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This information is designed to be a resource for athletes and their families as they go through the recruiting process.  The college athlete recruiting process involves the athlete promoting themselves, so it is important to make yourself as knowledgeable as possible about the process.  Please read through and if you have any questions about the recruiting process we will be happy to help you.  All athletes on a 16U or higher team wishing to have the opportunity to play at the college level
(and possibly earning a scholarship) should start the recruiting process. Plan to get your athlete's website and highlight video started in the Fall going into their 16U Club season.  Before you begin, read over all the information here  
NCAA Website - Future College Athlete Information.


1.  Determine the schools you have an interest in by your academic interest, location, and corresponding playing level.  If you are super ambitious, scout their rosters and see when players who play your daughter's position are graduating.  Keep in mind the transfer portal and COVID players who have been granted an extra year of eligibility affect these rosters.  Rosters are constantly changing.

  • 20 schools that you would LOVE to attend

  • 20 schools that you have an interest in

  • 20 schools that you would attend

2.  Use the resources below to gather coaches information for these schools.

Make a spreadsheet with school name, information, website, coach's names coach's emails.  It is always good idea to include the assistant coach's and / or recruiter email as well.

3.  Create a Recruiting Page

4.  Send an introductory email to your list of schools

  • Create am email address account just for recruiting.  EX.

  • In the email, Include your name, height, position, graduation year, high school, and club and links to highlight videos.  Be sure to express interest in their school and volleyball program.  Address the coach by name to start the email, include your profile and/or a link to your website. Coaches want to get to know you, be sure in your introductory follow up emails to include a picture of yourself and your family or you doing something that you love.  Coaches would like to see that 

5.  Make a skills video and/or gather game footage

  • Skills Video can be made by you at a gym.  But the best option is live play at a big tournament.    If you decide to shoot at a gym, Schedule some time with a coach to run you through a series of skills and have someone video.  It is a good idea to include a setter if your are a hitter, and vice versa.  DS and Liberos should also include hitters and setters in their video. 

  • For hitters:  Include video clips of your athlete terminating the ball by line or cross court (middles should demonstrate all types of middle sets), blocks that show good fundamentals and which end in termination of the ball, also super important for hitters that they include clips of defense and serve receive passing.  For setters:  include clips of a variety of types of sets and defense skills.  Especially good for setters are clips which end in a termination by her teammate.  For DS and Liberos:  include passing on serve receive and defense, saves, hitting the floor.  Good fundamental form, leadership, excitement should all be included for all positions. 

6.  Email your Video link to those coaches that request it and/or to your list of schools

  • - You can upload the video to your website or to Sports Recruits, YouTube or HUDL.


7. When Can a College Coach Talk To You?

8. Consistently check in with coaches

  • - Keep emailing them your tournament schedules, accomplishments, interest in their program, maybe that you saw their team play recently and you were impressed by a certain thing that happened. When/ If a school expresses interest, continually check in with them. Building a relationship with the coaches is key to success!


9. Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center  and University Athlete (9th Grade)

  • Sample Profile:



  • List of universities and colleges that offer volleyball by division

  • Volleyball Recruiting Companies - These companies can help make your life easier during the recruiting process by offering you the platform to easily create your athlete's profile and to help you get in contact with college coaches.  They do charge a fee for their services.

  • Rich Kern’s List of Colleges with links to volleyball website

  • Rich Kern’s School Information (includes coaches emails)
    Rich Kern’s website is a subscription website

  •’s College Needs List (schools post their position needs by grad year) is a subscription website

  • US News National University Rankings (Academic)

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