Attending men’s volleyball camps or men’s volleyball clinics can help you during the recruiting process. Volleyball camp can benefit a high school volleyball player in a number of ways.
- Men’s volleyball players can improve their skills thanks to the instruction provided by college volleyball coaches and players. This high level of teaching can be particularly helpful for the development of freshmen and sophomores.
- Volleyball camps provide exposure to college men’s volleyball programs. But it’s important to realize that there’s really not much chance of being “discovered” at a volleyball camp. If coaches are familiar with you, volleyball camp gives them a chance to evaluate your talent. But if they don’t know who you are when you arrive, they probably won’t know who you are when you leave.
- Camp lets you see how you measure up to other volleyball players, and it can highlight the skills you need to work on to keep up with other high school players also looking for scholarships.
- Men’s volleyball camp can offer a good idea of what campus life is like. You can check out college dorms, athletic facilities and other aspects of a specific college that may eventually help you make an informed decision when choosing a school.
Choosing a Volleyball Camp
Do your research when you’re trying to find a camp, and decide if you’re going to camp mainly for exposure or to improve your skills.
If your goal is to gain exposure you should go to a camp at a college that’s already recruiting you. Remember, coaches don’t do much scouting at camps, so go to a men’s volleyball camp where they already know who you are. Find out what coaches will be there, get in touch with them ahead of time, and let them know you plan to attend.
If you’re going to volleyball camp hoping to improve your skills, find out how experienced the coaching staff is, if they have a history of winning, and if they’re known for producing top level volleyball players. Ask someone who’s been before about the level of athletic talent you should expect.
How to Choose as a Freshman/Sophomore
NCAA coaches can only send camp brochures and general information to freshmen and sophomores, so you likely have plenty of men’s volleyball camp invites to choose from.
Coaches don’t spend much time evaluating the talent of younger campers, but that doesn’t mean that volleyball camp can’t be valuable. Besides learning skills from college coaches, you find out what campus life is like at the college where the camp is held and what you can expect from the men’s volleyball program. It’s a good idea to attend a camp at a college that you’re already interested in.
How to Choose as a Junior/Senior
Ask specific questions when choosing a volleyball camp as a junior or senior. Find out what colleges are the most interested in you and need to fill the position that you play. Get in touch with the men’s volleyball coach at the camp you want to attend to find out if you are being seriously recruited, or if he’s seen your recruiting profile or skills video.
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