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GIRLS 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.

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 Michael Garcia at mike@austinjuniors.com.

Age Classification for the 2020-2021 Season

  • 11 & UNDERS: If born Sept. - Dec. 2009, Jan. - Aug. 2010
  • 12 & UNDERS: If born Sept. - Dec. 2008, Jan. - Aug. 2009
  • 13 & UNDERS: If born Sept. - Dec. 2007, Jan. - Aug. 2008
  • 14 & UNDERS: If born Sept. - Dec. 2006, Jan. - Aug. 2007
  • 15 & UNDERS: If born Sept. - Dec. 2005, Jan. - Aug. 2006
  • 16 & UNDERS: If born Sept. - Dec. 2004, Jan. - Aug. 2005
  • 17 & UNDERS: If born Sept. - Dec. 2003, Jan. - Aug. 2004
  • 18 & UNDERS: If born Sept. - Dec. 2002, Jan. - Aug. 2003

The tryout fee is $60 which covers court time, evaluations and a tryout shirt. Tryout fees for registrations submitted after the early registration period increase to $100. The early registration period ends 2 weeks prior to the first day of the tryout.

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. 15s-18s are typically in July, before high school tryouts begin. 14s and under typically tryout in early August, before school begins.

If we still have available spots, we will hold supplemental tryouts throughout the fall.

17s and 18s: (1 day tryout)

ASC Central Gym

 

15s and 16s: (2 day tryout)

Day 1 – Central Texas Fieldhouse

Day 2 – All athletes will be at the ASC Central Gym.

 

12s, 13s, and 14s: (2 day tryout)

Day 1 - Each athlete will attend ONLY 1 of the Day 1 sessions and may choose which location they would like to attend: CTX Fieldhouse or ASC Cedar Park.

Day 2 – All athletes will be at the ASC Central Gym.

 

11s: (1 day tryout)

ASC Central Gym

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 one or both days, you must e-mail Michael Garcia prior to June 20, 2020 to discuss the options to make up the days.

We typically place 9-12 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.

Every athlete will have a tryout number.  We will post who was selected at the end of Day 2 of tryouts by their tryout number.  If selected, you will then meet with your team and start to fill out online forms and contracts.

Once you are placed on a team, you will meet with your coach and teammates before you leave the gym.

A non-refundable first payment of $600 is due immediately following team announcements for those selected to a 13s through 18s team, and a non-refundable first payment of $500 is due for those selected to a 10s through 12s team. **Credits from the 2019-2020 season may not be used on 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 although 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 final 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

Parents will not be allowed in the building during the tryout process. 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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For health and safety reasons, we will not allow parents into the building on Day 1 of tryouts. On Day 2, one parent per athlete will be allowed into the building for the last hour of the tryout. 

If your age group has a one day tryout (18s, 17s, 11s), one parent per athlete will be allowed into the building for the last hour of the tryout.

Fees/payments

Decisions about 2021 Player Dues have not been finalized. The cost of player dues differs from team to team. Download the 2019-2020 fees by team for reference. Fees for the 2020-2021 season may or may not be similar.

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.

A non-refundable first payment of $600 is due immediately following tryouts for those selected to a 13s through 18s team and a non-refundable first payment of $500 is due for those selected to a 10s through 12s team. **Credits from the 2019-2020 season may not be used on the first payment** The remaining balance is spread out in monthly payments. Once accepting a spot on a team, the remaining balance of the dues is non-refundable.

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

Schedules for the 2021 season have not been sanctioned or finalized by USA Volleyball or the Lone Star Region. Final schedules will not be confirmed until Nov 2020. View the 2019-2020 Tournament Schedule for reference. 

Once schedules are finalized, you can view your team's schedule by logging in on the website or on the AJV app. 

The 2020-21 season travel schedule is still TBD. We have used this structure in the past:

All of our teams 10s-17s (unless specified otherwise) will have one travel tournament to Dallas, TX to participate in the Lone Star Classic Junior National Qualifier.  

The 10-12s will play mostly in the Austin area besides Lone Star. The 12 Mizuno team will continue all the way through the summer (either USA Junior Nationals or AAUs).

The 13s Mizuno, 13 Molten, Navy, and Cedar Park teams will travel to Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. All other 13 & under teams will play mostly in the Austin area besides Lone Star.  13 Mizuno and 13 Molten will also have an additional out of state qualifier and will continue all the way through the summer (either USA Junior Nationals or AAUs). This is included in all the fees.

The 14s-17s Mizuno, Molten, and Helix teams will have two out-of-state tournament which flights will be required. 14 Navy and Cedar Park teams will have one out of state tournament which flights will be required and their season ends at Regionals unless they qualify for Nationals. 14s -17s Mizuno, 14s-17s Molten, and 14s - 17s Helix teams will also continue all the way through the summer (either USA Junior Nationals or AAUs). This is included in all the fees.

The 18s Mizuno, Molten, and Helix teams will have will have a shorter season than the 14s-17s.  18s teams will attend the 18s USA Junior National Championships, typically in late April or early May. 

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.

All teams attending any National Qualifiers (Lone Star, Crossroads, PNQ, MEQ, NEQ, Show Me, or Big South) 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 Lone Star National qualifier in April.

Practices

All teams will practice at least twice a week (a total of 4 hours). Practice will be at the Austin Sports Center- Central, Austin Sports Center- Cedar Park, and/or St. Michael's Athletic Center. Practices for AJV South will be held at Central Texas Fieldhouse. Practice times can range from 10:00am-9:30pm on Sundays and from 4:30pm-9:30pm Mondays through Thursdays.

View the 2019-2020 practice schedule for reference. Note that teams in 2020-21 will not practice three nights per week.

We use several facilities in the Austin area to reach as many families as possible. 

Our Central teams (Navy, Red, White) will practice at the Austin Sports Center (ASC) Central or the St. Michael's Athletic Center (SMAC). Our Cedar Park teams (Cedar Park, Toro, Grande, Aces) practice at the ASC Cedar Park. Our Mizuno, Molten, and Helix teams will practice at any or all of these facilities.

Our AJV South teams (Elite, CTX) will practice at the Central Texas (CTX) Fieldhouse.

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

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.

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.  Austin Junior Volleyball is one of the few clubs in the entire nation that is sponsored.  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).