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Tryout FAQ

Tryout Frequently Asked Questions

What is the tryout process like?

On the day of tryouts, athletes will be assigned numbers. Once everyone is checked in, players will go through various drills and be graded on their volleyball skills. Athletes will be graded on passing, setting, serving, hitting skills, and overall gameplay. Our grading system then ranks players based on all graded elements.

How are teams selected?

A selection committee will look over athlete performance and rank to determine the best fit for each team.

When will I know what team my child makes?

Club acceptance will be posted on our website after tryouts and you will also receive an email no later than 1 week after the tryout date. Players/Parents will receive an email with acceptance instructions. 

Placement onto a team is solidified the first 2 weeks of the season.

Players may be put on a waiting list for a team if not initially selected. If a selected player does not accept the spot on the team, we will select another player from the waiting list at that time.

If you choose to try out for the Select division, the placement on a Select team will be at the discretion of the Tryout Selection Committee and based on the requirement of having a full roster.  Placement onto a Select team is not guaranteed.

Will you offer a makeup tryout date? 

Yes, September 8, 2020, 6-7 p.m., at UW Health Sports Factory. To participate, you MUST

  1. Pre-register online before makeup tryouts and
  2. Request a spot by emailing the club director, Matt Auestad.

The cost for tryouts is $30.

When are practices?

Tuesday and Thursday. More details will be released closer to the season start as the exact day/time is dependent on the number of girls who accept positions within the club. The two-hour practice will be run between the hours of 5 pm-9 pm. Tentatively, 14 & under teams (12U, 13U, 14U)  along with some 15U teams will be 5-7 pm . The remaining 15U teams along with 16U, 17U and 18U teams will be from 7-9 pm.

Does my child need to register for USAV or AAU?

No. Rockford Volleyball is affiliated with JVA and AAU. Your club dues with Rockford Volleyball Club include the registration to AAU. We will take care of registering all players with AAU.

What is the cost to play?

For the 2020-21 season, the middle school teams (12U-14U) will cost $800 and the High School Program will be divided into 2 sessions ($300 for session 1 and $500 for session 2 for a total of $800).  This year, due to COVID-19 and the State of Illinois youth athlete guidelines, tournaments are not allowed. If, however, during our season, things change and tournaments open up, we will enroll teams to tournaments and we will charge each athlete individually. We anticipate that the tournament fee will be between $30-$50 per tournament. More information will become available as we progress in the season. 

Besides, the tournament fees, there are no additional fees.  No travel fees. No uniform fees. No coaches fees. Tryouts cost $30. Not included: food, transportation, and lodging for away tournaments. Also, not included is postseason tournaments and associated costs (nationals, etc).

When do I have to pay?

The $30 tryout fee is required when you pre-register your child to try out.

Season program costs: When you accept your child's position on the team a $300 holding deposit will be required to cover uniform costs, facility fees, etc. This deposit amount will come right off the top of the total program cost and the remaining fee can be paid in a lump sum or using a payment plan. More information will be available at the upcoming Parent Meeting on September 10.

Do I have to wear a mask?

A mask is NOT required during active play time. 
A mask is required to enter/exit the building. 
A mask will be required anytime a player leaves the court (restroom, water break, etc)


We wish everyone good luck! We realize these are anxious times and will work diligently to make this necessary process as quick and accurate as possible.