We know that many high school volleyball players are interested in extending their careers at the collegiate level. It helps if you get a complete understanding of the process of how colleges recruit and what kind of application process you have to go for.
For many Top Gun players, volleyball has been the key that opens the door to a major university. We take great pride in helping athletes attain their educational goals. It’s an honor when one of our players get a full or even partial scholarship to help pay for college. We want to make sure you have the same opportunities.
The information below will help you get started, but it’s just the beginning. You need to contact your high school guidance counselor to enlist their help. You need to become familiar with the NCAA’s academic requirements, including the high school courses you need to complete.
Process of Recruitment
- If a college is seriously interested in you, then will invite you to make an official visit. The college then pays for your travel, place to stay, and food. You get 5 paid visits so you will need to choose wisely. Being brought on campus does not constitute an offer of a scholarship.
- The recruiting season is mostly finished by the time volleyball season is. Interested coaches watch juniors, sophomores, and even standout freshman during the club season. Always have quality copies of your resume with you.
- You might be asked to give a verbal commitment the summer before your senior year. This is non-binding until you sign the official National Letter of Intent. The official signing day is typically in early February and extends into August.
- Learn as much as you can about the school, coaches, and your teammates before making your commitment. You’ll want to know about the positions the team is graduating before you arrive, who will be ahead of you on the depth chart, and that kind of thing.
Maximize Your Chances of Success
- Get Organized. Keep a folder with all important documents and correspondence between you and the recruiters.
- Visit ncaaclearinghouse.net to familiarize yourself with eligibility requirements.
- Make an appointment with your guidance counselor.
- Review your classes to make sure you meet the NCAA’s core requirements.
- Only NCAA Divisions I & II, plus NAIA universities can offer scholarships.
Juniors will typically be contacted before the start of their senior year. If you are contacted go over interviews and discussions with your coach.