Typical volleyball recruiting timeline

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					If you are interested in playing collegiate volleyball, you’ll need to start with some
basic knowledge of how the recruiting process works. Below is a brief timeline to
help you with the process:
  Freshman Year: During this year, it is important to settle into the new environment of
high school. Not only do you need to concentrate on your study habits and academic
achievements, you also need to hone your volleyball skills. Play both high school and
club-level volleyball in as many tournaments as you can, and start thinking about the
types of colleges you might want to attend.
  Sophomore Year: During this year, continue to keep your grades up (colleges do care
about that!), and make sure you are taking the right classes to qualify you for the
colleges you are eyeing. Continue to play as much volleyball as possible, both on high
school and club teams. Attending summer volleyball camps at the colleges who have
sparked your interest is a great way to bring yourself to a coach’s attention.
  Your sophomore year is also a good time to send out letters to coaches. As per the
volleyball recruiting rules, they are not allowed to write back, but your letter will still
get to them. In your letter, give them your schedule and the date of tournaments you
are playing in. Essentially, at this point of the college volleyball recruiting process,
you are inviting them to come see you play. This is also a good time to begin thinking
about campuses you want to visit in the near future. Start looking into volleyball
  too; some schools offer them while others don’t.
  Junior Year: During this year, contact the colleges you are interested in, once again
letting them know about your schedule and your interest in their program. It is also a
good idea to ask your high school and/or club coach to help with the volleyball
recruiting process by writing a letter on your behalf. Starting in September of this year,
coaches are able to contact you by mail.
  Your junior year is also the time to visit your guidance counselor and register with
the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse, as well as register for the ACT or SATs
(or both). You can request that these scores be sent to the NCAA.
  Creating a volleyball recruiting skills video should also be done during your junior
year. This video is a tool you will use to market yourself. It can help in being recruited
or obtaining a volleyball scholarship.
  Continue to play as much volleyball as possible, on the highest level teams in your
area. You want to play for clubs that recruiters tend to visit. It is also a good idea to
attend elite or advanced summer camps.
  Senior Year: As of July 1, coaches will be able to contact you by phone, but don’t let
this distract you from academics: stay on track so you stay eligible. Continue to
pursue your colleges of interest by sending coaches your fall schedule.
  Your senior year is also the time when official visits can begin. Per the college
volleyball recruiting rules, you are allowed up to five so be selective and come with
any questions or concerns you may have.
  After you have made your decision, get ready to sign. You may be able to do so early,
as these dates vary from year to year.