FRESHMAN YEAR CHECKLIST
The compiled list below was collected from college coaches from around the nation. These coaches represent colleges from DI, DII, DIII and NAIA.
- Get out and watch some local college matches. Seeing the level of play that you're wanting to play at will give you an understanding of where you are as an athlete and where you need to be by your senior year.
- Make sure you're on a competitive club team. If you are serious about volleyball at the next level, it's important for you to have knowledgable coaches and plays quality competition.
- Make a recruiting video. There are many company's that can help make this easier for you. Companies such as Hudl tag video so you can select clips easier for highlights.
- Email college coaches who you might want to play for. Most coaches email/contact info is on their school's website. It's never too early to start building a relationship.
- Plan to attend a summer volleyball camp at a couple of schools you are interested in. This is a great chance to play with other players who have similar goals and evaluate your own game. Don't be afraid about going to camp at school that might be beyond your athletic ability. As a freshman, it's OK to set high goals for yourself.
- Update your University Athlete profile. College recruiters will use this site to track you at tournaments. When creating your profile remember it is extremely important to include your coaches contact info because college coaches can not contact you directly until Sept. 1st of your junior year in high school. Until then, they can only initiate contact with you through your coach. (Another important date: Coaches can't approach you after tournaments until July 1st before senior year.)
- Keep your grades up. NCAA schools require college-bound student-athletes to build a foundation of high school courses to prepare you for college expectations. You can find your high school list of core courses here. Be sure that your high school counselor is up to speed on what type of classes you need.
- Begin making a list of schools and/or conferences that are to be on your radar. Don't count anyone out.
- Become involved in fitness and strength and development programs.
- Participate in volleyball lessons with a good instructor. Sometimes you don't get enough skill acquisition from just playing on your team. All levels should consider taking lessons, too.
- Designate one coach to coordinate all recruit correspondence. Too often you have a high school coach, club coach, club director and club recruiting director all receiving correspondence. This increases the possibility of things not getting back to you.