Introduction Emails

For an introduction it’s recommended to keep it really simple, here are the key details you’ll want to include.

  • Start with Name, Age and Year you graduate High School
  • Provide your High School and Club Team
  • Provide some brief information on your Academic interests
  • Have a link to your video (Top priority!!)
  • Provide your tournament schedule
  • Athletic/Academic Awards and Accolades
  • Provide a club or high school coaches contact information
  • Identifying the specific city the school is in and the school’s mascot are nice personal touches to include
  • Subject Line – Name, Class, Position. (If you have strong physical stats height 5’11+ or Spike 9’9+ include them in the subject line or opening line of the introduction)
  • If you are reaching out to NCAA D1 or D2 schools they cannot respond to you until June 15th of your Grade 10 high school year. However they can begin their identification process of athletes as early as grade 9.

Highlight Video

  • Introduction Slide – Number, Name, Class Year, Position, Contact Email. (Include stats if they are strong height 5’11+ Spike 9’9+)
  • Open the video with your absolute best highlights specific to the position you play, you want to grab the coaches attention within the first 30 seconds
  • DO NOT start your video with serving, if you are including serving in your video, put it at the end
  • 2:30 – 3:30 in length provides plenty of time for coaches to form an athletic evaluation of you
  • Minimal “Production” Music is not necessary, most coaches watch highlight videos on mute.
  • Circles/Arrows are not necessary, it’s YOUR highlight video if it’s serving its purpose correctly it should be very obvious which athlete you are in the video.
  • Be sure to create updated video’s throughout your season typically 2-3 video’s per season, coaches want to track your progress.
  • Here is a link to a list of highlight videos to give you an idea for how your video should look –
  • If you are looking for further assistance with highlight videos please contact –

Targeting Schools

“The Broken Leg Rule”

The Most important thing to consider when targeting schools is to picture as if on day one volleyball has been taken away from you and if that were to happen, are you still in a place you can be happy. Below are some questions to take into consideration.

Additional Resources

  • College Coaches Online – subscription website that provides details and coaches contact for every school in the USA, saves you time from having to search from school website to school website trying to find contact details:
  • SPORFIE – Subscription platform to stream or record matches. Whats unique about Sporfie is it allows you to clip highlights in real time during the recording or stream, this future will save you from having to go back through hours of videos:
  • University Athlete – registering for an account on University Athlete is an absolute must for any athletes looking to be recruiting into the NCAA “UA” is the number one platform coaches use to identify and track athletes. Make sure to consistently keep your UA profile updated:

Physical Guidelines                                                                                   

These guidelines are here to help provide you a realistic understanding for the physical requirements coaches are typically looking for in athletes to compete at the different levels of collegiate Volleyball. If you do not meet the physical stats listed here for a certain level of play it does not mean you cannot play at that level, you skill, culture and academics also play a large role in getting recruited. These guidelines are simply here to help you manage your expectations and target schools that suit your ability.


  • Middle Blocker – Height 6’0+ / Spike Touch 9’9+
  • Outside Hitter – Height 5’9+ / Spike Touch 9’7+
  • Opposite Hitter – Height 5’11+ / Spike Touch 9’8+
  • Setter – Height 5’7+ / Spike Touch 9’5+

NCAA D1 Mid – High Level (Top 200 RPI)

  • Middle Blocker – Height 6’1+ / Spike Touch 10’0+
  • Outside Hitter – Height 5’10+ / Spike Touch 9’10+
  • Opposite Hitter – Height 6’0+ / Spike Touch 10’0+
  • Setter – Height 5’9+ / Spike Touch 9’8+

NCAA D1 Mid – Low Level (Above 200 RPI)

  • Middle Blocker – Height 6’0 / Spike Touch 9’10+
  • Outside Hitter – Height 5’9+/ Spike Touch 9’8+
  • Opposite Hitter – Height 5’11+ / Spike Touch 9’9+
  • Setter – Height 5’7+ / Spike Touch 9’6+


  • Middle Blocker – Height 5’10+ / Spike Touch 9’6+
  • Outside Hitter – Height 5’8+ / Spike Touch 9’4+
  • Opposite Hitter – Height 5’9+ / Spike Touch 9’5+
  • Setter – Height 5’7+ / Spike Touch 9’2+


  • Middle Blocker – Height 5’11+ / Spike Touch 9’8+
  • Outside Hitter – Height 5’9+ / Spike Touch 9’7+
  • Opposite Hitter – Height 5’11+ / Spike Touch 9’8+
  • Setter – Height 5’7+ / Spike Touch 9’4+