I’m an incoming junior and a girls volleyball player, due to some really rough circumstances I couldn’t play freshman or sophmore year. I don’t know if I’ll be able to play this year either. Can I still get recruited senior year? If I can’t play this year what do I do? I’m so nervous and I don’t know what to do.
Honestly, I seriously doubt it. If you haven’t been playing why do you think you could be recruited for volleyball?
I agree with @Empireapple . If you could go to an ID camp and show amazing ability, you might pull it off, but now is the time to do that.
I’m trying to figure out why you are “freaking out”?
What is it about playing that is so important to you?
Is it because you need to be recruited for a sport in order to afford college?
Having your senior be the one and only time that coaches/scouts can see you play volleyball doesn’t help you.
Do you play club? Due to your reference to tough circumstances, I assume not.
This is a bit hard to understand. It seems the last time you actually played volleyball was middle school. Is that right? I don’t understand why you would think that a coach would recruit you if you’ve never played in high school.
Depending on what experience or raw athleticism you have some coaches might be interested. There are a bunch of lousy programs at the bottom of D3 where you might have a chance, but it wouldn’t be wide-spread. These days most college programs are good enough that all or nearly all players were in some sort of club program in addition to high school teams. Be realistic about what you offer, and recall that most schools have intramural VB that’s sometimes pretty high level. There are only about 20 women playing VB for the huge D1 schools, but hundreds more play at them in a variety of leagues.
That said, there are some things you can try.
- If you’ve got a friend or two to work with you can make a skills video to put on youtube that you can direct coaches to. Google a few to see what they’re looking for.
- Look into the programs at schools you’re looking at to see how good they are. If they are really good then there probably won’t be space for you, but reach out to a few of the mid- and lower-tier coaches with your story and see what they think. If you can touch a basketball rim a lot of teams will be curious.
- Not certain how good a student you are or what type of schools you’re looking at, but if volleyball is more important than academics you can check out the world of two year colleges to establish a record against known levels of competition.That experience can transfer to a four year school as easily as the grades.
Finally, I tell anyone interested in college volleyball that they need to go over and read everything at www collegevolleyballcoach com which we found to be incredibly helpful. He’s got a book, but the bulk of it is included in his postings there. (He works for NCSA but doesn’t try to sell it at all. Great resource.)