One avenue an athlete can take as they decide to proceed in competing in their sport throughout high school and during college is to play on a competitive volleyball club team. This type of competition not only helps athletes develop their skills, it also helps them to realize if they want to continue competing in volleyball throughout high school and possibly into college.
Club teams, especially in volleyball can be an essential part of a player’s recruitment. College volleyball recruiters from top universities attend national championship tournaments and almost all coaches scout from the stands in smaller tournaments throughout the season. Volleyball recruiters often take interest in players they are familiar with throughout the club volleyball circuit.
To view the list of college recruiters attending national volleyball tournaments click here.
Right now, if you are looking to join a women’s volleyball club team you need to know volleyball clubs are gearing up to host new team tryouts. Volleyball tryout dates are set by individual club teams. Most club volleyball teams hold tryouts during the last week of October or the first week of November.
How to Find a Volleyball Club Team
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is the largest non-profit sports organization in the country. The organization is dedicated to promoting sports for amateur youth and adult players. AAU is a great resource for athletes who wish to participate more competitively in their sport. The AAU site has an easy to use search function where you can easily search for club volleyball programs in your area.
Call club team coaches and organizers to learn their policy regarding tryouts. Some have open tryouts where all athletes are welcome to join, while some have closed tryouts where athletes must be invited to participate. For both types of tryouts athletes need to make sure to have the required forms to tryout. Paperwork for tryouts may include registering and having an active membership with the AAU, or another volleyball authority that governs club teams, to ensure you are an eligible athlete.
Just like in high school sports, not all AAU teams are alike; some coaches may be not as experienced as others, some teams will have different goals and will only want to stick to local and regional tournaments some will be extremely competitive wanting athletes to dedicate all of their time to the team and fundraising to get to the national championship tournaments. Make sure you know what you are getting onto before you get too involved.