KC Lady Jaguars: New to Club Volleyball


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRYING OUT FOR A CLUB:


1.Tryout and Club Information:  Clubs must post and announce, before the tryout, the number of open spots they have available for each age division. They also must let you know what the fee is for the tryout and give you an estimate on the club fees.


2. Response Period:  In the Kansas City area: If you are offered a position on a team during the first weekend that tryouts are allowed, you will have till the following Monday, 4 pm to inform the club if you accept the offer. The club will have to hold that position available for you till then.  If the tryout is not on the very first weekend that tryouts are allowed, or are not in the Kansas City area, the club is required to give you 24 hours after the completion of the tryout to accept an offer for a position.


When a club offers you a spot, they will have to inform you if you are offered a position on a specific team (1st, 2nd etc.), or if the position is for any team of the club.


3. Player Commitment to a Club: Once you and your parents have decided to accept an offer to play with a club and you signn HOA Individual Registration Form and/or an HOA Club/Player Letter of Commitment, you will not be allowed to reverse that commitment or attend any other tryouts.  You are allowed to sign at a tryout if you are satisfied with the club and will not attend any other tryouts. Clubs are not allowed to pressure you into making a decision immediately at tryouts.  If you back out of your commitment, or attend another tryout, you forfeit your right and eligibility for participation in the HOA region Power League and Regional Championships for this season.


4. Completion of Tryouts:  Clubs are allowed to schedule one tryout "callback" for a specific age division within 9 days of the initial tryout. Players going to callbacks must be informed of positions already filled prior to the callback date and told how many positions still remain open. Clubs must also advise callback players for which specific team (i.e. first or second) the player is being evaluated.  Callbacks have to be at least 2 days after the initial tryout.



A Parents Guide to Club Volleyball



  • This is designed as a guideline to help parents and players in their decision making process when selecting a club or team. You will want to contact prospective clubs, coaches/and or teams and ask them the following questions:

Mission Statement/Purpose:


What is the goal of the club?
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 Is it Competitive? Recreational? Developmental?


 Costs/fees for Participation:
      
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What is the projected fee?
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What does the fee cover? (Gym costs? Coach stipends? Club dues? USAV registration? Uniform Costs? Etc)
*If the team travels to out of town tournaments (Qualifiers or other National level tournaments): Who covers the costs of the coaches expenses, traveling costs, hotel rooms etc?
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Are there any other additional costs?
*Additional tournaments? Travel fees? Clothing/merchandise?


Practice Time:
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How many times per week? What is the length of the practice? What times are reserved for practice?
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Will my practice schedule change or will it remain the same throughout the season?
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What happens if I miss a practice-possibly due to participation in other sports? Sickness? Religious events?
*Are practices held during major holidays-if so what days and times?
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What strength training is expected? Additional time and cost?


Length of Season:
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When does the season start and end?
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When can I expect to start tournament play?


Tournaments:
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Will the team participate in local, regional or national level tournaments? How many Tournaments?
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Will the team participate in Silver Heart, Gold Heart, Power League, or Regionals
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Is the team a Gold or Silver level team?
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Will the team participate in Jr. National Qualifiers or other end of Season Tournaments-If so, what costs are associated with these tournaments?( Travel costs-air, hotel, food, etc)


Other Important Questions to ask:
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How many spots on the team have been filled? And how many spots are available?
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How does your selection process work? Will you notify me if I make the team? Or If I didn't make the team?
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When do I have to make a decision?(*If you are offered a position on a team after attending a club/team's tryout-You have at least a 24 hr period to make a decision. You do not have to commit with the team immediately.


*Please refer to the HOA recruiting guide for specific answers to response periods and tryout policies.


• *What is the club or teams' policy on playing time?(equal, mandatory, performance only, "play to win" etc)
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Will players/and or parents be expected to participate in fundraisers?
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What are the expectations of the club in regards t


A. Time commitment from the player


B. Can players participate in other sports?


• *Who will be the coach of my team and what are their credentials/ and or experience?