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A Volleyball Scholarship in the USA : Part 4

Posted by bvando on January 7, 2009

I have written 3 posts about USA scholarships.

A Volleyball Scholarship in the USA : Part 3
What is a scholarship and what does it involve?
•A full scholarship can involve the University/College paying the following on your behalf:
•What you need to do.

A Volleyball Scholarship in the USA : Part 2
The most important aspect of a USA University Volleyball scholarship is why you want it?
ACADEMICS: VOLLEYBALL: LIFE EXPERIENCE: FINANCIAL GAIN
If you fit these criteria then it is time to start reading some information:
http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=263 gives a lot of information to download and read.

“What US coaches are looking for”: Part 1

1. Athletic ability . .
2. Volleyball skills . . . players have to have mastered the basic skills to an exceptional level.
3. Competitiveness and game intelligence . . .
4. Personal characteristics . . . .
5. Players must be ELIGIBLE ….

SO WHAT INFORMATION DO PEOPLE WANT? I NEED FEEDBACK AS TO WHAT YOU WANT INFORMATION ON.
If you want direct help contact Devo who will forward email on to Bvando, or leave a comment for a general discussion

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A Volleyball Scholarship in the USA : Part 3

Posted by bvando on January 1, 2009

What is a scholarship and what does it involve? Part 3
A scholarship is where a University or College is willing to pay your costs in order to have you representing their team and studying at their institution. There are part scholarships and full scholarships available.

A full scholarship can involve the University/College paying the following on your behalf:
• Accommodation
• Meals
• All books
• All tuition and University/College fees.
• All training equipment
• All coaching and training
• Travel expenses when competing (travel, accommodation, meals)
• All uniforms and training clothes including shoes & accessories

What you need to do.
• Write a resume: include coaches name and contact, volleyball achievements and academic results from year 9 – year 12. If not graduated as much as possible.
• Start thinking, collecting video evidence. An unedited video of game play. Individual skills and a very short personal talk.
• Start doing paperwork: clearinghouse etc.
• Enrol for Sat or ATC test.
The best time to start this is in year 10 – 11. This will give you more options than in year 12.

So if you are in High School,  have played for your State  there is a chance that a Volleyball scholarship is available .

If you want direct help which I think is better please contact Devo who will forward email on to Bvando

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A Volleyball Scholarship in the USA : Part 2

Posted by bvando on December 16, 2008

The most important aspect of a USA University Volleyball scholarship is why you want it?
This falls into four major areas. Academic, Volleyball, Life Experience, Financial Gain or a combination of some or all.

. ACADEMICS: Some look for academics. If you were going to university in Australia you can combine volleyball with academics but universities do not consider representative sporting commitments as a priority. Be warned some US universities will only allow players to complete lower level courses due to the need to be focused on volleyball. I have had players who wanted to do PE teaching but have not been allowed to enter this course and have ended up personal trainers instead.

. VOLLEYBALL: Some players want to go to the USA to play Volleyball and academics is secondary. There are many great and good programs, but there are some very poor programs. Research needs to done. You need to look how good you are and how good the program is and whether it will suit what you want. If the program is very low level you might be the best player so you play a lot but not develop. If the program is very high you might find the stress of being on the bench for a few years not what you are after. You need to look hard at the program and hard at yourself to figure where you want to be.

.LIFE EXPERIENCE: All players I have sent (except two) have enjoyed the experience of being in a foreign country doing exciting things. The two girls did not enjoy the experience for the following reasons:
1. Could not leave the boyfriend; was back in a week. Should never have gone.
2. The second was the key player of the team and the stress of being the import. The need to perform all the time.

.FINANCIAL GAIN: There is no hex fee on return to Australia. But be warned you will need to pay for travel to and from the USA and day to day expenses. Most girls get a university job to make some money, but full time work will be out of the question. Some universities within the rules are more generous than others.

If you fit these criteria then it is time to start reading some information:
http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=263 gives a lot of information to download and read.

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“What US coaches are looking for”

Posted by bvando on December 15, 2008

Devo has asked me to start a series of posts on Scholarships to the USA.

“So you want to play volleyball in the USA”. You want a scholarship. But do you meet these basic requirements?

What US coaches are looking for? . . . well, I think they are looking for the same things that coaches all over the world are looking for, the same things that Australian coaches are looking for.

The added consideration is that people need to keep in mind that once an American coach begins to look overseas, that the international pool of talent is HUGE. An Australian player will have to favourably compare herself with, for example, an outstanding player in Shanghai, China or someone from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

1. Athletic ability . . . I want front row players who come in with around a 9′ 10″ approach jump . . . young women that I can develop into big jumpers, capable of reaching above the rim of a basketball hoop (which is 10′).

2. Volleyball skills . . . players have to have mastered the basic skills to an exceptional level.

3. Competitiveness and game intelligence . . . players have to be smart and to play smart. I look for players who make few mistakes on the court, I am looking for young women who know how to win, what we call in America “gamers”– the people who everybody turns to when the game is on the line.

4. Personal characteristics . . .  players have to be disciplined. American coaches do not like going to all the trouble of bringing someone in from overseas, and then discover that this athlete is what we refer to as “high maintenance”, someone who is always causing problems or is always in trouble of some sort or another.

5. Players must be ELIGIBLE … Perhaps I should have started with this, but an American coach will undoubtedly look at talent first. If a player meets that criteria, then the coach will look at eligibility. There are two measures of eligibility. The first is “amateurism”: players cannot be professional, nor have ever accepted money to play. The second is “academic”: players have to have at least a 820 SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) score.

From year 9 – year 12: 16 subjects for NCAA Div 1. (for other divisions and associations have different rules. More info later)
4 years of English
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher)
2 years of natural/physical science (one must be a lab science)
1 year of additional English, math or science
2 years of social studies
4 years of additional core courses (from any area listed above, or from foreign language, nondoctrinal religion or philosophy)
All of these classes have to be certified by the NCAA’s Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse. Every international player has to pay a fee and sign up for the Clearinghouse, and they have to take the SAT test.

The above requirements will, over the next few months, be expanded and explained. If you need info quickly please reply with a question?

Bvando

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