Junior Volleyball is a program of the Delta Region of USA Volleyball directed at individuals 18 years or younger. The purpose of the Delta Region Junior Volleyball programs is to offer our youth an opportunity to become involved in a wholesome and beneficial athletic activity, which they can pursue at various skill levels. Youth participants should be introduced to the joys of athletic competition, should learn good lifetime physical activity habits during their formative years, and should be exposed to basic and complex volleyball skills. The Delta Region Junior Volleyball programs should be a bridge between Junior Volleyball (age 18 and under) and Adult Volleyball. The Delta Region Junior Volleyball programs are only a part of the development of our youth. Everyone involved should recognize that family and school issues have priority over these programs. The region does not guarantee that every youth participant will be invited to play on a team as clubs and teams are private enterprises.
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 get out to watch players very often. 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 is $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 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM central time 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.
Secret # 1—Club Directors Protect You!
Every club director is well aware that you want to play with better players. The issue for us (and you!) is that if we grant you your wish, it will affect your playing time on the weekend. That is going to be a different conversation with the club director. Directors and coaches try to “gap” players when forming teams. We try not to pair players who are a lot better and we don’t want players who are not good enough. Of course, parents have a different view on this subject. My suggestion is to defer to the judgement of the coach/club director. This is what they do best!
Secret #2 Junior Volleyball is Set Up for Your Team to Lose!
Betcha didn’t see this one coming. Many parents think they can buy their way on to a good team and that the team will win most of their matches. Not true. Think about it: If you are on a good team, who do you think you are going to play against? Answer: Other good teams! Which means you are not going to win every match. And, even if you DO win the next round/bracket, who are you going to play next? Answer: Even better teams! I get e-mails, texts and phone calls every February and March about this very issue. Playing against better teams is what it is all about. Win or lose, learn from your mistakes and move on!
Secret #3 The Top Teams at Major Clubs Have Already Beed Decided
Have you ever been to a tryout and notice that “a group” of players have already been selected to play together? Coincidence? I think not. Club Directors actively recruit players 24/7. The #1 teams at major clubs for the most part have already been decided—unless a surprise comes in the door at tryouts. Fact: Some of the top clubs are engaged in financial bidding wars over some of the top players! Most club directors will try and lock up the two best outside hitters and solid setter. These players alone will bring in the other top players as the word will spread quick.
Secret #4 Don’t Worry About Playing for Your High School Coach’s Club
Many high school coaches will “suggest” that you play for a certain club to guide you into the “proper” instruction and club program. Sound familiar? Why do you think so many clubs have the high school coaches on their payroll? The reality is a high school coach does not care what club you choose. If you are good, they are going to play you during the high school season. It is absurd to assume otherwise. High school coaches don’t wake up and think of ways of making their team worse. They are in it to win. If you are part of the winning equation, you will get your shot.
Secret # 5 Be Careful of Clubs that Play Up the “College Scholarship” Angle!
Are you playing volleyball with the hopes of getting an athletic scholarship? You shouldn’t. According to the NCAA only 2.3% of high school girls actually get an athletic scholarship—another 1.6% go to D3 schools which offer no athletic aid. Click here if you don’t believe me. The reason you play volleyball is the girls on your club team are the girls you want your daughter to be around 2-4 times a week--this is priceless!! If you are one of the fortunate ones that actually gets to play at the next level, then I would tell you the same thing: Use the sport of volleyball to get into a school (and get an education!) that you would not normally get into.
Choosing a volleyball club is serious business. It is a commitment in time and money as well as an individual commitment to a club for the duration of the season. Spending a little time researching your options and opportunities may save you from a frustrating (or worse) season. Be sure to ask lots of questions. If possible, talk with players and parents who have played in the club before. If a club is hesitant to answer those questions, it is probably best to move on.
Remember, volleyball is supposed to be FUN!
Every person that wants to try out for a club must first become a member of USA Volleyball. The junior player membership fee is $52 for female players; boys membership fee is $27 (in an attempt to grow boy's programming). Registration must be completed on the JOIN NOW tab above. Much of the membership fee goes toward insurance not only for the player but also for the club and facility.
We understand if you are new to Junior Volleyball that you might not be completely sure that this is what your child wants to do. No worries. If your child is not injured during the tryout process, the Delta Region will issue a refund of the USA Volleyball membership cost and cancel the membership if he/she decides not to play this season.
The Delta Region mission is to promote, develop and expand volleyball opportunities for individuals within the region. We hope that everyone who attends a tryout will find a club to join. Unfortunately, not all clubs have the resources (mainly coaches and gyms) to keep everyone who goes through the tryout process. Athletes who do not make a program should not be discouraged. Clubs within the Delta Region values highly hard work, determination, and improvement over time. Every year is a new tryout year and Delta Region clubs look forward to athletes trying out in the following year and working to make a program. Please note: Issuing refunds is a service provided by the Delta Region for those who live within the region’s boundaries—not all regions issue refunds to athletes who try out.
If you want to request a refund, fill out the form online before the close of business on November 30th. No refunds will be issued after the deadline date of November 30.
Selecting the right sport and club for your child is about more than athletic development or playing time. Parents should do their homework – to learn about a club’s reputation and its policies and procedures to protect all athletes. By understanding the components of an effective plan to handle misconduct, you will be empowered to ask the right questions, spot potential risks and have conversations with your child to monitor activities.
When selecting a sport club or program for your child, an important factor to consider is whether the administrators and organizers have developed a strategy to address misconduct. While the existence of a plan is a positive step, how coaches, volunteers and staff enforce those policies is crucial.
As a parent, you should get straightforward answers to these basic questions before allowing your child to participate.
Parents have the right to:
After November 30, 2019, he/she is committed to a club for the entire USA Volleyball season which concludes at the end of the Junior National Championships.
EXCEPTION: A change in geographical location of the family due to a change in job, military, scholastic or inner-collegiate status may receive special consideration. An application for a waiver to the Transfer Policy must be made in writing by the parent of the player to the Commissioner using the below Player Transfer Request Form.
What happens if my team disbands in March and I still want to play? 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 with the player. Players from a disbanded team may enroll with another club if the disbanded team or club provides written authorization to the Delta Region office releasing the player(s), and the new team provides Delta Region office with an acceptance letter. 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.
No player may participate in different Qualifying events with different teams.
Want to help your child’s team with their officiating responsibilities during a tournament? The Delta Region has a special membership for parents of players for only $27--a great discount! With this “Chaperone” membership you can be added to the team roster which will allow you to be court-side to call lines, keep score or even referee. I’m sure the team’s coach would appreciate the help.
Just go to JOIN NOW to become a member, choosing the Chaperone category. You will need to undergo a background screening at a cost of $18.50, become certified to officiate and you will need to take the FREE SafeSport training course—because we want to keep our young athletes safe. Talk with your team coach for instructions and join USA Volleyball and the Delta Region today!
USA Volleyball is excited to announce the launch of USAVolleyballShop.com, an online shopping experience for members and fans to purchase USA Volleyball branded gear and merchandise. T-shirts, hoodies, hats, jackets and more, including an Adidas line of USAV merchandise designed specifically for the shop. Check back often to this site as we will be adding additional merchandise throughout the season!