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100% of our Class of 2018 have been recruited!

Dreams Can Come True!!!

Congratulations, Julie Skipper!!!!

Testimonial from Julie Skipper, Class of 2018
Coach Valle and her coaches poured so much time and effort into me: improving my skills and technique, getting to know me, and helped me with the recruitment process for College. Knowing that I had chosen a club that invested in me lifted a large burden off my shoulders. At a time when I was doubting my own abilities, the constant encouragement and support boosted my confidence and brought about a whole new love for the sport.
Looking back, Port Orange Volleyball Club prepared me for the role I’m about play at Trinity College of Florida. I can’t thank POV, Coach Valle and coaches enough for their time, effort, and support that got me this far. POV played a huge part in getting me to where I am today.
Julie Skipper, Class of 2018
Port Orange Volleyball (POV 18U)

Recruiting Seminar 2018 at AAU Nationals

College Recruiting (6.19.2018 AAU)

By the Sophomore year your athlete should be registered in the Clearing House and your grades entered into the system so coaches can track your progress. 

Make videos. Post on YouTube. 

There is a unique group that gets recruited early. That is an exception not the rule. 

Wait on the recruiter. Your are being seen while playing at the club level. Clubs are doing a good job of promoting players.

Absolutely play high school volleyball because it will groom your player as a person. To not play high school sends a bad message to college coaches. Coaches want players that learned how to lead and make a team better.

It is important to play high school. It is easier for college recruiters to watch a tournament where they can see 40,000 players play. 

What 2 things do you look for in an athlete you want to recruit?

1. Athleticism 
2. Character 

Experienced coaches want to see players that play multiple sports. They want to know the athlete is physically capable in the sport but overall that their athleticism is top notch.

Coaches want to see overall athleticism. Athleticism is built by playing multiple sports. 

Coaches know whether you can play for their team within 1 minute. They also watch how the player responds to teammates, when they are facing adversity, and what they do to build others up. They also watch the parents. If the parents are a problem, the athlete will not be actively recruited.

Loyalty is important. Player to team and coach to team.

It's all about Character! 

Does the athlete know how to handle things on their own. 

Recruiters look for the small things... 
...how a player subs out
...how the player responds to a bad ball or the errors of teammates 
...how a player handles a loss.

Be careful about what is posted on social media. There are people being paid to get athletes into compromising positions.

Don't narrow the focus to the Power 5 schools. Be open to play Division II and other schools.

GPA: Is there a minimum GPA? 3.0 is the baseline. Most schools think 3.5 is a good indicator of a true scholar athlete. Make sure your child is ready for college. Some schools have waivers and others don't which means student athletes are competing for a general admission spot not just a team spot.

Are there any majors that make it challenging for students to successfully navigate being a student and athlete?

Studio degrees (nursing, architecture, pre med) typically require many hours of classroom and lab time that may make it difficult to maintain both.

Be PROACTIVE about recruiting. Feel like your athlete is recruiting the teams as well.

How can you get your child recruited?

If your child dreams of playing college volleyball, it is imperative that they are seen by coaches at volleyball events, and social media is a vessel to get kids in front of these coaches. If they don’t attend events like Nationals and big tournaments, then they are not get the visibility or competition they need to be a candidate to play at the next level. It starts now in their volleyball journey, not later. Later is too late!

Recruiting Resources

POV Youtube Channel

Watch our teams' footage online on Youtube :-)

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