Big Clubs Place Responsibility on Video for Recruiting

Absolute Volleyball Club and Encore & Academy Volleyball Club rely on video to help get their play­ers recruited.

Big Clubs Place Responsibility on Video for Recruiting

Absolute Volleyball Club and Encore & Academy Volleyball Club rely on video to help get their play­ers recruited.

Absolute Volleyball Club and Encore & Academy Volleyball Club have become two of the elite clubs in California. These pow­er­house clubs depend on video to get their play­ers recruited.

Getting your kids recruit­ed, it starts with video, first and foremost.” Katie Pease, Absolute Volleyball Club Co-Director

Katie Pease said it best. As a coach who plays a key role in her play­ers’ recruit­ing, she under­stands the val­ue video brings to the table in help­ing play­ers get to the next level.

We have [col­lege] coach­es on our courts and that comes from the video that Hudl is able to stream­line for us and for our ath­letes. That is where it starts,” Pease said.

With video, play­ers can show­case their tal­ent instantly. 

They have some­thing that’s easy to use, acces­si­ble at a moment’s notice. They could put [them­selves] in a col­lege coach’s face and be like, Look, here you go, this is me. Take a look at it and see if you like it,’” Jario Sierra, a tech­ni­cal direc­tor at Encore & Academy Volleyball Club, said. I think for col­lege coach­es, that’s amaz­ing for them.” 

Jenna Ewert, an Absolute Volleyball Club play­er, is reap­ing the ben­e­fits of video first­hand. Like many of her team­mates, she caught her future col­lege coach’s eye ini­tial­ly through video. 

I sent video all the time to all the coach­es because if they couldn’t come see you play, you had to give them a way to.” Ewert said. Other col­lege coach­es that didn’t know about me saw and then became inter­est­ed. So video was a very impor­tant path­way in my recruitment.”

Players are now able to take the ini­tia­tive and influ­ence their recruit­ing process in a way like nev­er before. They have the pow­er to con­trol which plays are sent to col­lege coaches. 

We are able to select spe­cif­ic ral­lies and spe­cif­ic moments of the games and of the prac­tice and cre­ate the best video to show what they are able to do to every col­lege coach,” Marco Paglialunga, a tech­ni­cal direc­tor at Encore & Academy Volleyball Club, said. 

Both Absolute Volleyball Club and Encore & Academy Volleyball Club have adopt­ed video this year to help advance their play­ers to the next lev­el.

The last two or three years I think we have strug­gled with, OK, how do we get footage for our kids to send out to col­lege coach­es?’,” Konrad Ott, co-direc­tor and coach for Absolute Volleyball Club, said. “[Hudl] has made the col­lege recruit­ing process so much eas­i­er. It’s been great. It’s real­ly, I think, going to take us to the next level.”

Absolute Volleyball Club and Encore & Academy Volleyball Club share their sto­ry here.