Things to Do as a Volleyball Recruit

There are plenty of opportunities to earn a college women’s volleyball scholarship but there’s also a lot of competition. NCSA can help make sure that you do every little thing that you can to stand out in the volleyball scouting process.


1. Develop your game plan and get evaluated by a third party. College women’s volleyball scouts rely on evaluations from a trusted source like NCSA. Because NCSA is a neutral third party, we provide honest answers about your skill level, which helps you set realistic goals about where you want to play college women’s volleyball.


2. Post your academic/athletic resume online. NCSA has the largest digital platform available to high school athletes. When a volleyball recruit posts a highlight video and resume online, it becomes instantly visible to hundreds of college volleyball scouts.


3. Create a winning highlight/skills video.

A highlight/skills video is one of the most important aspects of the volleyball recruiting process. A good video includes game footage of around 25 plays that illustrate that you’re a well-rounded player. Start with your best plays first and prove that you’re suited for your position.

  • Outside Hitters: Show that you can hit both on the outside and opposite side. Also prove that you are a good passer.
  • Middle Blockers: Footwork and movement around the net is important, but so is highlighting that you can block and hit. Show that you can play in the back row too.
  • Opposite Hitters: Show your ability to move around the net, and that you can hit from all spots on the floor. Include plays that illustrating your skills in the back row.
  • Setters: Highlight your movement, consistency, and ability to play solid defense.
  • Defensive Specialists: Show that you can play every position in the backcourt.


4. Contact 50 to 100 realistic women’s volleyball programs. Nearly 1,600 colleges have women’s volleyball. Be proactive and reach out to several that you’re interested in by simply sending an email. Using NCSA’s digital space makes volleyball scouting easier and lets you get your information to dozens of prospective colleges. Know that the majority of volleyball teams aren’t in Division I. Nearly 80% of college women’s volleyball programs are at the Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college levels.


5. It’s not a four-year decision. It’s a 40-year decision. Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make. Do your research and make an educated decision, not only as a volleyball recruit, but also as a student athlete. Input from a neutral third party like NCSA can help you find a school that’s an ideal fit during the four years that you are there.


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