Recruiting Tip #2: Write Your Bio & Choose a Profile Photo

By | Beach Volleyball Recruiting

Your athlete profile on Texas Beach Recruits provides coaches with the necessary information they need to learn more about you and evaluate you as a student-athlete. Put your best foot forward by giving coaches the most valuable information about you!

TIP:  A good profile helps coaches determine if you are a good fit for their program, both athletically and academically.  

College coaches evaluate hundreds of athletes, so when they visit your profile page they should easily be able to get a snapshot of who you are athletically and academically.
ATHLETIC INFORMATION TO INCLUDE
Including the following athletic measurements gives coaches facts about you:
– Height
– Wing Span
– Standing Reach
– Standing Jump
– Approach Jump
– Star Drill time: USA Volleyball uses the Star Drill to test quickness and agility in the sand. Watch Sara Hughes run the Star Drill and hear what she has to say about it…
Including your workout schedule could also impress coaches and give them valuable information on your work ethic. Let them know how many times a week you practice and if you are hitting the gym or working out with a strength & conditioning coach.

TIP:  Including your athletic achievements in California gives coaches a good snapshot of how you compare on a national scale.

ACADEMIC INFORMATION TO INCLUDE
Including academic information is also very important and valuable to coaches.
– GPA
– Class Rank
– PSAT, SAT, or ACT Scores
– Academic Honors
– Extracurricular Activities

TIP:  Coaches are more likely to click on your profile if you have a photo up.

CHOOSING A PHOTO
A photo is worth a thousand words! Choosing a photo that shows your face helps coaches put a face to a name. Choosing a good action shot that shows your athleticism and athletic ability could also be a good idea. It is most important to use a photo that is not blurry.

Congrats on writing your bio & choosing the perfect photo!

Remember, it is important to update your profile at least once a year. 

Recruiting Tip #1: Create Your YouTube Channel

By | Beach Volleyball Recruiting

The first thing college coaches want to see when evaluating athletes is highlight videos.  Videos give coaches a firsthand look at athleticism, skills and overall game. Even if a coach has seen a recruit play in person, they will request to be kept updated with recent videos so they can continually evaluate growth. This is the most important part of your online profile, so it is important to get started right away.

When athletes create a profile on Texas Beach Recruits they will submit a link to their videos. We recommend using YouTube to host your videos because it is easy to set up and manage. Here we will walk you through the steps of setting up your YouTube channel and show you examples of a few good ones. 

Get started with step-by-step instructions:
Creating a YouTube Channel to Host Your Highlight Videos

Texas Beach Recruits

By | Beach Volleyball Recruiting

Introducing TEXAS BEACH RECRUITS! Starting with the 2020 season it is our goal to build a complete list of junior beach volleyball athletes across Texas so that college coaches have easy access to recruitable and up-and-coming players in Texas. Each athlete that joins will create a profile page that contains a picture, club name, contact information for their coach, a link to player videos and a short bio.

LEARN MORE… JOIN US… BE RECRUITED!

Facebook: @texasbeachrecruits  |  Instagram: @texasbeachrecruits

January 25-26 Recruiting Series Dallas

By | TVT College Recruiting Series

2020 COLLEGE RECRUITING SERIES
JANUARY 25-26
DALLAS

WHEN:
January 25-26 Dallas: JBS #1 College Recruiting Series w/ FSU, LSU, TCU, USC, Stetson & Tulane

QUALIFIERS & POINTS:
Saturday, 1/25 Dallas: USAV BRQ/AVPFirst
Sunday 1/26 Dallas: AAU Grand Prix

WHERE:
Sandbar
317 S 2nd Ave
Dallas, TX 75226

SCHEDULE:
Saturday 1/25
College Beach Clinics
8:00-9:30am Clinic #1
9:45-11:15am Clinic #2
11:30 Tournament Check-In
11:45am Tournament Begins – College Recruiting Series

Sunday 1/26
College Beach Clinic
8:30-10:00am  Clinic #1
10:15am Tournament Check-In
10:30am Tournament Begins – College Recruiting Series

Our clinics are open to any and all entrants. 

Junior QOB Series

By | Texas Volleyball Tour's Junior Beach Series

In a Queen of the Beach athletes sign up as individuals and have the opportunity to play with different partners, challenge themselves in new situations and work on their overall game to prepare for the upcoming season.

Challenge yourself to be a good teammate in all situations, focus on your own game, build your partner up, adapt, think, problem-solve and win!  

REGISTER HERE

October 19th Queen of the Beach: Kaileigh Truslow (2023)

November 2nd Queen of the Beach: Sarah Edler (2022)

November 16th Queen of the Beach: Ava Patton (2022)

December 7th Queen of the Beach: Makenna Haynes (2021)

Follow the Top 20 Collegiate Beach Volleyball Programs

By | Beach Volleyball Recruiting

Collegiate Beach Volleyball is heading into the Fall Season to test partnerships, teams and prepare for the Spring Season. The final 2019 poll released by Dig Magazine ranks the top 20 teams with a few close contenders. Follow along as these teams work towards the ultimate goal of playing in the NCAA Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 1-3, 2020. 

INSTAGRAM:
UCLA  @uclabeachvb
USC  @uscbeach
LSU  @lsubeachvb
FSU  @fsubeachvolleyball 
Hawaii  @uhbeachvolleyball
Pepperdine  @peppbeachvolley 
Stetson  @stetsonbeachvb
Cal Poly  @calpolybeach
Loyola Marymount  @lmulionsbeach
Cal Berkeley  @calbeachvolleyball
FIU  @fiu_beach
Arizona  @arizonabeachvolleyball
Long Beach  @lbsu_womensvb
GCU  @gcu_beach
GSU  @gsubeachvb
South Carolina  @gamecockbeachvb
TCU  @tcubeachvb
Arizona State  @sundevilbeachvb
St Mary’s  @smc_volleyball
College of Charleston  @cofcvolleyball
Stanford  @stanfordbeachvb
FAU  @faubeachvb

See TVT’s Facebook for a link to team FB accounts.

New Recruiting Rules for Beach Volleyball

By | College Showcase, Recruiting, TVT College Recruiting Series

As of May 1, 2019 new NCAA D1 recruiting rules went into effect for Beach Volleyball. These new rules put limits on the communication between a recruit and a college coach before the end of their sophomore year of high school. The goals of the new rules are to curb early recruiting and give athletes the opportunity to make more informed decisions. 

NEW RULES EXPLAINED
College coaches can no longer communicate with student-athletes (or parents) before June 15 after sophomore year. College coaches will be allowed to discuss freshman or sophomore athletes with club coaches, but those conversations are limited to the coach being interested in the athlete, nothing else can be discussed. 


COACH COMMUNICATION: ALLOWED JUNE 15 AFTER SOPHOMORE YEAR
– Communication with coaches can begin 6/15 after sophomore year.
– Includes phone, email, social media contact, private messages, incoming and outgoing calls

OFF-CAMPUS CONTACT: ALLOWED AUGUST 1 BEFORE JUNIOR YEAR
Off campus contact can begin 8/1 before junior year.
– Any face-to-face contact off campus where a coach says more than hello

OFFICIAL/UNOFFICIAL VISITS: ALLOWED AUGUST 1 BEFORE JUNIOR YEAR
– Official and unofficial DI college visits can begin 8/1 before junior year.
– School-financed visits & self-financed visit that include coach conversations

VERBAL OFFERS/COMMITMENTS: ALLOWED JUNE 15 AFTER SOPHOMORE YEAR
No verbal offers/commitments until 6/15 after sophomore year.
– 
Recruiting interactions during campus visits, camps and through high school/club coaches


ADAPTING TO THE NEW RULES
Despite the new rules college coaches are still going to build their recruiting classes prior to being able to contact recruits.  Coaches will build their watch lists by online research, attending events, communicating with athletes’ coaches and observing and working with athletes at camps and clinics.
Athletes’ recruiting efforts also need to start prior to coaches being able to contact them. Setting up online profiles, researching schools, emailing coaches and attending camps and clinics are all things athletes can do.
Having an online profile which contains highlight videos, stats, and academic information will be important. Athletes can email coaches to make them aware of their online profile and send them updates on a regular basis.  
Attending camps at the colleges athletes are interested in is also important for athletes to get evaluated early.  This gives athletes the chance to work with the coaches, experience their coaching style, and to see the campus.

Q & A WITH FSU HEAD COACH BROOKE NILES
We checked in with FSU Head Coach, Brooke Niles to see what she thinks of the new rules: 

What do you think of the recruiting rule change? 
I like the new rules because it gives us coaches a lot more time to see players develop and grow before they commit to a college. Now players can take visits in their junior and senior years of high school instead of committing freshman and sophomore year. I think the players are in a better spot maturity wise to make their college decision later in high school.

What are the pros & cons of the change?
Some of the cons are it’s hard to communicate with coaches unless you attend camps between your freshman and junior years.  I mentioned some of the pros above. It also gives you enough time to make a decision about where you want to go to school and what program fits your needs.

How will this affect the way you recruit? 
This gives us a lot more time to evaluate players and watch them grow. We’ll have more time to  watch players before we make a commitment and players will have more opportunities to explore their options before they make a commitment. We have found that holding more camps gives us the opportunity to really get to know the players and they experience our coaching styles.

Do you have any advice for athletes starting the recruiting process?
My advice to athletes with these new rules is to make a list of things you want from a program and college. Then find programs that fit your needs and attend camps, clinics with those programs.

The new rules do not impact the recruiting timeline at the NCAA DII, DIII, NAIA or Junior College level.