Palmetto Tryout Process: A Guide to Finding a Team
Welcome to the Palmetto Region Tryout process. The Palmetto Region is one of 40 regions across the United States that supports the USA Junior Volleyball program. Each region has its own process for clubs to select players and form teams to compete in local, regional, and national competitions.
Within USA Volleyball Palmetto Region, there are over 40 different clubs of different size, philosophy, goals and programs.
This page is a guide to help you and your child make the most out of the Palmetto Region club tryout process and make your experience an enjoyable and rewarding one. Your involvement in the process leading up to that important first day of tryouts will help to minimize frustrations and better assure finding a club that fits your needs and your child’s level of play.
If this is your first time to navigate thru the tryout process you are not alone. Even veteran parents often find the process difficult. There are many choices of clubs, practice locations, levels of play, travel, etc. We hope to give you a foundation of ideas to work with, considerations you may not have explored, and avenues of research in an effort to make your choice of clubs right for you and your child.
Within this page there will be links to other pages within the Palmetto Region web site. Please follow these links and familiarize yourself with the layout as this is where most all of your research will take place. Allow yourself plenty of time ahead of that first tryout date to compile the information you will need for a successful tryout.
Following is a suggested bullet list of priorities that will leave you much better prepared for tryouts. Each item will be fully described throughout this document along with supporting links to the PVA/Palmetto Region web site.
Needed Before Tryouts:
- USAV Palmetto Region Registration. Complete this step as early as possible. Bring proof to tryouts. REQUIRED! You do not pay, club pays your fee.
- Most clubs have club registration to inform them you plan to tryout and/or join their club. Contact the club or search club website: http://palmettoregionvb.org/coaches-directors/club-directory/
- Review the PVA Tryout and Signing Requirements for 2016-17
- If you plan to consider more than 1 club and attend multiple tryouts, you are required to do the following:
- Choose “undecided” as club choice with USAV/PVA registration webpoint database. YOU change this once you decide.
- Download and complete the Multi Club Tryout Disclosure Form and provide to each club of which you attend tryouts.
- Once you decide on a club, sign the Club Commitment Form and inform the other clubs within 24 hrs of commitment.
All players, as well as coaches and adult volunteers must be registered before participating in any sanctioned events including tryouts. You must be a registered member before participating in any clubs tryouts. Please complete this registration process as early as possible. When initially filling out the member registration you will be asked which club.
You will enter “undecided” at this time if you are trying out for more than one club. If you choose a club by mistake or decide after you choose to tryout for multiple clubs, you can’t make the change. You must email the region, provide the players name and DOB, and make request. firstname.lastname@example.org
Multiple Club Tryouts:
We suggest you narrow your search to 2 or 3 Clubs. Searching for clubs begins on the Juniors Club page. On this page all clubs in the Palmetto Region are listed and have links to those clubs that maintain web sites. You can locate clubs alphabetically. We also have a spreadsheet that provides the clubs tryout dates/times by age.
Comparing Clubs and offers:
Once you have determined the clubs you wish to focus on, the best method to learn as much as you can about them will be other parents/players who have previously played for that club. Also visit their website and parent-player information meetings, if provided.
The club’s web site should give you most of the information about their upcoming season. We recommend you also read the How to Compare a Club resource on the PVA website.
What to consider:
- How much the entire season will cost you? Consider not only club fees, but any cost not included in fees such as travel, lodging, uniforms, etc.
- Do they compete locally, regionally or beyond?
- Read the club’s player-parent contract carefully, consider playing time definition, club rules and refund policy.
- Are there additional travel expenses to consider?
- Practice dates / times and location of the practices (some clubs are located in one area but practice in another).
- Number of tournaments attending and location.
- If you are seeking exposure for college scholarships, the tournaments attending are important.
- Number of players on each team (more players generally means some will have less playing time)
- Check out the club’s Coaching Staff and their bios. In particular seek out the Coach or Coaches in the age group you will be participating in.
- If seeking a position on a top team or national team, how many players they have expecting to return from the previous season.
Attend Parent Information Meetings:
Most Clubs offer one or more Parent information meetings prior to tryouts. Clubs will give you information about themselves that may not be on their website and they will give you the opportunity to ask questions that you still have unanswered. Many other Parents will ask questions that you may not have considered. This is also a great time to mingle with returning families and ask questions.
During the tryout process Clubs have different approaches for selecting players. Many will evaluate each skill (passing, setting, hitting, etc) for all around abilities; some clubs will put players in actual play to evaluate their skills, movement, communication, etc. Coaches in charge of the tryout procedures will advise the participants what they are looking for. Players should listen carefully to their instructions.
If attending multi club tryouts, after your first tryout, some clubs may make offers to some players. You may have performed very well and did not get an offer but that does not necessarily mean the Club is not considering you for a position on their team. If you have already narrowed your choice of Clubs that you planned to tryout for you can continue to the next Club. If the first Club was your top choice and you did not get an offer you will want to make sure you keep the Director informed that you are still interested in an offer. Without doing so, the Director does not know you are still unsigned and may make offers to other players on hand.
The commitment agreement is the legal conclusion to the tryout process. If the Director makes you an offer during the tryout and you accept it both parties will sign the commitment agreement, then you must notify remaining clubs within 24 hrs of your commitment. At that point your season begins.
Once you have signed this contract you cannot continue to participate in other Clubs tryouts. If you are given an offer and do not accept you can continue tryouts with other Clubs. During the tryout process please be mindful of other athletes as they also pursue positions with the same Clubs you are trying out for. If you were given a written offer from each Club on your list and you did not accept any of them in a timely manner you could possibly be blocking other athletes from having an opportunity to get offers from the Club of their choice.
Good Luck to all Athletes in the Palmetto Region!