Tryouts will require you to provide paperwork such as GEVA membership information, medical information, waivers, or even codes of conduct. You may also need to bring money (preferably a check/money order) for your tryout fee. Please make sure you have all needed documentation before arriving.
WHAT TO BRING/WHAT TO WEAR:
You must bring a water bottle! Wear comfortable clothes: t-shirt, long shorts, socks, and court shoes. Do not wear spaghetti-strap tops, tiny shorts, or shirts exposing a bare midriff. Do not bring jewelry (including earrings) to the gym. Kneepads and ankle supports are not required for most tryouts; however, they can be recommended.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT TRYOUTS:
Expect to work hard. You will be asked to perform all physical testing and drills at full speed. You should run when shagging balls, when moving from drill to drill, and when going to and from water breaks. You will not sit down during tryouts, except when told to by the coaching staff.
Expect to improve your volleyball skills. At tryouts, coaches will both teach and evaluate. Even if you are not selected to the team, you will become a better volleyball player by the end of tryouts.
Expect to enjoy yourself. Tryouts are a normal part of the club volleyball experience. You will have plenty of opportunities to show your stuff and try your best. We suggest you stay loose, make new friends, and decide that you will have a good time, no matter what the end result.
The coaching staff will be looking for coachable athletes who have a great work ethic, love to compete, and want to learn to become better players and teammates. Prior volleyball experience helps, but should not be required. Prospective athletes should expect to be tested and evaluated for their overall athletic ability and level of volleyball skill.
Coaches apply the following criteria:
Players who are positive, competitive, and eager to learn. Players should be willing to try hard, make mistakes, learn from those mistakes, and keep trying. Coaches take note of players that listen, follow directions, and ask questions when necessary. Players who demonstrate strong leadership skills, ability to work/communicate as a team, and those who are willing to take risks and are unafraid to learn from mistakes.
Players with the ability to learn and perform complex skills. Volleyball puts a premium on explosiveness and rewards those who are unafraid to attack the ball.
Players whose skills fit a specific need for the team's overall balance.
Prospective players will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of basic volleyball skills (passing, serving, hitting, setting, blocking, and defense) in competitive situations. Coaches will take note of those players who demonstrate progress while learning new skills. As with most team sports, coaches will evaluate players for their ability and potential to fill specific positional needs (setter, outside hitter, middle blocker, opposite hitter, defensive specialist and/or libero).
HOW TO IMPRESS THE COACHES:
Be among the first to arrive in the gym and among the first to help set up nets and equipment.
Be among the first to line up for drills.
Look the coach in the eye when she/he speaks to you or to the team.
Be a champion ball shagger.
Be among the first to help take down the nets and put away equipment.
OPTIONS FOR PLAYERS NOT SELECTED:
Tryouts can be a difficult experience. One of the toughest jobs for any coach is the final decision about which players make the team, and those who do not. Coaching staff should strive themselves to make all decisions fairly, without bias, and after extended deliberation and evaluation of each prospective athlete. During the tryout process, it is not unusual for some players to decide they would rather not continue trying out. If you think you'd like to withdraw from consideration for a spot on the team, please talk it over first with one of the coaches; it is possible you may be underestimating your chances.