Thank you everyone for coming to the tryouts for the 2017 season. We had over 350 talented, enthusiastic players come through our gyms and we're very excited about the teams that we're putting together for the upcoming season. At this point all of our teams have been filled. If you were not offered a position with our team and are in grades 5-8 and did not make a roster, we hope you'll come out this Sunday for the M2 tryouts! Visit the M2 page for more information about the program and the tryout schedule/registration.
- Tryout registration is $40 for pre-registered participants, $50 for same day registration.
- Tryout fees are non-refundable
- Plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to start of tryout for check-in
- Tryouts are important for players wanting to participate, but if you have a conflict please contact us immediately.
- Informational meetings for parents will be during the first 30 minutes of the tryout session.
- Players should tryout with their own age division. We encourage players to tryout with your grade if you are eligible to play in a younger age group.
- After registering please register or update your NCVA membership.
Specify "UNDECIDED" for your Club Team when purchasing an annual membership. For questions about NCVA registration, please refer to their FAQ page or call the NCVA at (415) 550-7582. Tryout passes are good for all tryouts a player attends.
USA Volleyball 2017 Season Age Definitions
- 18 and under (most HS Seniors): Players who were born on or after September 1, 1998. Or players who were born after September 1, 1998 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
- 17 and under (most HS Juniors): Players born on or after September 1, 1999
- 16 and under (most HS Sophomores): Players born on or after September 1, 2000
- 15 and under (most HS Freshmen): Players born on or after September 1, 2001
- 14 and under (most 8th graders): Players born on or after September 1, 2002
- 13 and under (most 7th graders): Players born on or after September 1, 2003
- 12 and under (most 6th graders): Players born on or after September 1, 2004
- 11 and under (most 5th graders): Players born on or after September 1, 2005
What are tryouts like?
Tryouts can be a little scary and intimidating, so we suggest players who have not been through club tryouts attend at least one of the pre-tryout clinics just to get familiar with the coaches, types of drills, and basic instruction. Players will be 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, and instead just focus on doing the very best they can, no matter what.
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 or 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.
How are teams selected?
Our goal is to collectively put the most competitive teams together. If we have multiple teams in one age group, we expect one to be better than the other, rather than create two evenly balanced teams. This does not mean, however, that the 12 best overall players necessarily end up on one team if there happens to be an imbalance of players at a particular position.
What if my daughter does not make a team, but really wants to play?
There are a few options available. First, for players in grades 5-8, we will offer Marin Juniors 2 ("M2"), which is a program designed to provide all of the expert training that our competitive travel teams offer, at a reduced time commitment, a reduced cost, and much less travel.
If your daughter is in grades 2-5, we offer Volleystart, which is a series of 5-6 week sessions.
There are also a number of other clubs in the area. The three closest programs are Absolute Volleyball Club, Nomar Volleyball Club, andNovato Youth League. If you are willing to travel outside of the area, in the north bay is Empire Volleyball Club (Santa Rosa), Golden Bear Volleyball Club (Berkeley), and SF Juniors (San Francisco). For a complete list of clubs, visit NCVA, which is the governing region of USA Volleyball in this area.
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 those families that have been with the program but for any reason, their commitment, coachability, or attitude have not met our high standards then history with the program will not work in their favor.
What if I can't make tryouts?
Tryouts are the best way to be correctly evaluated by our coaching staff. We understand, however, that there are scheduling conflicts, illness, injuries, and other circumstances that may prevent players from coming. We will make decisions based on the information we have, so it will help if you can attend the clinics. If there are conflicts, please make sure you inform the coaching staff when you check in for the tryouts or contact us ahead of time. We may also schedule a make up tryout for players who miss the scheduled dates.
Is player selection based purely on tryouts?
Not always. We will also consider what we see in clinics and in the CYO and High School season. In some cases, we will contact current and/or previous coaches to gather more information on a player. We will consider past history with the club, with respect to commitment and attitude.
When will I hear from the club?
Players who make teams will be communicated with immediately after tryouts (as quickly as possible). Offers will be made verbally and by way of telephone. Players will have 24 hours to commit. We will utilize the web site to publish teams once they have been finalized.
Who will be coaching my team?
The 2017 Staff will be announced soon.
What is the schedule? What will the practice and tournament schedules be?
Most teams will begin practice in December. Tournaments will begin in late January or early February. Players must be able to commit to a minimum of two, two-hour practices per week. Additional opportunities to practice on weekends or participate in club-wide clinics may also be available to interested players.
Beach training will begin in April and tournaments will be held on weekends starting in May.