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Understand the Recruiting Process | Written by Devin Scruggs, Head Volleyball Coach, University of Nevada
I. COLLEGIATE PROGRAMS
- NCAA DIVISION I - 326 members: Up to 12 full scholarships-tuition, fees, room board and books (many California schools can only recruit in-state: or 2 for1)
- NCAA DIVISION II - 282 members: 8 Scholarships max.
- NCAA DIVISION III - 419 members: 0 Scholarships (academic)
- NAIA - 283 members: 8 Scholarships max. Often tuition-up to the institution. Often split up between recruits.
- NJCAA - National Junior College Athletic Association- 505 members. Located outside of California. They do offer scholarships.
- CCCCO - California Community Colleges: 110 members. No scholarships
- NCCAA - Christian College Athletic Association: Division 1 & Division II: 102 members. About 85% have dual membership with either the NAIA or NCAA DII or DIII. DI offer Scholarships
II. THE LISTS
- Athletes List
- HOW GOOD AM I?
- Do I want to start?
- Play a lot?
- Level of program?
- Academics vs. location vs. volleyball vs. level
- Are there walk on options?
- Finding out the level of player you are
- Questions to ask the coaches
- When to narrow
- How do I know if I am important?
- Coaches List
- Evaluations in person
- Coaches' recommendation
- Evaluations at practice
- Academics (give yourself options)-See College Bound Student-Athlete Guide
- Admissions-Individual school's requirements (must know)
- Clearinghouse-NCAA eligibility-Organization responsible for certifying the academic eligibility for DI & DII prospects
- Summer camps-Go to camps where you might be interested in going to school
- Research schools/volleyball programs (internet on your own or-cbound.com)
- Send e-mails/updates/correspondence
- Intro-Get on the list
- Eliminate the headings of all the schools you are sending mail to
- What to Include:
Grad Year, Height, Reach, Approach Touch, Position, GPA, Club, Club team, Coach, Player & Coach Contact info.
- Club-Play club
- Unofficial visits
- Phone calls
- IM/Text Coaches
- Video -firstname.lastname@example.org: Video service for every level player
- Good Quality. Easy to read numbers
- Practice footage with multiple reps of highlighted skill
- Highlights ok
- Unedited game footage at the end
- Watched between 5-10 minutes inititially
- Verbal Commitment
- Word of honor type of contract. Both for college & athlete
- Not legally binding, but...
- National Letter of Intent--two dates (November / April)
- The # of phone calls per week is not restricted
- The # of contacts is not restricted, but you may not talk to your incoming athlete during the middle of a tourney. You may, however, talk to their parents.
IV. GENERAL NCAA RULES
Definition of "prospect": A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classed for the ninth grade.
- Prior to September 1st of junior year: Once per year--Questionnaire, Camp Brochure, Form Letter
- September 1st of Junior year: Recruiting material may be sent
- September 1st of Junior year: Text messaging is legal (may change)
- July 1st following Junior year:
1st Phone Call allowed
- 1 Call per week per institution
- Recruits can call colleges anytime at any age
- July 1st following Junior year: In-person Contact off campus can be made
3 total are allowed--may not be during middle of tourney or during dead period (48 hrs. before or after NLI)
- Dead periods: Coaches cannot recruit off campus and prospects cannot visit schools officially or unofficially
- Official Visit: paid for by school -one time (5 total for athlete)
- Senior year when classes have started
- Unofficial Visit: paid by recruit (unlimited times)
- Exception: Cannot visit during a tourney or a dead period
- Parents: Are an extension of daughter…phone calls, contacts, etc.
- Contact at tournaments: illegal for NCAA coaches, ok for NAIA