HEAT Volleyball: HEAT VBC - FAQ's

Monday, April 23

What is Club volleyball?

Club volleyball is a highly organized national program for junior boys and girls. The local governing body in Wisconsin is the Badger Region Volleyball Association.  They work with the national governing body; USA Volleyball/United State Olympic Committee.  USA Volleyball establishes the rules, sanctions events and make certain that every club and player meets the requirements for fair and safe competition. 



When does the club season start and end?

Badger Region Volleyball sets the dates for tryouts that all clubs must honor. Tryouts are usually conducted the first week in October for 14 and under and the first two weeks in November for 15 and up. Tournament play starts in late December and runs through the end of April.  Pricing is determined on the number of tournaments each teams participates in.  However, teams can participate in as many tournaments as they choose if the team agrees and are willing to pay the additional cost.  Most teams limit the number to around seven or less per season.

How many teams are there?

HEAT typically will support 8-9 teams each season with the age range of 11U-17U. 

What are the age requirements to play club volleyball?

USAV sanctions age divisions from 8U – 18U.  HEAT offers traveling tournament teams from 11U-17U.  HEAT also offers three different preparatory programs for players as young as five years of age which provides valuable volleyball skill experience and excellent coaching.

MIST - Kindergarten - 2nd grade (5-7)

STEAM 1 - 3rd & 4th grade (8-10)

STEAM 2 -5th & 6th grade (11-12) 

Is there guaranteed playing time in club volleyball?

At the preparatory ages, HEAT Volleyball Club coaches go to great lengths to ensure every player is developing and is getting equitable play time. At the 14U and older levels, playing time is earned and there are no guarantees in regards to time on the court during the tournaments. HEAT Volleyball Club provides every parent with our Playing Time Policy in our Club Handbook so that there are no surprises to anyone.

My son/daughter wants to play volleyball for her/his school; is club a requirement?

No. However, it is important to note that most High School players in our area do play club volleyball. If your Middle School and High School have a mature volleyball program, you can be assured that most of the players on the roster will be club players. In fact, many of the HS coaches also coach at the club level, so the two programs are connected very closely.

What is the time commitment for a club player and parent?

HEAT Volleyball Club practices are twice per week. Preparatory programs  offer camps 2-3 times per year for 5-6 days each. Tournaments are usually two day events and you can expect to spend about eight to nine hours in the gym on a Saturday and Sunday. Tournaments typically run from 8AM to 6PM for both Saturday and Sunday.

Does club volleyball require us to travel?

Yes, you will have to travel within Wisconsin.  HEAT Volleyball Club typically will schedule two overnight tournaments for each team each season.  The hotel, food and gas expenses are at and additional cost of the family.  

What is the financial expense of participating in club volleyball?

Fees are set by each club and can vary widely by age division and club goal. You should budget around $650 for club dues; with an exception for the preparatory camps which will be considerably less. Your fees will include your jersey.  Families will have to purchase appropriate spandex, socks, knee pads and shoes.  It is important to note that travel expenses are not included in the club fees. You should fully understand the tournament schedule and club travel philosophy in order to estimate the actual expenses that you may incur.

Is there a way to reduce our club fees?

Yes. HEAT Volleyball offers fundraising opportunities every season which can reduce the out of pocket expenses by several hundred dollars if you put forth the effort.

Where are the club volleyball practices and tournaments held?

Practices for HEAT Volleyball Club will be held at various local schools. Tournaments are played all over Wisconsin.  Locations and venues are assigned to each age division for a given tournament.  Tournament dates and locations are not available prior to tryouts due to Badger Region registration policy for tournaments which does not start until December 1st.

Is club volleyball that much different than a school or recreation program?

Yes! Established club teams typically compete at a higher levels. Many Middle School and High School coaches also spend time coaching at the club level, so they are very aware of who plays club, where they play, how long they have played and the their skill levels.

Do parents get to participate in the fun too?

Absolutely! Each team will have a very involved group of parents that will take on some of the organizational duties. Each team will have a Team Parent (s).  The team parent will help the coach with administration duties, take pictures and post to Facebook.  Our goal is to offload the administrative duties from the coaching staff and allow them to coach while building strong parent friendships with seamless communications. HEAT Volleyball Club also provides each parent with a conduct policy that clearly explains the Do’s and Don’ts and how to handle any concerns that may arise.  This is clearly published in our Club Handbook each year.

Where can I get more information on club volleyball in the Wisconsin?

Badger Region Volleyball Association (www.badgervolleyball.org)  is your volleyball encyclopedia for our area. You will need to select the Indoor - Junior link to find the most up to date information for club programs in our area. We encourage you to continue to view the HEAT Volleyball Club website (www.heatvbc.org)  for up to date information on our club program and event schedules.

Still wondering if HEAT Volleyball Club is for you? Contact us today?