Recruits for women’s college water polo need to know that scholarships are extremely limited. But NCSA can help ensure that you’re doing every little thing that you can to stand out during the water polo scouting process.
1. Develop your game plan and get evaluated by a third party. Water polo scouts may not have the budgets to travel and see a lot of prospects in person, so they rely on evaluations from a valuable resource like NCSA. Because NCSA is a neutral third party, we provide honest answers about your skill level, and help you set realistic goals about where you want to play college women’s water polo.
2. Post your academic/athletic resume online. NCSA has the largest digital platform available to high school athletes. When a water polo recruit posts a highlight video and resume online, it becomes instantly visible to hundreds of college water polo scouts.
3. Make a comprehensive highlight/skills video to show your skills.
Water polo scouts may not be able to see water polo recruits in person, and that’s why highlight/skills videos are essential. A good video includes game footage that proves you’re a well-rounded player. Show coaches that you can anticipate plays, make plays, play defense, and score.
- Utility Players: Use plays that highlight shooting range, scoring, playmaking ability, and your knack for finding open players.
- Hole Sets: Show scoring ability and good shooting range. Also, feature ball handling skills and your ability to draw ejections and finish at the net.
- Hole Defenders: Prove that you can defend and come up with steals. Highlight your quickness and show that you can front offensive players.
- Goalies: Show that you can cover the entire goal. Prove that you can successfully defend breakaways.
NCSA head water polo recruiting coach Joyce Wellhoefer discusses what to include in your water polo highlight video.
4. Contact as many water polo programs as you can. Just over 60 colleges have women’s water polo. Be proactive and reach out to several you’re interested in by simply sending an email. NCSA’s digital space makes water polo scouting easier and lets you get your information to dozens of prospective colleges.
5. Realize that it’s not a four-year decision. It’s a 40-year decision. Picking a college is one of the most important decisions you make in life. Do your research and make an educated decision, not only as a water polo recruit, but also as a student. Input from a third party like NCSA can help you find a school that’s an ideal fit.
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