Tryouts – Saturday, February 2nd, 2:00-3:30 PM at St. Mary’s
I am excited to announce that I will be coaching a club volleyball team for girls 14 and under starting in mid-March. For those of you new to the world of club (select) volleyball, it’s usually considered the place where serious players go. The team is chosen on the basis of a tryout. Unlike the Glen Ed training program that is run in the fall, not everyone that attends will make the team.
Edwardsville middle schools have made a decision not to allow students to participate in both club and middle school volleyball at the same time so thus the decision to put together a half season club team.
The cutoff for this team is that all players must be born on or after September 1, 1998. At this point I’m looking to choose 9 or 10 players. If enough players are interested in trying out AND I can find someone willing to be the head coach, we can have a second team that would practice at the same time and play in the same tournaments as much as possible. A second team would expand the opportunity to 18-20 players. Both teams would be called 14U teams but a second team would expand the opportunities for sixth and seventh graders that are interested.
Practices will be on Tuesday and Thursday nights, I’m shooting for 6:30-8:30, but those times may change from time to time. We will practice at either Lincoln Middle School or St. Mary’s in Edwardsville.
We will start practices on March 19th and will play in 5-6 local tournaments. Depending on availability and ability, we may try to add another tournament or two. As this is a half season, please consider your commitment level. It is imperative that all players make the practices and tournaments in order for us to succeed.
My preliminary budget indicates that we can run the team for $450 per athlete. This price pays for Gateway registrations for the players and coaches, tournament fees, practice fees, and Glen Ed insurance and liability fees. This price does not include the cost of uniforms which will probably run near $100. If we make changes during the season to increase the number of tournaments or anything else that would increase costs, we’ll discuss and vote prior to increasing costs.
Let me know if you have any questions or if you can’t make the scheduled tryout time. I’m excited to get started!