What to Expect At Club Tryouts

What To Expect at Club Tryouts

Club Tryouts can be stressful; however, all of the Club Directors in the area work together to make sure that the tryout process is smooth as possible. Below are some tips, and tricks to avoid the stress and make the tryout process fun and exciting. For those new to club volleyball this will give you some insight into the wonderful world of club volleyball, and what to expect during the tryout process.
  • Tip # 1

    Have a plan: Determine which of the clubs you are going to tryout for, and confirm dates and times on the club's website the week prior.

  • Tip # 2

    Register Early: Clubs like to have a good idea of how many players will be attending their tryouts, most clubs will offer discounts if you preregister. Clubs also offer online registration and payment for your convenience.

  • Tip #3

    Do your research: Find out as much as you can about the club prior to attending tryouts. Find out about the coach that will potentially coach your athlete. What is the coaches background, coaching experience, and coaching certifications?

  • Tip #4

    Tryout for more than one club, but don't over do it: There are no guarantees, so make sure you tryout for multiple clubs. Even though you should tryout for more than one club, try not to wear yourself out. Get plenty of rest, hydrate, and ice to prevent injuries.

  • Tip #5

    Know your Financial Responsibility: Before you leave tryouts, have a clear understanding of what your financial obligation will be for season. Ask what your fees include, and if there are any additional charges. How much does the season cost, including travel? What does the uniform package include? Is there additional training included in the club dues?

  • Tip #6

    Ask the right questions: Where do you see me fitting into the team? What is my role? Know what the coaches philosophy is regarding playing time. Make sure the coach is the right fit for your personality and learning style. Ask who else has committed to the team, familiarity is always helpful.

  • Tip #7

    Only give one verbal commitment: A verbal commitment is not binding; however, once you give a verbal commitment the club tells another player no, and capturing that player back is difficult at best. Before you give a verbal commitment make sure you truly are committed to that club.

  • Tip #8

    College Recruiting: Any club promising to get your player a college scholarship if you play for their club is unfortunately not being 100% truthful. Clubs can help or assist you in reaching your goals by educating you on the recruiting process,assist in putting your recruiting tape and bio together. They can also contact College programs on your behalf and send information. Ask your potential club if they have a College Recruiting Educational Program and how they are willing to help.

  • Tip #8

    College Recruiting: Any club promising to get your player a college scholarship if you play for their club is unfortunately not being 100% truthful. Clubs can help or assist you in reaching your goals by educating you on the recruiting process,assist in putting your recruiting tape and bio together. They can also contact College programs on your behalf and send information. Ask your potential club if they have a College Recruiting Educational Program and how they are willing to help.

  • Tip #9

    Tip #9: Have Realistic Expectations & Goals: Find out where the club finished is the previous season, and if this is in line with your goals. Be honest with yourself about your goals, and expectations of the season. Choose a club because it is the right fit for your athlete.

  • Tip #10

    Purchase Your NCVA Membership Prior To Tryouts: This year you will need to be a NCVA Member if you want to tryout for a club team. To register go to www.ncva.com, then go to Register As A Member. Then click on either Register As A New Member, or Register As a Returning Member. Make sure you bring proof of membership to each tryout. You will not be able to tryout with out it.

I hope you found these tips helpful and they make your tryout experience less stressful. We hope to see you at tryouts!