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Why Club Volleyball? - FAQs

What exactly is club volleyball?

Club volleyball is designed for players that truly enjoy the sport and want to take their volleyball skills to a higher level. It is an organized, controlled, and fun way for volleyball players of varying abilities to be introduced to, continue to develop, or be challenged at the game of volleyball beyond the fall school season. New friendships, learning the game, opportunities for your daughter to expand their horizons in a safe and controlled environment, developing teamwork and communication skills, an opportunity to travel…… as you can see, club volleyball means many different things to different people, but its potential to positively impact student athletes are at the center.  And depending on your commitment, goals, and level of play, there is a spot for everyone!

Popularity:

Volleyball is the 3rd most popular sport for girls in high school with 404,000 girls on varsity level programs. The sport is also increasing for boys, with 42,000 boys playing at the varsity level in 22 states currently.

New Friendships:

Bringing athletes together with similar goals from various schools makes friendships. The relationships that have been formed through practice and team play will be friendships that last a lifetime.

Tournament Play:

AAU, USAV tournaments are where the hard practice pays off and many favorable memories are made. Understand that practice and training is where you receive the most instruction and experience. Tournament play is only a supplement to participating in Club. Club tournaments are usually far more competitive and more physically demanding than high school matches.

EXPOSURE TO COLLEGE RECRUITERS:

College coaches regularly attend National tournaments, since they have the opportunity to watch a number of players in one location. For that reason, the majority of colleges now recruit directly from club programs.

How much does it Cost?

Club Volleyball costs will range, depending on program, travel, coaching staff and more.  Costs typically include practice locations; number, type, and location of tournaments; volunteer or paid staff and overhead expenses.  Some clubs have one coach per team, Attack cost includes two coaches per team.  Attack club costs include a full uniform package (jersey, shoes, practice gear, back packs, etc.)  Travel costs, hotels, meals are not included in the club costs.  Please check out our Club Fee's page for more info.

Are uniforms included?

Yes! Included in your Tuition are Nike jerseys, spandex, warm-ups, knee pads, practice shirts, socks and shoes.

What is the tryout process like that day? What do we need to bring? What can we expect?

The purpose of tryouts at Attack is to assess an individual player’s abilities to place the player on the appropriate level team so they may have fun, improve and excel during the upcoming volleyball season. ALL players must tryout every year.  No player will be placed on a team until they have completed the tryout process.

To accomplish this goal, our top-level coaches evaluate players as they participate in drills designed to test their basic volleyball skills. Players are evaluated by multiple coaches throughout the course of the tryout session; the coaches then work together on the team placement process.

What is the Tryout Process?

There will be official try out sessions for each club. This will consist of an Evaluation Window and Acceptance Date.  Attend camps and clinics often to get to know our awesome coaches.  And be sure to let our coaches know you are interested in playing for Attack.  Discussions about playing on a specific team is prohibited. A club CAN express their interest in you playing for their club.  The exception to this are players returning from the previous year.

If you choose to come to the first try out session but wait to commit to sign up at the second session, when we separate and place teams, you will not be guaranteed a place. The reality is that we try to take all athletes but the numbers may not allow us to take everyone depending on coaching staff and number of participants. 

Can I “play up” an age group or on a specific team to play with friends?

Your athlete should always tryout according to their age, according to USAV guidelines (please see our Age Definition Chart page).  It is possible to play up, rarely to play down an age level.

On White and Navy level teams, we would look at pairing specific players together if requested.  But the final decision is with the Head Coach and Director.  In general final roster decisions are made by the Head Coach based on the ability of the player and best fit for the team.

How are the Teams Chosen?

During the try-out process directors and coaches will evaluate the players and place them on teams appropriate for their level of competency. The end result is that the players are on teams that have the same level of skills, generally speaking.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TEAMS FORMED AT ATTACK?

Black Level Teams:  Aside from Church and Family, Volleyball is life!  2-3 practices per week, 9-10 tournaments, 3 National Qualifiers, USA travel tournaments, November - June schedule, Playing time NOT guaranteed, Goal is to qualify for Nationals!

Royal Level Teams: 2-3 practices per week, 9-10 tournaments, 2-3 National Qualifiers, USA travel tournaments, November - May schedule, Playing time NOT guaranteed.

White Level Teams: 2 practices per week, 8-9 tournaments, 1-2 National Qualifiers, Regional/Texas travel tournaments, November - April schedule, Playing time  guaranteed

Navy Level Teams: 2 practices per week, 8-9 tournaments, 1 National Qualifiers, Texas travel tournaments, November - April schedule, Playing time  guaranteed.

Please note: All athletes are evaluated and placed on teams based on skill and position by coaches and directors.

How are practices determined? Can I request specific practice nights?

We have created a pre-set practice grid for the MAC.  We will do our best to have all teams' practices solidified within our grid by early October - primarily based on coach availability.

11's - 14's teams will usually practice either Monday/Wednesday 6:00-8:00pm or Tuesday/Thursday 6:00-8:00pm.  All practices are held at the MAC.

15's - 18's teams will usually practice either Monday/Wednesday 8:00-10:00pm or Tuesday/Thursday 8:00-10:00pm.  All practices are held at the MAC.

How are travel arrangements coordinated?

All travel expenses and lodging are the responsibility of the player/parent.  Attack partners with hotels to secure room blocks for team tournaments.  Families are expected to stay at club designated hotels.  This helps keep costs down and provides coach accommodations at little or no extra cost. 

What is Attacks philosophy on playing time?

At Attack, we believe playing time is earned, not given. Playing time is determined by the coach based on several criteria including attendance, practice, attitude, game performance and skill. Attack is a competitive volleyball environment and the teams are administered that way.  The exception to this is for White and Navy level teams where all players will receive meaningful, but not equal, playing time. 

*Playing time and related issues are encouraged to be resolved between player and coach. After such meetings, if the issue still remains then a formal meeting with the player, coach and director will be held.*

Parent Involvement:

Parents can play many roles in sport: current or former athlete, coach, fan, motivator, role model or critic. A few studies have shown that family members may influence an athlete’s involvement and achievement in sport more than coaches. Parents also are the first and most critical agents at socializing sports.

We have an open door policy with our parents and encourage them to communicate with our staff.   This policy does not exist during tournaments and practices; we ask that all parents observe a 24 hour rule during and after tournaments to allow for a "cooling off" period before approaching a coach with any staff/parent discussions/issues.


Team Comparison Page

This page will describe in detail in the different levels of club teams we offer.

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