Here’s how to get recruited for college sand volleyball. I must say that this is probably one of the most exciting times for me & one of the funnest post that I get to write.
I absolutely LOVE sand volleyball.
I am a AA player and play mostly in the Dallas area (Yucatan Beach Club – Now Sand Garden… in Coppell).
I fell in love with this game back in 2008.
I only got to play for about a month at the end of the summer that year, but the next year I took it pretty seriously (I was hooked).
I played leagues and was able to go from a brand new player and move up the ranks to BB, then to A and on to AA/Open player.
I believe that in sports you can do anything that you set your mind to.
I made a goal at the beginning of the year, and reached it by the end of the year.
Bare with me, as I will tie this story in with getting recruited to play sand volleyball in college.
I believe that you should ALWAYS play to your strengths in any sport.
The greatest athletes in any sport all had something that they did better than anyone else. They weren’t average “all around” players.
Yes, the play other parts of the game great too, but there is an extreme focus on their strengths. There are a lot of people that would disagree with me, but oh well.
My strength is jumping and speed. In volleyball terms that means hitting, blocking & court coverage.
I was originally weak at passing & setting, but as I worked on my strengths I ALSO worked on my weaknesses. I would spend hours just passing, bumping & hand setting to myself.
Recently (while on a extended vacation in California) I was able to play a lot of indoor volleyball with the Yuba College girl’s team and with my girlfriend Jaime (thanks ya’ll).
This was a huge help to me, especially to help me work on passing, ball control, communication, and reading the court.
Getting Recruited to Play Sand Volleyball In College
There is a HUGE opportunity to get to college playing this sport, because it’s a new sport in college. Just the other day I watched the “first ever national championship for sand volleyball”. That was pretty neat.
The thing is, just because a player plays indoor ball, doesn’t mean that they will be great outdoor.
It’s a different game.
You have the elements, you have to cover half of the court (2 on 2), and you have to be able to handle a lot more physically & technically. I am not taking anything from the indoor game, those guys and gals that play in college are living, breathing, walking BEAST 😉
It’s just a different game.
Now, I say this because this really opens the door to allow “sand volleyball” specialist.
For now (and this will change) the NCAA allows 3 scholarships per team for sand volleyball, and this will increase one every year until it gets to 6 (2014-2015) for schools that also sponsor indoor volleyball. (UPDATE: There are 6 full scholarships and 12 Universities like to have 12 athletes)
For schools that don’t sponsor indoor volleyball, they will have 8 scholarships for sand volleyball.
For now, collegiately , this is just a women’s sport, but there are discussions about adding Men’s outdoor beach volleyball to the NCAA.
How To Get Recruited For College Sand Volleyball
Secret #1: Coaches won’t discover you by accident. What ever you do, do not wait for a coach to contact you.
If you want to be recruited you have to be proactive.
You have to look for the programs that you would like to play for, you have to match those with the schools that you would like to attend, and match both of those with your character, personality and ability.
THEN, you need to start contacting them and letting them know that you would be interested in playing for their program and attending their school and why.
Secret #2: Videos of your full games &/or skills videos really help. This sport is so new that the sand volleyball recruiting video becomes such a great way of showing college coaches your skills and ability and introducing yourself.
You want to have your two best games filmed and ready to send out.
Then you also want to have a skills video where you display your talents in playing the game through a number of drills.
Secret #3: Get NCAA registered & Eligible. Be sure to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Then take both your SAT/ACT.
Take the one that you score best on again and again.
The better your score the more valuable that you become to the program and the more “financial aid” you can potentially be awarded.
Make sure to graduate in 8 semesters from the time you enter 9th grade check to make sure that you are taking the required 16 core courses and have at least 10 before your senior year.
Secret #4: Negotiate. Negotiate. Just because a college coach makes you an athletic scholarship offer, doesn’t mean that you have to accept it as is.
It’s not a “final offer”. If you “need more”, then you can let the coach know that you do.
It may or may not come from an “athletic award”… but there are other ways in which the school can come up with money to help you pay for school.
Secret #5: Fill out the FAFSA. Getting money for school starts by filling out the FAFSA.
This is the standard form that starts the process for all school’s financial awards. You can submit it Jan 1 of the new year. And the earlier that you get this done the better.
Like all sports, this is a great opportunity to be able to go to college playing your sport.
“If you love the game like I do, can you imagine anything better than getting school paid for or heavily discounted playing the game you love, getting a degree in the process, and traveling about the country… paid for?”
You are on the right path, and I have so much more to teach you about how to get recruited for college beach volleyball… it starts with my free recruiting video presentation here. Talk to you soon.