How do I get recruited?
If you are interested in playing for a college beach volleyball program, there are a few things you should do in order to be recruited.
1. Play in lots of tournaments. Try to play in big tournaments such as National Championships and Club Championships. A lot of college coaches will be at these events so it’s good to play in front of them as often as you can.
2.Go to college camps. If you have a few colleges in mind you would love to play at, sign up for their beach volleyball camps. It’s recommended that you try as many camps as you can because it gives you the opportunity to be seen and coached by your potential future coach. It also gives them an idea of what kind of player you are.
3.Go to showcases. Some clubs will host college showcases where there will be a handful of college coaches in attendance. At these showcases, the college coaches will teach you certain skills and interact with you on a more personal level. Once the showcase is over, there is usually a tournament in which the college coaches can watch you play in a real life setting. Showcases are a great recruiting opportunity.
4.Send in videos of you playing. Don’t create a huge highlight reel with loud music in the background, special effects and just clips of you hitting the ball straight down everytime. Film yourself playing in tournaments, go through the video and pick out some great plays you want to showcase, and send that in. It’s that simple. Coaches don’t want to see you hit the 10 ft. line on repeat. They want to see how you handle adversity, how you hustle to the ball, that you never let a ball touch the ground without effort and what kind of teammate you are. Good coaches don’t need to watch 20 minutes of your game either. Make it short and to the point and if they see something there, you’ll be put on their radar.
5.Reach out to coaches. It can be scary to pick up the phone and initiate conversations with people who have the power to make or break your college career. Just do it! Coaches know how difficult it can be to push your fears aside and have those uncomfortable yet necessary conversations. They respect it though, and believe it or not, they’ve done it hundreds if not thousands of times. 99% of the time they will lead the conversation and make you feel at ease. To take some of the pressure off, come prepared with questions you are genuinely interested in finding answers to. Ask about the culture of the team, what kind of resources the school offers for student-athletes, what kind of player and teammate are they looking for or even a fun ice breaker such as where is the coolest place they’ve ever traveled to before. Most importantly, just be yourself.
6.Do good in school! This is probably one of the most important factors in getting recruited. College coaches are not just recruiting you for their team, but they are also putting their faith in you as a student. Your GPA directly affects the team’s GPA. If you don’t get good grades in high school, how will they expect that you’ll get good grades in college? If they can’t rely on you to be academically eligible, then it’s not only a bad reflection of the team, but also the school. Grades are oftentimes linked to work ethic. If you slack off in school, coaches may take that as a sign that you will slack off in sports too. Another huge factor grades play in recruiting has to do with academic scholarships. Let’s say the college of your dreams wants to offer you a position on their team but they only have a limited amount of athletic scholarship money to give. They may offer you a 10% athletic scholarship for each year, but if you are eligible for academic scholarships, you could potentially work your way up to being a full-ride scholarship athlete! As you can see, academics play a huge role in recruitment so it’s important to work hard on and off the court as well as in the classroom.