Pure Energy Sports – Recruiting Process
There are a lot of variables in the recruiting process and it can also sometimes get overwhelming. Here are 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.
Here are a few example of what you can find.1. Copy of the Form Letter to send to colleges 2. Information on making a recruiting video 3. Information on how to identify your Best Fit 4. Information on how to get yourself recruited 5. Questions to ask College Coaches 6. A sample plan of action you can follow
The Recruiting Process Begins
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 let’s get started on your plan of action.
Step One: Create a letter and Profile Sheet
This is a sample letter and can be modified to fit your style.
7429 Masonboro Sound Rd.
Orlando, FL 28409
January 12, 2009
My name is_________ and I am a defensive specialist from_____,___ graduating in the Class of 2013. My goal is to compete as a collegiate volleyball player at a strong academic institution. Therefore, I am very interested in the volleyball program at__________. I am a junior at________ High School in________,______. and I am 5’4”. I played on the Varsity volleyball team as a defensive specialist. The team finished the season 22-6, 11-1 in District 8-5A Texas UIL. I have played DS/Setter for Pure Energy Sports for the last 2 years in Harker Heights Texas and I am currently coached by John Gelsinger.
My club season is underway and I play for______________. My uniform number is #7 and here is our 2012-13 tournament schedule. Hope you will be able to see me play at one of these event
- MLK Tour. Dallas, TX January 17-19
- Volley for the Cure, Harker Heights, TX Feb 8
- Austin Awesome Tournament of the teams, February 27-28
- Dallas Regional Qualifiers, April 26-28
- Lone Star Regional Championship Austin Tx May 14-15
I am enrolled in the Honors Program at ___________High School (2400 students) and rank 21 out of 489 in my class. I currently have a weighted GPA of 4.56 and a combined SAT score of 1960. In addition to sports and academics, I am a committed musician. I play the violin in the Winter Park Symphony Orchestra and take piano lessons as well. I am also active in youth group activities and mission projects with my church.
I am passionate about playing volleyball and look forward to hearing from you regarding your need for an outside hitter in 2010. You may contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (254)555-5555 or the address above.
Step 2: Go online to college websites
As a part of step 2 you can go online and fill out the prospects form on each colleges website. After doing so you would want to follow up with the letter, profile, and skills video.
Step 3: Making of Skills Video
The process of making a skills video can be intimidating. However it is quite simple. At Pure Energy Sports, there are a couple of ways that we can help you in the process. First you can have a coach come in and put you through some various skills. 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.
The second way we can help is by posting your video on our website at www.pureenergysports.org on your profile page.
The Video Process:
Once you decide to make your video then you will need to schedule a time with Coach John or Coach Jim in order to shoot the skills portion of your video. This could perhaps be done on an off weekend or prior to several practices. Check with us to see what we can arrange. We may be able to get time at the local recreation center, we will work to get time to record the video.
The video could take several days to complete. Consistency is the key. Once you have your skills portion you will need to add game footage. We ask that you have someone shoot your game footage for you. Then you would give the skills portion and game portion to the person who would be editing your video. College 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. If the coach is interested they may ask for unedited game tapes with no timeouts. To see how you play overall, no just highlights.
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. SO NOW WHAT?
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 as often as you can, whether it be open gym times or private lessons in addition to your regularly scheduled practices and games. 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
- How large is the school, what is the undergraduate enrollment?
- Is the school in a safe environment?
- How big is the city that the school resides in?
- Do students go home on the weekends or do they hang around?
- What are the strongest degree programs offered and which are the best academic departments?
- Does your school have an education program?
- What is its ranking compared to other school?
- Do most students live on or off campus? Where do most of the players on the team live?
- What is student housing like?
- Are most players roommates with one another?
- Is the school on quarters, semesters, or trimesters?
- How many players do you carry on your roster? Do all players travel?
- What training happens between seasons?
- What time of the day are the practices typically?
- Do freshmen have study hall?
- What are the training facilities like?
- What style of play does your team play?
- What are the goals for your team in the future?
- How well does the team get along?
- What is your coaching philosophy and demeanor in practices and matches?
- What is the environment at your home matches? Expectations on match day?
- How long have you coached at your school?
- How many players at my position do you have on the roster?
Okay now that we have some questions let’s move on to another way to work through the process.
3. Do your homework
What I mean by do your homework is that you need to check up on your school and the program. You also need to look at other schools and programs. Perhaps your dream is to play Division 1. You may be that player, but what if you blow out a knee or maybe there is a small school out there that is just right for you. Maybe you go to a DI and sit the bench for four years, but instead go to a smaller school and you are an All American forfour years. You must weigh all your options. Look at all levels. This includes NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA and as well Community College (JUCO). DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Pure Energy personnel can assist with some of this research after we narrow down the schools that may fit the player.
When doing homework here are a few things to look for.
- Check out the Roster.
- What year are the players at your position.
- What is the typical size of the player for your position.
- What offense or defense do they play.
- What kind of coach do they have.
- What are the philosophies of the program.
These are just a few questions. Below is our Best Fit Principle Guide. This will help you decide or narrow down what you are looking for.
With over 1,012 institutions offering college-playing opportunities, we understand that identifying and choosing a college or university can be a difficult decision. There are many more factors than just volleyball to consider when going through the process. We advise players to look at nine different factors that take academics, athletics, and atmosphere into consideration when viewing potential college choices.
Athletic Program Priorities
1. Does the University or College support athletics?
2. Does the administration make extra effort to promote athletics in the community?
3. Is there a school commitment to constantly improve resources and facilities to be
among the top in the conference and/or the nation.
Athletic Support Staff
1. Does the school have athletes travel by bus or plane?
2. How much class do you miss?
3. Is study hall mandatory?
4. How are the professors concerning makeup work?
5. Are there attendance policies?
6. What is the graduation rate among all athletes?
7. Is summer school an option that the school will pay for?
Volleyball Program Background
1. How long has the staff been there?
2. Do they have a tendency to move around or stay put?
3. If they are a younger staff, how long before they move on to a bigger job?
4. If they are struggling, potentially how long before they are fired?
5. If there skills allow, do younger players play quality minutes early?
1. How many players return next year?
2. How many players are at my position(s)?
3. What are the recruiting tendencies of the staff?
4. Who are the players that are successful in their system?
5. Have they recruited any players in the class below mine?
Coaching Staff Approach
1. Does the staff yell and scream all the time?
2. What is the demeanor of the coach during matches?
3. Do you want to play for a younger or a more established staff?
4. Does the gender of the coach matter?
5. Talk to a former or current player. Try to identify a player that was/is an impact
player and one that spent/spends the majority of their time on the bench.
1. How big of school do you want to attend?
2. How big is the campus? Is it newer, more updated campus or a more
3. What are the living arrangements?
4. Do athletes live together?
5. Are you allowed to live off campus?
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.
Three Levels of Interest:
1. You’ve been noticed
- Mailed you a questionnaire to fill out and return
- Mailed you a summer camp brochure/application
- Put you on the schools general mailing list
- Called and spoke with your club coach or club director
- Emailing you occasionally
- Come to see you play specifically
- Mailed you a package with media guide, school information
- Sending you mail directly from the Athletic Department
- Invites you for an official or unofficial visit to the school
- Sends you text messages
- Emails you on a consistent basis
- Set up regular phone calls for you to contact them
- Makes every effort to see you play
- Talks with your coaches
- Concretely offers you a scholarship
2. They are interested (All of the above plus)
3. Committed (All of the above plus)
COLLEGE RECRUITING LINKS
- NCAA ID (you cannot be recruited without an ID)
- NCAA Eligibity Center for Student-Athletes
- NCAA Recruiting Calendars
Creating a Recruiting Profile
- Free Recruiting Profile
- USAV Official Recruiting Tool
- Online Database of Athletes for College Coaches
- Rich Kern’s Recruiting Registry