College Recruiting and Counseling Services

Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club strives to provide a holistic experience for our young student athletes. We recognize that most of our prep players dream of playing at the collegiate level after their high school club careers are finished. We are excited to be able to provide some very useful resources to help our players achieve that goal. While not everybody will attain a scholarship to play at the next level, every player in our club has the skill and ability to play at some level in college. However, we also know there are a large number of athletes that will choose not to continue playing in college. We still highly value these student athletes and strive to provide the best resources we can to find the right college for them.

Below is a snapshot of the services that we provide our student-athletes. We are proud to be partnering with Be the Beast to provide our athletes with the most up-to-date and helpful tools to get them to be seen by the right schools that are the best fit for them.  Be the Beast provides an online video librarie, access to the University Athlete recruiting profile, a highlight maker, and the ability to get an evaluation from qualified coaches to help our players get placed to the right school at the right time.  We believe we have one of the most in-depth and individually focused recruiting services in our area. Because we believe so strongly in helping our club’s members reach their life-long goals, we are proud to invest the time and resources necessary.
One of the biggest myths out there is that if you play for certain clubs, or certain coaches, that you will be guaranteed a scholarship to play in college. But we know better from experience. The athletes that get recruited to play in college all share the same characteristics: dedication, focus, determination and success oriented.
Your club can help guide you through the process, but make no mistake, no club can guarantee you a college scholarship. It all comes down to you as an individual. Of course, playing in a strong club like Pacific Juniors can help you get noticed, but it’s important to understand that players get themselves recruited, not their club coaches and directors.
If you ever have any questions, or to get the recruiting process started, contact club director Sean Douglas.

Just some of the services we provide to our club members:

  • Recruiting resources and tools
  • Individual and team counseling
  • Guidance in school identification and selection
  • Contact and correspondence with colleges and coaches
  • In-person representation of our players at the big recruiting tournaments by the Recruiting Director
  • Guidance on video production
  • Guidance with recruiting letters and effective communication with schools

Let us know if you have any questions

Read & Understand Recruiting Rules

t is crucial that all prep athletes and their parents understand the rules of college recruiting. These rules can vary greatly, so it is important to understand them as soon as possible. This will ensure a stress free and successful process for you. This should be an exciting and enjoyable time in your life. Reduce the chances of causing yourself undue stress by doing your homework and understanding the process. Below are links to the NCAA Eligibility Center as well as the NAIA Eligibility Center. Click your way around the sites and get to know them. They are a great source of information and guidance.

NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER
NAIA ELIGIBILITY CENTER
NCAA GUIDE FOR THE PROSPECTIVE STUDENT ATHLETE

Considerations by year in school

Freshmen and Sophomore Year:
Start planning NOW! -Work hard to get the best grades possible. -Take classes that match your high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only use approved core courses to certify your initial eligibility. You can access and print your high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses at www.eligibilitycenter.org and clicking “Resources” at the top of the screen.

Junior Year:
-At the beginning of your junior year, log on to the Eligibility Center Web site at www.eligibilitycenter.org and register. -Register to take the ACT, SAT or both and use the Eligibility Center code “9999” as a score recipient. -Double check to make sure that you are taking courses that match your high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses. -Request that your high school guidance counselor send an official transcript to the Eligibility Center after completing your junior year. (The Eligibility Center does NOT accept faxed transcripts.) -Prior to registration for your senior year, check with your guidance counselor and the Eligibility Center to determine the number of core  courses that need to be completed your senior year.

Senior Year:
You may take the SAT and/or ACT as often as you feel necessary. The Eligibility Center will use the best scores from each section of the SAT or ACT to determine your best cumulative score. -Continue to take core courses. Check to make sure that you are taking courses that match your high school’s NCAA List of Approved Core Courses. -Review your amateurism questionnaire responses and request final amateurism certification beginning April 1 (for fall enrollees) or October 1 (for spring enrollees). -Continue to earn the best grades possible. -Graduate on time (in eight academic semesters). If you fall behind, use summer school sessions prior to graduation to catch up. -After graduation, ask your high school guidance counselor to send your final transcript to the Eligibility Center with proof of graduation.

Talk With the Recruiting Director, your coaches and parents about college. Do your research.

Contact the Recruiting Services Director to make an individual counseling appointment. The time to start is NOW. Time can be your friend or foe. Make time an asset and use it to your advantage. Start your college research right now regardless of whether you plan to play college sports or not. Research colleges and how they rank academically and socially. Find colleges that can offer you the academic, social and sports programs you are interested in. Last but not least learn about financing a college education.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I get the ball rolling on playing college sports?

The time to start is NOW! Time can be your friend or foe. Make time an asset and use it to your advantage. Start your college research right now regardless of whether you plan to play college sports or not. Research colleges and how they rank academically and socially. Find colleges that can offer you the academic, social and sports programs you are interested in. Last but not least learn about financing a college education

What kind of schools offer athletic scholarships?

NCAA Division 1, NCAA Division 2, NAIA, NJCAA Division 1, and NJCAA Division 2 can offer athletic scholarships. Also you should be aware that individual colleges and conferences have their own athletic scholarship rules and policies. NCAA Division 3 does not offer athletic scholarships but academic scholarships.

Can I play college sports without an athletic scholarship?

NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, and NJCAA Division 3 junior colleges offer excellent opportunities to play sports at the college level and obtain a quality education without the benefits of a athletic scholarship. Athletes who excel at the junior college level often transfer with a scholarship to other colleges. If your heart is absolutely set on a particular school that does not seem interested in your athletic talents then consider “walking on”. Many “walk on” players have made the team and been offered a scholarship after the fact.

What about grades and test scores?

IMPORTANT – Simply put, get good grades. Test scores and your class rank can mean scholarship money towards your college tuition in addition to any athletic scholarship you might receive. Don’t coast your senior year. College courses are tough so don’t take the easy route. You will need to meet and maintain certain scholastic minimums just to play college sports. Every college has its minimum standards for admission so make sure you are aware of those standards.

What about college finances?

Start researching college finances now. Learn everything you can about the subject. Text books alone can cost upwards of $1,000 per year. Many athletic scholarship programs will not offer you a full-ride scholarship but a partial scholarship which mean you will need to provide the additional funding become familiar with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form) which colleges require to process Federal Aid and in most cases state and other college aid.

How can I gain exposure?

Do you play on good teams? How tough is your conference? Does it offer top notch competition? Do you play summer or club sports, attend college camps and play in tournaments? These things can all help but good teams aren’t everything. You need to write letters, complete athletic questionnaires that many colleges have on their web sites, have a good quality video made, tour the college, attend college games, introduce yourself to the coach letting them know of your interest in playing for them and stay in contact on a consistent basis.

What are college coaches looking for?

College coaches are looking for an athlete that will fit into their program and help it succeed. Coaches want to win and will look for players they feel will help them achieve this. Coaches also are looking for players they need at the time. For example, if their starting setter will be a senior next year they may be looking to find a setter they can develop as a replacement. If you are a really talented player then timing may not be as important but for many players timing may mean everything. Look at the team roster and see if there will be any gaps in the next 12-24 months at your position.
Other qualities a coach may look for is leadership, character, integrity, ability to get along with team mates, ability to listen to coaches, teachability and stability. A coach may also be looking at how you respond to winning, loosing, a teammates mistake or a bad call by the referee. A player who is well rounded in both their personal and athletic life is more marketable than one who is not. Remember, you never know who is watching or where they are watching. Keep your facebook pages and friends postings respectable.

If I get the chance should I sign early?

This is a very tough question so you need to ask yourself a few questions 1. Is this the college I really want to attend? 2. Is this the best deal I am going to get? 3. Will this take the pressure of recruitment and choosing a college off me? 3. Is this the best choice for my future? Remember, the offer may very well not be there later and while when you should sign is a tough call, if you have done your homework and know what you want it should help to make your decision easier.

What are the recruiting regulations?

Each college association has its own rules and regulations for recruiting and eligibility. Check out the web sites of associations such as NCAANAIANCCAA and NJCAA. It is your responsibility to know the rules so don’t count on anyone else.

Are there other rules to be aware of?

Yes, each college may have their own recruiting and eligibility rules and each college conference may also have their own rules and regulations. These rules and regulations can sometimes be more strict then those of the major athletic associations. Make sure to check out the school and conference to which the school belongs for their specific rules.

What is the NCAA?

The NCAA is the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA is the organization through which it’s member schools administer athletics at a national level. There are three divisions in the NCAA. Divisions 1 and 2 offer athletic scholarships while Division 3 colleges cannot offer scholarships based on athletic ability but can and do offer other forms of financial aid.

What is the NCAA “Letter of Intent”?

The NCAA Letter of Intent is a document that sets our your agreement or “intent” to attend the college for which you have signed for 1 academic year in exchange for college financial aid including an athletic scholarship. The NCAA letter of intent is for Division 1 and Division 2 athletes.

What is the NCAA Clearinghouse?

The NCAA Clearinghouse is now called the NCAA Eligibility Center. To participate in NCAA Division 1 and 2 athletics, as a college freshman you must meet minimum academic requirements and register with the NCAA Eligibility Center

What is the NJCAA?

The NJCAA is the National Junior College Athletic Association. Junior college is an excellent way to get both a quality education and play competitive college sports at an affordable price. NJCAA member schools in Division 1 and Division 2 offer athletic scholarships while Division 3 colleges do not.

What is the NCCAA?

The NCCAA is the National Christian College Athletic Association. Many NCCAA colleges are also NCAA or NAIA members. The NCCAA is divided into Division 1 and Division 2 schools with only Division 1 schools offering colleges scholarships.