There are 450,000 high school girls playing volleyball across the country. 6% will receive an offer to play college volleyball, 1.2% will be from D1 schools. If you want to play college volleyball, there will be a place for you to play, BUT you may have to be open minded about the school you wish to attend in order to play.
There are different types of school divisions and the scholarships they offer vary. You will find the school divisions broken down below along with some links to great websites that hold a ton of important information regarding timelines, about the quiet/dead period for some schools, as well as more information about recruiting. Please also take a second to view the two documents with information on the process of recruiting and the big picture timeline.
One thing you will have to do is register with the NCAA Clearing house. This is not something that needs to be done prior to Sophomore or Junior year, but if you plan to commit and play for a D1 or D2 university you must register and get cleared. Basically, the clearing house needs to clear you as a student prior to any scholarship award being approved and dispersed. The NCAA clearing house will walk you through the parchment process of submitting your grades and classes. There are NCAA grade requirements and class requirements. These requirements tend to be much lower than many university requirements, so don’t think that you will get admitted just for meeting NCAA requirements. University acceptance comes first so keep up the grades. You will have more choices if you are strong in the classroom.
Go to bottom of page and click on Eligibility center. It will then direct you to click on Student-Athlete registration to obtain your NCAA registration number. You can also create a profile page for D3 schools to view.
Best informational recruiting site, you can gather what you need for free. Pick sport then choose from guide. (Recruiting rules, guidelines, timelines, how to, video, camps, colleges).
Division 1 Schools
Head Count sport which means everything is covered (tuition, room board, food, books). Every NCAA D1 program has the same number of scholarships to be given per year and that is 12. (average roster is 16 for D1 program)
D1 COmmunication Timelines
The NCAA Division 1 volleyball recruiting rules restrict when and how D1 volleyball coaches can actively start communicating with prospects. The most important date for D1 volleyball players is September 1 of junior year. At this point, almost all forms of coach contact are allowed.
Recruiting questionnaires, camp invites, NCAA materials and non-athletic publications: Any time
Private electronic correspondence (emails, texts, instant messages, DMs, faxes): September 1 of junior year
Phone calls: September 1 of junior year
Official visits: September 1 of junior year
Unofficial visits: September 1 of junior year (recruits can take unofficial visits any time as just a student, but they aren’t able to coordinate the visit with a coach until September 1 of junior year), unlimited unofficial visits
Off-campus contact: July 1 prior to senior year of high school
Division 2 schools
There are 8 NCAA D2 scholarships per team per year. D2 offers equivalency scholarships. Every NCAA D2 school has 8 scholarships per year to be divided among the players. D2 schools tend to have large rosters.
division 2 communication timelines
The most important date in the NCAA Division 2 volleyball recruiting rules is June 15 before junior year of high school. At this time all contact is permitted.
Recruiting questionnaires, camp brochures and non-athletic publications: Any time
Unofficial visits: Any time, unlimited
Private electronic correspondence (emails, texts, instant messages, DMs, faxes): June 15 before junior year
Phone calls: June 15 before junior year
Official visits: June 15 before junior year
In-person, off-campus contact: June 15 before junior year
Division 3 schools
offers NO athletic scholarships, only academic – merit base and or need based.
division 3 communication timelines
D3 volleyball colleges have the most relaxed NCAA recruiting rules of all the division levels. Most contact is allowed at any time, recruits are only restricted in when they can start taking official visits and have off-campus contact with coaches.
Recruiting materials: Athletes can receive recruiting materials at any time.
Phone calls and electronic communications: There is no limit on when college coaches can call or digitally message athletes.
Unofficial visits: Any time, unlimited
Off-campus contact: After the athlete’s sophomore year, college coaches may begin to conduct off-campus contact.
Official visits: Athletes can begin taking official visit after January 1 of their junior year.
NAIA is like D2 universities with 8 equivalency scholarships to be divided amongst players.
The NAIA gives a lot of freedom to its coaches in the recruiting process, and it does not restrict when or how coaches can reach out to high school athletes. Though there are fewer rules, NAIA coaches do tend to start the recruiting process a little later than NCAA Division 1 or Division 2 coaches.