We are so excited to have UBC volleyball coach Leah Pezer coming to present at The Next Level. She will be speaking to athletes, parents and coaches in two break out sessions.
The first one about making informed recruiting decisions will include information on how to interview a prospective coach. Recruiting is not just about selling yourself to coaches, it is also about interviewing coaches to find out if their school and program is a good fit for your needs.
The second session will talk about how to develop a good recruiting relationship. It will give some strategies to build quality relationships with a prospective coach. And finally, Leah will be part of a panel discussion with other athletes and professionals talking about the importance for young athletes to maintain a multi-sport focus instead of specializing early.
We spoke briefly with Leah this week on three topics we think are important for high school student athletes to know.
ASR: What are the three most important traits you look for in a recruit?
LP: I look for a person who steadily improves throughout their high school career, who is as good at failing as they are at succeeding, and who has the ability to make players around them better.
ASR: What is one thing your first year athletes struggle with the most?
LP: Our first year athletes struggle the most with feeling as though they are getting worse. The game speeds up and the players are bigger at the university level so first year players need to remember that this is a 5 year process!
ASR: If you could give a piece of advice to high school athletes to help them with the transition to university sport what would it be?
LP: My advice would be to trust the process. Trust that it’s okay if you don’t start in your first year (in fact, it’s almost always better!), and trust that if you have patience, work hard and commit to the program, you will reach your goals AND enjoy the experience.