Checklist for high school seniors who want to play college volleyball Rate Apply to the schools you want to attend. Early applications are usually the best option. That way, you get them out of the way. Colleges usually begin accepting applications around Sept. 1. After you commit, end your amateur status officially by completing your NCAA eligibility profile. For student-athletes in the U.S., this is a simple matter of clicking a button. For foreign athletes, it’s a little more involved. Make a courtesy call to other schools that offered you a spot. If you’ve gone on site visits and established a relationship with a coach, it’s a nice gesture to tell them your decision in person rather than letting them find out on social media. Broadcast your commitment via platforms like Rich Kern’s recruiting registry (www.richkern.com), social media and/or prepvolleyball.com. This lets coaches know you’re no longer on the market and saves you from continuing to answer emails, texts, phone calls. Reach out to your soon-to-be teammates on social media. Getting to know the players who you’ll going to battle with is a great way to begin forming a strong team bond. Plan your summer. Find out from your college coaches what’s expected of you. Will you need to go to summer school? If so, who will pay for it? What will your housing situation be? Be proactive in fact-finding. Keep training and practicing after making your commitment. Many recruits relax once they’ve signed. Bad idea. You should grind even harder and focus on getting ready to compete, especially if you want to challenge for playing time right away. If you have any nagging injuries, tell your college coaches and trainers. When you speak up early, they can help you get healthy for the fall season. If you keep it to yourself, it may negatively impact your playing time in the fall. Pay close attention to communications from your coaches or the school’s compliance department so you can complete whatever is being asked of you – like working out housing arrangements or taking a physical. Again, be prompt. Respond within 24-48 hours. After your high school graduation, send your final transcripts and your degree immediately to the NCAA Eligibility Center and to the admissions office of the college you’ll be attending. Overnight it with a tracking number so you’ll know when it’s received. Once the NCAA receives it, they’ll call the conference office and the conference office will let your school know if you’re eligible to compete. Don’t send this info by snail mail. The faster the NCAA receives it, the more time you’ll have if there are eligibility issues to iron out. You can also check out the freshman, sophomore and junior checklists for athletes who want to play in college.