School ball season is officially here! As a senior, you should already have a good idea of your options for college volleyball, if that’s your goal. If you’re still trying to catch your breath after your summer break, our guide below will help you evaluate where you are and what you should be doing RIGHT NOW regarding your academics and/or college volleyball career.
Academics – You have fall and part of your spring semester to get your grades up as much as possible. Focus on academics; every point counts and can be critical for some schools and scholarship money.
- Continue to take the ACT or SAT tests until you are satisfied.
- Use downtime at tournaments to study if your school work allows.
- Consider test prep courses and tutoring. Prep courses that have great results and online reviews include: Veritas prep, Kaplan, Princeton review, EPrep, and Study Point. Working on your standardized testing skills can have a big payoff in the increase in scholarship money that you can receive.
College Application/Acceptance – If you know where you are going, know the application and decision deadlines for your school. Some Division One schools have early deadlines, while some smaller schools that have early application deadlines as well.
There are some benefits to applying early for some colleges and, depending on size of school, doing this may increase your scholarship money, help you get the dorm you want and even the roommate you want. Make visits to the school this fall as your high school ball schedule allows. Go watch the coach in action and stay with the team if you can. Watch other sports at the school and immerse yourself in the new team and school you will soon join.
College Recruiting- If the thought of choosing a college or navigating the recruiting process is overwhelming and daunting to you and your parents, consider sites like Be Recruited or Captain U that you can pay by the month (as low as $14.95) and see what opportunities remain. Also important is to be sure you register with the NCAA and NAIA eligibility centers.
We bet that your high school games are recorded. Ask your coach if you can copy the footage and upload it to YouTube or a recruiting profile and email links of your highlights to coaches along with your upcoming club schedule and game stats.
Be open to junior colleges or “jucos,” which are usually the last to sign athletes and still have plenty of opportunities available. Pay special attention to jucos IN TEXAS if you need help paying for college. There are scholarship opportunities available, which can mean a great (FREE) jump start to a college education and we have found that the coaches work really hard at the end of your time with them to place you at four-year institutions if you wish to continue in your sport.
Scholarships – Now is a great time to be working on scholarships (if you are not receiving a full ride). Be sure to complete your FAFSA online and reach out to as many scholarship opportunities as possible. Here is a brief outline of how to go about your search:
- First, don’t forget to look at local places like credit unions, utility co-ops, businesses, and non-profits that offer scholarships.
- Second, think of the skills, credentials, affiliations that you or your family have like being a veteran, kiwanis, church denomination, hobbies, school, or other affiliate type programs (like FFA, Young Life, 4H, Girl Scouts, etc).
- Last, think globally. Go check out websites like: Cappex, Fastweb, College Niche, and the Scholarshipdesk. Understand some of the national scholarship sites like these sometimes have thousands of people applying so understand you MUST STAND OUT! Also, be sure to check with the university or college you will be attending for additional opportunities.