Volleyball is a popular recreation sport in the warm weather months, when it is commonly played on beaches; however, high school and collegiate volleyball are winter sports played on a hard court. For successful high school players, collegiate play offers the opportunity to earn an athletic scholarship for college. To maximize your chance of receiving a scholarship, it is important to present yourself to potential college coaches in a positive light to highlight your skills.
Practice your skills with your team as well as in your free time, being sure to develop a diverse skill set, from digging to spiking to serving. A player that can fill more roles is enticing for a coach as diverse players provide versatility when creating a lineup.
Speak with your coach for help with reaching out to college coaches. Your high school coach can provide a recommendation on your behalf and may even have connections with college coaches to help get your foot in the door.
Film your matches and games to get a reel of footage of your play on the court. A visual representation of your skill set is preferable for a coach as opposed to simply a written letter.
Edit your footage down to a concise film reel of no longer than three minutes, highlighting a diverse range of skills. Although it may be tempting to send a long reel to show how many great plays you have made, coaches are often busy and a short video with your best plays will allow the coach to know quickly if further scouting is desired.
Contact college coaches through email or written letters, with a brief paragraph explaining who you are, your best positions and a link or copy of your highlight video.
Register with the NCAA eligibility center, which is required for college athletes to prove they are eligible to play. Athletes who have received money to participate in a sporting event lose their amateur status and can not compete in the sport collegiately.
Join a club volleyball team in the offseason. The high school and college seasons overlap, so playing for a club in the spring or summer allows college coaches to more easily scout you.
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