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ACVC College Recruiting Info

Recruiting Guidelines

Recruiting Guidelines

Freshman

  • You are declared a recruit once you enter high school your freshman year.

  • Contact with college coaches through phone, instant messenger, letter, email, fax, or visit can only be made by you. College coaches cannot call, email, write, fax, or visit you, with the exception of one underclassman letter from a college, which includes general information about the university and volleyball program. The letter can also include one questionnaire.

  • You are eligible to receive one camp brochure from a college.

  • You are eligible to take an unofficial visit. 

  • Sophomore

  • Contact with college coaches through phone, instant messenger, letter, email, fax, or visit can only be made by you. College coaches cannot call, email, write, fax, or visit you, with the exception of one underclassman letter from a college, which includes general information about the university and volleyball program. The letter can also include one questionnaire.

  • You are eligible to receive one camp brochure.

  • You are eligible to take an unofficial visit. 

    Junior

  • September 1st of your Junior year

    • Can receive regular written correspondence from any university, which includes letters, email, and fax. There is no limit on the amount of written correspondence you can receive from one University at this time.  

    • Contact with college coaches through phone and instant messenger can only be made by you.

  • You are eligible to receive one camp brochure.

  • You are eligible to take an unofficial visit July 1st after your junior year

  • Can receive one phone call or one instant message per week or one from each university.

  • Can receive up to 3 in-person, off-campus contact with coaches, which includes a home visit.

    Senior

  • 1st day of classes, Senior year

    • You are now eligible to take an official visit to a University.  You are only allowed up to five official visits

  • November 13th - 20th

    • Early signing date: Once you sign, you have no restrictions on phone calls, contacts, or evaluations.

  •  April 15th - August 1st

    • Late signing date: Once you sign, you have no restrictions on phone calls, contacts, or evaluations.

ACVC COLLEGE RECRUITING PROCESS

The Recruiting Process Begins

We realize that there are a lot of variables in the recruiting process and it can also sometimes get overwhelming. Therefore we have created some resources that will provide you support throughout your journey. This is designed to help you create a plan of action, give you pieces to that action, and provide personal attention to your needs.

STEP 1:

The recruiting process starts at different times for different players. Some due to ability level, some due to knowledge of the process, and others due to procrastination. No matter the reasons of when you get started below are a few guidelines for the process.

The process begins in one of two ways:

  1. First a college coach identifies you as a potential prospect. This could happen by the coach seeing you play at a tournament, camp, recruiting website, or some type of volleyball event.
  2. The second way is you identify a school that you have interest in and you begin making  contact through filling out online forms, attending camps, sending letters, making phone calls to the coach, or sending a recruiting video.

Again the process can begin upon entering high school or as late as your senior year. The average start is between the sophomore and junior year. Now that you have an idea of when and how the process begins lets get started on your plan of action.

STEP 2: Contact,  

You can go online and fill out the prospects form on each colleges website. After doing so you would want to follow up with a letter, profile, and skills video. ACVC can provide you with a proposed letter we have created to assist you in your own personal letter. ( please inquire with administration for help)

STEP 3: Making of Skills Video

The process of making a skills video can be intimidating. However it is quite simple. At ACVC there are a couple of ways that we can help you in the process. First ACVC will schedule 2-3 skills video sessions per season, each player must set up a time slot for your video skills session. A parent or professional will need to record your session.

You should show the skills needed in your position. So for example if you were a setter you should show your setting, moving in from different rotations and from defense. You should also show defensive skills such as digging, blocking, emergency plays, ect… Each player should show serving. Couple these skills with game footage and you got yourself a video.

ACVC will post your video with your profile on our website.

You will also want to load your information and video on several recruiting sites.

Cost of the Video:

The cost of the video with a professional can range from around $200 to $400. It all depends on what you feel that you need. It’s been our experience that coaches don’t need all the fancy stuff. Most coaches will look at a video for two to five minutes before moving on. Get the good stuff in early to help catch the coach’s eye.

The Process Continues

Okay, so now you have started making contact with schools. You have done so via online prospect forms and followed that up with a letter of interest accompanied by your player profile and recruiting video.

What Happens Next ?

We have a few recommendations for this part of the process.

  1. Get in the gym and get better.  At this point your goal should be to get better. We recommend getting in the gym for lessons either small group or private sessions. Work hard on all your skills. Watch game film and be a student of the game. This will help you on the court.

Every coach loves those kinds of players. Finally make sure you are in shape, working on your jumping ability, and develop increased speed and quickness.

2. Every so often follow up with a school. Following up with a school can be intimidating. You are a young high school player and you are speaking with a college coach. What do you say? What do you ask? Below are a few questions that could help you in getting started: (We don’t recommend asking all questions in one phone call) Remember Be Yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

Questions for College Coach’s

We have created a list of questions for you, Please select questions that are important to you. College Coaches are respectful and very busy... they will not have time to answer everything listed. 

  1. How large is the school, what is the undergraduate enrollment?
  2. Is the school in a safe environment?
  3. How big is the city that the school resides in?
  4. Do students go home on the weekends or do they hang around?
  5. What are the strongest degree programs offered and which are the best academic departments?
  6. If you know what you want to study ask if the institution carries that particular major? Exp. I want to be a teacher. Does your school have an education program? What is its ranking compared to other school?
  7. Do most students live on or off campus? Where do most of the players on the team live?
  8. What is student housing like?
  9. Are most players roommates with one another?
  10. Is the school on quarters, semesters, or trimesters?
  11. What was the team’s conference and overall record this past season?
  12. How many players do you carry on your roster? Do all players travel?
  13. What training happens between seasons?
  14. What time of the day are the practices typically?
  15. Do freshmen have study hall?
  16. What are the training facilities like?
  17. What style of play does your team play?
  18. What are the goals for your team in the future?
  19. How well does the team get along?
  20. What is your coaching philosophy and demeanor in practices and matches?
  21. What is the environment at your home matches? Expectations on match day?
  22. How long have you coached at your school?
  23. How many players at my position do you have on the roster?

Level of Interest

In most situations you can tell what type of interest a college program has in you based on the level of contact they have with you. The levels are not fixed (every coach is different), but the basic idea is that the more personal contact and the amount of contact the coach has with you the more serious they are about wanting you in there program.

 Levels of Interest:

  1. You’ve been noticed

  2. Mailed you a questionnaire to fill out and return

  3. Mailed you a summer camp brochure/application

  4. Put you on the schools general mailing list

  5. They are interested (All of the above plus)

  6. Called and spoke with your club coach or club director

  7. Emailing you occasionally

  8. Come to see you play specifically

  9. Mailed you a package with media guide, school information

  10. Sending you mail directly from the Athletic Department

  11. Invites you for an official or unofficial visit to the school

  12. Committed (All of the above plus)

  13. Sends you text messages

  14. Emails you on a consistent basis

  15. Set up regular phone calls for you to contact them

  16. Makes every effort to see you play

  17. Talks with your coaches

  18. Concretely offers you a scholarship