Wanted to ask a question. I am a rising senior setter 5'11 lefty.
I have some good interest from a few D2 programs that like me as a redshirt, or a starting setter. Went on a few visits/camps this summer and have gotten 2 partial d2 offers.
I just got back from a visit and was offered a full ride at NAIA school in a small town. I loved the girls on the team, the campus was awesome, the education program is a perfect fit.
I am afraid..... should be waiting for d2 or low level d1 (maybe from Senior showcase in Vegas).
All in all I loved the school, team etc. yes, it is a small town but is bad to go NAIA?
Thank you for your question and I have written about the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a volleyball opportunity in Inside College Volleyball.
The NAIA suffers from not having the huge media support which the NCAA enjoys, and as such, many folks don't realize what a great opportunity NAIA can be. I know a number of NAIA programs which have great volleyball environments, and the players have a tremendous experience.
If you have found a four year school which provides you "the perfect fit" academically and you connected well with the players/coaches, and you have a full scholarship offer......then I have trouble seeing what the problem is???
As you referenced, there will be recruiting opportunities in NCAA D1/D2 when the early club volleyball tournaments come into play in 2014, but are these going to be as complete as the NAIA school. Maybe yes, maybe no? That is a gamble.
Some families want and need the social validation of saying "NCAA Division I".....and these same families can have a very poor collegiate experience because they were focused upon the wrong thing in the recruiting process!
Listen to your inner voice. Don't talk yourself in-to or out-off anything; just slow down mentally and listen to your inner voice.