INTRODUCTION TO THE RECRUITING PROCESS
College recruiting is a continuous job for a Potential Student Athlete (PSA) and her family. Viper Volleyball will provide important resources to support our families throughout the recruiting process. Finding the right college for your player– academically, athletically and socially– is a big commitment, but it is most certainly worth it.
1. Below are several important websites athletes and parents should read through to understand everything involved in competing at a college in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). These are schools in Divisions I (345 schools), II (289 schools) and III (428 schools).
2. Another level of collegiate sports is the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). There are 235 schools around the country with women’s volleyball in the NAIA division.
3. Lastly, there is a two-year option to play collegiate volleyball and obtain an AA degree. From there you can continue on to a 4-year institution to finish up your 2-3 years of eligibility if you choose and also acquire a Bachelor’s degree. There are 300 schools in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) with women’s volleyball. The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) has 86 schools in California alone.
This information will be helpful to get you started in creating your lists of schools (Dream school list, Target list, Fall back list). Read through the websites above to see what level college best fits your talents athletically and academically. It’s never too early to start your recruiting process. It will take a lot of work, but we have the resources to help you along the way.