Volleyball camps get you in front of college coaches and help you develop the skills you need to get recruited. You may be wondering, how do I find volleyball camps near me? NCSA has compiled a list of college volleyball camps across the country. Use NCSA’s list below to find a volleyball camp near you. Get answers to top questions about volleyball camps or search all volleyball recruiting events here.
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In order to get recruited, you must develop relationships with college coaches. Camps are a great opportunity to connect with coaches and express interest in their program. Prior to attending a camp, email the coaching staff to let them know you plan to attend and wish to learn more about their program.
Volleyball recruits need to consider several factors when selecting camps to attend:
There are several types of college volleyball camps, each offering a different experience for athletes:
These camps provide general skills development and are broken down by age and skill level. They are less recruiting-focused, but offer campers a chance to improve their skills and socialize.
These camps are ideal for athletes who want to develop their positional skills. Athletes will receive specialized instruction by position through various drills. These camps are more focused on training than evaluation.
These camps are hosted by colleges specifically to evaluate recruits. Coaches and players run the camps, which include scrimmages and tournament play. You should attend prospect/ID camps held at schools you are most interested in attending.
Attending a college volleyball camp, or prospect ID camp, is worth it if you are serious about playing volleyball at the next level. You can develop your skills on the court, get a feel for the current coach’s style and even check out the college campus.
Your club coaches typically select what team camp your team will attend. Much like inviting a coach to watch you compete in a high school game or tournament, team camp allows coaches to see you compete in a team setting.
Overnight camps provide competition, drill and practice time, as well as the chance to bond with other campers. But these camps come at a high price. Cost includes room and board, necessary equipment and travel expenses. Daytime camps are considerably less expensive and still include the same training elements.
The majority of camps take place in the summer when parents and students have more free time. But increasingly, more winter volleyball camps are appearing on the schedule. To give yourself every possible advantage, consider attending winter camps for continued skill building and exposure.
Youth camps typically cover students ranging from 3rd to 12th grades. Attending camps early can help you refine your skillset and evaluate your recruiting competition. If you’re an underclassman, all abilities camps are a great place to start. These camps are broken down by age and or skill level (beginner, youth, intermediate, and elite).
If you’re an upperclassman, consider an elite-level camp. Elite camps offer training for high-level players and exposure to college coaches and recruiters. Most elite camps don’t restrict who can attend. Some are invitation-only or require pre-approval.
Keep in mind that athletes usually don’t get “discovered” at college volleyball camps. There will likely be over 100 athletes competing for the coach’s attention. Instead of watching all the athletes, coaches focus on recruits they are already talking to.
Camps cost anywhere from less than $100 to well over $1,000. Specialty prospect camps at top-15 schools may cost parents significantly more due to travel expenses.
All of the top-15 volleyball schools run their own well-known camps. The two biggest name are and Northwestern, with Northwestern Volleyball Camp being the most prestigious in the Midwest.
Other renowned camps include:
IMG Academy also offers performance camps led by industry-leading coaches who have experience developing some of the world’s most elite athletes. No matter a camper’s sport, these group training sessions are geared towards an athlete’s individual needs and feature IMG’s revolutionary training curriculum that’s been proven for over 40 years.
Training will be inclusive of strength and conditioning, leadership and communication, mental toughness, and more. All performance campers will receive a post-camp analysis report inclusive of coach feedback and comprehensive metrics.
Volleyball camps can give athletes a realistic perspective on their own skillset and exposure to college coaches. Create an NCSA Recruiting profile to receive and respond to college camp invites. Create a free recruiting profile today.
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