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BOYS FAQ

Club volleyball is an opportunity for girls and boys ages 10-18 of varying abilities to develop their skills through training and competition. It is a select sport where you must attend a scheduled tryout and be chosen for a team based upon skill, athletic level, and potential. Club volleyball is more competitive than league volleyball where anyone can sign up and play with others recreationally and socially depending on age requirements.

Austin Junior volleyball is an elite junior volleyball club sanctioned through USA Volleyball and through the Lone Star Region.

Practices will begin in November or December.

Some teams are scheduled to play until July ending their season at the USA Volleyball Boys Jr National Championships. Some teams end their season at the Lone Star Classic (last week of April). These teams will have the option of continuing through the summer at an additional cost. See tournament schedule for length of season for each team.

Tryouts

Austin Juniors requires that everyone tryout in their predetermined age groups. Some players do play up, but at the request of Austin Junior Volleyball only. If you are unsure, sign up for the age group determined by your birthday and contact Salima Rockwell at salima@austinjuniors.com.

Age Classification for the 2020-2021 Season

18 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2002 OR Players who were born on or after July 1, 2001 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year

17 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2003

16 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2004

15 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2005

14 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2006 OR Players who were born on or after July 1, 2005 (15 years or younger) if they neither have completed nor are in a grade higher than the eighth grade (8th) during the current academic year. These athletes will be allowed to participate at the USA Junior National Championships on 14 and under teams. 

13 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2007 OR Players who were born on or after July 1, 2006 (14 years or younger) who shall neither have completed nor are in a grade higher than the seventh grade (7th) during the current academic year. 

12 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2008 OR Players who were born on or after July 1, 2007 (13 years or younger) who shall neither have completed nor are in a grade higher than the sixth grade (6th) during the current academic year. 

11 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2009

The tryout fee is $60 which covers court time, evaluations and a tryout shirt. Tryout fees can not be paid with site credits.

There are no refunds once registered, and we are not accepting credits for tryout registrations.  If you do not show up, or if you try out for another club and choose to stay with them, your tryout registration fee is forfeited.

See our tryout dates on the Tryouts Page.

We hold our tryouts in the summer. If we still have available spots, we will hold supplemental tryouts throughout the fall.

Tryouts will be held at the Austin Sports Center - Central.

Visit our Tryouts Page to see tryout dates and times for your age group. Tryouts remain open for registration until the day of. We accept walk-ins at tryouts, but we do not guarantee you will receive a t-shirt in your size.

If the tryout dates have passed, we occasionally have spots on our teams to fill. You can view these open spots and register for a supplemental tryout on the Tryouts Page

If you are unable to attend one or both of the tryout days, you can still be considered for a team. Keep in mind that this limits the opportunity for the athlete to be seen by AJV evaluators. 

If you are going to miss tryouts, you must e-mail Salima Rockwell (salima@austinjuniors.com) to discuss the options to make up the days.

We typically place 8-12 players on a team. Factors that affect this determination include but are not limited to: age group, the level of talent, and the positional needs of a particular team. Depending on ability, athletes may be selected to play in older age divisions.

At the conclusion of tryouts, we will begin sending individual email invitations to players letting them know which team they've been placed on. Athletes will have about two hours to complete the registration and pay the deposit to hold their spot on the team. Alternates will also be notified by email.

You will receive an email within a few hours of tryouts. You must complete the registration by the time noted in the email. A non-refundable first payment of $500 is due upon registration. **Credits from the 2019-2020 season may not be used toward these first payments** The remaining balance is spread out in monthly payments. Once you've accepted a spot on a team, the remaining balance of the dues is non-refundable.

Some players may be selected as alternates which means that, at the time of the tryout, there isn’t currently a position available. If another player were to decline their offer, a position could become available and players on the alternate list could be contacted to fill those unaccepted positions.

We require the athletes who earned spots on teams to make their decision the night of tryouts.  If someone declines at that time, we will call the alternates to fill the open position.  If AJV has not contacted you within 72 hours, it is likely that any open positions have been filled.

NO! We offer age groups from 11 & under to 18 & under, but athletes can start at any age. Any athlete under the age of 10 can tryout for the 11 & under division. 

  1. Parent or legal guardian must accompany player on team selection day
  2. Refillable water bottle
  3. Wear appropriate volleyball attire

We ask that only athletes be inside the building during the tryout process for health reasons and to comply with government capacity regulations. Parents are welcome to help their athlete check in. In some circumstances, an AJV staff person may want to discuss options for your player.  Please make yourself available by phone so that these types of conversations will not lengthen the tryout time.  We understand that this is a stressful time for players and families. We will always try our best to help make this experience enjoyable and educational.

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We ask that only athletes be inside the building during the tryout process for health reasons and to comply with government capacity regulations. Parents are welcome to help their athlete check in, but are not in the gym during tryouts.

Fees/payments

The 2020-21 season fees have not been decided yet. Here are the 2019-2020 Club fees for reference:

2019-2020 Payment Schedule              
Team 1st Payment
 (at Tryouts)
1-Nov 1-Dec 1-Jan 1-Feb 1-Mar 1-Apr 1-May Total
18 Mizuno $500 $500 $500 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $3,500
17 Mizuno $500 $500 $500 $400 $400 $400 $400 $400 $3,500
16 Mizuno $500 $400 $300 $300 $300 $300     $2,100
15 Mizuno $500 $400 $300 $300 $300 $300     $2,100

The fees cover the cost of gym rental, equipment, USAV registration, tournament entry fees, coaches salaries, administrative fees, and printing costs. All AJV players will have access to two full-time college recruiting coordinators.

Fees do not include: uniforms, practice gear, airfare, hotels, food, any ground transportation to and from practice sessions and out-of-town tournaments, or shopping. Hotels for teams will not be included in your club fees.

**Additional equipment will be provided for teams scheduled to practice 3 nights a week.

A initial payment is due immediately following tryouts for those selected to a team. The remaining balance is spread out in monthly payments. Once accepting a spot on a team, player dues are non-refundable regardless of participation as per the player contract.

Austin Junior Volleyball believes that athletes should participate based on their ability to play, not their ability to pay. If the cost of club volleyball might be a prohibiting factor to your daughter or son participating, please read more on the Financial Assistance section of our website.

Austin Junior Volleyball believes that athletes should participate based on their ability to play, not their ability to pay. If the cost of club volleyball might be a prohibiting factor to your daughter or son participating, please read more on the Financial Assistance section of our website.

Tournaments

Teams mostly play in 2 day tournaments which start in December and end by May 1. Each team plays in at least 5 tournaments in a season. Tournaments typically take place on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings. Tournament schedules are usually developed after the teams are formed as most tournaments do not announce their dates until December. Exact playing schedules of each tournament are posted on-line usually the Wednesday before the tournament

.The 2020-21 tournament schedules have not been finalized yet. This was the schedule for 2019-20, for reference:

Boys 18 Miz      
Start Date End Date Event Location
25-Jan 26-Jan Florida Fest (*tentative) Orlando, FL
1-Feb 3-Feb Southwest Boys Classic - Dallas Dallas, TX
29-Feb 1-Mar SWBT - Kaizen Invitational Tulsa, OK
7-Mar 8-Mar SWBT- Austin Spring Swing Austin, TX
28-Mar 29-Mar Stewart Sheng - Bayou Block Party Baton Rouge, LA
18-Apr 19-Apr SWBT Finals Dallas, TX
1-Jul 4-Jul USAV Jr National Championships Reno, NV
Boys 17 Miz      
Start Date End Date Event Location
25-Jan 26-Jan Florida Fest (*tentative) Orlando, FL
1-Feb 3-Feb Southwest Boys Classic - Dallas Dallas, TX
29-Feb 1-Mar SWBT - Kaizen Invitational Tulsa, OK
7-Mar 8-Mar SWBT- Austin Spring Swing Austin, TX
28-Mar 29-Mar Stewart Sheng - Bayou Block Party Baton Rouge, LA
18-Apr 19-Apr SWBT Finals Dallas, TX
1-Jul 4-Jul USAV Jr National Championships Reno, NV
Boys 16 Miz      
Start Date End Date Event Location
4-Jan 5-Jan SWBT - Next Level Lubbock, TX
25-Jan 26-Jan SWBT - North Texas Challenge Dallas, TX
1-Feb 3-Feb Southwest Boys Classic - Dallas Dallas, TX
29-Feb 1-Mar SWBT - Kaizen Invitational Tulsa, OK
7-Mar 8-Mar SWBT- Austin Spring Swing Austin, TX
28-Mar 29-Mar Stewart Sheng - Bayou Block Party Baton Rouge, LA
18-Apr 19-Apr SWBT Finals Dallas, TX
27-Jun 30-Jun USAV Jr National Championships (Optional) Reno, NV
Boys 15 Miz      
Start Date End Date Event Location
4-Jan 5-Jan SWBT - Next Level Lubbock, TX
25-Jan 26-Jan SWBT - North Texas Challenge Dallas, TX
1-Feb 3-Feb Southwest Boys Classic - Dallas Dallas, TX
29-Feb 1-Mar SWBT - Kaizen Invitational Tulsa, OK
7-Mar 8-Mar SWBT- Austin Spring Swing Austin, TX
28-Mar 29-Mar Stewart Sheng - Bayou Block Party Baton Rouge, LA
18-Apr 19-Apr SWBT Finals Dallas, TX
27-Jun 30-Jun USAV Jr National Championships (Optional) Reno, NV
Boys 14 Miz      
Start Date End Date Event Location
18-Jan 19-Jan CTPL#1 (Girls Tournament) Austin, Tx
1-Feb 3-Feb Southwest Boys Classic - Dallas Dallas, TX
15-Feb 16-Feb ATx Showcase (Girls Tournament) Austin, Tx
7-Mar 8-Mar SWBT- Austin Spring Swing Austin, TX
28-Mar 29-Mar CTPL#4 (Girls Tournament) Austin, Tx
18-Apr 19-Apr SWBT Finals Dallas, TX

Travel information will be posted here as it becomes available.

If you are unable to travel, you have the option of putting them on the same flight as your coach and they will make sure they get where they need to go.  Please make sure to notify your coach that they are your athlete's travel companion.

Another option is to ask a teammates parent to help in the travel process.

You will need to log in to your LeagueApps profile and you will see the travel plans as they are made.

All teams attending any National Qualifiers will miss one day of school to participate. Depending on what time you fly out, you may miss another day for travel.

All of our teams attend the Southwest Boys Classic in February and will miss one day of school.

Practices

Practice schedules have not yet been determined for the 2020-21 season. Practices start in November or December. Teams will have two hour practices on Sundays and Wednesday evenings, lasting through the end of April or through the end of July based on tournament schedule. Teams will have the option to continue to train through the summer at an additional cost. 

AJV Boys will practice at the Austin Sports Center - Central

At Austin Junior Volleyball, we encourage multiple sport athletes. We believe that helps you become a better all around athlete. It is your responsibility to communicate any conflicts with your coach. We suggest a two week notice for all missed practices and a minimum of a month notice for any missed tournament.
 

If you are unable to make a practice, let your coach know as far in advance as you can. 

issues

Playing time is very important to us. It is important to apply the skills and fundamentals taught in practice in a match situation. Only then can a coach and player truly realize which skills the player is proficient at and which skills require more training. Nearly every tournament the Austin Junior Volleyball teams play in are of high significance - whether they are in-region (where finish determines overall seed within the region) or out of region (typically national qualifiers, or tournaments with a lot of recruiters present). Your club membership fees go toward practice time and instruction by qualified experienced coaches, NOT playing time in tournaments. We will guarantee a "fair" amount of playing time for every player, not an "equal" amount. When assessing the amount of playing time, make sure that the comparison is being made among players that play the same position. For example, there may be only two middle hitters on a team and three outside hitters. One outside hitter must sit out, since only two outside hitters are in the game at a time. Yet the two middle hitters play all the time. More playing time is earned by being at practice and working hard to improve, as well as, executing the skills when given the opportunity to play. Coaches are advised to give everyone an opportunity to contribute their individual skills and abilities to the team during pool play matches. Those skills and abilities may include being a hitter in the front row, serving and playing defense in the back row, or playing "all the way around". When teams advance past pool play, this is the time to reward those players that have excelled when given opportunities earlier in the day. Amount of playing time for all players is at the coach's discretion and may not be equal for all players.

 

Throughout the season, a conflict may occur. If you have an issue, the first step is for you to encourage your child to communicate with their coach. If this does not resolve the issue, the 2nd step is for a meeting with the coach, player, and parent. The final step is to set up a meeting with the club director, coach, player, and parent. There will not be any meetings without the player present. There will not be any meeting with the club director until step one and step two has occurred.

 

uniforms / equipment

If you are missing equipment or have damaged equipment, you need to contact your coach. They will then contact the club director. Please do not contact the club director unless notified.

Yes. Our sponsors go to great efforts to outfit and provide quality equipment to our club.  We take this very seriously so no competitor logos during any team activities (practices and tournaments).