OK, wait a minute, let's bring it down a bit and please allow me to share with you some suggestions to make this opening weekend where all the Crazy College Coaches will be floating so smoothly around the courts, a bit more successful for my VolleyPSA's!
1. Play to the level of your abilities, not past them or below them. As simple as this sounds, this is the best thing to do. If you press and try to play beyond your abilities, then mistakes will happen. If you take it too casual (a common defense mechanism against pressure), then you will not display your talent at an attractive level.
2. Before now, you should have been laying the foundation for your skills sets and physical fitness. Even now, there is still time to work toward proper physical condition for upcoming tournaments. Hear me out; I am not so much talking about looking fit or not fit, but playing fit. It will not showcase your abilities to lose your jump or explosive movements three attacks into a long rally. Being out of shape leads to fatigue mistakes, both mental and physical.
3. Focus your skill sets on your strengths these first couple of recruiting club tournaments - Highlight the strengths of your game to make a positive first impression upon college coaches. If you are a MB and can crush the slide, but struggle on the C, then try to run as many slides as you can. As an OH, if you are better hitting cross court than line, then hit cross court to minimize errors and make positive plays.
4. If you play OH or Libero, then concentrate on passing. Passing is one of the first skills sets that coaches will evaluate you upon and if you can pass, then this ability will elevate your standing in the recruit rankings. For Libero's, this is a given (just a reminder, college coaches will take a great passing Libero over a great defensive Libero - Passing equals winning). For OH's, don't think that just being a great hitter will make up for not passing well.
5. Setters - You must demonstrate leadership and composure. Leadership does not have to be vocal or demonstrative, but it must be evident. You should be supporting your hitters, defending your defensive position and running an offense, just not setting an offense.
6. Liberos - You must dominate the back row. Defense and Passing is your reason for wearing knee pads. College coaches can accept an occasional bad pass or defensive shank, but we will drop you off our recruiting database faster than a Kardashian if you don't go all out. I don't know what drives college coaches more bonkers, the amount of money being thrown away on college football or Liberos who don't go after a ball.
7. Middles - First of all, please don't do the fake swing on an approach when the ball went to another hitter, does not work and looks rookie. Secondly, work hard - Middles have the most physically demanding position on the court and college coaches want to see you doing all of it; be available to attack on every rally, go pin to pin to block the ball, if you get fooled, then drop and cover the tip and then load to re attack. Middles are always doing something - they have no off plays.
8. Outsides - Pass the ball to the setter and if you get set, hit the ball in the court. The simplicity is beautiful. These are the two best things you can do the opening tournaments. Again, pass the ball to the setter and hit the ball in the court - Every other skill set is secondary to these.
9. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT ME!!! The last, last, last thing you should be concerned with is the college coach(es) on surrounding the court. If you play great, sleep well after the tournament. If you play poorly, do not lose any sleep over it - There is a tremendous amount of time left in the club volleyball recruiting season and to stress over one tournament is a waste of your precious youth!!!!
10. Have fun playing the greatest sport. Volleyball is fun to play and fun to watch and fun to be around. If you are not having fun or gaining enjoyment out of your day, then it is time to go do something else.