How to get recruited for women's water polo

Scholarships for water polo are very limited because the sport is offered at very few colleges. The water polo scholarship process is difficult and that’s why learning exactly how it works from a trusted resource like NCSA is essential.


When does the water polo recruiting process start?

1. Begin the water polo recruiting process in your freshman year. There are just slightly more than 60 women’s college water polo programs and competition for scholarships for water polo is extremely high. It’s never too early to start looking.


How do I get discovered?

2. A third-party evaluation from a trusted source like NCSA is important and it’s essential to play club water polo. When college women’s water polo coaches can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA you gain credibility and exposure. When trying to earn a water polo scholarship, playing club water polo and in summer tournaments are also important ways to show off your skills.


How do coaches evaluate water polo prospects?

3. Your best tool when trying to earn a water polo scholarship is the Internet. The best way that a coach can evaluate you, without spending money on travel, is the Internet. A third-party evaluator like NCSA offers access to your statistics and video highlights and helps water polo coaches find players suitable for their system. The Junior Olympic Water Polo championships, held late in the summer, are an ideal place to be seen by water polo coaches. But it’s best if the coaches know who you are before they get there.


Where am I qualified to play women’s water polo?

4. Less than 35 colleges offer women’s water polo at the Division I level. Water polo scholarships aren’t easy to come by. Very few colleges offer the sport and those that do tend to be schools with extremely high academic standards. NCSA is an experienced talent evaluator, and can tell you where you’re most likely to find success.


What is my coach’s role?

5. Your coach can help you develop in the pool, but getting a scholarship for water polo is your responsibility. Your high school or club girl’s water polo coach is probably too busy to be able to dedicate the time that the recruiting process requires. Managing the water polo recruiting process is your job.


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