College Volleyball Recruiting
A primary goal of ours is always to help any athlete in our club explore and find the right opportunity to further their education. We also want to help them move on and compete at the collegiate level as well.
Our process is strong due to the network we’ve built during the recruiting process of former players. This process we’ve developed has enabled us to help over 15 athletes get an opportunity to play collegiately. Between our 2015-17 seasons we had 12 players from our 18’s teams go play collegiately.
Our Volleyball Recruiting Process
Robbie Curlee, our club director, is hands on when it comes to our volleyball recruiting process. She has developed relationships and gained knowledge of the wants and needs for college athletic programs from all levels. Her drive is to make sure both players/parents and college coaches are put in the best positions to be successful. She assists Storm members throughout the process using her network and the SportsRecruits system. She works hard to keep them informed with the ever-changing recruiting rules. We have sent several Storm athletes to successful college volleyball careers.
Storm Performance sees college as an opportunity to play volleyball but more importantly receive an education.
Things To Remember About Being Recruited
Here are some important tips to help you in the recruitment process:
1) All scholarships are not equal:
Colleges don’t have unlimited budgets. Very few offer a traditional full ride scholarship. The vast majority will often offer a combination of a partial scholarship and a financial aid package. This may be the only way a coach get can get you (or your daughter) into that school. These are similar to the traditional full ride scholarships. If the school looks like a good fit and offers one of these, consider them the same way you would consider a traditional full ride scholarship.
Additionally it is important to note that even the full ride scholarship does not mean that it is “all expenses paid.” There will still be costs involved with college. Tuition only scholarships do not cover the cost of books, housing or food. If you consider the cost of an apartment and food each month, a college that is offering a combination scholarship may still ask you to pay $4,000 a year. This still could be a good deal.
2) Always be on your best behavior:
When you are playing in a tournament with coaches watching, it is imperative that you be on your best behavior. Coaches don’t always come to see if you are a good player. If you are playing in the Open Division for example, they already know you are a good player; they are coming to see if you are a good teammate and have a winning attitude. Coaches are not interested in those who slap their legs, frown or show negative emotion when they make a mistake, they want the ones that remain positive and always encourage and work with their teammates, even when they are on the sidelines.
3) Take advantage of every situation:
Each team has a couple of players that will draw lots of college attention. When coaches come to watch those players, what else do they see? They see you as well!! Even though they did not originally come to watch you, if you play well, you could end up impressing that coach and they could have an interest in you later.
4) Never assume:
Don’t read into a situation. A coach may come to your match, watch for a couple of minutes and walk away. Don’t assume they are not interested. They may have already made up their mind and are pressed to see another player. They may come back later or they may have seen what they need to see. Most coaches will evaluate your athletic abilities during warm ups or on video, when they come to watch you, they may just want to see how you interact with your teammates. You never know what they are thinking so don’t assume.
5) Make decisions based on what is best for you:
Make sure that your decision is not about staying close to home or what your boyfriend wants or any other reason other than what is best for you. This is one of the most important decisions in your life and you need to do what is right for you and no one else. Your parents want what is best for you and they want you to make a decision on your future and not theirs. As for the boyfriend, if the relationship is solid, it won’t affect whether or not you are in New York and they are in Texas. Don’t let a boyfriend run your life; what happens if you break up? You will be living his life and not yours.
Remember, there are thousands of other players nationwide competing with you for college scholarships. The Storm coaches know what these coaches are looking for and are trying to pass that information on to you. You need to listen to what we have to say and take heed. We may be tough and pushy, but if you’re interest is in playing volleyball in college, follow our lead, and work hard, you may be able to reach your goal.