It’s never to early to start preparing!

This page is designed to be a resource for Players and their families as they go through the recruiting process. It is the goal of Putnam Volleyball to give Players and Families the information they need to start preparations for recruitment.

* Read through this first! Information about Recruiting Guidelines, Volleyball by the Numbers, Parent’s View of College Recruiting, Volleyball Recruiting Plan, NCAA Clearing House Information, NCAA Quiet & Dead Periods and College Skills DVD Information.

1. Determine the schools you would have an interest in by your academic interest, location and corresponding playing level. 
– 20 schools that you would love to attend
– 20 schools that you would have an interest in
– 20 schools that you would attend

2. Use the resources below to gather coaches contact information for these schools. 
– Make a spreadsheet with school name, information, website, coaches name, coaches email. It is a good idea to get the assistant coaches email as well.

3. Create a profile. 
– See examples below or create a free website (,, to host this information.

4. Send an introductory email to your list of schools. 
– Include your name, height, position, grad year, high school and club. Be sure to express interest in their school and volleyball program. Address the coach by name to start the email (ex. Coach Lindstrom). Include your profile and/or a link to your website.

5. Make a Skills Video and/or gather Game Footage
Skills Video – can be made
Game Footage – should be one entire game (you can edit out dead time, i.e walking back to serve, etc…) of you playing. Be sure to let the coaches know which number you are and in what position you start in.

6. Send your Video to those coaches that request it and/or to your list of schools
– You can upload the video to your website or to YouTube.

7. Schedule visits
– Once a coach watches your video and or sees you play live and they like you, they will ask you to schedule a visit. All visits before September 1st of your Senior year are unofficial and therefore you will have to pay all expenses.

8. Consistently check in with coaches
– If a school expresses interest, continually check in with them with updates on your schedule and/or team. Building a relationship with the coaches is a key to success!

9. Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse

Remember that recruiters are always watching, how you react, speak to others and all other aspects on and off the court, even on social media. After seeing a player get upset and talk bad to her parents at a tournament, the recruiter said, “that’s not the player for me.” 


* NCAA List of schools that offer volleyball by division
* Volleyball Recruits – The Official Recruiting Tool of USA Volleyball

* List of Division I Volleyball Schools with link to website (by conference or district)

*List of Division II NCAA Schools

* Rich Kern’s List of Colleges with links to volleyball website

* Rich Kern’s School Information (includes coaches emails)
Rich Kern’s website is a subscription website, but well worth it!

*’s College Needs List (schools post their position needs by grad year) is a subscription website, but also worth it!

* Questions to ask College Coaches

*US News National University Rankings (Academic)