Glad you enjoy the webinars and are getting some good information from them. I won't have a webinar this week, as I am traveling on Wednesday down to Houston for the NCSA/AVCA Showcase and JVA World Challenge. Please remember that I have many articles in my Inside College Volleyball book regarding Unofficial Visits.
A few thoughts for your upcoming trips:
1. You must go on the visit - Even if your VolleyPSA hesitates, make it mandatory that you go. With the shift in mentality of collegiate volleyball coaches and athletic departments, the parents must be there. Now more than ever it is a business, and your business is to protect your daughter.
2. Parents must allow their PSA to engage in the visit, but the parents must have their radar on full blast. Look and Listen at all times. Look at what you were not shown and listen to what was not said to you.
3. Have adult/business questions written down before you arrive. Make sure you are asking questions about program budget, marketing support, staffing, academic support, coaching philosophy, etc.
4. You should have your PSA spend the night on campus with a player - This will give some indication of the personality of the team, how many players come by to say hello or hang out, what is the feel on campus in the residence halls. Also, make sure she is staying with freshman or sophomores, not juniors or seniors.
5. The campus tour should include the entire campus - coaches can be good about not showing you things/areas they don't want you to see.
6. Important to take 'comparable' visits. Just like when the real estate agent prices out a house for sale, they look at other 'comparable' properties to see what the market it like. The VolleyFamilies must also do this because comparing U of MIssouri to U of Missouri - Kansas City is not realistic. Compare campuses which are similar in conference affiliations or size/commitment to athletics.
7. Make sure you take time to drive around the town on your own and then double back to campus after your Unofficial Visit with the Volleyball staff ends. As parents, you cannot trust completely what the coach is telling you, not completely. The coach's job is to recruit your PSA and convince her to commit to their school; to do that, they will bend the truth to fit their needs. Drive all around the perimeter of the campus, drive around where the off campus students live, drive to nearest place the students would shop for food or watch a movie, go back onto campus and walk around on your own to get a feel for the feel of the campus!
The final suggestion I have, is to be the grown ups. Do not be 'wowed' by the school name, or the coach's resume, or the facilities - Be vigilant about seeing the entire picture, not just the view which is presented to you.