Things to Know in Volleyball Recruiting

The good news is that scholarships for volleyball are abundant. But it’s important to learn from NCSA exactly how the women’s volleyball recruiting process works so that you separate yourself from the hundreds of other athletes trying to land volleyball scholarships.


When does the volleyball recruiting process start? 

1. The volleyball recruiting starts as early as junior high. You need to start early if your goal is to earn a volleyball scholarship. Playing club volleyball as soon as you can is essential, and recruiting really picks up stem during your freshman year. Freshmen should be proactive and reach out to potential coaches by sending out their athletic resumes.


How do I get discovered?

2. A third-party evaluation from a trusted neutral source like NCSA is essential. It’s also important to play club volleyball. Be sure to let college coaches know that you’re interested in a volleyball scholarship by sending emails and letters and directing them to your NCSA online profile. When a college women’s volleyball coach can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA, you gain instant exposure and credibility. And don’t forget about club volleyball, it’s an important way to show off your skills.


How do coaches evaluate prospects?

3. The Internet is your best tool when trying to earn a women’s volleyball scholarship. Coaches can’t always see you in person during the high school season or at club tournaments. The best way that a college volleyball coach can evaluate you is the Internet. A third-party evaluator like NCSA offers easy access to your video highlights and statistics and helps women’s volleyball coaches find players that fit their system.


Where am I qualified to play college volleyball?

4. There are a large amount of schools that offer volleyball scholarships, but just 20% of them are at the Division I level. Scholarships for volleyball are abundant, but realize that the majority of college women’s volleyball programs aren’t in DI. Nearly 80% of women’s collegiate volleyball players compete at the Division II, Division III, NAIA or junior college level. NCSA is an experienced neutral talent evaluator, and can tell you at what level you’re most likely to succeed.


What is my volleyball coach’s role?

5. Your coach can help with your development on the court, but getting a scholarship for volleyball is your responsibility. Your high school or club volleyball probably doesn’t have the time that the volleyball recruiting process requires. There’s a good chance that you’re not the only one on your team hoping to earn a volleyball scholarship, and relying on your coach to manage the recruiting process for several athletes at once is too much to ask.


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