It’s July. That means that it is time to think about club volleyball tryouts for the 2022-23 season. Clubs have moved 15-18U tryouts from the late fall to the late summer in recent years, so athletes and parents don’t have quite as much time to prepare and explore different options for club (travel) volleyball. We want to help families who are new to club volleyball with this helpful list of of things to know.
Club volleyball in NC offers competitive volleyball teams for a wide range of athletic abilities and travel commitment levels.
When looking for a club it is important to first determine what type of experience would be best for your daughter and what will be the best fit for your family.
Do your homework and research the local options for clubs in you area. Some questions that can help you gather information are listed below.
What level teams are offered at the club? What division level do they compete in at tournaments?
(Team Level names will vary from club to club, because they all make up their own structure and system for their team levels, so read the fine print and ask questions.)
Understand Tournament Divisions
Open Division is the top level of play in Juniors Volleyball, no matter what type of event (USAV/AAU/JVA). These will typically be the top level teams at the event competing in this divisions. There is typically a smaller number of teams in this division at tournaments. Most clubs in our area do not offer open level teams, but there are a few.
Club Division is the division that many teams from our area play in. This level of play offers great competition with like-level teams. Many 2-3 day tournaments offer Open & Club divisions only.
National Championship Tournaments divisions are listed below.
AAU/ JVA Volleyball Divisions
Any team may register and attend AAU nationals.
USA Volleyball Divisions
Teams must “qualify” at a USAV National Qualifier event during their season by placing high enough to earn a “bid."
What is the season schedule?
What are the season costs?
Find someone who has played there before and ask them questions.
Club volleyball can be a great experience for young athletes. But finding the right club and team is a tricky process sometimes. If you go in with a clear list of priorities of what your athlete wants to get out of this experience, it will be easier to determine which club/team is the right fit for your family.
Go to as many open gyms, clinics, pre-tryout events as possible. Every club has a different culture. This is the most important predictor of what your experience may be. Your daughter will know how she feels once she has been to some events at the club. Finding a place where she is comfortable and enjoys the club culture and the coaches is the key to making a good choice for her. Find the best place for her, where she is right now in her development. Things change quickly in the world of club volleyball, so take it one step at a time!
Good luck and enjoy the journey!
We asked some local clubs to give us some information to share with our families for a starting guide when exploring clubs.
Click here to visit the Google Doc with Local Club Information submitted for our club guide.