College Recruiting Information
The recruiting process for players and parents can be an overwhelming process. We have provided this section to help prospective collegiate athletes and their parents navigate through the recruiting process. It's also important to remember that your daughter needs to pick a college that best suits her overall needs, not just volleyball.
Each student-athlete should contact collegiate coaches (of their choice) themselves either by phone or email and make sure they are very familiar with their program. If coaches contact you, whether you're interested in that school or not, please respond to their email or phone call and let them know your intentions.
Collegiate Division Explanations:
Divisions I, II, NAIA & NJCAA offer athletic scholarships. Division III is unable to offer an athletic scholarship.
Division I schools must field athletes in at least seven sports for men and seven for women or six for men and eight for women, with two team sports for each gender.
Division II schools offer the most competitive levels of a sport. Seven sports must be offered with 2 team sports per gender. It offers an alternative to both the highly competitive (and highly expensive) level of intercollegiate sports offered in NCAA Division I and to the non-scholarship level offered in Division III.
Division III schools compete in athletics as a non-revenue making, extracurricular activity for students; hence, they may not offer athletic scholarships, they may not redshirt freshmen for non-medical reasons and they may not use endowments or funds whose primary purpose is to benefit their athletic programs. Also, under NCAA rules, D-III schools "shall not award financial aid to any student on the basis of athletics leadership, ability, participation or performance".
Membership in the NAIA consists of smaller colleges and universities across the United States. The NAIA allows colleges and universities outside the USA as members.
Junior College, Two year programs, that seek to serve a diverse group of student-athletes who come from both traditional and non-traditional backgrounds.
What you need to do by Year of school:
You are declared a recruit once you enter high school your freshman year. Contact with college coaches through phone, instant messenger, letter, email, fax, or visit can only be made by you. College coaches cannot call, email, write, fax, or visit you, with the exception of one underclassman letter from a college, which includes general information about the university and volleyball program. The letter can also include one questionnaire. You are eligible to receive one camp brochure from a college & take an unofficial visit.
Contact with college coaches through phone, instant messenger, letter, email, fax, or visit can only be made by you. College coaches cannot call, email, write, fax, or visit you, with the exception of one underclassman letter from a college, which includes general information about the university and volleyball program. The letter can also include one questionnaire. You are eligible to receive one camp brochure & take an unofficial visit.
As of September 1st of your Junior year you can receive regular written correspondence from any university, which includes letters, email, and fax. There is no limit on the amount of written correspondence you can receive from one University at this time. Contact with college coaches through phone and instant messenger can only be made by you. You are eligible to receive one camp brochure & take an unofficial visit .
July 1st after your junior year you can receive one phone call or one instant message per week or one from each university & receive up to 3 in-person, off-campus contact with coaches, which includes a home visit.
As of the 1st day of classes your Senior year you are now eligible to take an official visit to a University (you are only allowed up to five official visits).
Once you sign, you have no restrictions on phone calls, contacts, or evaluations.
November 13th - 20th (Early signing date)
April 15th - August 1st (Late signing date)
2008 and up: complete 16 required *core courses
Present a minimum required grade-point average in core courses.
SAT or ACT sum score that matches core-course GPA
Core coursed can be defined on
Complete 14 required core courses
GPA of 2.0
Achieve a combined SAT score of 820 or a sum score of 68 on the ACT.
Div III & NAIA
Contact the College directly.
ACT & SAT Test:
Students should take the SAT’s or ACT’s by their junior year. These tests are offered in the fall and the spring. During the registration of these tests, please select the clearinghouse as a recipient (code 9999).
For test dates see the following sites:
Divisions I, II, and III Home Page
NAIA Home Page
NJCAA Home Page
NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE NCAA eligibility website
National Letter of Intent:
American Volleyball Coaches Association
Your Recruiting Site:
College sports recruiting site allow athletes the wonderful opportunity to gain exposure to college coaches, by creating their own personal page. Your page should include all of your important recruiting information, including the opportunity to upload pictures and videos as well. It should be your aim to make yourself and your volleyball information available to college coaches.
Remember, if coaches don't know you're out there, then you won't be able to get recognized for your sporting achievements. Many top athletes miss out on scholarship opportunities they would have had if they had their profile on a website. By utilizing a recruiting website you're more likely to have access to a network of solid colleges, a wide range of scholarships and grants, & roster openings.
There are many sites to choose from. Some are free and others have a membership fee. Which ever one you go with you'll choose the level of involvement. Some recruiter sites even have an option that will allow them to handle it all. Having your own site is a lot of work, but if you put in the time and effort you'll have multiple colleges to choose from.
Below is a few of the recuriting sites available