Asked Questions about Club Volleyball
Region adds clubs each year. Currently we have 11 boys clubs
and 77 girls clubs that range in size from one - thirty
clubs are located across the state from the Four Corners area
to Yuma with the majority (approx 80%) of them located in
Phoenix metro area. There is a club out there that is right
for your son/daughter it is just a matter of finding out
that is. Before you attend any tryouts, you should do a little
homework and find out about several clubs and ask lots of
The Region Staff cannot recommend a club for you - nor should
we because we don't know everything about each club. Listed
are some questions to think about when shopping for a club.
age Division am I in?
has strict guidelines concerning age. Click the Age
Definitions link, plug in your birth date and it will
tell you what age division you must play in.
USA Volleyball annual membership begins on Sept 1
and ends Aug 31. Boys tryouts may begin Aug 1st with
registration taking place Sept 1 or later. Girls
tryouts may begin Nov 1st for 14's and younger and
the Saturday following the last HS State Championship
match in November. Typically the clubs will start
practicing soon after their tryouts are complete
to prepare for the tournament season.
Boys Tournaments start in September and end in December in the Arizona Region.
The teams may travel to bid tournaments (January),
end of season tournaments or Junior Nationals (June
or July). The high school age boys will break during
the HS season and pick up again when school is out
if they are going to a season ending tournament.
Boys in 8th grade or younger may compete in the AZ
Region Boys "B" Season which takes place from March
- May, if enough teams enter to make the division.
Girls Tournaments start in January and end in May in the Arizona Region. Season
ending tournaments or Junior Nationals will take
place in June or July for those teams that extend
their season beyond the Arizona Region tournaments.
Clubs are out there?
Click on Club
Directory for a complete list of all the clubs in the state.
- Ask several people
that play for the school team what club they attended. Were
they happy there?
- Do you want a club
that is the closest to your house? Are you willing to travel
30 minutes or more to attend practice - possibly 3 times a week
- with a certain club?
- Does the club offer
a team in my age division?
Questions to ask yourself and prospective clubs -
- Know what YOUR
philosophy is . . . . what do you want from a club during this season?
- Are you determined
to attend Nationals? Persistent for a club to help you get a
scholarship? Are you looking to get better for high school?
Are you wanting to play with your friends on a team? You need
to know what you are looking for.
- Ask the Club what
THEIR philosophy is. Playing time, travel team, non-travel
- How much do tryouts
cost? Do I have to pay for each tryout or does one fee cover
all tryout sessions?
- How much is due
up front once I commit to the club?
- How is it paid
- monthly payments, 1 or 2 installments?
- Are travel expenses
included in the payments or are they separate?
- Are Nationals or
Post-season included? If not, when is that due? Is that refundable
if the team does not make it to Post-Season play?
- What if my son/daughter
gets hurt during the season?
- Is Fundraising
available to offset the cost?
- What player equipment
is covered in the cost? shoes? kneepads? socks? jerseys?
warm ups? bags?
on the team
- How many players
are kept on the team?
- Is playing time
- When will the final roster for each team be determined?
- determined If the coach and/or team is not consistent with what our family was told before we signed the contract, will we be granted a refund and allowed to go to a different club?
- Many players are
active in other sports or activities. Try to have a feel for
what your schedule might be like in your other activities so
you will know if there are any or many conflicts. Always check
with the club to see what is tolerated.
- Very Cooperative
- they will work around anything and everything
- Cooperative within
reason - there are a few instances that the club may excuse
your for being late or absent.
- Full Commitment
- some clubs expect some or all of their teams to put club volleyball
first. They expect you at every practice and every tournament.
- How many practices
per week? Will this number change preceding a tournament?
- How long is each
- Where are the practices
- How many tournaments
are played in each month?
- How many are in-state
- How many are out-of-state
many "travel" tournaments will the team be attending? Travel most likely means
out of state or multi-day tournaments in another part
of the state where overnight stay is required
- How are travel
- Does the club offer
- How many coaches
are staffed per team?
- What are their
- How does the club
communicate with the Parents/Members? Do they have a web
Monthly meetings? Newsletters?
- What is the chain
of command should my child have an issue? Many clubs
want the child to talk to the coach before the parent
gets involved. This develops the maturity of the child
in dealing with their coaches or teachers.
- Car Pooling?
- Club/Team outings
throughout the year?
- Clinics/camps throughout
- College Recruiting
- Have their own
the AZ Region Club Night or Club Parent Meeting
meetings allow the club to present to you what they are
all about. It can also
give you the opportunity to meet the club director and
possibly your son/daughter's potential coach. Here is
where you want to
ask lots of questions. Some clubs hold meetings before
any of their tryouts, some will hold meetings for the
the tryouts. If you still have questions, please email
or call the directors. They should be happy to answer
The AZ Region will
be hosting a Club Volleyball Night at UA on Friday, Oct 1st, ASU on Friday, Oct
29th and at NAU on Saturday, Oct 30th. Clubs will be given the opportunity to talk to
the women's volleyball match. The clubs will be available an hour before the match start time.
to a Club
The AZ Region and
USA Volleyball considers a commitment to a club for the entire
season. That means
that you cannot change clubs in mid season.
The business relationship between a club and a player is outside the purview of the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball. Each club is an independent business whose oversight is outside the Arizona Region. Financial issues between a player and club are to be handled as any other business arrangement - in the Courts. The Arizona Region cannot legally enter into this business arrangement. The Arizona Region does have some regulation as to what clubs can do but not in regards to their business operations with their players.
Please do your homework
before committing to a club.
- No club director,
coach, parent representative may contact a player or their parents
a minimum of 8 hours prior to and the duration of a school practice, match or tournament.
They are to leave the parents and players alone so that they
can concentrate on their school event until after the event
is over. Regarding tournaments, that means the entire tournament
- not just the play for the day.
- No club may ask
anyone to commit to their club before the start dates
club season - Aug 1st for boys and Nov 1st for 12
- 14's and Nov 21st for 15's and older girls. Anyone
prior to those dates may be
sanctioned for the current season - including but
not limited to suspension
for the entire year. Verbal commitments are not binding
before the start dates either.
- Do not sign a commitment to a club that is longer than one season in duration.
USA Volleyball releases all players from their club
after the last day of the Junior National Championships
- Club and/or high school coaches do not all know or understand the rules and regulations of teh Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) that governs high school sports in Arizona nor the NCAA which governs collegiate sports in the US. They may offer advice that could jeopardize eligibility for further participation in high school or collegiate volleyball teams. Know the recruiting and participaton rules of these two very important organizations to avoid any situations
matter if a club has been around for 20 years or
just 2 years. . . .no
matter if they have 20 teams or just one,there are quality
clubs throughout the Region and they all have something
offer. You need to take the time to investigate several
clubs to find the right club for your son/daughter.
badmouthing of one club by another. If one club has to
club to convince you to join their club, what does that tell
you about that club? Is that the type of people that you
to deal with all season?
Beware of clubs
promising starting positions, college scholarships
or other flattering come-on's. All players in the
12's & 14's should
be developed in all positions and not concerned with
scholarships. Find out if the club will develop your
what their place on the team. Some offers of camp scholarships
or other financial arrangements can be a violation
of the NCAA or AIA Paid Athlete Policies and would
jeopardize your child's status for school or collegiate