Things to Know in Volleyball Recruiting

Men’s scholarships for volleyball are extremely limited because the sport is offered at very few colleges. That’s why learning exactly how the men’s volleyball recruiting process works from a trusted resource like NCSA is essential.


When does the men’s volleyball recruiting process start?

1. The men’s volleyball recruiting process begins when you start playing varsity volleyball. You should begin looking for a men’s volleyball scholarship the minute you reach the varsity level or start playing at the club level. There are fewer than 100 men’s volleyball programs and competition for men’s scholarships for volleyball is extremely high, so it’s never too early to start the recruiting process.


How do I get discovered?

2. A third-party evaluation from a trusted neutral source like NCSA is essential and it’s important to make sure you’re playing club volleyball. When college men’s volleyball coaches can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA, you gain instant exposure and credibility. In the process to get a men’s volleyball scholarship, playing club volleyball and in summer tournaments are also important ways to show off your skills.


How do coaches evaluate prospects?

3. The Internet is your best tool when trying to earn a men’s volleyball scholarship. Budgets for college men’s volleyball teams aren’t nearly as big as they are for basketball or football, so the best way that a college volleyball coach can evaluate you, without spending money on travel, is the Internet. A third-party evaluator like NCSA offers easy access to your video highlights and statistics and helps men’s volleyball coaches find players that fit their system.


Where am I qualified to play?

4. Less than 25 colleges offer men’s volleyball at the Division I level. The majority of college men’s volleyball programs aren’t in DI, so set your expectations accordingly. Nearly 75% of men’s volleyball players compete at the Division II or Division III level. NCSA is an experienced neutral talent evaluator, and can tell you what level you’re best suited for and where you’re likely to find success.


What is my 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 coach is probably too busy to be able to dedicate 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 men’s 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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