College Recruiting Toolkit
What You Need to Be Recruited
Recruiting RulesThis is a general guide. Please refer to additional sources for exact rules.
Additional Resources and LinksNCAA Rules
NCAA Guide for Student Athlete
Example Recruiting Timeline
Additional Resources and LinksDetailed Recruiting Timeline (via Kingwood Park High School website)
PSA Questionnaires / Student Athlete ResumeThe Athletic Resume plays an important part in the recruiting process. Time and care should be exercised in the preparation of this document. The purpose of the resume is to highlight the student-athletes accomplishments and goals. This is generally the first contact that a coach might have with PSAs. As with job resumes, use your imagination but don't get too carried away. A typical athletic resume will consist of the following items, usually 1 page total plus reference letters.
Use this information as a guide for filling out PSA questionnaires, now common at all programs web sites. This web interface allows you to enter your information in the colleges databases to begin the process of focusing the colleges recruiting efforts on players interested in their school and those that meet the Athletic departments’ requirements.
Additional Resources and LinksThe Student Athlete Resume
You should also register with free recruiting services:
WebsiteAnother method of getting your resume to a large group of recruiters is to create a web site. Many of the same guidelines to the student athlete resume apply to the athlete’s web site. The biggest difference is that you can create a dynamic resume that changes with new accomplishments and changes in status of the athlete. One idea can be to find a site you like and mimic their style. Additional Resources and Links Google Sites Yahoo! Web Hosting Yola.com
VideoOne of the first items that may be requested by a recruiter will be a video of you playing. They use this to determine if you possess the basic skill level for their program. The biggest guideline is that this is NOT a “highlight reel” of your best moments.
are not in the game; how you handled adversity; how you respond when the coach yells at you, etc.
> Try to include the entire team and some of the other team as well. They are looking for how you react to other action on the court.
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College Volleyball Programs
Types of College Volleyball Programs
NCAA Division IUsually larger schools with 12 full athletic scholarships
NCAA Division IIMedium sized schools with 6-8 athletic scholarships
NCAA Division IIISmaller schools (usually private schools) that do not offer athletic scholarships, but may have academic and needs-based scholarships available.
NJCAATwo year schools that offer some athletic scholarships
NAIASmaller schools similar to Division III. See NAIA website and schools for specifics on financial assistance at these schools.
Additional Resources and LinksNCAA Colleges by Division
NJCAA Schools by Region
NAIA Schools by Conference
Help with Picking the Right CollegeHow to Find the Right College by Collegeboard.com
College Volleyball Update
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Important Questions to Ask Yourself and Recruiters
Download our List ofHome Visit Questions.This comprehensive list includes questions you will need to answer at some point in the recruitment process. You may already know the answers to some of these, and you may find the answers to others before the home visit. Some will seem inappropriate for a particular visit, so use your best judgment. Make several copies and go through this list with your parents before the home visit, highlighting those questions you want to ask of a particular coach. Most of all, relax and enjoy the experience!
The Athletic Department
Team and Program Issues
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Willowbrook Recruiting Services
How We Can Help You
Willowbrook performs many services for PSAs at no additional fee.
Recruiters’ Corner: The Showcase for Willowbrook AthletesThe Recruiters’ Corner is a dedicated area on Willowbrook’s website to showcase Prospective Student Athletes (PSAs). In the Recruiters‘ Corner section, Willowbrook will maintain, and update as requested, basic information on PSAs.
Player Dossier ServiceWillowbrook maintains a player dossier service, keeping relevant information accessible to coaches and staff. Willowbrook utilizes this dossier service whenever we have the opportunity to discuss players with recruiters. The more information parents and players provide to us, the more we can help you, so keep us informed!
Skills Video posted onlineA basic skills video is filmed on recruiting night. This will be edited so that each athlete is shown individually, and posted online at the Recruiters’ Corner for public accessibility and ease of viewing by coaches and recruiters.
Links to outside service or personal websiteAny links from Recruiters’ Corner content and videos to players’ personal websites or other recruiting services will be done free of charge upon request.
Match Video posted onlineDuring the Tour of Texas tournament, we will film one match for each team with eligible players, and create several videos that can be used in the players’ recruiting portfolio to show themselves in competitive situations.
Honest, objective feedback to recruitersWillowbrook gladly provides information to college coaches and recruiters who have contacted us as a reference. If you are being recruited and are receiving letters from any school, it is important to inform the Club Director immediately, so that he or she will be prepared to discuss you with that coach.
List of Additional Services
Editing of a master DVD for duplication$200
If a player or parent is unable to create a DVD due to time or technical capabilities, Willowbrook‘s Video Team can film, edit and create a master DVD for players to copy and send in response to video requests.
Filming additional match video (with or without hi-pod)$150
Willowbrook’s Video Team will be available to all teams at selected tournaments. However, due to limited availability, requests for filming must be made well in advance to ensure that there is no conflict with other taping schedules. Please also note that travel schedule is limited.
Filming additional skills video$100
Private fees and scheduling also apply. Once free taping is completed, Willowbrook’s Video Team will be available to tape additional skill sessions for updates or DVD creation.
Duplication of master DVD with labels$2.00 per copy
Willowbrook can provide duplication services for a Master DVD, whether created by the Willowbrook Video Team or by the parent.
Mass Mailing of Athletic Resume and DVD to select schools$50 plus postage fee
Willowbrook will send your resume and DVD to select schools from the college coaches’ database. We can provide both e-mail and postal services for mailing of resumes and DVDs.