Sophomore 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.
- Keep emailing college coaches who you might want to play for. In most cases emailing is better than calling because coaches are busy, but if you have something clear-cut you want to discuss with a particular coach, calling is fine too. Remember, if a college coach doesn't pick up, they can not call you back.(Sept. 1 of your junior year is when a coach can call back or initiate contact with you directly.)
- Acknowledge coaches who reach out to you. Show them that you're organized enough to get back to them promptly.
- If you are contacted by coaches from schools that you might not be interested in, be polite let them down easy. Be quick, getting back to people in a timely manner is a great habit, whether it's related to school, volleyball or anything else in life.
- Update your list of colleges you are curious about. While going over your list, ask yourself these three questions:
- What type of program do you want to plat at - big, small, everything in-between?
- Do you need a scholarship, or would you consider being a walk-on if your dream school doesn't have money for you?
- Do you want a chance to play right away or are you good with redshirting and possibly not play until your last two years?
- Grind hard to better your volleyball skills. Ask your coach for a plan on how you can improve in certain areas of your game.
- Ask the coaches at your favorite college about where you are on their recruiting list, be assertive too.
- Continue to be a great teammate by being positive and exuding energy. Don't be a player with negative attitude or have bad body language when your teammates make a mistake. Be up-lifting and be the type of player who bounces right back after mistakes. Coaches value positive attitudes and good body language as much as good skills.
- Plan to go to more volleyball camps. Start targeting camps at schools where you may want to play. This is a great way to show coaches how serious you are about their program and it helps you get a better feel for the program. If cost is an issue, you don't automatically have to go to the entire camp. If it says 4-day camp, consider going for 2 of the days, especially if you have others to attend. This makes things more affordable.