College Recruiting

College Recruiters:

If you are a college recruiter and would like information on any of our players, please contact our Director of College Recruiting at ralphv@carolinastormvolleyball.com.


Players and Parents:

Carolina Storm Volleyball provides comprehensive college placement and recruiting assistance to its players in the form of seminars, player promotion, and personal consultation. We will assist the college bound student athlete in making the right decision about where to play volleyball, while staying on track academically. Our staff is well connected within the collegiate community recruiting system which allows us to contact many coaches directly. We will be able to evaluate your volleyball skills and assist you in focusing on the right colleges in the selection process.

College Recruiting is a process like any other. Each college may have a few variations within the process, but for the most part they all operate the same way. It is our goal to help our athletes and parents understand the system so they feel confident, competent and capable of navigating it with ease and comfort.

Every college coach is trying to find and recruit the best volleyball players possible. Their scouting process is to:

  1. Go to club tournaments - local and national - and watch and evaluate players. Except on rare occasions, coaches will watch players they are interested in MANY times before making any decisions. They are looking for talent, athleticism, potential, work ethic, attitude, team spirit, technique, height, strength...
  2. Talk to club coaches about potential players that might be a good fit for their program.
  3. Send a potential recruit information about their school and volleyball program.
  4. Make contact with the player - up until September 1st of the junior year of high school when coaches can send athletes emails, college coaches will go through the club coach and/or recruiting coordinator to make contact and request that the player and parents contact the coach personally.
  5. Coaches want to get to know the player, talk to them on the phone, email them, and have them visit the campus if possible.
  6. Coaches determine the ranking of players they are interested in by position and then offer a scholarship when they feel they have a good understanding of the player, their goals, and their ability to have a positive impact on the program.

Your Action Plan

1. Establish your goals and the level you want to play at. We can help you determine which level you are capable of playing at; however, we encourage the athlete to trust their own interpretation of their ability to succeed. As an example, today a player may not be considered very good but a year from now they become an interesting recruit simply because something clicked or they grew 6 inches. So, be honest with yourself, and we will be honest with you, but also believe in yourself and don't be shy about your aspirations.

2. Consider what level of investment and effort you want to put into college volleyball. There are conferences that are extremely competitive and require the athlete to make a big commitment time-wise, emotionally, physically and mentally. NCAA Division 1 and some Division 2 schools require full commitment to both athletics and academics while some Division 2 and Division 3 schools put more focus on academics and less emphasis on athletics, which allows the student athlete to control more of their time outside of the sport season. So, this is an important thing to consider when determining what level you want to play at.

3. Make a list of schools you're interested in. More is not always better. Be thoughtful in your selection and remember that you can always take schools off your list and put new ones on. Some of the criteria you want to consider are:

  • Head Coach - personality, style, success, reputation...
  • Training Philosophy - positive, technical, difficult, demanding...
  • Academics - major, degree notoriety
  • Level of Play
  • Conference
  • Location - In state vs. out of state
  • Surrounding city - is it your style, or something new?
  • Team Dynamics
  • Campus - feel, ease of getting around
  • Support Services
  • Scholarship commitment (full, half, partial, athletic and/or academic)
  • College atmosphere - sports, arts, activities
  • Feeling - emotional connection with coach, team, school...

4. Make a bio and a video if possible.

  • Our Director of College Recruiting will assist you in creating an information page that we will then email to college coaches.
  • You can build a YouTube page for your videos and email coaches the link with your bio
  • Your videos do NOT need to be special in any way. In fact, the coaches prefer them to be very simple. They want to see you play (best filmed from the back of the court and a static position), and some skill work. Errors are okay - do NOT over-edit tapes. They are simply looking for technique, athleticism, feel and potential.

5. You may want to sign up for an account at University Athlete. This is a recruiting aid for college volleyball coaches in the U.S. Coaches will be able to find and track your progress 24 hours a day and at tournaments nationwide. They use their software to track you, rate you and find your court to see you at tournaments. They have free accounts and pay accounts. You may want to consider the pay account because you get more access to a lot of helpful information about colleges - what they're looking for, their contact info, and much more!

6. If you're an unsigned senior, you may want to list yourself on prepvolleyball.com's "Unsigned Senior" list. This will help colleges who still have scholarships know you're out there!

7. Once you narrow your list to about five schools that you are interested in, we will help you contact the coaches to see what their interest level might be.

8. In this step, it is important that parents step out of the way and let the player contact the coaches of the schools they're interested in by phone - especially if they're interested in you! You want the player to establish a relationship with them as soon as possible. Ask them how often they would like you to keep in touch so that you can stay connected. Do NOT be afraid to CALL!!! They are very good at talking to perspective athletes and you should feel confident that they will be able to focus the conversation in the right direction. Once you get really serious about a particular college, you want to ask the college coach some straightforward questions:

  1. Where do you see me fitting into your program?
  2. Do you have any scholarships for my position?
  3. How many other girls are you looking at for my position?
  4. If they're not interested, what can you do to get them interested?
  5. What type of coach are you?
  6. What type of training do you do?
  7. Would you say you're a positive coach?
  8. How do you help the players to succeed off the court?
  9. What type of support services does the University offer athletes?
  10. How many fans do you get at matches?
  11. What type of players do you recruit?
  12. What do you see as the future for your program?
  13. Are the volleyball player's friends with other athletes?
  14. Bottom Line: ASK QUESTIONS!!!

9. Do your homework. Learn about the school, the town, the volleyball program. See if it is a place you want to live for 4+ years.

10. Visit the school. If you're not a senior you have to make an unofficial visit to the campus. You can call to set this up with the coach yourself or we can help you. Try to stay at least one night and see the team practice or play. You want to meet the coaches and the team as well as tour the campus and get to know the facilities and athletic department staff. Make sure to ask the players questions about the coach, the school and their overall experience.

11. Compare and contrast the schools that remain in your top 3 to 5. Talk with your parents and/or coaches about the positives and negatives and ultimately listen to yourself about what feels right to you. Try to be really honest with yourself about what you want and what you're getting yourself into. Making a commitment just to make one doesn't usually work out in the long run for you or the school. So, be thoughtful and take your time on making your decision. Try to make decisions about things that will really affect your life in college - not your clothing colors, your mascot name, or the baseball or football team!

12. Make a commitment to the school that is the right fit for you. Depending on when you commit, you will "sign" a letter of intent from the University your senior year of high school.

Disclaimer - this information is provided to be helpful in the recruiting process. It is not fact and you are encouraged to learn from your own experience and trust your own opinions and process.

 
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