10. Be a recruit sportively. Practice hard year-round. Learn year-round. Work out year-round. Present yourself with excellence.

9. Be a recruit academically. Know the eligibility rules. GPA, Test Scores, and MAPS.

8. Know what you want. What are your interests? How far from home? What kind of school do you want? What level of play best suits you? What can your family afford?

7. Research schools. Use the internet. Find out what schools offer and what schools need. Find out about coaches. Research similar schools on conference website.

6. Understand Recruiting Rules.

Apply to the NCAA Eligibility Center @

The NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete is a must.

NAIA has its own recruiting rules and eligibility center @

Junior college recruiting rules and eligibility center @ 


5. Send out resumes. One page. Physical attributes, athletic and academic background, all awards and recognitions, plus a personal cover letter. Web-based? Electronic delivery is fine.

4. Send out a skills video. Talk to your parent and schedule a time to shoot skills. Make a video of about 5 minutes of skills and about 10 to 15 minutes of live play. Demonstrate all skills. Introduce and clearly identify yourself at the beginning of the tape. Electronic delivery is fine.

3. Get on University Athlete and keep your profile updated. It’s the program coaches use to identify players at tournaments.

2. Keep your coaches involved. Keep your coaches (both high school and club) informed as to whom you are contacting, and who is contacting you. They will be one of the first points of contact for college coaches and are critical in the recruiting process.

1. Be proactive! Prepare for all National Tournaments by giving your coach copies of your resume for coaches who inquire about you. Email updates and schedule reminders to the coaches with whom you are in touch, Send out periodic match video and highlights. Keep up to date on schools and email coaches with short notes after big events.




NCAA Division I: 12 Full ride scholarships (usually a yearly commitment)

NCAA Division II: 8 Full ride scholarships or equivalency of.

NCAA Division III: Financial packages can be offered based on academics.

NAIA: Separate from NCAA & can offer Athletic and Academic packages.

JUCO: 2 year schools that can offer Athletic and Academic packages.

*Levels of play and geographical areas should be considerations in your research.




There is a lot of info online regarding the recruiting process. Don’t be afraid to do some research and to borrow ideas from services and others who have done this before you. This is a tough process both for the athletes and the families, but it can be very rewarding when you find the right school and they find you! Good luck!

Most importantly, you need to pick a college that best suits your overall needs - not just volleyball. Each student-athlete should contact collegiate coaches (of their choice) themselves either by phone or email. Before this occurs, make sure you are very familiar with their program. If coaches contact you, regardless of your interest or not, please respond to their email or phone call and let them know your intentions. Additional information can be found on the following web-sites:




The NCAA Eligibility Center verifies the academic and amateur status of all student-athletes who wish to compete in Division I or II athletics.

Division I and II:

  • Graduate from high school.

  • Complete a minimum of 16 core courses for Division I or 14 core courses for Division II. After August 1, 2013, student-athletes who wish to compete at Division II institutions must complete 16 core courses.

  • Earn a minimum required grade-point average in core courses.

  • Earn a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT.

  • Request final amateurism certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center.


For Division I student-athletes who will enroll in August 2016 and later, the requirements to compete in the first year will change. In addition to the above standards, prospects must:

  • Earn at least a 2.3 grade-point average in core courses.

  • Meet an increased sliding-scale standard (for example, an SAT score of 1,000 requires a 2.5 high school core-course GPA)

  • Successfully complete 10 of the 16 total required core courses before the start of their senior year in high school. Seven of the 10 courses must be successfully completed in English, math, and science.



  • 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:


What is a "contact" and when can college coaches contact you?


A contact occurs any time a coach has any face-to-face contact with you or your parents off the college's campus and says more than hello. A contact also occurs if a coach has any contact with you or your parents at your high school or where you are competing or practicing. For more information, see the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete (PDF - requires Adobe Reader). Page 27 includes a table of when contacts may occur.


  • Visitations are defined as "official" and "unofficial".

    1. Official visitations - These visits are paid for by the colleges for players and their parents. Meals and transportation are included. You must provide your HS transcripts and test scores (ACT or SAT) prior to your visit. Official visits can occur after the 1st day of classes during your senior year.

    2. Unofficial visitations - These visits to college campuses are paid for by parents only. These can start your freshman year and occur as often as possible but not during dead periods.

  • During visitations with prospective collegiate coaches, student-athletes should have a list of questions to ask and record. For example:

    • What is your coaching style like

    • Are you looking at other players in my position

    • How much conditioning occurs during practice

    • What are the academics like

    • What is covered under my scholarship

    • What happens to my scholarship if I'm injured

    • Are you expecting a change in the coaching staff


Red Shirting:  As a redshirt athlete, you may practice but you can not play one second during a college game or scrimmage. The redshirt year does not count as one of the four years for playing eligibility




The purpose of the "National Letter of Intent" is to secure a binding agreement between the college and the student-athlete. Once an athlete has signed this letter, they are obligated to play for that school and should not receive any more recruiting contacts from other schools. The National Letter of Intent program is not under NCAA affiliation but is under the Collegiate Commissioners Association. Failure to honor this commitment may cost a player up to two years of eligibility at another institution. There are two signing periods for Volleyball - For more information:



At the beginning of the tape briefly introduce yourself and state physical data such as standing reach, approach jump and block jump. If possible, stand at the net and do several stationary blocks to demonstrate reach.

Skills portion:

Emphasize your specific position.

  • Hitting - Hit from all positions and quick's if possible. Make sure your entire approach is included. Video tape from across the net. DO NOT EXHAUST THE HITTER

  • Setting - Set to all positions with and without movement to the ball. If you are a setter, highlight this portion by setting quick's and jump set to hitters. Video tape from same side of court (position 1)

  • Passing - From defensive position, pass freeballs and top spin hits. Video tape from sideline & back court

  • Defense - Run throughs, defensive digs and tips and full extensions. Videotaping; same as passing

  • Serving - Short, deep or jump serves (5 serves). Behind and sideline taping

  • Blocking - Demo how you would block in a game and against hitters if possible or a coach. Video tape from across the net (backcourt).


Game Portion:

Camera and tripod should be placed at the back of the court where the entire match can be viewed.



No coaches expect an absolute error-free tape, but you need to feel confident in your results. The edit button is there for a reason.