Junior Girls Club tryouts are listed for your information only (listings automatically expire 3 days after the 1st allowed day of 15U-18U tryouts). Each club has different policies regarding fees, travel, playing time, etc. You will need to contact each club directly for that information, we do not have it in the Region Office. Tryout dates for the 2020-2021 Junior Girl’s Clubs will be posted as they are received.
Pre-Tryout Requirement - 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. Click here to go to Join the Region. Please plan to purchase your membership in plenty of time prior to the needed date as there are some issues with the SportsEngine member management system that may cause some problems.
Age Eligibility - Not sure what age category you must play, enter your birthdate here and see what age category you must play.
Open House Period - The Arizona Region has established an Open House Period for players and their parents to visit different clubs in an attempt to decide which club to tryout and join for the 2020-21 season. The Open House Period is a 10 day period prior to the specific age group Tryouts.
During the Open House Period a club may offer a maximum of 3 Open House sessions for each age group that is not more than 3 hours in length. The 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 and MAY let you know about what level you might fit into in their club. The 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, and MAY NOT require you to attend more than one Open House session at their club.
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 that hires them will be fined.
The Open House Period is for the player to find out the club they want to join PRIOR to tryouts. Remember that 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 the Open House Sessions.
The Open House Period for 12's - 14's teams is Nov 11-20
The Open House Period for 15's - 18's players is Nov 22 - Dec 4 with blackout dates on Nov 26 (Thanksgiving) and Dec 5 (Boys Region Championships). Nothing is allowed on the Blackout dates.
Private lessons may be offered to 14s and younger players up to Nov 11
Private lessons may be offered to 15's-18's players up to Nov 21
Tryouts may begin for 12's - 14's teams on or after Nov 21,
Tryouts may begin for 15's - 18's teams on or after Dec 6.
This normal verbiage for tryouts is not for the 2020-2021 season due to COVID 19 changes. Arizona Region policy prohibits girls from trying out or committing to a club before the following: Ages 14 and under may begin tryouts on or after the first Saturday in November following the last State HS Championship match. Ages 15 and older may begin tryouts on or after the second Saturday in November following the last Girls HS State Championship match. Girls in High School and participating on their school teams are prohibited by the AIA and the Arizona Region from participating in any Open Gyms, Clinics or Camps during the time beginning with high school competition until the team is eliminated from the Girls HS State Playoffs.
2020 Girls High School State Championships - We have been told by AIA that all State HS Championships will be completed on Nov 21st.
Please do your homework before the tryout period begins. Call and talk to clubs and attend open house periods or clinics of clubs you are interested in (only if you are not in high school competing on a team or your high school team is done playing for the year - don't jeopardize your school eligibility to find a club).
COVID-19 has affected every part of our lives. Unfortunately, participation in club volleyball is not immune from the effects. As a result, a new form is required for every person that participates in the Region to acknowledge the participation guidelines and accept the liability. Without this signed form by all, we would have NO WHERE that we could play. At this time, it appears this will become another annual form as the virus is something we are going to have to learn to live with. For the 2020-21 season, please include the COVID-19 form as one that needs to be printed and given to the club.
With the blessing of the NFL the state of Arizona passed concussion legislation that was signed into law April 2011. As a result all athletes and their parents must be educated in the signs, symptoms and what to do if you have a concussion. Coaches must also be trained regarding the same. In order to use school facilities for our programs and our tournaments we must comply with this new law. As a result the Arizona Region requires that each parent and player read their respective CDC Fact Sheet on Concussions and sign an Acknowledgement Form indiciating they understand the signs, symptoms and what to do if they think they have a concussion. The Acknowledgement form is to be turned in to the club with registration materials. No player will be put on a roster until this form has been received each season.
The Arizona Region in conjunction with the US Olympic Committee and USA Volleyball have launched their SafeSport programs. In Arizona a parent and player are to read over the SafeSport Document and submit a signed SafeSport Participant Form (Page 3 of the SafeSport Document) as part of the membership paperwork. These signed forms are to be given to the club to submit with the team registration. The document is the definitions of the 6 aspects of SafeSport - Bullying, Hazing, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Emotional Misconduct, Physical Misconduct. The Arizona Region and USA Volleyball are committed to stopping abuse in Sport - How about You?
To help us with retention of these forms and making sure we have received both forms - PLEASE print the Concussion Acknowledgement Form AND Page 3 of the SafeSport Document BACK to BACK on one page. Sign both sides of the page and submit 1 paper with both forms. We greatly appreciate you helping us with this.
The Rumor Mill is flying fast and furious. Please be careful of what you believe when it comes to information regarding any club - including the one you are talking to. There are a lot of accusations flying about that are meant to keep you from checking out another club or coach. Please take all the rumors for what they are - a veiled attempt to lure you to their club without checking out all the clubs that might be a good fit for you. If you have a question regarding a rumor, please contact the club the rumor is about or the Region Office for clarification. Please don't pass on information (rumors) you don't know about first hand.
IMPORTANT - The age definitions for an age group were modified by USAV last July. The start dates for an age group are now July 1st from of September 1st. This removes the need for an age waiver for those with summer birthdates but in the lower grade. NOTE that fewer age waivers will be considered due to this definition change.
IMPORTANT - No club may hold tryouts or ask players to commit to their club before the designated tryout dates or they (the club, coach and/or player involved) may be subject to sanction - including but not limited to suspension for the year. Girls in high school that are age eligible for 14's may not tryout on the 14's tryout dates unless they are after the start dates of the 15's and older age groups.
IMPORTANT - 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 that hires them will be fined.
The Open House Period for 12's - 14's teams is Nov 11 - 20
The Open House Period for 15's - 18's players is Nov 22 - Dec 4 with blackout dates of Nov 26 (Thanksgiving) and Dec 5 (Boys Region Championships)
Private lessons may be offered to 14s and younger players up to Nov 10 and may begin again Nov 21
Private lessons may be offered to 15's-18's players up to Nov 21 and may begin again Dec 7
Private Lessons MAY NOT be held for any age player Nov 26.
IMPORTANT - After the Arizona Region season is over in May, some clubs may contact your player to join them in attending Volleyball Festival or another season ending tournament. Before you may talk to the other club you must first get released from the club your player played with all season. Players are not released from their club affiliation for the season until after the Girls Jr National Championships ending in July. Players that leave a club to join another club without first getting a release from the first club and the release being approved by the Region are subject to sanction.
Please note: articles posted here are by request as a service to our member clubs. The Arizona Region does not endorse any specific club. All articles will expire the Tuesday following the 1st day of tryouts for the 15-18's age group. Weekly extensions are by request only to advertise open positions to players that have not already signed a club commitment.