FORZA1 STUDENT-ATHLETE RECRUITING
List of Recommended Actions
1. Set up a gmail account to use for recruiting purposes. Something like: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Using your gmail account set up a YouTube account so you can post your own game footage for colleges to review
3. Create an account with University Athlete. University Athlete is the primary recruiting tool college programs across the country use to find and follow prospects. You can purchase an account with University Athlete for a low nominal fee and receive bonus features to use in promoting yourself and researching schools. You can also sign up for a free account that lists you in their database and allows colleges to find you (but does not include promotional/search features). We recommend the paid account especially if you are a sophomore or older.
4. If you are a junior or senior, register with the NCAA Clearing House so you can ensure that you are on track academically for admittance into NCAA member Universities. To "officially visit" a college campus as a recruit you will need to be cleared with the NCAA prior to arrival.
5. Speak with your guidance counselor at school to asses your academic standing, class schedule and overall GPA. This information will help you understand what collegiate opportunities are available to you academically.
NCAA volleyball recruiting rule changes in 2019
Effective May 1, 2019, the NCAA passed new recruiting rule changes intended to slow down the trend of coaches offering scholarships to athletes as young as 7th and 8th grade. The intent is to give athletes a little more time to figure out what they are looking for in a college and develop their skills before they get bombarded with scholarship offers.
Here's a quick breakdown of the changes, which are in effect for all Division 1 college volleyball teams:
- College coach communication: The new rules prevent any communication between a student-athlete or parent/guardian and a DI college coach before June 15 after sophomore year. Communication with a coach includes any verbal offer, phone, text and/or email conversations between a student-athlete or parent/guardian and a DI college coach.Previously, coaches were prohibited from initiating contact with a recruit, but if an athlete called a coach, they could speak on the phone. That is no longer allowed. There is zero off-campus communication allowed between a coach and a recruit before June 15 after an athlete’s sophomore year.
- College camps and clinics: Recruits and college coaches are not allowed to have any recruiting conversations during camps prior to June 15 after sophomore year of high school. Previously, there weren't any official rules that prevented coaches from talking about recruiting to underclassmen during camps. In fact, it had become common practice for college coaches to extend verbal scholarship offers to top recruits during their camps.Despite this change, coaches still use camps and clinics as an opportunity to evaluate and start communicating with prospective recruits.
- Official and Unofficial visits: Recruits can now take official or unofficial visits starting August 1 before their junior year of high school. Previously, official and unofficial visits weren't permitted until September 1 of the athlete's junior year of high school, so this rule is actually bumping them up!
When can college coaches contact you?
NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 volleyball coaches can contact athletes starting June 15 after an athlete’s sophomore year of high school. This includes extending verbal offers, electronic communications (such as emails, texts, instant messages, etc.) and phone calls are acceptable at this time.
NCAA Division 3 Volleyball Recruiting Rules
D3 volleyball colleges have the most relaxed NCAA recruiting rules of all the division levels. Most contact is allowed at any time and recruits are only restricted in when they can start taking official visits and have off-campus contact with coaches.
- Recruiting materials: Athletes can receive recruiting materials at any time.
- Phone calls and electronic communications: There is no limit on when college coaches can call or digitally message athletes.
- Unofficial visits: Any time, unlimited
- Off-campus contact: After the athlete’s sophomore year, college coaches may begin to conduct off-campus contact.
- Official visits: Athletes can begin taking official visit after January 1 of their junior year.
NAIA Volleyball Recruiting Rules
The NAIA gives a lot of freedom to its coaches in the recruiting process, and it does not restrict when or how coaches can reach out to high school athletes. Though there are fewer rules, NAIA coaches do tend to start the recruiting process a little later than NCAA Division 1 or Division 2 coaches.
Contact Period: During this time, coaches can email, text, call, direct message and contact athletes and their parents through any NCAA-approved method.
- Division 1: Sept. 1 – Nov. 10, 2019; Nov. 15–30, 2019; Feb. 14 – April 30, 2020; May 29 – July 31, 2020
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