A while ago I got an email from a young volleyball player. It presents a case I honestly haven’t dealt with before. I post it here in hopes to get some thoughts from the volleyball coaching community. Here’s the situation.
I’ve played 6 years of volleyball starting in 7th grade and playing club. My 11th grade year I was in the process of being recruited and looked by college coaches to play on there team… But unfortunately towards the middle-end of my senior year… I got pregnant & will be having the baby in January of 2016.
I was going to start college in the fall but now I’m. Taking off this 2 year to have the baby & I’m currently taking online classes so I won’t be too behind. But the next following school year I plan on going back to a university in the fall of 2016. Would it be possible for me to try out for a volleyball team with a child if I work for it? Or how would that work? I loved playing volleyball more then anything and I don’t want to let having a baby come in the way of my dream.
I certainly applaud this young woman for wanting to continue to pursue her dream of playing in college. It’s certainly a challenging situation.
Because there’s a big recruiting aspect to this question, I sent it along to Matt at The College Volleyball Coach. He focuses a lot of college recruiting questions. His response wasn’t very upbeat:
I cannot think of any college volleyball coaches who would make accommodations for a player with a baby, unless she was unreal good. Not because the college coaches are heartless people, but rather, they can easily recruit the same talents without the distraction of being a new mother.
Her only realistic option of transitioning to a college volleyball team would be with NAIA/JC, and with the full time assistance of a parent or adult to provide supreme care for the new child.
I’m not inclined to be quite so negative as Matt. I suspect there are NCAA Division III options available as well. Division I or II may be a bit much, though. The increased demands from a more year-round schedule, greater travel, etc. are a real issue.
I’d like to hear your thoughts on the subject, especially if you’re a coach who has had a college player with a young child in your team. Please leave a comment below.
Thanks in advance.
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