SportStars Magazine

Traversing TRYOUTS

Here’s an approach to make the process more rewarding. 

Club tryouts can be stressful; however, all the club directors in the area work together to make sure that the tryout process is as smooth as possible. Below are some tips, and tricks — for both players AND parents — to avoid the stress and make the tryout process fun and exciting. For those new to club volleyball, this will give you some insight into the wonderful world of club volleyball, and what to expect during the tryout process.

Tip #1: Have a plan: Determine which of the clubs you are going to tryout for, and confirm dates and times on the club’s website the week prior.

Tip #2: Register early: Clubs like to have a good idea of how many players will be attending their tryouts and most clubs will offer discounts if you pre-register. Clubs also offer online registration and payment for your convenience.

Tip #3: Do your research: Find out as much as you can about the club prior to attending tryouts. Find out about the coach who you’ll potentially play for. What is his or her background, coaching experience and coaching certifications?

Tip #4: Try out for more than one club, but don’t over do it: There are no guarantees, so make sure you try out for multiple clubs. Even though you should try out for more than one club, try not to wear yourself out. Get plenty of rest, hydrate and ice to prevent injuries.

Tip #5:  Know your financial responsibility: Before you leave tryouts, have a clear understanding of what your financial obligation will be for season. Ask what your fees include, and if there are any additional charges. How much does the season cost, including travel? What does the uniform package include? Is there additional training included in the club dues?

Tip #6: Ask the right questions: Where do you see me fitting into the team? What is my role? What is your philosophy regarding playing time? Make sure the coach is the right fit for your personality and learning style. Ask who else has committed to the team; familiarity is always helpful.

Tip #7: Only give one verbal commitment: A verbal commitment is not binding; however, once you give a verbal commitment the club tells another player no, and capturing that player back is difficult at best. Before you give a verbal commitment make sure you truly are committed to that club.

Tip #8: College recruiting: Any club promising to get a player a college scholarship if you play for their club is not being 100 percent truthful. Clubs can help or assist you in reaching your goals by educating you on the recruiting process, as well as assist in putting your recruiting tape and bio together. They can also contact college programs on your behalf and send information. Ask your potential club if it has a college recruiting educational program and how it is willing to help.

Tip #9: Have realistic expectations and goals: Find out where the club finished in the previous season, and if this is in line with your goals. Be honest with yourself about your goals, and expectations of the season. Choose a club because it is the right fit.

Tip #10: Purchase your NCVA membership prior to tryouts: This year you will need to be a NCVA Member if you want to tryout for a club team. To register go to www.ncva.com, then go to Register As A Member. Click on either Register As A New Member, or Register As a Returning Member. Make sure you bring proof of membership to each tryout. You will not be able to try out without it.

We hope you found these tips helpful and they make your tryout experience less stressful.  Good luck.  ϑ 

— Copy Provided By Core Volleyball Club

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