Recruiting and being in the convention center all day was always one of my favorite parts in recruiting. Lots of volleyball and lots of really good volleyball.
I was lucky enough to get to the Show Me Qualifier in Kansas City this past weekend. It really was a great tournament. I thought everyone working the tournament and everything they put into place in order to do the temperature checks, tickets, screenings was all very well done. They even staggered some of the pools to start 30 minutes later so that there wasn't quite as many parents/spectators and teams arriving all at the same time. Something that I think should maybe be echoed in other qualifiers, even after COVID. I think that from a recruiting perspective it was nice to actually have some courts to go watch that were on a slightly different schedule. Too often you end up with the bulk of your athletes playing the same schedule (play-ref-play-ref-off-play) and its hard to get to watch all of them. I know I'm probably in the minority in liking this idea, but I'm okay with that.
It was also very refreshing to be at a qualifier again. With everything being cancelled last year, it has been a while. It was great being able to watch volleyball being played at such a high volume and level again. Seeing teams from across the country competing is such a positive thing. I am certainly grateful for all of the coaches, directors, parents and athletes that are making things happen for the sport.
It was also nice to NOT be watching athletes on film for a few days. I've done a bunch of FB Live mornings and afternoons over weekends watching athletes and those are great. But there is just something different about being able to evaluate an athlete and watch an athlete in person. I know that there are college coaches across the country that are looking forward to restrictions being lifted so that we can get back to evaluating and watching volleyball in person.