Finding the right club for your son or daughter can be a daunting task. If you are new to club volleyball you will want to find out as much information as you can about the clubs in your area before you make your selection.
First of all, it is a serious commitment of time and money. It is my hope that this guide will help the volleyball family make an informed decision.
At a minimal level, club volleyball provides the opportunity to learn and improve volleyball skills through hours of additional practice and competition. Club volleyball gives players the opportunity to enhance athletic, social and leadership skills, making new friends from other schools and areas. In addition, since players regularly officiate matches when they are not playing, leadership skills and knowledge and understanding of the game is enhanced.
Many players have gone on to be successful college players (at all levels); some are on partial to full athletic scholarships. Others have gone on to coach at the high school or college level or returned to coach at the club level.
Some teams will only travel to tournaments in the Delta Region, while others will also travel to other parts of the country. While there is no guarantee that you will be seen by a college coach, the chances are better if they play club ball. The high school season coincides with the college season, making it difficult for college coaches to watch players during the school season. In many cases the high school matches start around 5 or 6 making it difficult for a coach to even get to local matches without having to miss their team’s practice. The heaviest recruiting time is during the club season. A majority of college coaches search for prospective players at USAV Junior events. Larger tournaments involving teams from several states, national qualifiers and the Junior National Championships attract the most college coaches.
Club volleyball is a HUGE commitment of time. The club season generally begins in November with tryouts and runs through mid-April for in-region play and can run through early July for teams going to the Junior National Championships. Teams generally practice around 2 hours at a time and practice 1-3 times per week. Teams will generally play in at least 6 tournaments (some will play in as many as 12). Tournaments last from 1 day up to 4 days.
Club volleyball also requires FINANCIAL commitment. The cost can run as low as $250 to over $5,000 depending on the level of competition, number of tournaments, practice facility costs, coaches’ travel costs, coaching expenses (some volunteer, some receive expenses, some get a salary), supplies, equipment, balls, printing, postage, etc. and sponsorship. Costs should be used for comparison between clubs to make sure you know what is and is not covered in their fees. Costs may vary depending on quality; two jerseys and a pair of shorts can cost $100, USAV registration can be up to $52 per player, tournament entry fees vary from $175-$495 for regular season tournaments to $800 for national qualifiers and $1000 for the Junior National Championships. Hotel, food and transportation costs are generally the responsibility of the player/parent.
You should also think about why you want to play club (recreation, more experience for high school play or possible college scholarship). No matter what your objective, you should be playing because you have fun, love the game and want to play. You must be willing to work hard and take the responsibility for your improvement. Your coach is there to help you work toward your goals.
The most important factor is the kind of coaching you will receive. Coaches at each club have a wide range of coaching experience, from very successful high school and college coaches (head and assistant) to those with little experience. Parents of a volleyball player have a shared responsibility with the player. A few of the biggest responsibilities are encouraging good sportsmanship and responsible behavior, support and encourage your child win or lose, providing support financially and assist with transportation. Parents also have the responsibility to conduct themselves in a reasonable, responsible manner. Parents must be aware that they have as much, if not more, influence on the chemistry of their team than the coach. How can a player be a good team member when they have to listen to a parent bad mouth their teammates or coach? How can the team have good chemistry when parents sit in the stands and make disparaging comments about players or coaches to other parents?
The player will have until November 30th to officially commit to a club ~ Please note: this does not mean the club will hold a position for the uncommitted player. Once a player commits to the club, the club will then be able to put that player on the roster of a team. The player is then officially committed to that club. Any financial commitments made to a club are between the individual and the club (not the Delta Region) ~ Clubs are private enterprises.
Players have until November 30th to officially commit to a club ~ Please note: this does not mean the club will hold a position for the uncommitted player. Once a player commits to the club, the club will then be able to put that player on the roster of a team. The player is then officially committed to that club. Any financial commitments made to a club are between the individual and the club (not the Delta Region) ~ Clubs are private enterprises.
To request a transfer prior to November 30th the player’s parent must request the transfer online and provide the following information:
After November 30th, he/she is committed to a club for the entire USA Volleyball season which concludes at the end of the Junior National Championships. NOTE: A change in geographical location of the family due to a change in job, military, scholastic or inner-collegiate status may receive special consideration. Application for a waiver to the Transfer Policy must be made by the parent of the player to the Delta Region Commissioner. The club that the player is leaving must release the player in writing to the Region Office before the Commissioner will provide any waiver.
A player can be reassigned to a different club in the Delta Region if the team the player is currently affiliated with has disbanded and no longer intends to participate in any USA Volleyball sanctioned event, whether in or outside the Delta Region. This must be confirmed by the Club Director before any contact can be made with the player. Players from a disbanded team may request a transfer online provided:
A disbanded team may withhold such authorization if the player(s) is/are not in good standing with the club. Any financial commitments to a club are between the individual and the club~ Clubs are private enterprises. If a player on a disbanded team transfers without filing the proper written authorizations, then the player and the new team or club may be sanctioned.