & Parents

Rich Kern's Volleyball Recruiting Registry

Questions to Ask College Recruiters

This is a long list of questions, all of which you’ll want answered at some point. You may already know the answers to some of these, and you may

find the answers to others before the home visit. Some will seem inappropriate for a particular visit. Make several copies and go through this list with your parents before the home visit, highlighting those questions you want to ask of a particular coach. Most of all, relax and enjoy the experience.



How is the school ranked nationally?

What are the top sports programs in the school?

What is the coach’s philosophy concerning academics

What is the sport’s graduation rate? All athletes? If the rate is low, why?

What’s the team’s average GPA?

What GPA is required to participate?

Does the school’s GPA requirement vary according to the student’s year in school, and if so, how?

Does the athletic department have an academic counseling unit?

What services does the academic counseling unit offer?

How many counselors does the program have?

How many sports do the counselors cover?

How are student athletes monitored and kept on track for graduation?

What learning enhancement programs are offered?

Is a computer center available for student athletes?

Is early registration offered to athletes every term or only during the season?

What accommodations are made to see that student athletes get the classes they need?

Is the school years based on quarters or semesters?

What are the start and finish dates for the school?

What is the placement rate of students graduating in their academic area?

How many class days will be missed during the season due to the sports program?

Do professors allow tutoring and make up test when the team schedule conflicts with classes?

What, if any, is the limit to this allowance?

What is the enrollment?

How many students live on campus?

Where is the campus located?

What cities are nearby?

How is the transportation system?

What is the weather like during the Summer? Fall? Winter? Spring?

How many scholarships does the program have? Have to offer this year?

Are scholarships full or partial?

Does a full scholarship cover full tuition, fees, room and board and books?

Does a partial scholarship cover the entire academic year?

How much will I have to pay to attend this school?

Will the scholarship increase if I prove myself to be an asset to the team?

Can I choose the semester in which financial aid will be used?

If my family’s financial status improves, will my scholarship be cut?

If my scholarship covers two semesters, can I lose financial aid if I don’t perform as expected?

Is there a commitment to fifth year aid?

What summer school opportunities are available?

How much of my off campus room and board is covered?

What must I do to ensure that the scholarship is renewed each year?

Can I lose my scholarship due to poor GPA?

What are the conditions under which I could lose my scholarship?

In what conference does the program compete?

Does the conference champion get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament?

How many others from the conference have traditionally gone into the championship tournament?

How strong is the program nationally?

What tournaments has the team been invited to recently?

Does the sport have a good reputation on campus?

What traditions surround the sport at the college?

What’s the team’s record and ranking over the past 10 year’s? During your tenure as coach?

Where did they place last season?

If there were losing seasons, why? (injuries, young, tough schedule, etc.)

How well will the program compete this year?

Are they ranked this year?

Does the program play a competitive schedule regionally/nationally?

What travel opportunities will there be over the next four years?

Where has the team compete in the past few years?

How many players will be graduating?

How does the coach see you fitting in next season?

Is the coach promising too much?

How many matches might I expect to play in?

How do you decide playing time?

What are the chances of red shirting?

Do freshmen have realistic opportunities to play?

How much time per week can I expect to spend in volleyball training activities?

What qualities does the coach look for in athletes?

What is the financial commitment to the program?

Is there a marketing plan to promote the program to nearby areas?

What type of media coverage does the program get?

Are there general or specific team dress code, behavior , or diet demands?

Am I allowed to participate in intercollegiate sports other than the one for which

I was awarded a scholarship if the competition seasons overlap?

Can I play intramural sports?

Can I participate in my hobby sports/activities? (such as skiing, sky diving or whatever you like to do in your spare time)

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