Contacting college coaches doesn't have to be scary or intimidating. Most of them are nice people who love volleyball and want to find the best fit for their program.
Take control of the process yourself. Don’t wait for coaches to contact/notice you – there are tens of thousands of high school athletes playing volleyball. The odds that your top choice happens to be watching your court at the exact time you do something that makes you stand out are pretty low. Give them a reason to care.
Start with a letter or email. See below for what to include. If you are truly interested, a phone call is a great way to separate yourself from the pack. College Coaches get hundreds of emails a month from high school athletes, but only a few phone calls.
Contact the coach and visit at least once, maybe more than that. Meet the coach, take a tour, go to classes, meet the team, eat in the dining hall, sleep in a dorm. This will be your home for 4 years. Make an informed decision.
Most important stuff to include in your initial contact:
Link to unedited game footage – (highest level of competition you have played) Your SMASH Coach can help with that
Best phone number to contact you
Why you are interested in their school
Other very good stuff:
Link to club team website or schedule
Career ambition/desired major
Coach contact info (highest level of competition you have played)
Parent contact info
Some kind of personal statement or introduction of who you are and what is important to you.
Nice but not essential:
Links to newspaper stories about you/your team
Quotes about you (from coach or scout)