Team Momentum is dedicated to helping each of our athletes achieve her volleyball goals. If one of those goals is playing in college we are here to help. All of our players will be capable of playing volleyball at the collegiate level with hard work and dedication.
Volleyball is one of the most popular college sports for females. This is why the volleyball recruiting process is competitive and challenging. This makes playing for a competitive club that focuses on player development and providing recruiting opportunities a must. The good news is there are almost 16,000 NCAA female volleyball players, which doesn’t include NAIA and Junior college.
There are hundreds of books, articles, seminars and companies that have just as many different theories on how to get recruited. Recruiting services are available as well.
At Momentum we have streamlined our process and created an interactive model for parents, players and coaches. Last season all of our 18s players who wanted to play in college received offers from good programs.
Here are a few steps to get the process started for the upcoming season.
What to Do Now
For 16s: College coaches and recruiters can start talking to the players at 16 (player initiated). This is a great year to begin getting on the colleges’ radar by sending videos, letters of interest, attending camps and making college visits.
For 17s: This is the CRUCIAL year. Recruiters are finalizing their rosters. Coaches can initiate interaction with the players. It is important that dialogue between club coaches (or club recruiting director), college coaches and players continue throughout the season. At Momentum we recommend that every player sends video of each tournament to the top 50-100 colleges of interest. In addition to videos, players should send any athletic improvements or achievements throughout the year that will show continued interest. This includes improvements in vertical jump or tournament wins / awards. Do your homework about the schools you are contacting. Don’t send form letters/ emails. Let the school know you really want to play there.
For 18s: Opportunities are still available for 18s players who haven’t committed. There are always programs looking for high school seniors. We will work with you to find these opportunities. Contact Heather or Sydney to discuss your goals and options right away.
Experience, Academics and Extra-Curricular
College coaches are not only looking at the athletic ability of a player but also her intangible qualities. They want to see what kind of character the player has and whether or not she is self motivated.
A good GPA and ACT/ SAT score not only qualifies you for more academic money, it also shows ability to learn, dedication, attention to detail, and success after college. Some elite schools won’t lower their academic admissions standards for athletes, which means that with top grades and high ACT score you could be a standout.
Community service, leadership committees, volunteer work, academic clubs all reflect well to get recruited. Remember you are not only getting recruited by the athletic department but by the entire university.
Game Footage and Video
Updated video is extremely important. College coaches and recruiters use video to evaluate athletes. In most cases your email and video is your first impression and your first interview. Coaches want to see your good plays, highlights, but also your movement and action outside of the play. They also need to be all aspects of your game, offensive, defensive, passing, and serving, hitting, blocking and celebrating.
Take the Initiative
Parents and players should take the initiative to maximize available opportunities. Our Club and coaches will be more effective if a player is dedicated and committed to the process. Many players get multiple offers because of constant attention by the player to this process.
Sending video and emailing coaches does more than keeping them updated on your abilities and achievements. It also shows that you are interested in playing for them. A coach has a limited number of offers available at any given time. All things being equal, a coach is more likely to make an offer to someone who really wants to play for their program, versus a player who would may want to play somewhere else. Contacting coaches and updating your information also shows you are persistent and a hard worker. These are important qualities coaches are looking for in a volleyball player. During this process be sure to know and follow the rules regarding contacts with college coaches.
Throughout the season your coach is able to talk with college coaches on the player’s behalf. Master coaches will be able to provide an honest assessment of their ability to play at the college level. Our staff is available to consult with our 16s through 18s players throughout the season to facilitate any discussions with college coaches and to make suggestions to players and parents.
It is important that you give us your best throughout the season so we can honestly recommend you. The credibility of our club gives weight to our recommendations to college coaches. Players should have a positive attitude, be dedicated, work hard and meet all of your commitments to the club and your team so we can give you the best recommendation possible.
Five easy steps get started:
1. Register through NCAA Clearinghouse.
2. Read all the recruiting articles and email me the completed recruiting profile/questionnaire on Momentum website.
3. Research schools, college volleyball camps, and volleyball programs. Look at rosters to see if there are many openings for your position and year. Try to narrow down what your major is going to be.
4. Send email to interested colleges including, club schedule, player profile, and introduction and video.
5. Let Heather or Syd know who you have contacted and the feedback you’ve received.
I know there will be a lot of questions so please contact Heather or Sydney anytime.
Good luck and Go Team Mo!