Are you feeling frustrated about your playing time while trying to get recruited?
This is a serious concern for a lot of families who have student athletes going through this process. Panic begins to set in as you see college coaches coming to your court and you are on the sidelines. You begin to wonder if you will be able to get recruited when you are not getting any or enough playing time. First off, the coach makes the final decision about who will play and who will sit the bench. Although you may feel that it’s unfair, you are by far the better player, the coach has favorites, and a biased opinion. Let’s take some time to evaluate your situation. One of two things might be going on, either you are right and the coach has a faulty assessment of you, or you are wrong and you do not have a clear perspective of who you are as a player and what you bring to the court. The reality is your predicament remains the same.
I’m not playing, what am I going to do about it?
So you can look at this situation in a couple of ways. You can get angry, cross your arms on the sidelines, roll your eyes at the coaches decision and begin complaining about the lack of playing time. Mom and dad can call the club director or coach and have a sit down about what’s really going on? At the end of each tournament you can complain the whole way home about how unfair the coaches decision is and about how you deserve to play. (Obviously, not a good choice)
Or, you can use your anger and frustration to push yourself to another level! This is an opportunity to re-evaluate your goals, train harder, run faster, jump higher, challenge your teammates and become more motivated. During each practice, push yourself that much harder to become the first when running sprints, to be the first back to the huddle after the water break, to hustle shagging balls during each drill and to give it your all! At each tournament, be the loudest and most supportive teammate you can be. Follow the game and work to improve your volleyball IQ. If you were on the court, what strategy’s would you be using to help your team beat your opponent. You can absolutely learn a lot from this game standing on the sidelines. You have got to keep the bigger picture in mind. If you want to play college volleyball, this is one of the most humbling experiences you will go through as an athlete.
Keep your head up because there is light at the end of the tunnel. In my years of experience as a college volleyball recruiting coordinator I will tell you that although playing time is important, it is not the end all in getting recruited. I have worked with student athletes who receive little to no playing time who still get Division 1 scholarship offers. (so take a deep breath and relax) You may be asking how this is possible? Ultimately, it comes down to having a positive attitude. Student athletes who learn to master negative emotions and disruptive thoughts improve as an athlete and as a person.
College coaches are looking for “team” players. They need an athlete who is mentally prepared to handle playing at the next level. In college you may not always receive playing time. If you spend your time dwelling on the fact that you are not getting the playing time you think you deserve, the coach is wrong/bad, unfair, or mean it’s not going to do anything for you athletic career. It’s not going to make you better, stronger, faster, and it certainly won’t do anything to help your mental toughness. In fact, if you plan to play in college, being right is not going to prepare you for your transition. In fact, dwelling on how wrong the coach is and how “right” you are will only prove to weaken you as a player and a person.
So how do I get recruited?
You talk about your growth as a player and as a person supporting your teammates during each tournament. You talk about being the best teammate you can be, the hardest working player in each practice and giving it your all to earn your spot on the court. You talk to your club coach about what he is looking for in you to earn a spot and you go out and get yourself the reps to become better. It doesn’t mean you have to spend money on private lessons, talk to the coaches about attending other practices so you can get more time on the court. Define what your weaknesses are and establish goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time based. I assure you, a college coach would love to hear about how you handle this challenge and what you are doing to overcome it.
Game footage is critical to being recruited, so here are some tips on how to obtain video to share with college coaches. You can film practice, put together a skills video and talk to your club coach about scrimmaging. If your team has 12 players, you probably scrimmage in practice often which is an opportunity to get video. College coaches come to practice as well, and club coaches typically go out of their way to accommodate the coaches by giving them every opportunity to evaluate you.
Kara Hill is offering a workshop on becoming mentally prepared to play in college on Friday May 3rd 2013 from 6-9 pm in Laguna Hills, California. If you are interested in attending this workshop please get in contact with My Recruiting Solutions right away as space is limited.
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