What can I expect?
The more a player touches a ball, the more they improve. Players will receive the extensive hours and training in the various skills. For newer athletes, participation significantly increases their chances of making a middle and high school team. For the experienced player, participation in our program becomes a necessary component for continued growth and success.
Where do our teams practice?
We practice at Goshen Free Will Baptist's Center which is a large facility with two courts. It is located in Mt. Holly, NC. We have in the past utilized other schools or churches to accommodate our needs.
What is the best option for my child?
Age, ability/skill level, and the level of exposure that you are looking for are all factors to consider when choosing the right program. Region teams may be slightly more advanced, but since they are young too, there may not be too big of a gap. At the 12's and 13's level though, players with limited experience can normally make at least one of our region teams. Region teams practice twice a week and then participate in 4-6 full day tournaments throughout the season.
Is club volleyball worth it?
If you want an honest answer, ask other parents and players. Many of them will tell you that the increased skills, the enhanced abilities, the greater levels of confidence, as well as the newly acquired lifelong friendships are PRICELESS. In addition, imagine going back to your middle or high schools KNOWING that you have received great training, and KNOWING that you are more equipped to become an impact player. Imagine the effect this will have on your entire school season.
How many players are normally on a team?
Teams normally consist of approximately 9-10 players. We do our absolute best to keep this number at 10 or below, thus maximizing chances for more playing time and more exposure.
Are teams, or team lineups, kept the same from year to year?
No, teams from previous years are not necessarily kept together. Each year talent is re-evaluated. Things change over the course of time. Some players who might have been on the sidelines the previous year, might make strides to earn starting positions the following year, and some who started previously, might not necessarily play all the way around the following year.
Can players be moved or added to a team after initial teams are assigned?
Yes. We prefer not to move players, but reserve the right if the need occurs based on team needs such as player talent, loss of players, players joining later in the season, and other factors. We reserve the right to merge teams if the need arise.
How do we stay informed regarding club news?
Each club player and parent is expected to view the club web site and check his or her e-mail. If an athlete or parent does not have an e-mail address, it is the responsibility of that athlete, or parent, to pair up with another member of the club (and/or team) and so that he or she stays informed of all club news.
When does club volleyball take place?
Club volleyball tryouts normally begin in late October and early November and the season runs through the end of March or beginning of April. National Teams train and compete through Nationals and/or AAU Nationals in June or July.
How often and when do teams practice?
National teams practice about three times a week. Other teams practice twice per week. Practices are from 1 ½ - 2 hours.
Can you play other school sports during club season?
Yes, but we ask that you communicate those commitments (and any other social commitments) during the tryout process. We encourage athletes (especially the younger ones) to play multiple sports, and we try to create an atmosphere within the club to support that. However, in fairness to all club members, missed practices could affect playing time in tournaments.
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PO Box 550117, Gastonia, NC 28055
PO Box 550117, Gastonia, NC 28055