College Women’s Volleyball Recruiting Guidelines

Volleyball Recruiting Guidelines

If you have a high school athlete that plays volleyball then it is time to start thinking about college recruiting. It is important to know what requirements college coaches are looking for so that your daughter has the time to get prepared to play at the level they desire. Champion’s QUEST College Recruiting is powered by NCSA (National Collegiate Scouting Association) and the following are guidelines for playing at the division 1 level.

DI Tier 1 (Upper level) Candidate:

High School Experience:
•Generally 3-4 year varsity starter
•Team Captain
•Generally attend a large high school (4A, 5A, 6A) with a nationally recognized volleyball program.
•Recognized early in their high school career with all-state, all-conference, all-region honors.
•High School All-Americans, Volleyball Magazine All-American

Club Experience:
•Extensive National level club experience, 5+ years
•High placement at National Tournaments
-Colorado Crossroads, Pacific NW, Hooiser Mideast, Big South, Northeast, SoCal, Lone Star, Far Western, Northern Lights
-AAU Nationals – Orlando, FL
-Reno Volleyball Festival – Reno, NV
-USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships
•All-American, USA JO All-Tournament recognition

National Experience:
•Junior, Youth, or USA Select National Team
•High Performance Camps & Regional Teams
•USA HP Championships

The average characteristics by position are below:

Libero/Defensive Specialist

  • Height: 5’5″ – 6’0″
  • Vertical: 28″+

Middle Hitter

  • Height: 6’0″ – 6’4″
  • Block Jump: 9’5″+
  • Approach Jump: 10’0″+


  • Height: 5’11” – 6’2″
  • Block Jump: 9’4″+
  • Approach Jump: 9’10″+


  • Height: 5’8″-6’1″
  • Block Jump: 9’2″+
  • Approach Jump: 9’6″+

For information on what D2, D3, D4, and NAIA schools guidelines are click here.

School’s Offering Volleyball

NCAA Div 1 – 329

NCAA Div 2 – 277

NCAA Div 3 – 430

NAIA – 240

NJCAA – 303

Total – 1,579

Athletic Scholarship Opportunities

Division 1 (per school) – 12

Division 2 (per school) – 8

NAIA (per school) – 8

NJCAA (varies per school) – 14

If you have questions about college recruiting or if you want to have your athlete evaluated to find out what their performance scores are, contact Champion’s QUEST at or call (562) 598-2600.


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