Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Five Things to Know About the June 15 Recruiting Date

June 15 is an important date for volleyball college coaches at the NCAA Division I and Division II levels. It marks the initial contact date for coaches to reach out directly to rising juniors. Prior to this date, coaches in these divisions can only make general contact through generic emails, camp invites, and questionnaires. Once June 15 arrives, more direct communication can take place between coaches and student-athletes. In this article, we will explore five key things to know about June 15 and its significance in the recruitment process.

Understanding Recruiting Rules Prior to June 15

Before June 15, college coaches at all levels are evaluating potential recruits through various means such as watching them play at tournaments, summer camps, or reviewing their highlight and skills videos. NCAA Division I and Division II coaches cannot directly reach out to recruits about the recruiting process until after their sophomore year. However, NAIA, NCAA Division III, and NJCAA programs do not have communication restrictions and typically begin connecting with potential recruits during their sophomore or junior year. It’s important for recruits to try to get on a coach’s radar prior to June 15 by contacting coaches through email, sharing videos, and expressing their interest in the program.

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What to Expect on June 15

If you are one of the top prospects for a NCAA Division I or Division II volleyball program, you may receive a phone call or email from the coach. Coaches may reach out to their top recruits per position or their top 30 general recruits. The goal of this initial contact is to start the communication process and assess if the recruit is a good fit for the team’s dynamics. It’s important to note that receiving a call or email on June 15 does not guarantee an offer; it is the beginning of the recruitment journey.

First Call with a College Coach

Initial phone calls between college coaches and potential recruits are often focused on getting to know each other. Coaches may talk about their school, volleyball program, and ask questions to learn more about the recruit’s interests and goals. Recruits should also prepare questions to demonstrate their genuine interest in the program. Asking thoughtful questions can leave a positive impression on coaches and further the conversation.

What if You Don’t Receive Communication on June 15?

Not receiving a phone call or email on June 15 should not cause panic. There could be various reasons for this, such as coaches not knowing enough about the recruit or still recruiting the classes above them. In such cases, recruits can take proactive steps to get on a coach’s radar by emailing, calling, or direct messaging them to express their interest. It’s essential to remember that coaches can respond after June 15 of the recruit’s sophomore year, providing an opportunity to learn more by directly contacting the coach.

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Handling a Verbal Offer on June 15

While not typical, some recruits may receive a verbal offer during the initial phone call on June 15. It’s important to take the time to make a thoughtful decision. Visiting the campus, meeting the coaches and team in person, and talking to other college programs are strongly recommended before making a final decision. Recruits should feel confident in their commitment, not only to the volleyball program but also to the university or college they will be attending. Doing thorough research, asking questions, and involving family in the decision-making process is crucial.

Remember, the recruiting process can be exciting but overwhelming. Taking the time to make an informed decision is essential. To learn more about the recruiting process, you can visit the NCSA (Next College Student Athlete) website or start a free volleyball recruiting profile with them.

Author: Sue Webber