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Volleyball Scholarship for High School Star?

CCEdit_TorreyCCEdit_Torrey Editor Posts: 113 Editor
The Dean offers advice to this mom, who wonders why scouts haven't yet recruited her volleyball star daughter. https://www.collegeconfidential.com/articles/volleyball-scholarship-for-high-school-star/

Replies to: Volleyball Scholarship for High School Star?

  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 Registered User Posts: 3,359 Senior Member
    I think a great point in this article is that if your child isn't playing club/JO, it's super hard to know how your athlete compares with others. My daughter played for a school that sent 2-3 players/year to DI schools. She also played at a sports training center in the off season with a coach from a different high school. That coach told her in her freshman year that at her school, she would be her star varsity outside hitter. At her own school, she sat on the bench most of the time. The difference in level of play in HS is vast.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 19,559 Senior Member
    – College volleyball coaches are awarded an average of 13 full scholarships per season. So, depending on the size of the roster, than money must be divvied up among more than 13 players.

    One correction is that D1 women's volleyball is a 'head count' sport. The coach cannot divide a scholarship between several players. If the team is fully funded, each athlete receiving a scholarship receives a full one. If the team isn't fully funded, a player could receive less, but only 12 players in total can receive money. For D2, scholarships can be divided, but there is a limit of 8 per team.

    In some cases, the student could receive athletic aid, merit aid, and some other need based aid (mostly federal and state). There are gpa, rank, or score requirements to take merit and athletic aid.
  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    @twoinanddone -Thanks for that info about D1 volleyball being a "head count" sport. I hadn't known that.

    On another note, this answer was sent to the parent who'd sent the query much earlier in the fall. It was late then to start seeking volleyball scholarships for next September and it's FAR later now!
  • barronsbarrons Registered User Posts: 24,857 Senior Member
    edited November 9
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 19,559 Senior Member
    Yes, very late for a senior to just start looking for athletic scholarships but it can be done. My daughter didn't go on her first college visit until July and was able to pick a school and sign an NLI in November. She had to make some choices on the division she wanted to play in and the academics of the schools. It all worked out, but she was flexible.
  • barronsbarrons Registered User Posts: 24,857 Senior Member
    edited November 11
    5th year post HS academy could be an option. But $$$$$. IMG etc but for volleyball
  • StPaulDadStPaulDad Registered User Posts: 260 Junior Member
    All the advice above is broadly applicable to most sports (eg be realistic about your talent level, be realistic about your recruiting chances, play sports for the right reasons, start early, etc) but there are many thing to know specific to each sport. There's a cadence to each season, a hierarchy to which positions get recruited first, rules for contact dates, completely different types of camps and showcases to consider and a hundred other details to learn. There are some sport-specific threads on this site that are gold mines for parents just starting out, so be sure to search the Athletic Recruits area at CC. And away from CC one of the best resources for how college VB coaches handle recruiting and why they act like they do is at the www collegevolleyballcoach com site. He seems to have stopped posting this summer, but his archives are worth reading to the very end.
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