October 26, 2015

Way too early college volleyball question #456

Hey Coach,

My daughter is in 14s, and she recently started playing at a club that didn't match her playing skill very well. Most of the girls had just started learning how to play volleyball! Anyways, we didn't want to just abandon the club so we asked if we could play a year up. They said they didn't have a 15s team, but that she could play with the 16s to see if it would be a better fit. To make a long story short, my daughter fit right in, and they offered her a spot on the 16s team! We gladly accepted.

What I'm wondering, is what are the recruiting rules for an 8th grader that's playing with sophomores. I've heard that recruiters can't start a conversation with a girl, but if a player went up to a college coach it was fine. Does this hold true for our situation?

Thanks so much!
Volleyball Mom

Don't take this the wrong way, but DO NOT FOCUS ON RECRUITING.  Your daughter is in 8th grade and even if she was 6'5", jumped out of the gym, coordinated/talented like an Olympian and mature beyond her years, I would still tell you to NOT FOCUS ON RECRUITING.

There are only two areas you should be thinking about right now:

1.  That your daughter is having an enjoyable experience playing club volleyball, especially since she is moving up two age groups.

2.  That she is improving her volleyball abilities, in a positive and supportive environment.

Forget the contact rules, forget reaching out, don't even look sideways at those logo wearing knucklehead college coaches stalking around the courts in search of their job saving recruit.

If you have read the world's greatest college volleyball website (which would be collegevolleyballcoach.com), then you have seen "Freshman Free and Sophomore Slow".  Freshman is the Free Year, Sophomore is the time to slowly engage in the process.  And I will now add "Eighth Grade Go Away and if you look at my daughter, I will send Grandpa over to beat you with his now empty Starbucks coffee cup".

Just let her play, tell the college coaches to go away, think about having fun and the fact your daughter is almost done being young.

Coach Matt Sonnichsen

1 comment:

  1. I love this! And absolutely the Truth!


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