May 2, 2013

Boy's College Volleyball and Recruiting

Hello Coach Matt,

I just got your book and can't put it down! Thank you for very
valuable information.

But it's geared more toward girl's volleyball, so I have I few questions.

My son is the freshman. He's been playing on club team for two
seasons, first year in HS.

In your book  Recruiting Plan Part I , it's " improving your skills
and have fun ". And that's exactly what he's doing.

But in Part II ( Sophomore year ) it's club season first for boys and
then HS season and then short club season again with two tournament
including Nationals.

So, my questions are:
1) do we send introductory  letters to colleges in the fall ?
2) do I start taping him now , that we have a video by fall ?
3) when do we send a second letter ?

Thank you very much.  O.S.

Inside College Volleyball is more geared for women, which reflects the unfortunate imbalance between college volleyball for men and women.  I find it interesting that volleyball could be the only collegiate sport in which the men are supported significantly worse than the women.

I am glad that Inside College Volleyball is of value and that you are applying/reflecting the recruiting plan in your process.  The men's club season is broken into pieces, which can disrupt the protocol a bit.  

As to your specific questions:

1.  I would send introductory letters to college coaches in the late fall/early winter.  Men's volleyball tends to recruit a bit slower than women's volleyball; which may be due to the young ladies physically maturing quicker than the guys, or that the men's college volleyball coaches still have a sense of balance.

2.  Wait to take video as late as possible in the late fall/early winter.  Men's volleyball is so physical (when compared to women's) and the college coaches want to see/evaluate the level of physicality.  Again, as young men mature a bit later (there was a huge difference in my physical stature between end of freshman year and start of junior year), you want to wait as long as possible on the video to adequately reflect this physicality.

3.  I would send a second letter just before the start of the National Championships; like a reminder letter.  With this second letter, include the most recent video possible; from practice just before the tournament.

Glad to help and I should be able to provide a bit more background on men's volleyball in these coming months, as I am producing a boys' volleyball recruiting combine down in Puerto Rico in August.  As we will be promoting this event heavily to men's collegiate coaches and the local players, this should assist in my continuing education!

In closing, I would also strongly suggest NCSA Athletic Recruiting as an invaluable resource/support for male VolleyFamilies - Men's College Volleyball provides such limited opportunities (when compared to women's) that the competition is fierce for scholarships and roster spots; any advantage or leg up is well worth it!

Coach Matt


  1. AnonymousMay 02, 2013

    Hard to tell when this was posted. But as the Parent of boy who is a Jr in HS, I'm interested to learn more about the player combine in PR. Where can we find preliminary info?

  2. The date of the PR Boy's Combine is August 10th and it will be in San Juan. I am still finalizing the site and other details, but that is our date!

  3. AnonymousMay 06, 2013

    My son is going theough the recruiting process and He was told that unless you are in the top 20 in the country allot of teams start looking the spring club year of the junior year and the senior year club year because of phyiscal development. HP is also important since allot of coaches attend those camps/eval sessions as team coaches/evaluators.

  4. AnonymousMay 30, 2013

    Agreed on the Spring/Junior Club year. But I disagree about HP. Been there, done that and frankly, it's not what is advertised and is quite expensive.


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