This is the second one to which my daughter has been invited. We didn't go the first. The letter comes as if it is an invite from the college (College logo on envelope and college letterhead, but it does seem a bit automated) and reads as if it's from the coach, but it is not personally signed. They advertise an 8/1 player/coach ratio and have 5 or 6, usually d1, schools listed as being present.
They are expensive. $175 per 1/2 day session. My gut says this is more a third party "money grab" rather than a legit opportunity, but wanted to see if anyone else has experience with this type of camp.
For all of these companies, it depends what your intentions are. My advice for players is always the same: The best players will always get discovered by quality colleges. Good players will always get discovered if they play club. All players will get discovered if they play for the right club. Anyone that has extra money to throw at camps, clinics, combines, etc can go for it. But you should not NEED any of those extra things if your club staff is doing it’s job. It might be a fun experience, especially those companies that offer to take you overseas. I even saw one company last summer promoting the “first international volleyball tournament on a cruise ship.” That would be loads of fun. But again, if you are reaching out to as many realistic colleges as possible and your club staff (director, recruiting coordinator, coach) are doing their jobs, you do NOT need any of those things to get recruiting.
Bumping this as my girl got a couple of these in her email recently and I went to do a search on it for her despite her not playing club for her 18's for whatever reason she sent this to me to look into.
Anyone have any additional perspective on Junior Day Volleyball?
Post by floorcarpenter on Apr 8, 2019 16:19:09 GMT -5
Outside company running camps yes to make money but gives the particular college a chance to see kids in their gym. would not pay that price for half a day. College coaches will make it easier if they want you. With cheaper cost by running their own camps.
Depending on your kid, whether they're playing club, who they're playing club for, whether they are playing the optimal position in club, and so on, this may be worth the exposure to schools that are not out recruiting as much as some of the bigs.
Sometimes, being seen in person is critical, especially for an athletic kid who might be playing out of position in club (small outside hitter hoping to be a libero for example, small middle hoping to be an outside, etc) who is looking at smaller D1 and D2/D3 programs. BUT, only if there are schools there they are interested in... or they are willing to look anywhere to play.
Just my .02.
I am not judging you, I am just keenly observant of the painfully obvious.
Money grab. That being said with the new recruiting rules camps are going to be the way to go for 9th and 10th grade especially. If there are several schools there that your daughter might be interested, the total to go for one camp might be cheaper than going to each schools individual camp.
Unfortunately with the new rules camps are going to become more important because it is your only chance to interact with the coaches prior to June 1 of sophomore year.
Money grab. The Boston one is a decent gym, with 4 local schools, and Praire View A&M(?), their coach must be visiting relatives. I read though the page and noted they never say "head" coach or "assistant" coach, just coach and a few times "college" coach. So if the Men's club B team coach shows up they are technically giving you what you signed up for. I remember when my daughter started I would take the cost and divide by court hours. I used to think $10 per hour was an OK deal. Another sign I am getting old.