The North Texas Region is growing every year. We have over 100 clubs throughout the Region. We have clubs as far west as Abilene and as far east as the Texas/Louisiana border. There is usually a club out there for you. But, being new to the club scene, it can be a daunting task to find the right one. Region staff cannot recommend club teams for you, however, we do recommend that you contact the clubs you are interested in and ask LOTS of questions. Below are just a few issues to consider when you are shopping for a club team.
What age division am I in? What if my age definition doesn’t match my grade at school?
- USA Volleyball has strict guidelines concerning ages. You can view the age definitions for the upcoming season.
- Regionally, we allow age waivers in extenuating circumstances. If a player’s age definition places them one year older than their grade in school, waivers are permitted provided the region receives the age waiver request form and proof of grade level. For players who reside outside the metroplex who would otherwise not have an age group available team, waivers may be permitted provided the age waiver request form is received by the region office. In all cases, waivers will be reviewed by the junior coordinator or designated region administrator after all individuals have signed the form. Please note the following: clubs are not required to accept/permit waivered players, teams may only have a maximum of two waivered players, the players may not play in any national event and they may not play out of region without approval from commissioners/administrators of other regions. Age Waiver Request Form to be posted soon
What clubs are out there? Things to think about for those clubs?
- Visit our Club Information Directory which provides club contact, estimated dues, what’s covered in the dues, age groups offered, etc.
- Visit our Junior Clubs page which is broken down alphabetically and by practice area. Most clubs have websites which are linked.
- Do you want a club that practices in your city? Are you willing to travel 30 minutes, 1 hour or even 2 hours to practice with a certain club?
- Does that club offer your age division?
- Know what YOUR philosophy is….what do you want from a club during this season? Is the ultimate goal qualify for Junior Nationals? Persistent for a club to help you get a scholarship? Are you wanting to get better for high school? Are you wanting to play with your friends on a team? You have to know what you are shopping for.
- Ask the Club what THEIR philosophy is.
Cost/Things to Consider
- How much do tryouts cost? Do I have to pay for each tryout? Or does the one fee pay for all tryout sessions?
- How much is due up front once I commit to the club?
- Can I make monthly payments?
- Are travel expenses included? Is that Hotel? Air? Transportation? (Don’t forget that parent travel expenses are always extra!)
- Are Nationals or Post-season included? If not, when is that due? Is that refundable if you don’t make it to post-season?
- What if my daughter gets hurt during the season?
- Is fundraising available to offset the cost?
- What player equipment is covered in the cost? Shoes? Kneepads? Socks? How many jerseys? How many shorts?
Members on the Team
- How many kids are on a team?
- Is playing time guaranteed?
Level of Commitment
- Many girls 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’ll work around anything and everything
- Cooperative within Reason – There are a few instances that the club may excuse you 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? How many practices if there is a tournament that weekend?
- How long is each practice?
- Where are the practices located?
- How many tournaments are offered for the teams in that age group? Is that too many or not enough for you?
- Where are the tournaments located? Are they all travel? All local? Combo?
- How many tournaments are “travel” tournaments?
- How are travel arrangements handled for your daughter?
- Are any arrangements made for the parents? (Remember this is usually in addition to season dues.)
- How many coaches are per team?
- What are their qualifications? (To see if coaches are IMPACT and/or CAP certified, you can check that information on our website’s previously certified page. Note: If a coach is new to the region, they will not show up on these lists until later in the season.)
- How does the club communicate to Parents/Members? Via Web? Meetings? Newsletters? Email?
- What else does the club offer?
- Club/Team outings throughout the year?
- Clinics throughout the year?
- College recruiting help?
- Have their own facility?
Things to do to be informed
- Attend the Club Information/Parent Meeting! – These meetings allow the club to present to you what they are all about. It can also give you an opportunity to meet the club director and possibly your 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 on the same day as their tryouts and other will have a combination. If you STILL have questions, please email or call the directors. They will be happy to answer your questions.
- If the clubs you are researching hold pre-tryout clinics, these are great tools to get a feel for a club. They can give the family an opportunity to meet coaches, see the facility and often, meet club administrators.
- Attend one or more tryouts – We often encourage you to tryout for more than one club. This gives you a feel for the club and it gives you more exposure for making a team. Usually tryouts are held in November.
Committing to a Club
- Region policy mandates that once you represent a club in competition, you are committed to that club. Please do your homework before committing to a club.
No matter if a club has been around for 10 years or just 2 years….no matter if they have 20 teams or just 2 teams, we have quality clubs throughout the Region and they all have something to offer. You need to take the time to investigate each club to find the right one for you.