Men's Volleyball Recruiting Timeline

Serving up your best case for a roster spot takes research various colleges, building relationships with coaches and improving your game. However, there are only 96 schools with men volleyball programs, so being a proactive is important. Inviting coaches to tournaments and competing at the club level are big. Earn a spot on your varsity roster, earn the grades and reach out to the coaches.


Freshmen Year
  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Create a list of prospective schools consider both athletics and academics
  • Film highlights tape
  • Send introduction letters to coaches
  • Go on unofficial visits to colleges
  • Build relationships by making phone calls, send letters and emails
  • Attend summer camps with the goals of honing your skills and to gain exposure 

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • Coaches are watching your development throughout high school at camps, in school and on the field
  • D3 and NAIA coaches can contact you at anytime
  • Important to do be familiar with the school both athletically and academically


Sophomore Year
  • Film your highlights tape
  • Narrow your list of schools
  • Get an evaluation of your skills tape
  • Continue to research prospective schools
  • Continue to build relationships by making calls, sending letters, emails
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Make unofficial visits

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • D1 coaches can start communicating with recruits via phone, email and private messages starting on June 15 after sophomore year  
Junior Year
  • D1 – Unofficial and official visits are allowed starting August 1 before your junior year 
  • Follow-up with coaches you’ve contacted in a TIMELY manner
  • Find camps to join
  • Continue to call, email, send letters to coaches
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Respond to EVERY coach
  • Make unofficial visits to schools
  • Narrow down your prospective schools list

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • D1 and top D2 programs will make offers to top recruits during Junior year
  • D3, NAIA and Junior Colleges do most of their recruiting during Senior year


Senior Year
  • D1 schools allow official visits (1 per school) 
  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a TIMELY manner
  • Apply to the schools- applications, financial aid
  • Sign and Commit to a school and program – the D1/D2 Signing Period is between November 13, 2019 – August 1, 2020  
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime 
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