*Please note: You must be between 15 and 19 years of age to be eligible for the FirstPoint USA Scholarship program.
Volleyball is a very popular sport in the US, being played by about 46 million Americans. It is considered to be the most popular sport in the world after soccer, played by about 800 million people worldwide!
The best young athletes from around the world enrol in U.S colleges and universities to compete. There is a great demand for talented international players, with squads of 10 + Volleyball players at each school
There are over 1,670 women's volleyball scholarship programs in the U.S and about 113 men's volleyball programs.
Men's Volleyball is an equivalency sport, meaning that coaches can divide the 4.5 scholarships available between as many players as they want.
In women's volleyball for NCAA Division I, this is a head count sport, so only full scholarships are available; only the very best volleyball players can earn those scholarships. In all other divisions, women's volleyball is an equivalency sport.
As well as displaying strength and skill in passing, serving and blocking -the most common questions that coaches will ask are :
How high can you jump?
How hard can you hit?
College Volleyball coaches will be on the look out for :
Middle blockers need to be able to display strong skills in jumping, blocking and attacking. Coaches are looking for potential front row players who can start contributing to the team immediately, and who can develop their ability to college level quickly.
Having the ability to deliver controlled passes and digs is crucial to your development as a college volleyball player. Coaches are looking for players who are quick, with good body control and balance.
Coaches will be on the look out for Setters who can demonstrate a higher level of competitiveness as they will have to work hard to adapt to the different strategies and plays. Coaches will recruit setters who fit their style of play (the 5-1 or 6-2 system). The Setters need to be natural team leaders and strong all round players.
John T. Rootes
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