Logging on SportsRecruits for first time

As a high school age SoCal team member, you have access to SportsRecruits. SportsRecruits is like the Linkedin of college recruiting. Keep your profile updated with your volleyball resume and message coaches. Interested coaches will respond to you and/or your recruiting advisor. Who they message depends on their program's NCAA and NAIA rules. There's more [...]

By |2019-08-26T14:20:33-08:00August 26th, 2019|Advice|Comments Off on Logging on SportsRecruits for first time

Making a highlight video that will get college coaches to your court

Good, short and organized highlight videos will catch the eye of college coaches IF they need your position in your grad year AND they see in the video that your athleticism, court movement and skill level could make their team better. When you send intro emails to college coaches, you should always have a link [...]

By |2019-01-10T11:31:05-08:00January 9th, 2019|Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Making a highlight video that will get college coaches to your court

You Snooze, You Win

Sleep is not a vice. We should all remember that. We hear stories about high-achievers who only sleep 5 hours a night, and it leads us to view sleep deprivation as a badge of honor – and maybe to feel guilty if we get a full 8 hours or, God forbid, 9. The underlying message: [...]

By |2018-12-12T13:04:49-08:00December 12th, 2018|Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on You Snooze, You Win

Deliberate Practice: The Path to Improvement

When it comes to practice, it’s not enough just to have a pulse and show up at the gym. You’re probably thinking, “Duh, Karch, I knew that.” But I say it to emphasize the point that there’s a big difference between just clocking in and clocking out, and engaging in purposeful practice. In the book [...]

By |2018-12-05T13:40:42-08:00December 5th, 2018|Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Deliberate Practice: The Path to Improvement

How to Win in the Classroom

The end of the fall semester is here, and the spring semester of high school will be just as busy. With 5-8 hours of classes Monday-Friday, a few hours of homework each night, and studying for tests each week, it seems that school takes up most of your time. With volleyball, that schedule becomes even [...]

By |2018-11-28T17:05:57-08:00November 28th, 2018|Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How to Win in the Classroom

Training the Mind for Growth

You aren’t what you are. At first glance, that might not make sense, but I’m here to tell you that it’s a true statement. And it’s a good way of jumping into our topic: growth mindset versus fixed mindset. In the USA gym, we’re all about cultivating a can-do attitude. This means that we fully [...]

By |2018-11-14T10:17:50-08:00November 14th, 2018|Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Training the Mind for Growth

The Importance of Post-Season Active Rest

Over the past six to eights weeks, I have been creating summer workout manuals for the teams that I work with during the school year. These manuals are meant to bridge the strength and conditioning gap between the time they leave for summer break and when they return for the fall semester. There is much [...]

By |2018-07-05T18:59:56-08:00July 5th, 2018|Advice|Comments Off on The Importance of Post-Season Active Rest

What Worked for Me: Recruiting Questionnaires and Emailing College Coaches

SoCal Member Emma Doherty recently signed with William Woods University to play volleyball and study American Sign Language. She shared her process and the exact steps she took to achieve recruiting success. Many college programs will have a recruiting questionnaire, so the contact order of operation can be confusing. Do you send the coach an [...]

By |2018-06-04T10:33:38-08:00June 4th, 2018|Advice|Comments Off on What Worked for Me: Recruiting Questionnaires and Emailing College Coaches

How to Email College Coaches

Sending an introductory email to a college coach can get your foot in the door with a program you’re interested in and give a coach the opportunity to conduct their initial evaluation of you. However, emailing college coaches as a means to get discovered isn’t as effective as it was five years ago. Coaches [...]

By |2018-04-03T14:34:27-08:00April 3rd, 2018|Advice|Comments Off on How to Email College Coaches

The Important Role of Highlight and Skills Videos in Recruiting

There is no denying the crucial role highlight videos can play for many student-athletes in their recruiting process. College coaches are extremely busy; it would be impossible for them to travel the country to evaluate every potential recruit. Highlight videos are a chance to get student-athletes in front of coaches and give them an unbiased [...]

By |2018-04-03T14:08:13-08:00April 3rd, 2018|Advice|Comments Off on The Important Role of Highlight and Skills Videos in Recruiting