The recruiting process is a year-round project that needs to be tended to on a weekly basis. We like to treat it as taking another class in school. Just like anything else, the more you put into the process, the more you will get in return
The four most important points we want every high school volleyball player to understand are
Work hard in the classroom and study hard for the SATs / ACTs. The better your grades are and the higher your board scores are, the more schools are able recruit you. The more schools that can recruit you, the more options you have. The more options you have, the less stressful the recruiting process will be
Be realistic about your ability. The number of players that play at the top Division 1 schools is a very small percentage of the number of college volleyball players across Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, and NJCAA. Being realistic about your ability from the beginning will make the recruiting process a lot less stressful and ultimately more rewarding.
Do not pick a college just because you can play volleyball there. Choose a college or university that is a good fit for you academically as well as athletically. Use volleyball as a vehicle to get you into the best college possible
BE PROACTIVE IN THE RECRUITING PROCESS. Just like anything else, the harder you work, the better your results will be. Create a profile on VolleyballRecruits.net and send your profile to every school you are interested in. Call the schools you are interested in. The more you put into the recruiting process, the more you will get out of it.
Communicating With Coaches
The Recruiting Timeline
Centennial Titans Volleyball
With the new NCAA regulations, camps can now send solicitation letters to kids as young as incoming freshman. The standard camp invitation is now including the player's name and mentioning that they think 'she' would be a great fit in their program and that they would like her to attend camp to further evaluate.
Former college coaches will tell you that this is a way for colleges to make money. If they are truly interested in further evaluating a player they will have begun communication with the club or high school coach, and most likely arranged an unofficial visit. Keep in mind that most of the serious contacts will not occur until junior year -- Hitters and Blockers are the first to typically be recruited, then setters and DS' are usually the last position recruited.
Every year more and more potential college athletes are making a big mistake, including volleyball recruits from the DFW area. Many colleges now have a social media monitor whose sole responsibility is to do exactly that -- monitor the social tweets, posts and pics from potential recruits. Click here for an article on this subject.