[quote]Dr J wrote:
My daughter is a high school senior who has played basketball for five years and just finished her third year of volleyball. She REALLY wants to play volleyball in college,and of course, Dad would like to get some (or all) of her tuition paid. She has already gotten attention from three DIII schools (she also got a letter from DII Springhill College for basketball). Does anybody have any tips for getting at least DII attention?
She has good grades and a 30 on the ACT,so we feel confident that she’ll get some academic scholarship. If sports would pay some more, maybe she could get her degree for “free”. She’s 5’11’’, and was at least good enough to play in our state’s (Mississippi) North-South game (All-Stars essentially). We’re presently looking at a couple club league’s, and I am trying to find some resources for improving her overall athleticism, especially her vertical.[/quote]
I don’t know much about volleyball, but I do know quite a bit about college sports in general at the D2/D3 level.
Hopefully this link is allowed to remain active:
That page has a full list of NCAA volleyball programs along with some helpful explanations.
Women’s NCAA Division I volleyball is a headcount sport, so there is an absolute limit of 12 players per school that can be under scholarship annually at the 331 schools that sponsor Division I volleyball. Those scholarships CANNOT be divided amongst more than 12 players.
In Division II, there are 8 scholarships that CAN be divided amongst multiple players.
Your best chances for her to get picked up are definitely getting her into a few club leagues and camps, as well as contacting coaches directly. You don’t want to come off aggressive or overbearing, but don’t be afraid to politely contact even a Division I school with polite messages. All it takes is one place that has an extra available or loses another recruit at the last minute. Write a few polite emails, or better yet, have your daughter write the emails. Coaches would much, much rather be contacted by a prospective athlete than by a parent. Something like:
"Dear Coach X,
Thanks for taking the time to read my email. My name is (NAME), and I am a senior volleyball player at (SCHOOL) in (TOWN). I also play in (LEAGUE) and have (HONORS), including (ALL STAR GAME APPEARANCE). While I’ve only played for three years, I’m very excited about the opportunity to continue my career at the college level and feel that there’s a lot of room for growth in my game.
I’d be very interested in speaking by phone or visiting your school to learn more.
According to that list, Mississippi has zero Division II women’s volleyball programs, so it’s either going to be D1 or going out-of-state. How far (geographically) is she willing to go, and how far are you willing to let her go? If she manages to get the right attention, there are six Division I programs in Missisippi, plus a handful in several of your nearby states (Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas, at a glance, all have several). There are a handful of D2’s in that region, as well, but none in your home state.