Recruiting 101

One of our objectives at XVA is to assist our players wishing to pursue volleyball scholarships. Success with the college recruiting process, beyond playing ability, involves understanding the steps, gathering the necessary collateral and gaining visibility with college coaches. Though we cannot guarantee scholarships, we can guarantee players will be well informed and have the necessary tools to navigate through the recruiting process by providing:

 

  • College coaches seminar

  • Promoting our players via our website and player profiles

  • Competing high-profile tournaments for exposure

  • Recruiting video services

  • Helpful links (see below)

FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES MUST:
 
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Work hard to get the best grades possible.
Take classes that match your high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only use approved core courses to certify your initial eligibility.
You can access and print your high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses at  www.eligibilitycenter.org and clicking “Resources” at the top of the screen.





JUNIORS MUST:

At the beginning of your junior year, log on to the Eligibility Center Web site at:  www.eligibilitycenter.org and register.
Register to take the ACT, SAT or both and use the Eligibility Center code “9999” as a score recipient.
Double check to make sure that you are taking courses that match your high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses.
Request your high school guidance counselor send an official transcript to the Eligibility Center after completing your junior year.
Prior to registration for your senior year, check with your guidance counselor and the Eligibility Center to determine the number of core courses that need to be completed your senior year.




SENIORS MUST:
 
You may take the SAT and/or ACT as often as necessary. The Eligibility Center will use the best scores from each section of the SAT or ACT to determine your best cumulative score.
Continue to take core courses.
Check to make sure that you are taking courses that match your high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses.
Review your amateurism questionnaire responses and request final amateurism certification beginning April 1 (for fall enrollees) or October 1 (for spring enrollees).
Continue to earn the best grades possible.
Graduate on time (in eight academic semesters). If you fall behind, use summer school sessions prior to graduation to catch up.
After graduation, ask your high school guidance counselor to send your final transcript to the Eligibility Center with proof of graduation.



HELPFUL RECRUITING LINKS
 
NCAA DI Recruiting Chart
NCAA Recruiting Calendar
NCAA DII Recruiting Guide
Want to Play College Volleyball?
About D1 Volleyball
About DII Volleyball
About DIII Volleyball
Student-Athlete Eligibility
Path to the Student-Athlete Experience
NCAA Freshman Eligibility Standards Quick Reference Sheet





TIPS from a Parent

For those of you who are looking to play volleyball in college, one of our parents sat in on a college coaches panel at a tournament and collected the below filming tips directly from the coaches. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for a college coach to assess your daughter's skills.

 

College Coach Video Tips: 

  • Film full body, full movement, continuous footage of full points – don’t just send good serves, hits or digs

  • Coaches are looking for how the player interacts with teammates; recovers from mistakes, attacks the ball and court awareness.

  • Film from a fixed position, don't follow player and film from behind whenever possible

  • Share five minutes of a set, looking for how a player is on the court/game 

  • Open with a couple of good hits, one or two serves is enough followed by a whole or partial set 

  • Do not add an arrow/circle to follow player, just include jersey number

  • No music in the background

  • If using a YouTube video of a full game, you can include a start time in the link by following this instructions: https://www.lifewire.com/youtube-link-to-specific-time-3486675



Our Experience

Rather than five minutes from a set, we created two five-minute videos of complete points. One was hitting and serving and the other was passing and digging. In hindsight, we should have included blocking. We had a couple of coaches request a full game after viewing highlights. The full game should be just the full points, no timeouts or questioning calls. To make this easier, I added a remote shutter release to my camera and started/stopped at the start/end of each point. I then stitched them together using basic video editing software.

 

Videos were uploaded to YouTube and set to Unlisted. Unlisted is a setting that stops your video from being included in search results and only those with the link can view it. You can share the link with anyone, even those who do not have a YouTube account. We emailed coaches directly and included links to her YouTube videos and a link to her Fieldlevel profile. We also filled out the recruitment forms on each college athletics websites. Our approach resulted in several phone calls with coaches.