Over 1,800 universities in the USA offer scholarships to volleyball players that would like to combine volleyball with their studies. College volleyball is the way to become a better volleyball player, develop yourself physically and mentally, and to build up an international network of friends.
In addition, you will earn a university degree which will lay the foundation for a successful career. Many college volleyball players see playing in college as a pathway to professional volleyball.
How does college volleyball work?
College volleyball is a bit different than “regular” volleyball; in organization and in atmosphere. You don’t play for a clubteam, but for a university team. This is the highest possible competition for junior players out of the United States.
On average, a team consists of 20 players, with whom you will train almost every day. Your team will compete against other university teams in your conference and on a national level. The ultimate goal? Winning the conference! This means you will qualify for the national championships, where only the best teams in the US can play.
The biggest difference between college volleyball and regular volleyball is the atmosphere during games. Teammates and fans are extremely loud, support each other and create chants to hype everyone up. Don’t be surprised if thousands of fans show up at a game and start screaming for (or against) you: the energy level is very high!
College volleyball fun & facts
Did you know that…
- College volleyball is one of the largest women’s competitions in the world?
- A large portion of the NCAA Division 1 players turns pro after their college careers?
- Dutch volleyball legend Ron Zwerver has been the coach at Oregon State University for many years?
- Some college volleyball stadiums in the US have more than 10.000 seats?
- Girls in the US sometimes start searching for volleyball scholarships when they are 12 years old?