2020-2021 Season Tryouts
All tryouts will be held at our practice facility located at 5720 S. 73rd Place in Fort Smith (across from Ben Geren Park).
Must have photocopy of USAV/Delta region registration card, paper copy of completed medical form, and $35 cash or check for tryout fee if not pre-registered at check in.
Players must complete the on-line “USAV Delta Region Player Membership” registration (see registering for tryouts tab) before they will be allowed on a court at tryouts. The registration fee is $52 for the year that covers supplemental insurance for the players. A tryout membership can be purchased for $10 that is only good for tryouts. If the player decides not to commit to a team, the registration fee will not be refunded.
NOTE: The check-in process can take a while depending on the number of girls trying out for your age group, so we encourage everyone to get there at least 1 hour before tryouts on day one and at least 30 minutes before tryouts on day 2. There will be no registration of players on day 2 of tryouts.
Tryouts will be closed to all non players and non raters.
Parents are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing while checking in their players at the tent in the parking lot.
PLEASE make sure when you check in you give us the correct spelling of PLAYERS NAME, PARENT EMAIL ADDRESS and PLAYER DATE OF BIRTH
Any and all outstanding player fees from previous years must be paid in full prior to tryouts.
What to bring
Players need to wear a short or long sleeve t-shirt with a number on it. It does not need to be solid white. Players are not to wear club volleyball jerseys from previous years. Players who do not show up in a numbered shirt will be assigned a pull-over penny that has a number on it. Players will wear the same penny during each session. They will need to take the penny home and bring it back for the next session of tryouts.
A digital copy or a picture of the player’s USAV/Delta Region Membership Card.
A medical release form .*found at top of page!! Must be filled out and signed by player and parent.
$35 tryout fee for those not pre-registered (cash or check). The tryout fee is non-refundable.
Appropriate attire; athletic shoes, knee pads, masks
water bottle (fountains are not available at this time)
Due to COVID guidelines, all players must wear a mask anytime they are not on the court while in the building. Players will have their temperatures checked at check in. Players will not exit through the main entrance doors but will exit through one of the side exits to maintain social distancing. All players will need to exit promptly at the completion of their tryout session to allow time for sanitizing the building/equipment.
Tryouts will consist of 2 sessions (3 sessions may be necessary depending on the number of players in an age group) where players will participate in a variety of skill related drills and competitive play scenarios.
Evaluations during tryouts will be performed by a selection committee for each age group. Selection committees consist of the head coaches of the teams for that particular age group, a board member, and a qualified (non FSJ) guest rater. Every effort is made by the club to ensure a non bias selection process. The club strives to place raters in age groups where they have no direct connection to the players. However, we acknowledge that we do live in a relatively small community and the regional volleyball community is even smaller so some indirect connection is likely to occur.
Teams will be created based on skill level and performance during tryouts. The goal of the selection committees is to place each player on the team where they have the best opportunity to develop their individual skills as well as contribute to the success of the team. Teams are designated as National, Regional Plus, and Regional. National teams being more competitive, Regional being more developmental, and Regional Plus being in the middle. Player fees, travel and tournament schedules for the respective teams will reflect these attributes.
National teams consist of 8 to 11 players depending on the perceived skill level cutoff determined by the selection committee during tryouts. Regional Plus and Regional teams will typically consist of 7 to 10 players. Deviations in roster size can only be approved by the Board of Directors.
Due to limited number of qualified coaches as well as practice space, it is possible that not all players will receive an invite to participate on a team. In some cases, players may be offered an invitation as a “practice player”. Additionally FSJ has a developmental program called Winter League that players are encouraged to participate in if they re not selected for a travel team.
Injured or unable to attend
If a player cannot participate in the tryouts due to an injury, the coaches of that age group, the VP of Player Development and the Club Director will collectively place the injured player on the team they deem would be appropriate, had that player been able to fully participate in the tryout sessions.
If a player can only attend a portion of the tryouts due to a matter unrelated to an injury, then the player will be rated based on the time they are in attendance. However, the selection committee reserves the right to ask players to attend another age group’s tryout session if they feel it is necessary and there are additional sessions yet to take place.
If a player cannot attend either of the tryout sessions and they wish to be considered for team placement, the player must submit their reason for not attending in writing along with a copy of their membership card and medical release form, to a club board member, before the assigned start time for the player’s age group. At that point the board will determine the validity of the reason for missing and how to proceed with team placement for that particular player.
Posting of Teams
Once tryouts are concluded, invitations will be to join the FSJ Volleyball Club. Players will need to accept this invitation A DELTA COMMITMENT form will also need to be signed and returned to FSJ after accepting placement with the club. Once all invitations have been accepted team rosters will be posted on the FSJ website under the “teams” tab.
Practices for FSJ teams officially begin the first full week of December. However, some coaches may, on their own accord, elect to begin practices prior to that.
Each team is required to have a preseason meeting involving all of their coaches, players, parents and a representative from the FSJ Board.
Each team will need to select a chaperone and have them attend the Chaperone meeting. Date TBD.
Fundraising opportunities can begin immediately. See the fundraising section of the webpage for details.
The first official tournament for each team will take place in January.