Satellite teams - player fees are determined by # of tournaments the team wishes to enter, the locations of those tournaments and salary for the coach; all of which are determined by the team parents and coaches.
*Younger teams can choose to add 1 or 2 local area practice Jamborees that are in addition to the # of tournaments listed above.
Hotel Nights are estimated by distance to tournament and start time of pool play --- AM or PM.
- time of pool play is usually not known until a couple of weeks before the tournament
Practices - some teams can get access to other gyms and may voluntarily choose other days and times that are more suitable for their needs.
- weekend practice times are also available for any teams that feel that have conflicts during the week
**National teams may qualify for USAV Nationals which are played around the final week of June.
- the site for this year's nationals tournament is Detroit, Michigan
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is FSJ Volleyball?
FSJ is short for Fort Smith Juniors. FSJ Volleyball is dedicated to giving female athletes grades 4th through 12th from around the Fort Smith area the opportunity to learn, play, compete, and develop their skills at the game of volleyball.
Why play FSJ?
In short FSJ gives female athletes from around the Fort Smith area the opportunity to develop their volleyball skills and improve as a player. Different players have different goals. Some players simply want to have fun, be a part of a team and learn more about the sport. Others may want to just keep playing after the school season is over or want to get better so they can challenge for a starting position on their school team the following year. For a few, it will be the experience gained and the exposure needed for a college scholarship opportunity. Regardless of their individual motivations, players benefit from 4 to 6 months of practice hours with highly motivated and qualified coaches, as well as gain invaluable game experience from tournaments. But above all else, FSJ players come away with life lessons, lifelong friends, and unforgettable memories.
When are fees due and how do we pay?
Fees can be paid out in monthly payments beginning in November and stretching to March or April. For the current payment schedule click here. Scholarship/Reduced Fee programs are available click here.
How much travel is involved?
This depends on the type of team the player is on. Regional teams typically stay within the AR/OK regions and may go to 3 or 4 tournaments that require a hotel stay. Tournament sites may include Fayetteville, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Conway, Hot Springs or Tulsa. National teams meanwhile are the most competitive and travel more than the other teams. Tournament sites include those for Regional and Regional Plus teams but will also include Dallas and Kansas City areas as well as other potential destinations that are agreed upon by the parents at the beginning of the season.
What is the difference between National, Regional Plus and Regional teams?
There are 3 essential differences; the experience/skill level of the players, the travel involved and the cost. For a complete breakdown see our team comparison at the bottom of the page.
How long is the season?
Try outs are usually held in late October or early November and tournaments begin in early January. Regional and Regional Plus teams typically play until the end of March. National teams will play in tournaments through the end of April however if they qualify they will play in the Nationals tournament which takes place at the end of June.
How often are Practices?
Typically twice a week and practices generally last for 2 hours a time.
Where do practices take place?
All regularly scheduled practices will be held in our new facility across from Ben Geren Park.
When are my child's practices?
18s Mon/Thurs 7:30 to 9:30
17s Mon/Thurs 7:30 to 9:30
16s Mon/Thurs 7:30 to 9:30
15s Tues/Wed 7:30 to 9:30
14s Tues/Wed 7:30 to 9:30 (some teams 5:30 to 7:30)
13s Tues/Wed 5:30 to 7:30
12s Mon/Thurs 5:30 to 7:30
11s Mon/Thurs 5:30 to 7:30
10s Mon/Thurs 5:30 to 7:30
FSJ strives to schedule practices around major school events so that more girls can participate in club volleyball. If conflicts exist with multiple players from a team and the predetermined schedule, teams may choose alternative practice times during weekends at the facility, or at other gym locations. However any arrangements with offsite gyms would have to be made by the individual team.
How does a player get picked for a particular team?
Players tryout and are placed on teams based on a combination of skill evaluations and team composition needs. The tryout results are determined from a 3-member evaluation committee based on a combination of scrimmages, drills, and exercises that bring out players’ effort, ability to communicate, physical talents, competitiveness, attitude and effort. The team composition needs are determined by each individual coach's decision as to how many players are needed at each position (setter, middle blocker, outside hitter, passer, etc).
The goal is to assign players to teams where they will have the best chance of individual success and be most capable of making a significant contribution to the team's success, as well as to meet the needs of the teams to allow for the strongest possible lineup.
How is playing time determined?
Playing time is up to the sole discretion of the individual team’s coach. The philosophy of FSJ is that parents pay for “practice time”, not playing time. We understand that there is a cost involved with dues and potentially with travel expenses, however the goal of each team is to compete and to win each match they play in. Coaches of “club” teams are encouraged to emphasize player development over a winning at all cost strategy and these coaches typically try to make accommodations for every player regardless of skill.
How qualified are the coaches?
Our goal is to match high performing players with high performing coaches. One of the primary advantages of FSJ is the quality of our coaching. Unfortunately in many youth sporting organizations today all it takes to be a coach is the simple raising of a hand. This is not the case with FSJ. FSJ coaches are paid, go through extensive training, must pass certification requirements, and are re-evaluated every year. Our coaches are the top volleyball minds the area has to offer.
What if my daughter is a multi-sport athlete?
Once teams are determined each coach holds a team meeting to discuss and identify potential conflicts and then schedule the season’s practices and tournaments accordingly. FSJ should never interfere with school activities or sporting events.
How old does a player have to be?
Players typically need to be 9 or 10 years of age before playing with FSJ. However if there are spots available girls may be able to participate at a younger age.
How do I know which age group my daughter will play in?
The player’s age group is based on how old a player will be the following September 1st. For example, if your daughter is currently 13 but she will turn 14 before September 1st, then she will play in the 14s age group.
What are the parents’ roles during the Battle of the Fort tournament?
Parents are needed and required to make the BOF a success. Roles include setting up the courts before the tournament and tearing them down after, providing food in the hospitality rooms for traveling coaches and officials, working the entrance or booths and helping with the clean up. Sign ups and schedules are set a few weeks prior to the event.
Are there fundraisers?
Yes but they are optional and the money raised goes directly to offset players’ fees and tuition costs.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please use the contact us tab to contact the appropriate board member