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A GUIDE TO GIRLS TRYOUTS SEASON

By Az Volleyball Mom, 10/20/20, 1:45PM MST

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Whether you’re in your first year or tenth, this handy guide will help you prepare for 2020-21 girls club volleyball tryouts.

Tryouts for girls are divided up into two age categories. Before navigating the tryouts calendars, check out which age division your daughter falls into. We have a birthday calendar at http://bit.ly/AZRegionBirthdayCalendar.

The first thing you can get done now to prepare for tryouts is to register your daughter’s 2020-21 membership. This can be done easily through our new system at https://bit.ly/3brprEQ.

All individuals must register or renew their Arizona Region membership online for the 2021 season PRIOR to the Open House evaluation sessions and tryouts. You must provide the club with your 2021 membership card or PAID confirmation page that shows you have registered for the 2021 season in order to tryout with any club.

GIRLS CLUB VOLLEYBALL 2020-21 SEASON SCHEDULE

The season schedule is subject to change due to the pandemic.

FINDING A CLUB THROUGH OPEN HOUSES

The Open House Period is for the player to find out the club they want to join PRIOR to tryouts. Remember, just because a club says they want you to join their club does not mean it is the right place for you. Ask questions, talk to potential coaches, watch how they interact with your player.

There are pros and cons to big clubs and small clubs. Big clubs might have more to offer for a player on their top teams but not so much on their lower teams. Small clubs may offer a more friendly environment, may or may not travel, may be tied to specific schools or may not offer the age group of your player.

Check out the FAQ's regarding club participation before you attend any Open House Sessions.

DO'S AND DON'TS OF OPEN HOUSES

Open House Period - The Arizona Region of USA Volleyball has established an Open House Period for players and their parents to visit different clubs. The purpose is to help families decide which club to tryout for and join for the 2020-21 season. The Open House Period is a 10-day period prior to the specific age group tryouts.

RULES: Clubs and athletes are responsible for knowing the rules regarding Open Houses.

During the Open House Period, a club may offer a maximum of 3 Open House sessions for each age group which are not more than 3 hours in length.

A PLAYER MAY ATTEND AS MANY OPEN HOUSES AS THEY'D LIKE AT AS MANY DIFFERENT CLUBS AS THEY LIKE.

A CLUB:

  • MAY evaluate potential club members by running them through skills tests and physical tests
  • MAY talk to the players and their parents about their club
  • MAY let you know about what level you might fit into in their club
  • MAY NOT offer, (verbal, written or implied), a player a position on any of their teams
  • MAY NOT collect any commitment fees or down payments to hold a spot on their team
  • MAY NOT ask a player for a commitment prior to tryouts
  • MAY NOT require you to attend more than one Open House session at their club

There is no restriction on the player. The restriction is on the club not to offer more than 3 sessions in each age group. Open Houses are for players to find out where they belong. It is not for the club keep the players from checking out other clubs.

Parents, know this before you commit to a club:

  • Do not sign a commitment to a club any longer than one season in duration. USA Volleyball releases all players from their club after the last day of the Junior National Championships each year.
  • Club and/or high school coaches do not all know or understand the rules and regulations of the Arizona Interscholastic Association, (AIA), the organization which governs high school sports in Arizona. Club and/or high school coaches may not know NCAA rules which govern collegiate sports in the US. Club and high school coaches might offer advice that could jeopardize eligibility for further participation in high school or collegiate volleyball teams.

*Know the recruiting and participation rules of the AIA and NCAA - two very important organizations - to avoid any future college recruiting conflicts.

Beware of clubs promising starting positions, college scholarships or other flattering come-ons. All players in 12s - 14s should be developed in all positions and not concerned with scholarships.

Find out if the club will develop your son/daughter to their potential no matter 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 play.

GIRLS 12s - 14s AGE GROUPS

The Girls Open House Period for athletes 12s - 14s is November 11 - 20, 2020.

Tryouts for this age division may begin November 21, 2020.

If you are new to club volleyball and need more information about how to find a team, age divisions and team skills levels, please visit this article from our AZ Volleyball Mom.

HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES AND PLAYERS 15s - 18s AGE GROUP

Any girl playing for her high school team is not allowed to participate with club volleyball teams until after their final high school match of the season. Please do not jeopardize your high school career by participating with clubs prior to the end of your high school season. This is an AIA rule. Find out more at http://aiaonline.org/files/64/article-14-general-provisions.pdf.

Clubs may not talk to players or their parents 8 hours prior to and during their match during the high school season.  They can talk to the player or parents after the match has concluded. 

Once the Playoffs begin a Quiet Period begins for those still involved in the State Playoffs.  During the Quiet Period NO recruiting of high school players still involved in the State Playoffs is allowed.  The intent is to keep them focused on their school ball and not club tryouts.  There is time for recruiting but not during the HS State Playoffs.

  • Girls’ Quiet Period for High School players in State Playoffs November 9 - 21, 2020
  • Girls' Open House Period for 15s - 18s is November 22 - December 4, 2020. 
  • Blackout dates during the Open House Period are Nov 26th (Thanksgiving) and Dec 5th (Boys Region Championships).  The club and any of its coaches and staff MAY NOT offer anything on these two blackout dates - including private lessons.  The Open House period was extended in length to account for these two blackout dates.  
  • Girls' Tryouts for 15s - 18s may begin December 6, 2020

NEW RULES REGARDING PRIVATE LESSONS DURING OPEN HOUSES

New for the 2020-21 season: Private lessons are restricted during the Open House period for each applicable age group. No private lessons may be held for a player in the age group of the Open House period in effect. The “private lessons” were being abused by clubs to organize teams before tryouts and were also keeping kids from being able to attend other Open House sessions. 

Any coach found in violation will result in the affiliated club being fined $300 per person, per event. If the coach is unaffiliated at the time, the club which hires them will be fined.