CLUB VOLLEYBALL – FOR NEW ATHLETES (AND PARENTS)
Volleyball is the second largest participation sport in the world (after soccer) and the largest indoor sport in the world. In Canada, it is the fifth largest sport and recently passed baseball.
Club volleyball starts at the age of 13 and follows a 16 month year (September through December the following year) for your club year. For example; the 2022-2023 season, our 13U players are born September 1, 2009 – December 31, 2010. It doesn’t matter what grade you’re in, a player may play up an age level but cannot play down . For younger ages we sometimes offer an Atomic program, that focuses on skill development and preparing younger athletes for the future. Atomic usually starts just after club season and runs a 4 – 6 week program, keep checking the website for details.
The club system is where most of, and usually the best, school volleyball players come from. If you love school volleyball, play club volleyball.
Volleyball Alberta (VA) is our Provincial Association and dictates everything to the clubs. They rightfully mandate that the club tryouts cannot begin until the school season of play is over. This is usually at the end of November. Please sign up for tryout via the link on this website.
There is a $20 Ravens fee plus $21.81 VA fee for 14U-18U to tryout. The tryouts usually last for 2-3 sessions over 1-2 weeks.
For all teams, during and after tryouts, there is a club signing requirement. This is when athletes commit to their club and the day the parents get to open their wallets. During club season, our job is to develop every athlete to their best potential and to develop their lifelong love of sport.
ESTIMATED 2022/2023 FEES
All 13U-18U fees are an estimation and will be confirmed closer to the start of the season, depending on confirmed tournament schedule, final number of teams formed and final amount of athletes per team.
2022/2023 SEASON ESTIMATED FEE RANGE
FEE RANGE DOES INCLUDE NATIONALS REGISTRATIONS AND (2)COACHES TRAVEL IF WITHIN ALBERTA
13U Women – $900 – $1,000
14U-18U – $1,600 – $2,100
Sample of things included in 2022/2023 SEASON fees:
- Athlete membership upgrade, Coach and Board registration with Volleyball Alberta and Volleyball Canada.
- 1-3 on court training sessions/week.
- Funds for Coach Budgets towards Additional sport specific training. (14U-18U)
- Facility / Gym time fees
- Admin Fees including security checks
- Coach Honorariums
- Coach training and development requirements
- Club Administration
- Some Team Equipment
- Premier, and Provincial tournament registration fees
- Coaches travel for out of town premier and provincial tournaments
- Athletes team apparel
Sample of what is NOT included in fees:
- Athlete travel and accommodations for out of town tournaments
- Optional additional apparel
- Tryout fee
Fees are divided equally between the athletes signed to the team. Once tryout periods are over and signing is completed Ravens cannot refund club fees for any reason, including player injury, illness or change of mind.
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Why are there tryouts in volleyball?
The tryout process is similar to other competitive sports where the athletes are evaluated and placed at their appropriate level. At the younger ages, the developmental curve varies greatly and changes from year-to-year. The tryout process allows the coaches to rank the players and select the most competitive team to represent the club. At the younger ages for girls due to the popularity, second and sometimes third teams are also formed and play at their level of competition as well. After the first and second teams are formed (for girls) or select team for boys, there are inevitably athletes that aren’t identified as they are not developmentally competitive compared to their peers at that moment in time. There are options, you can tryout at another club who may play competitively at a lower level or you can join the AVA Go Centre program and continue to develop for next school/club season.
How long is the club volleyball season?
The school season is very short – about 10 weeks for most athletes with a lucky few playing about 12 weeks if their team is involved in the ASAA Provincials. Right after the school season ends, the club tryouts begin near the end of November. The tryout period is mandated by Volleyball Alberta and is 2 weeks long. By the first few weeks of December, you will be picked for a club team. Some clubs have a Christmas break and some will have a few practices or other events in December. Depending on your level, our club teams begin training right after the teams are formed. The season ends for 13U and 14U teams after Provincials in April and for the older teams, after Nationals in May. Therefore, with the tryout period included, the season can be up to 26 weeks
How much does it cost to play club volleyball?
Like all competitive sports Club volleyball comes with a cost, At Ravens Volleyball Club we include all sanctioned tournament fee’s, AVA fees, gym time, coaching and coaching development fees with our season fees. you can expect to pay $900-$1100 at 13U and expect in excess of $1600 per season from 14U on. The significant jump at 14U is due to more sanctioned tournaments and more practice time. Ravens does everything in its power to keep these fees as low as possible and offers optional payment plans to offset the upfront cost
Are there additional fees/costs
Additional fees depend on the individual teams, Included in your team fees are “Sanctioned” tournaments, regular practices and some additional camps or training.
Depending on the team and the coaches, additional fees will vary. These additional fees are usually made up of extra tournament costs, extra gym time and extra training.
All travel and accommodation expenses for out of town tournaments (usually 2-3 per season) are the responsibility of the player or family.
Can I play another sport as well as volleyball
Many players are able to play different sports (hockey, soccer, ringette, dance, cheer etc.) however there are things to consider when choosing to play multiple sports. These include schedule conflicts, with both practices and tournaments, dedication to sport and commitment to your team. Before choosing to join multiple sports, we recommend getting as much information about tournaments and practices from both teams to ensure conflict is minimized and development is maximized.