Marin Juniors 2 Tryout FAQ

Q: Do I need to attend the club tryouts on November 5th and 6th to be eligible for M2?
No.  If you are only interested in M2 and not the traveling club teams you do not have to register and participate in the club tryouts. There are separate tryouts for M2s happening Friday, November 10 2017 at Marin Academy.

Q: Do you offer same day registration?
Yes. However, if you are going to register day-of we recommend that you get to tryouts at least 30 minutes early as the lines to check in can get quite long. Tryouts will start on time regardless of how long the check-in line is.

Q: What are tryouts like?
Players will run through a series of drills to demonstrate competency in the basic fundamentals of passing, setting, serving and hitting.  Toward the latter part of each session, there will be game-like situations to demonstrate players' ability to execute skills in competition.  Players will also be moved across courts and groups based on performance and/or specific positions.  It is important that players do not get caught up in which court they (or their friends) are on or how they are being moved. They should instead focus on doing the very best they can, no matter what.

Q: What are you looking for?
There will be coaches standing around the court with clipboards in hand, taking notes.  What are we writing and what are we looking for?  To start, we are looking for your current level of skill and experience, with particular attention paid to both proper mechanics and maximum effort.  In lieu of significant experience of proper teaching, we are looking for potential.  Raw athletic ability, general "ball sense" and "tracking" (e.g. how well a player anticipates and reacts to the game), and "coachability" are also scored highly. Other intangibles that coaches like are the ability to respond well to mistakes, encouraging and motivating others, and the attitude of players who simply love to play.

Q: Will all players who tryout be put on a team?
No.  Unfortunately we do not anticipate being able to accommodate every player who is interested, but we hope to create many more opportunities to participate than what is currently available.

Q: How will players be selected for teams?
As this is designed to be a developmental program, we will look for players we feel have good potential to become strong volleyball players, girls who are coachable and try to learn from what the coaches are telling them, and those that show a natural enthusiasm for the game and for team sports. Our goals is to have 3-4 teams per age group with 10-12 players on each team.

Q: What should my daughter wear to tryouts?
Girls should come to tryouts ready to play. Attire should include spandex shorts, shirts with sleeves, knee pads, and athletic shoes. Hair should be tied up and out of the player’s face. No jewelry should be worn at tryouts or practices.

Q: Is the tryout mandatory to participate?
Yes. It is very important that we are able to evaluate players correctly.  If you have a conflict that cannot be resolved, please reach out to the M2 Director, Rea Arechandieta, as soon as possible. We will consider adding a makeup tryout date if we have a significant number of conflicts.

Q: Are returning players given priority?
No.  We do use everything we know about a player and their family based on previous seasons, clinics and school seasons.  Obviously it helps if our coaches are familiar with a player's skill and experience, but our objective for tryouts is to put together the most balanced and competitive teams possible.  In some cases for families that have been with the program previously, but for any reason their commitment, coachability, or attitude have not met our high standards, their history with the program will not work in their favor.