What you need to know about College Volleyball scouting and Recruiting


The sport of volleyball originated in the United States, and is only now beginning to achieve the type of popularity in the U.S. that it receives elsewhere in the world, where it ranks behind only soccer among participation sports.

Today there are more than 46 million Americans who play volleyball. There are 800 million players worldwide who play Volleyball at least once a week.

It is important that high school volleyball players play club volleyball. The high school season coincides with the college season so most coaches and scouts actually recruit during the club season. A lot of college coaches recruit players at Junior Olympic tournaments, national qualifiers and regional tournaments.

Not all athletic scholarships are full ride like football and basketball, so called “head count” sports; most are classed as “equivalency” sports, like men’s volleyball. Put simply this means that coaches can “share” their allocation between a larger number of players. Women’s volleyball is classed as a “head count” sport and 12 FULL RIDE SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded by each college in division 1 and 8 in division 2. The NAIA allows 12.& This works out to about 7500 volleyball scholarships that are available for girls.

The NCAA allows each division 1 Volleyball program 4.5 scholarships for Men and 12 for women. In division 2 the ratio is 4.5 for men and 8 for women.

College volleyball scouts look for players who will fit into their team, you could be recruited by a Division III college or a top Division I school, but attending a college volleyball camp will increase your chances of being scouted by volleyball recruiters. Refining exposure and technique as well as learning advanced tactical aspects of the game is the key to the volleyball camp environment.

Tools to help you with the volleyball recruiting process

In today’s competitive volleyball environment, creating a volleyball recruiting video is not only a should do, it’s a must do. A volleyball recruiting skills video can literally mean the difference between being recruited and being ignored. But choosing content, editing the footage, ensuring that coaches see you at your best and finding the best way to distribute the finished product can make the process seem overwhelming. Help yourself out by considering the following:

  1.  Visit Volleyball Recruiting Websites: A volleyball recruiting website is a great resource for you to use to get ideas, tips and strategies for creating your volleyball recruiting video. Volleyball recruiting websites are also ideal for getting information about recruiting guidelines and rules. These websites are an invaluable volleyball recruiting tool for anyone hoping to play on the collegiate level.
  2. Keep Your Video the Proper Length: Volleyball recruiting websites can give you a good idea of the proper length of a volleyball recruiting video. In general, you want your video to be long enough to accurately demonstrate your athletic ability but not so long that it bores the coaches watching it. Your video can include things like game tape, highlight reels, stats, and skill demonstrations. In fact it’s advisable to create two separate videos – one for game footage and one for a skills demonstration. Remember that coaches are sent thousands and thousands of volleyball recruiting videos, so make yours stand out while keeping it professional.
  3. Get Your Video Edited: With thousands of videos vying for coaches’ attention, your recruiting skills video’s editing can literally make or break your college volleyball career before it gets started. Like creating the video, there are several options when it comes time to edit. A good rule of thumb is to keep your skills and talents constantly on display; don’t allow a lot of empty or nonessential scenes to make the final cut, and make sure the coaches can always identify you in game footage. Professional editing can provide an easy way to get an outstanding video in a short amount of time.
  4. Keep it Simple: It is tempting to make a volleyball recruiting video that is overflowing with creativity, one that is sure to win an Oscar in the documentary category, but you should avoid this temptation. Coaches are interested in your volleyball ability, not your cinematic potential. If you do incorporate creative touches, make sure they always takes a back seat to your volleyball skills.

If you are interested in being recruited, be sure you take it seriously. Search volleyball recruiting websites for tips and use all the volleyball recruiting tools that are at your disposal.

Use the following Links for more useful information regarding being recruited.