NCAA Recruit­ing Rule Changes Make Video Even More Important

Now that recruiters can’t talk to your play­ers until after June 15 of their sopho­more year, they’ll need high­light reels more than ever.

NCAA Recruit­ing Rule Changes Make Video Even More Important

Now that recruiters can’t talk to your play­ers until after June 15 of their sopho­more year, they’ll need high­light reels more than ever.

If you’re a club or high school vol­ley­ball coach, a big part of your job is to help your play­ers reach the next lev­el. All those drills, all that train­ing and every match go towards devel­op­ing the skills and tal­ent nec­es­sary to play in college. 

That’s why it’s impor­tant to keep up-to-date on the lat­est recruit­ing prac­tices. Includ­ing the recent shift in NCAA Divi­sion I recruit­ing rules, which changed when col­lege recruiters can com­mu­ni­cate with your ath­letes. Here’s the rundown:

    If your top tal­ent has a high­light reel, he or she can still get noticed.
    • No com­mu­ni­ca­tion can hap­pen between a coach and ath­lete until after June 15 of their sopho­more year.
    • No vis­its or off-cam­pus con­tact is allowed until August 1 of junior year.
    • Stu­dent-ath­letes can’t accept ver­bal offers or com­mit until after June 15 of their sopho­more year.

    The vol­ley­ball recruit­ing land­scape is crowd­ed, and these rules com­press it even fur­ther. But video opens the door for play­ers who can’t vis­it or talk with recruiters yet. If your top tal­ent has a high­light reel, he or she can still get noticed.

    That’s why even if you don’t use video as a coach­ing tool (which you should), your play­ers will depend on it to get recruit­ed. Record­ing and upload­ing your games to Hudl gives them the oppor­tu­ni­ty to cre­ate high­lights and get noticed.

    It’s like any­thing, if you want a job, you got to go apply for it.” John Cook, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Volleyball Coach

    In our blog series with John Cook, head vol­ley­ball coach at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Nebras­ka – Lin­coln, he equat­ed get­ting recruit­ed to a find­ing a job. It’s like any­thing, if you want a job, you got to go apply for it,” Cook said. In the vol­ley­ball world, it’s impor­tant to start that appli­ca­tion process way before you know where you’re going to send it.

    So what’s this mean for your play­ers? Depend­ing on your age of ath­letes, there are dif­fer­ent stages to focus on.

    Ele­men­tary School

    Even the youngest ath­letes ben­e­fit from video. Aside from what they can learn by watch­ing their own per­for­mance, high­lights will help them track their progress. Say you coach ten year olds. If they cre­ate a sea­son high­light reel while they’re on your team, they can build on it every year they keep play­ing. By the time they hit mid­dle school, they’ll lit­er­al­ly be able to see how far they’ve come.

    Mid­dle School/​Freshmen 

    Depend­ing on their skill lev­el, these ath­letes may already be think­ing about play­ing in col­lege. But it’s too ear­ly to be talk­ing to those coach­es. Instead they can con­cen­trate on show­ing off their tal­ent through high­lights. Club tour­na­ments are a per­fect opportunity. 

    Have your play­ers save one or two clips from every match as high­lights. By the end of the tour­na­ment sea­son, they’ll be super famil­iar with the high­light process — and maybe even on a col­lege team’s radar.

    Sopho­mores and Older

    Now that they’re eli­gi­ble to be recruit­ed and talk to col­lege teams, it’s time to kick it up a notch. A killer (and updat­ed) high­light is just the first step. They need to learn how to con­tact col­leges they’re inter­est­ed in play­ing for. So share col­lege coach­es’ advice with your players.

    Tell us about your­self, who you play for, your trav­el sched­ule and how you did in the fall with your high school team,” Uni­ver­si­ty of West Alaba­ma head coach Alex­is Meeks said.​“We love emails and encour­age kids to fol­low schools they real­ly like on social media. Best way to get information.”


    No mat­ter the age of your play­ers, if they’re inter­est­ed in even­tu­al­ly play­ing at the next lev­el, they should cre­ate high­lights to track and show­case their tal­ent. Here’s how to get start­ed.