Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team’s court under organized rules. It has been a part of the official program of the Summer Olympic Games since 1964.
I play Volleyball at Notre Dame and believe the sport is challenging as well as a fantastic team sport, with extreme highs and lows. You need three individuals to make a single play, for one point, 25 times. Given that you must win by two, games can proceed past the 25-point mark showing the fragility and intensity of the game. The momentum is always fluctuating to either team. The fluctuation keeps the spectators and players on their toes. In college, it’s the best 3 out of 5 sets, the last set is only to 15 and dividing the dedicated and prepared from the distracted and weary.
The manner of intensity has always been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Long road trips, early mornings, competitive tears, and sore muscles were all indicators that I was doing what I loved most. They were badges of honor, so taking my high school game to the next level was something I saw as the next prize. Physically making the transition to college is the easier part. You lift 2-3 times a week, eat way more food, and clock in more cardio than you ever have in your life; not to mention practice. Your sleep schedule takes a toll, but you learn to adjust, and you will thrive. Mentally making the transition is an entirely different story.
To prepare for this change, in short, you must take your well-being seriously. Your grades, health, and everyday choices matter to help with the longevity of your volleyball career. For the University of Notre Dame, I had to prepare myself academically for the rigor of the classroom. This task included taking AP courses and studying long hours for standardized testing. Slacking off in fitness became a diminishing option as I hoped to ease the adjustment to college-level training. I had a conversation with my future strength coach detailing what would be expected of me for my freshman year and worked adamantly to meet those standards. Your fitness level is everything when you play a sport at the college level.
What I experience every day is the legacy of greatness; this is a legacy that is recognized on a global level. To be an ambassador for this institution and what they strive for is an honor. I have learned to better myself mentally, physically, and spiritually through my daily interaction with the community on campus. A quick glimpse into the network of Notre Dame is exceedingly impressive including individuals who inspire hard work and greatness in all the lives they touch.
I think the greatest thing about being a college athlete is not everyone knows what you go through. Most people cannot fathom the sacrifice, cannot relate the agony of a loss, and cannot comprehend the euphoria of giving your all to a group of individuals outside yourself for the love of the game. But this is the beauty of it all. Because if everyone could do it, if everyone understood, the value would be lost.
When doing research in the recruiting process for my daughter I came across the LRT Sports website. I was immediately intrigued as this was another dimension of the recruiting process that many people don't even consider. My daughter and I could "short list" schools based on the education she was looking for, as well as the opportunity to play her sport. LRT Sports not only gave us pertinent information into the recruiting process with different interviews of coaches and players, it also gave us insight into current and/or former players' opinions on the coach of that school in her sport. We could use this information to re-prioritize my daughters list of schools based on this feedback. I have many friends that are, or will be, going through this process shortly and I highly recommend using LRT Sports as part of anyone's recruiting process.
The college process presents a myriad of challenges. Factor in athletics and it becomes even more daunting. Now, add the fact that you have zero experience with sports. What is a the mother of a college bound student-athlete to do? LRT Sports has truly lived up to its promise. It has kept "the college recruiting process honest and easy by providing first hand information about coaches, schools and the recruiting process." Their interviews with current students, coaches, and professional athletes have provided realistic guidance. I am much more informed because of LRT Sports! The coach ratings are the most helpful. LRT Sports interviews allow us to hear from students as to how the adults are impacting not only their athletic experience but also how they are helping to shape their adult self.
The C.A.L.C. was thrilled to have Keirsten Sires come and speak to us on multiple topics relevant to high school athletics today, including recruiting. Keirsten reached all of our students and left them with great strategies that will not only help on the fields, courts, and mats, but also in the game of recruiting. She was a true professional and delivered a wonderful message.
Now that the recruiting process and the related stress is over, I wanted to thank you for your guidance. You did so much more than we had expected. Once you started the process by matching the best academic schools first, not the best sport programs, I knew you were the one. The way you laid out a timeline of contacting coaches, visits, and camps completely took any guesswork out of the plan for us. All of the student athletes that you put us in touch with gave us a look from the inside, and made us more comfortable knowing what was coming. Finally, using your website as a resource for knowing what to expect from different coaches based on former recruit reviews gave my son confidence before our meetings. There is no way we could have figured this out on our own, you really put us in a great position when decision time came.
I think hearing from other athletes is very beneficial. To be able to learn from people’s mistakes, and to be able to have access to those voices is really helpful; especially voices that have been there and done that. It’s very important for people to have access to information that could benefit them, and in this case there are many voices that can help the next wave of athletes.
If you have something that’s going to spell [the recruiting process] out for you… it’s so valuable. I think what everyone at LRT Sports is doing to spread the word and help advocate and educate athletes on the recruitment process is incredible.
Without question would have used LRT Sports. It would have probably been one of the most valuable tools that I could have had. If you want to know what these coaches are really like then I think this is the best tool out there. I’m really glad you are allowing recruits to have a resource like this moving forward.