Recruiting 101 - KINGSPORT Volleyball Club

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					    Recruiting 101
Presented by the ETSU Coaching Staff:
       Head Coach Lindsey Devine
       Assistant Coach Tammi Fries
      Assistant Coach Rachel Cooper
       Getting Started –
      Comprising your list
1.   Academics
2.   Athletics
3.   Social
4.   Financial
    Getting Started - Academics
• Determine what you want to study
• Majors offered
• Grades, ACT, SAT
         Getting Started - Athletics
• Make a list                    • Stability
   – Dream, Realistic, Back up      – Head Coach
• Division                          – Program
   –   I                         • Rosters
   –   II                           – Position and Year of
   –   III                            current players
   –   NAIA
   –   Junior College
    Divisional Standards - Libero
• DI Upper Tier
  – Avg. Ht. – 5’5” – 6’0”
  – Vertical – 28 inches
  – Speed and Agility
• DI Lower Tier
  – Avg. Ht. – 5’5” – 5’10”
  – Vertical – 24 inches
  – Speed and Agility
    Divisional Standards - Setter
• DI Upper Tier
  – Avg. Ht. – 5’8” – 6’1”
  – Block Jump – 9’2”
  – Approach Jump – 9’6”
• DI Lower Tier
  – Avg. Ht. – 5’8” – 6’1”
  – Block Jump – 9’0” +
  – Approach Jump 9’3”
           Divisional Standards –
• DI Upper Tier
  – Avg. Ht. – 5’11” – 6’2”
  – Block Jump – 9’4”
  – Approach Jump – 9’10”
• DI Lower Tier
  – Avg. Ht. – 5’10” – 6’0”
  – Block Jump – 9’1”
  – Approach Jump – 9’7”
Divisional Standards – Middle Blocker
• DI Upper Tier
  – Avg. Ht. – 6’0” – 6’4”
  – Block Jump – 9’5”
  – Approach Jump – 10’ +
• DI Lower Tier
  – Avg. Ht. – 5’11” – 6’3”
  – Block Jump – 9’3”
  – Approach Jump 9’9”
        Getting Started - Social
• Geographic Location
  – Distance from home
  – Rural vs. City
  – Weather
• Size of School
  – Small, Medium, Large
• Regular Student
• Good fit
      Getting Started - Financial
• Sit down with your parents
  –   Financial Aid
  –   Athletic Money
        –   DI = 12
        –   DII = 8
        –   DIII = 0
        –   NAIA = 8
        –   Juco = 14* Varies per school

  –   Academic Money
  –   Grants
  –   Can the school combine both
• Have a large list
• Do not put all of your eggs in one basket
• College coaches have a long list also

             What do you do now?
Marketing Yourself
              Marketing Yourself
• When?
  – Never too early
  – Sophomore year = big recruiting year
• What Can You Do?
  –   Initiate Contact
  –   Attend a Match
  –   Attend Summer Camps
  –   Club Exposure – attend competitive tournaments
  –   Meet w/ HS Counselor
  –   NCAA Clearinghouse
  –   ACT/SAT
                         Player Profile
• Personal Info                 • Academic Info
   – Name                           –   GPA
   – Contact Info                   –   SAT/ACT
        • Address                   –   Rank
        • Email                     –   High School
        • Phone – Cell & Home
   – DOB                        •   Picture
   – Graduation Year            •   Schedule
• Athletic Info                 •   Achievements
   –   Position                 •   Coaches Contact Info
   –   Height                       – Club & HS
   –   Weight                       – Email & Phone
   –   Reach & Approach Jump
   –   Club & HS Teams
   –   Jersey Number
• Skills Video and Game Footage
   – Skills
     • 5 minutes maximum
     • Include Introduction
     • Highlight skills being recruited for
  – Game Footage
     • Can be unedited or edited
     • Can always ask coaches what they want, then
• Send DVD or Email Online Link
   – Example of Skills video online
       • Skills Video

   – Example of Highlighted Game Footage
       • Game Footage

Places to upload video:
      Youtube
      Vimeo
      Personal Website
      Recruiting Website
            Personal Website
• You can create your own website as a way to
  market yourself that includes your
  biographical information, academics, athletics,
  video, pictures, profile, etc.
• Example:
  – Prospect's Website
• Allows you to email link to coaches and it
  contains all your information
               Club Website
• The more information a club website can
  provide, the more a club will help their players
  in the recruitment process
      Important Items:
• Updated Rosters including year of graduation,
  height, position, approach/block touches
• Tournament Schedule
• Who to contact regarding recruitment
Make sure the schools you are interested in
receive a copy of your club schedule as soon as
• Options:
  – Send hard copy by mail
  – Email word/pdf file
  – Email exact link to schedule
  – Preferably a file attachment that can be saved by
             University Athlete
• University Athlete is an online database used by most
  volleyball programs in the country to access
  information on prospective players and the rosters
  and schedules of large tournaments
• University Athlete is free for players
• Usually if you are registered with USAV or JVA, you
  are automatically loaded into UA
• Keep your information up-to-date in UA so coaches
  can contact you!!
• Volleyball programs may ask you to fill out a
  questionnaire; hard copy or online

• It is a good idea to always respond whether
  you think you are interested or not

             Rules for Communication
   There are rules on when college coaches can communicate with
prospects (9th grade on) and the rules vary with the different divisions
                          (Div. I, Div. II, etc).
                Freshman-Sophomore Year
           In Person,   Phone    Mailings   Emails   Question-    Brochure/    Tryouts
               Off       Calls                        naires     Camp Invite

Division                           One                 YES          YES
    I                            athletic

Division                           One                 YES          YES
   II                            athletic

Division                 YES       YES       YES       YES          YES


 NAIA         YES        YES       YES       YES       YES          YES         YES
                                 Junior Year
           In Person,   Phone     Mailings   Emails   Question-    Brochure/    Tryouts
               Off       Calls                         naires     Camp Invite

Division                            YES       YES       YES          YES

Division                            YES       YES       YES          YES

Division                 YES        YES       YES       YES          YES


 NAIA         YES        YES        YES       YES       YES          YES         YES
              Senior Year- After July 1st
           In Person,   Phone    Mailings   Emails   Question-    Brochure/    Tryouts
               Off       Calls                        naires     Camp Invite

Division      YES        YES       YES       YES       YES          YES

Division      YES        YES       YES       YES       YES          YES

Division      YES        YES       YES       YES       YES          YES

 Junior       YES        YES       YES       YES       YES          YES         YES

 NAIA         YES        YES       YES       YES       YES          YES         YES
   Text Messaging & Social Media
• Most coaches are not allowed to send text
  messages to you until you have signed an NLI to
  the school you choose
• Facebook
  – Coaches must treat it like email. Coaches can email
    you through Facebook but cannot write on your wall.
    Can only befriend you if you are at least a junior.
• Twitter
  – Coaches cannot directly tweet you. Coaches can
    follow you if you are at least a junior.
Final Stages
• Where? – at club season tournaments
• Help the recruiting coach by emailing prior to the tournament and
  making him/her aware of your playing schedule (court and playing
• Remind coach of your jersey number
• Text college coach the day of the tournament (remind him/her of
  your court/playing schedule)
• Ensure that your club coach has your updated player profile
  available to be handed out
• While at recruiting tournaments, college coaches cannot talk to you
  or your parents – a simple wave or hello is allowed
• Specifically what are college coaches looking for?
   – Skill level, athleticism and court presence
                  Unofficial Visit
•   Made at the prospects expense
•   You have unlimited unofficial visits
•   Can make these visits at any time
•   Make college visits throughout your junior year
•   Spring break, weekends, vicinity of tournaments or
•   Call the college coach, set up a campus tour and
•   Do some homework on the school
•   Ask questions, hold a conversation = we are not
    recruiting your parents
•   Dress well, look the part
•   Respectful to parents
                     Official Visit
• All expenses paid visit to the institution
• Maximum of 5 paid visits = no more than 1 visit per school
• No sooner than opening day of classes of senior year = 1st
• Prior to the visit, you must provide high school transcripts,
  and test scores PSAT/SAT/ACT to the college
• NCAA Clearinghouse (must be registered)
• Parents’ hotel, food, gas and entertainment will be covered
  (siblings must pay for food)
• 3 complimentary admission tickets to attend a sporting
  event on campus
• You will tour the campus, meet the team and the coaches
• Ask a ton a questions
• Visit lasts for 48 hours
                 Signing Period
• Prior to August 1 of a prospective student-athlete’s
  senior year in high school, an institution shall not
  provide a written offer of athletically related financial
• Most schools wait until the first signing date,
  November, before scholarship papers are mailed
• In most cases, a Prospective student-athlete will also
  sign a National Letter of Intent when signing a Grant in
• Student-athletes may continue to sign anytime after
  that early date or the institution may wait to the late
  signing date in April
            Important Links
Athlete Development

  Mike Israetel (Ph.D. Candidate, Sport Science)

Ashley Kavanaugh (Ph.D. Candidate, Sport Science)
 How to Become a better Athlete?
• 3 basic components:

  – Sound technical practice (volleyball skill practice)

  – Good nutrition

  – Proper strength training
        Technical Practice (Skill)
• Learn fundamentals well
  – (They form the foundation of high level play.)

• Practice consistently
  – (Year-round in some capacity.)

• Don’t overtrain!
  – (Practice smart, not always hard. Take light days
    and days off weekly.)
• Drink skim milk or chocolate milk after every
  hard training session and weights session.

• Eat a diet of:
   – Many (5+) small meals evenly throughout the day

   – High in protein (meat, milk, fish, eggs, poultry)

   – Eat plenty of green veggies and fruits
               Weight Training
• Two components of movement performance:
  – 1.) Skill (trained in practice)
  – 2.) Strength/Power (trained in the weight room)

• Training for volleyball must focus on lower-body
  strength… deep squatting and deadlifting are

• Find a Powerlifting or Weightlifting gym or coach
  in your area… tell them you want to get stronger
• You don’t get better in the gym.
  Stimulate in the gym…
  …Adapt during rest.

• In order to accelerate the adaptation
  (improvement) process:
  – Get plenty of sleep
  – Eat well
  – Relax and have fun when not training or doing

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