Over the past few months, several college coaches have contacted H2 Saint Louis Volleyball Club about players. As a result of those conversations, we have put together some important tips that will help you in the recruitment process:

1) All scholarships are not created equal:

Colleges don’t have unlimited budgets. Very few of them offer a traditional full ride scholarship. The vast majority of them will often offer what we call an “Institutional Scholarship” which is a combination of a partial scholarship and a financial aid package. An “Institutional Scholarship” may be the only way a coach get can get you (or your daughter) into that school. These are very similar to the traditional full ride scholarships. If the school looks like a good fit and they offer one of these “Institutional Scholarships”, consider them the same way you would consider a traditional full ride scholarship.  Additionally it is important to note that even a full ride scholarship does not mean that it is “all expenses paid.” There will still be costs involved with college. Tuition only scholarships do not cover the cost of books, housing or food. If you consider the cost of an apartment and food each month, a college that is offering an “institutional scholarship” and still asks you to pay $4,000 a year is still better than going to somewhere and paying full price.

2) You are never alone, so be on your best behavior:

When you are playing in a tournament, on the road in front of a crowd, it is imperative that you be on your best behavior. Coaches don’t always come to see if you are a good player. If you are playing in the Open Division for example, they already know you are a good player. They are coming to see if you are a good teammate and have a winning attitude. Coaches are not interested in those who slap their legs, frown or show negative emotion when they make a mistake. They want the players that remain positive and always encourage and work with their teammates (even when they are on the sidelines).

3) Take advantage of every situation:

Each team has a couple of players that will draw lots of college attention. When coaches come to watch those players, what else do they see? They see you as well! Even though they did not initially come to watch you, if you play well, you could end up impressing that coach and they could have an interest in you later.

4) Never assume:

Don’t read into a situation. A coach may come to your match, watch for a couple of minutes and walk away. Don’t assume they are not interested. They may have already made up their mind and are pressed to see another player. They may come back later or they may have seen what they need to see. Most coaches will evaluate your athletic abilities on video you send or they request. When they come to watch you, they may just want to see how you interact with your teammates. You never know what they are thinking so don’t assume. And don’t take it personally if a coach looks at you and doesn’t say anything.  Most coaches (all, in fact, but junior college coaches) are not permitted to speak to an athlete until the competition is over, which means that your team has finished play in the entire tournament.  (For a qualifier, that means once you’re out of it on the final day.)  The coach can talk to your H2 coach, who will likely pass it along to you, but the college coach can’t talk to you directly.  That’s the rule.  On the other hand, a junior college coach can talk to you anytime your team is not playing.

5) Make decisions based on what is best for you:

Make sure that your decision is not based on staying close to home or what your boyfriend wants or any other reason other than what is best for you. This is one of the most important decisions in your life and you need to do what is right for you and no one else. Your parents want what is best for you. As for the boyfriend, if the relationship is solid, it won’t be affected whether or not you are in St. Louis and they are in Madison, Wisconsin. Don’t let a boyfriend run your life; what happens if you break up? You will be living his life and not yours.

Remember, there are thousands of other players nationwide competing with you for college scholarships. The H2 Saint Louis coaches are building relationships and learning what coaches are looking for and we will do our best to pass that information on to you. You need to listen to your coaches and take heed. If you are interested in playing volleyball in college, it takes a lot of hard work and the coaches of H2 will be right beside you every step of the way!

6) Lights!  Camera!  Volleyball!

Create a skills video as soon as you hit 17.  Your H2 coach can help you with this.  And add some game footage.  Burn this onto a DVD that you can send to coaches.  Or put them on youtube and you can supply the link, which makes it even easier for the college coach to watch you play.  Your club coach can give you tips in what to include in your skills video (Free Tip #1: Smile when you’re talking!), but it’s generally 10-12 reps of every skill you want to showcase.  Make sure you are executing each and every skill to the best of your ability, including any and all transitions at game speed.  Game footage should be highlighting your play, not a 20-minute piece showing an entire match.  And be sure it is very clear who you are in the footage (Outside hitter #3 in the front row or libero in the near court, for example).  Begin each video or DVD with an introduction (“Hi!  I’m Suzy Sixfoot and I play middle for H2 Saint Louis Volleyball Club on the 17 Cardinal team.  I also played Kirkwood High School where we won our conference and took third in regionals.  I am member of the 2013 graduating class.  Thanks for watching my skills video.”) and finish with all your contact information on the screen.  If you mail a DVD, be sure to include all your contact information with the disc. 

7)  Be visible!

There a number of good recruiting websites out there (berecruited.com; NCSA Athletic Recruiting) where you can create a profile for college coaches to review.  Use these to your benefit and make it easy for coaches to find out more.  Be sure to include some photos, skills and/or game footage(or a link to wherever they are on the web), and your volleyball credentials, but also include your high school and H2 coaches’ names, phone numbers, and email addresses.  Many college coaches like to contact your high school or club coach for their thoughts on you as a player.  These sites provide a link to your email address, so make it one you will actually check on a regular basis.  Coaches don’t like to wait a week or two to hear from someone who “never checks my email!”  (They might have contacted 50 other payers during that week and if half of them respond right away, you just moved 25 spots down the list.) Many players use a parent’s email address, particularly if they will be checking more often.  You might consider getting an appropriate email address; volleyballcrusher@yahoo is a lot better than iluvpinkbunnies@yahoo.  A simple suzysixfoot@yahoo is even better.

8)  Be Proactive!

The best way to show a coach that you want to play for him or her is to contact them directly.  But do some homework and tell them you’ve looked into their program.  First of all make sure you’re academically eligible for the school.  If you can’t get in, you can’t play, no matter how good you are.  (Some schools have a little more wiggle room than others.)  Look over their record and comment appropriately.  Don’t say, “I hope your season went well” if they were 3-27, but do say “Congrats on the great finish!” if they were second in their conference.  Tell them why you are interested in the school and in the team.  And go ahead and send your DVD or provide a link with your initial contact.  Nothing wrong with that.  Coaches like to see hustle from their players and from their recruits who want to become their players.  Then tell them you’ll follow up in a week or so.  Then be sure to follow up with an email asking if they saw the video and what they thought.  If this is during the club season, and this is a school you really like, include your schedule, especially if there is a qualifier coming soon near the school.  (“Hey coach! My team will be at the KC Qualifier this weekend.  We play on Court 36 at 8:00, 10:00, and Noon if you get a chance to come by and watch.  I’ll be wearing #27 and crushing the ball!”)  Yes, it’s okay to show some personality into these notes.  Your H2 coach can also help in this area by sending an email on your behalf to a college coach.  Your parents can help in this area as well, In general, your parents can help when you’re a sophomore and junior and your H2 coach can help when you’re a junior or senior, but you need to be in charge the whole time, knowing who’s doing what.

9)  Don’t take it personally!

Remember this is a business for college coaches.  You might be a great setter and in love with dear old State U.  But if State U already has a junior setter, a sophomore setter, and two freshman setters, they’re probably not looking for a setter right now.   And if a coach doesn’t get back to you right away, it probably means they are busy with other recruiting tasks, organizing spring practice, working on next year’s schedule, handling the many other duties that they have to do, or maybe even on vacation.   Just as college coaches have a list of players they are considering, you need a list of colleges you are considering.  There are a number of factors that go into a coach offering a recruit a spot on the roster, just as there are many factors that go into you deciding on a college.  The more that both respect the complex and difficult challenges each other faces, the better for all involved.  This is an area where your H2 coach can help you understand and navigate the recruiting process. 

10) If the Shoe Fits, Play Volleyball In It!

If you’re one of the lucky few who is actively being recruited (invited to campus for a visit, discussing scholarships with the coach, etc.) by a college coach you really like at a school that has your major and is within your geographic, size, and tuition comfort zones, do what you can to get an offer and then make the commitment.   The coach has a list of players at your position that he or she really wants.  You have a list of colleges that your really want.  Even though you think it’s early in the recruiting process, and you think there might be other opportunities out there (there usually are, but they won’t all translate into offers; Penn State and USC are not going to get in a bidding war for your services if they haven’t already contacted you), but why take a chance.  The coach also has other players to whom is ready to offer, so why not make it easy on everyone?  And if this magic moment happens in your high school season, and you say you want to wait and see, then the coach will say, fine, just let me know and promptly go to the next name on his list, or make plans to attend any number of other high school matches in the fall and dozens of club tournaments in the winter and spring.  Yes, this is being written from a coach’s perspective, but I think this will only make your life that much easier as well as the coach’s.  You can both immediately start planning for the future, one that should be very successful for both of you.

11) The Face to Face

So everything has gone well and you’re invited to campus to meet the coach and maybe some players.  Now what?  Time to do some prep work (sounds better than homework, but it’s the same thing; work done at home to get ready for a challenge).  Go to the school’s website and figure out exactly where you’re going.  If you’re not sure, ask the coach for directions to his/her office.  Then look over the roster.  If you’re a setter and you see they have 4 other setters, that will tell you something different from a roster with only 1.  Then start preparing what you want to say.  Don’t just plan to answer questions.  Have a story to tell, and make sure it has a point, that being that he/she should choose you.  Also, have some things you want to bring up.  Here are a few questions to ask:

  • What type of offense do you run?
  • What type of defense do you run?
  • How many other players are you looking at for my position?
  • What do you think my position would be?
  • How many players are you bringing in from my class?
  • Do you have a JV team?
  • How many matches?
  • How much do you travel?
  • How many days of class will I miss?
  • What academic support systems are available?
  • What if I have a class and a practice….a class and a match??
  • Does the volleyball program enjoy a positive relationship with the faculty?
  • Your coaching philosophy?
  • Training rules?
  • History/success of the program?
  • How many players are on the team, their positions, and their years?
  • How many hours a week do you practice, strength train, etc.?
  • Off season training and competition?
  • If I’m offered a roster spot, will I remain a member of the program all four years?
  • What if I’m injured? Insurance coverage?
  • Additional cost to play…fundraising?
  • When will you make a decision regarding this opportunity?

That’s a lot of questions, but this is a big decision and any coach will be happy to answer these and any other questions you have.  In fact, by asking questions, you show that you are very interested in this program and you are very serious about your college career. 

12) The Follow-Up

Always, always, always follow up with a note, preferably a hand-written note thanking the coach for the time, the opportunity, etc. Very few people do this anymore and anyone who does will separate themselves from the pack in a very positive way.  Then follow-up with any additional information that was requested, such as skills videos, game clips, etc.

13)  Never Give Up!

 If your dream is to play college volleyball, then keep after it.  There will be a program out there for you, but you have to persevere.  Your devotion and dedication to finding a college program that meets your academic and athletic goals is a good sign to the coach that you are ready, willing, and able to put that same level of time, effort, and energy into his/her program.

 14) Good Luck!!

14855 replies
  1. Jacki
    Jacki says:

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article!
    It’s the little changes which will make the largest
    changes. Many thanks for sharing!

  2. Brent
    Brent says:

    I am sure this piece of writing has touched all the internet visitors, its really really pleasant
    article on building up new weblog.

  3. Maddison
    Maddison says:

    Link exchange is nothing else however it is simply placing the
    other person’s blog link on your page at proper place
    and other person will also do similar in support of you.

  4. Casie
    Casie says:

    Thank you a lot for sharing this with all people you
    really understand what you are talking about!
    Bookmarked. Kindly additionally seek advice from my website =).

    We may have a hyperlink trade arrangement between us

  5. Stephen Ritenour
    Stephen Ritenour says:

    You could definitely see your enthusiasm within the paintings you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart. “Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was.” by Margaret Mitchell.

  6. William Macki
    William Macki says:

    Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I am very glad to see such excellent information being shared freely out there.

  7. Francine
    Francine says:

    I think this is among the most important information for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But wanna remark on some general things, The site style is perfect, the articles is really
    excellent : D. Good job, cheers

  8. Stewart Manozca
    Stewart Manozca says:

    The Citizen Nighthawk CA295-58E does not boast of fancy tech, in addition to Eco-Drive modern technology. If you are new to this, the watch records any kind of light and converts it right into energy.

  9. Gabriele
    Gabriele says:

    Nice post. I used to be checking continuously this blog and I’m inspired!

    Extremely useful info specially the last part 🙂 I handle such info a lot.
    I used to be looking for this certain information for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  10. Claudio
    Claudio says:

    Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thank you, HoweverI am encountering problems with your RSS. I don’t know thereason why I am unable to join it. Is there anybody having the sameRSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond?Thanks!!

  11. Bridget
    Bridget says:

    Great post however I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject?
    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little
    bit more. Cheers!

  12. Shella
    Shella says:

    I like the helpful information you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.
    I’m quite certain I’ll learn plenty of new stuff
    right here! Good luck for the next!

  13. Charli
    Charli says:

    Greetings from California! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to check out your blog on my iphone
    during lunch break. I love the knowledge you provide here and can’t wait to take
    a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how fast
    your blog loaded on my mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI,
    just 3G .. Anyhow, good site!

  14. Corrine
    Corrine says:

    I will right away clutch your rss as I can not find your e-mail
    subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you have any?
    Kindly let me realize so that I may subscribe. Thanks.

  15. Wes
    Wes says:

    Good day! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering whichblog platform are you using for this website?I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve hadissues with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform.I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  16. Elida Opitz
    Elida Opitz says:

    Thanks for a marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you’re agreat author.I will always bookmark your blog and will eventually come back down the road.I want to encourage you to continue your great posts,have a nice afternoon!

  17. Dave Brownwood
    Dave Brownwood says:

    This design is wicked! You certainly know how to keep a reader entertained.Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job.I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.Too cool!

  18. Harvey Bashaw
    Harvey Bashaw says:

    You could definitely see your expertise within the work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. At all times follow your heart. “Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at.” by Jimmy Demaret.

  19. Gavin Rzeszutko
    Gavin Rzeszutko says:

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon on a daily basis.It’s always useful to read articles from other authors and practice something from their websites.

  20. Jenna Neely
    Jenna Neely says:

    A fascinating discussion is definitely worth comment. There’s no doubt that that you ought to publish more on this subject matter, it might notbe a taboo matter but typically people do not speak about such topics.To the next! All the best!!

  21. Situs Game Slot Online
    Situs Game Slot Online says:

    Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured
    I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa?
    My website covers a lot of the same topics as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me
    an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Great blog by the way!

  22. Stuart Lightcap
    Stuart Lightcap says:

    I’ve been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this web site. Thank you, I’ll try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your site?

  23. Manuel Dieckman
    Manuel Dieckman says:

    Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing some research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! “High living and high thinking are poles apart.” by B. J. Gupta.

  24. Deltaphon
    Deltaphon says:

    I just couldn’t go away your site prior to suggesting
    that I really enjoyed the usual info a person supply on your
    visitors? Is going to be back continuously in order to investigate cross-check new posts

  25. Belia Selzer
    Belia Selzer says:

    I have read a few good stuff here. Definitely value bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how a lot effort you set to create one of these fantastic informative website.

  26. www.divephotoguide.com
    www.divephotoguide.com says:

    Heya just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images
    aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a
    linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same outcome.

  27. Terence Fernow
    Terence Fernow says:

    It’s truly a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m satisfied that you simply shared this useful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  28. 안전사이트
    안전사이트 says:

    I’m no longer certain where you are getting your information,
    however good topic. I must spend some time finding out more or understanding more.
    Thank you for great information I used to be searching for this information for my mission.

    Check out my web site … 안전사이트

  29. shemalepornvideo.xyz
    shemalepornvideo.xyz says:

    Amazing blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog shine.
    Please let me know where you got your design. Appreciate

  30. Robin Stroman
    Robin Stroman says:

    I have been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this site. Thank you, I’ll try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your web site?

  31. daftar w11bet
    daftar w11bet says:

    Thanks on your marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed
    reading it, you are a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will often come back sometime soon. I want to encourage you to continue your
    great posts, have a nice evening!

  32. DenRof
    DenRof says:

    [url=https://onlinecialis20mgwithoutrx.monster/]cialis|buy cialis|generic cialis|cialis pills|buy cialis online|cialis for sale[/url]

  33. slot indonesia
    slot indonesia says:

    Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and
    i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments? If so
    how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any assistance
    is very much appreciated.

  34. http://tinyurl.com
    http://tinyurl.com says:

    Hey! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website
    with us so I came to take a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Fantastic blog and wonderful design and style.

  35. http://tinyurl.com
    http://tinyurl.com says:

    Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic however , I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa?
    My site addresses a lot of the same topics as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you’re interested feel free to send me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Fantastic blog by the way!

  36. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    First of all I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you don’t
    mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear
    your mind before writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting
    my ideas out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10
    to 15 minutes are usually wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips?
    Thank you!

  37. bit.ly
    bit.ly says:

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway,
    just wanted to say great blog!

  38. bit.ly
    bit.ly says:

    Hello, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to “return the
    favor”.I am trying to find things to improve my web site!I suppose its ok to use a few of
    your ideas!!

  39. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    The other day, while I was at work, my sister stole
    my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a forty
    foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now broken and she has 83 views.
    I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  40. Annemarie Ferringo
    Annemarie Ferringo says:

    I just could not depart your web site before suggesting that I extremely loved the standard information an individual supply to your visitors? Is gonna be again steadily to investigate cross-check new posts.

  41. tinyurl.com
    tinyurl.com says:

    I am really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep
    up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one today.

  42. Dahlia Ramirec
    Dahlia Ramirec says:

    Nice read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! “A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.” by Oscar Fingall O’Flahertie Wills Wilde.

  43. fly ticket
    fly ticket says:

    Excellent blog you have here.. It’s hard to find good quality writing like yours these days.
    I seriously appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  44. cheapest airfare possible
    cheapest airfare possible says:

    I think this is one of the most important info for me. And i am
    glad reading your article. But should remark on few general things, The website style is great,
    the articles is really great : D. Good job,

  45. flight ticket
    flight ticket says:

    Everything published was very logical. But,
    what about this? what if you composed a catchier post title?
    I am not saying your content is not solid., however
    what if you added a title that grabbed a person’s attention? I mean Recruitment Tips – H2
    Saint Louis Volleyball is kinda plain. You should
    glance at Yahoo’s front page and note how they create article titles to
    grab viewers to click. You might try adding a video or a pic or two to get people interested about everything’ve got
    to say. Just my opinion, it would make your posts a little bit more interesting.

  46. cheap flight tickets
    cheap flight tickets says:

    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my website so i came to “return the favor”.I’m trying to find
    things to improve my website!I suppose its ok
    to use some of your ideas!!

  47. Doria Peakes
    Doria Peakes says:

    It’s truly a great and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  48. discount airline tickets
    discount airline tickets says:

    Do you have a spam issue on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation; we have created
    some nice procedures and we are looking to trade methods with others, why
    not shoot me an email if interested.