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Frequently Asked Questions

Club Volleyball Basics:
Q: What is club volleyball?
Q: What is the difference between an Open team and Club/Championship team?
Q: When are club-team tryouts?
Q: What should I consider before trying out?
Q: 
How long is the club volleyball season?

EVJ Basics:
Q: How do I join EVJ’s club volleyball team?
Q: What sets EVJ apart from other club teams?
Q: Is EVJ a non-profit organization?
Q: Does EVJ provide assistance in the college recruiting process?

Q: What do your club fees cover?
Q: When are monthly fees due?
Q: Where do I send my payment?

EVJ Teams, Practices and Tournaments:
Q: When and where do EVJ teams  practice?
Q: How many athletes are on a team?
Q: What type of teams are offered?
Q: What age division am I in?
Q: When and where are tournaments?
Q: Does EVJ travel to out of state tournaments?
Q: Why can't we find out where tournaments are ahead of time?

Club Volleyball Basics:
Q: What is club volleyball?
A: Club volleyball is the organized formation of non-scholastic volleyball teams for the purposes of practice and competition. Almost all club volleyball programs associate with one or more governing organizations (USAV, AAU, etc.) in order to sanction their competitions. Club volleyball programs vary in their size and purpose. Some clubs serve a very small niche (e.g. low commitment/developmental, high commitment/elitist). Others, like EVJ, provide a wide array of opportunities.

Q: What is the difference between an Open team and Club/Championship team?
A: Open teams have 4-5 local tournaments in the season, allowing those teams time for more "out of state" tournament play and typically are reserved for high school aged players. Club/Championship teams have 5-7 local tournaments in the season providing those teams with more "in state" tournament play and will house teams of all age levels. Read More.

Q: When are club-team tryouts?
A: For the 2018-19 season, club volleyball tryouts for the 10-14's age group (4th-8th grade) will be held November 10, 2018. Tryouts for the 15-18's age group (9th-12th grade) will be held November 17, 2018. GIRLS TRYOUTS PAGE  

Q: What should I consider before trying out?
A: Please visit our
GIRLS TRYOUTS PAGE page for frequently asked questions and other tips.

Q: How long is the club volleyball season?
A: Practices for the club volleyball season begin in November/December, usually following the week of tryouts. Tournaments for the club season begin in January and run through May or June (depending on the age group.) National teams may train through June and may compete up through the first week in July (USAV Nationals).

EVJ Basics:
Q: How do I join EVJ’s club volleyball team?
A: ​You must participate in the tryout process held each year to make one of EVJ’s club teams. We DO NOT pre-select teams. Depending upon how many athletes attend the tryout, there is a possibility that some athletes will not receive an offer to join the team. Please see the 
GIRLS TRYOUTS PAGE  for more information.

Q: Now that EVJ operates out of two locations, how will you determine which teams practice at Court One and which teams practice at Inspire Courts? Do we need to pick a tryout location or can we go to either one?

A: EVJ Volleyball now operates out of two locations. As part of the tryout process you are required to select your tryout location as either Court One (EVJ-Tempe) or Inspire Courts (EVJ-Gilbert), team selection at each location will determine your team’s home practice facility.

Q: What sets EVJ apart from other club teams?
A: EVJ has a long standing tradition of excellence in providing athletes an opportunity to participate in the great sport of volleyball. Our training facilities are state of the art; Court One has nine available training courts equipped with high definition streaming web cameras for college coaches to watch a practice or tournament match and Inspire Courts has seven available training courts in its 52,000 square foot facility. We have some of the best and most experienced coaches in the region and our fees are competitive and fully disclosed up front.

Q: Is EVJ a non-profit organization?
A: Yes, EVJ is an incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

Q: Does EVJ provide assistance in the college recruiting process?
A: Yes, we are here to help! For many parents, the college recruiting experience can be confusing and stressful. In today’s fast paced life, parents are forced to juggle their work and family obligations AND oversee their athlete’s recruiting process. To make matters more stressful, many student-athletes are extremely busy with homework, practice, etc. Patti Snyder-Park (former ASU head women’s volleyball coach) and Myles Gabel (former SDSU head women’s volleyball coach) are our Recruiting Consultants and they are available as personal resources for athletes and their families. Read more about how EVJ guides its athletes through the college recruiting process.

Q: What do your club fees cover?
A: Our club fees cover,  but are not limited to are: USAV membership for coaches and teams, insurance coverage, background checks on coaches, coach education and certification, practice and tournament uniforms, equipment, specialty training & coaching fees, administrative costs, practice court rental, and travel fees for specified travel teams. Total fees for the year vary based on age and national vs. regional teams. An information sheet will be provided before tryouts that includes all specifics including commitment fees and when payments are due.

Q: When are monthly fees due?
A: On the first of every month. A "no pay, no play" policy is enforced after the 7th of the month. A $25 late fee will be assessed to your account for late payment.

Q: Where do I send my payment?
A: EVJ now accepts credit cards online. Select programs and club fees can be paid through the registration process.  Alternatively, payments can be made offline by cash or check.  Our mailing address is:

EVJ Volleyball
4802 E. Ray Rd. #23-536
Phoenix, AZ 85044

 
EVJ Teams, Practices and Tournaments:

Q: When and where do EVJ teams  practice?
A: EVJ practices out of two locations; Court One in Tempe and Inspire Courts in Gilbert. They are 2-3 times per week and generally 1.5-3 hours in length depending on the age group and team level. All practices will be held on Mon/Wed and select Friday's at Court One between the hours of 3:30pm and 9:30pm and Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu at Inspire Courts between the hours of 5:00pm and 9:00pm.

Q: How many athletes are on a team?
A: National teams typically carry up to 11 players (with few exceptions). Regional teams typically carry 12 players. We feel this is optimal for “fair” distribution of playing time while keeping teams adequately staffed through injuries and outside commitments.

Q: What type of teams are offered?
A: Teams differ, primarily, in their length of season and competition schedules. We offer three levels of club programming:

  • National (N) Teams (age groups 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18) - teams carry up to 11 players (with few exceptions.)  Each of these teams is highly competitive with the goal of finishing the season competing at the USAV Junior Nationals (JN’s) in late June/early July. These teams will compete regionally as well as travel out of state to compete nationally. 
  • Regional (R) Teams (age groups 13, 14, 15, & 16) - teams carry up to 12 players.  Each of these teams is designed to compete at the regional level.
  • Regional (R) Teams – Futures Program (age groups 10, 11 & 12) – teams carry up to 12 players.  Each 12 & under team operates with more of an equal playing time philosophy. 

Regional teams (including Futures) are offered post-region play with the exception of our 10R1 teams.

Q: What age division am I in?
A: Go to USA Volleyball Junior Age Definitions to determine your age eligibility.

Q: When and where are tournaments?
A: Tournaments are held on Saturdays in an AM or PM wave or all day long (depends on the division the team plays in.) All of the Arizona Region tournaments we participate in are held in Arizona, as far north as Flagstaff and as far south as Tucson. Parents are responsible for transporting players to the AZ Region tournaments. Read more about AZ Region tournament sites.

Q: Does EVJ travel to out of state tournaments?
A: Our National teams will travel out of state 1-4 times each season.  The locations we  typically travel to are, Denver, CO, Southern CA, Reno, NV, Las Vegas, NV, and Nationals (the host city rotates).

Q: Why can't we find out where tournaments are ahead of time?
A: Tournament schedules and utilized locations are prepared by the Arizona Region, which is our governing body. While the schedule is typically published before the season begins, the locations of each tournament are typically published within the week prior to each tournament.