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Frequently Asked Questions

Are You New To Volleyball? Do you want to learn more about EVJ?

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?

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 2019-2020 season, club volleyball tryouts for the 10-14's age group (4th-8th grade) will be held November 16, 2019. Tryouts for the 15-18's age group (9th-12th grade) will be held November 23, 2019. 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 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, fully disclosed up front to include all travel arrangements and cost.

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. Megan Taylor (current Mesa Community College head women’s volleyball coach) is our Recruiting Coordinator and Jen Leo (EVJ Club Director) along with all the national team coaches are our Recruiting Consultants; all are available as personal resources for athletes and their families.  In addition we utilize the services of Sports Recruits and HUDL.  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: 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: You will be required to set up an automatic payment plan, which will will be set up as auto withdrawal (debit card) or auto bill (credit card) and charged/withdrawn on the 10th of the month. A "no pay, no play" policy is enforced.

 
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 Tue/Thu at Inspire Courts between the hours of 3:30pm and 9:30pm.

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)


    National teams carry a maximum of 11 players. Exceptions can be made on occasion.

    Each of these teams is highly competitive with the goal of finishing the season competing at the Junior Nationals (JN’s) in late June/early July. 18s will finish earlier.  All teams will compete regionally as well as travel out of state to compete nationally.  National teams are committed to post-region play.
     
  • Travel (T) Teams
    (Age groups 15, 16)

    Travel teams carry a maximum of 12 players.  Exceptions can be made on occasion.

    Each of these teams is highly competitive and will compete regionally as well as travel out of state to compete nationally.

  • Regional (R) Teams
    (Age groups 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18)

    Regional teams carry a maximum of 12 players.  Exceptions can be made on occasion.

    Each of these teams is designed to compete at the regional level.  Regional teams are also offered (optional) post-region play.

    Note: Futures teams (10R-12R) operate with more of an equal playing time philosophy.  However, attendance, work ethic, and skill execution are still factors considered and playing time is at the sole discretion of the coaches as it relates to player performance and team strategy decisions.

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: Championship and Club tournaments are held on Saturdays in an AM or PM wave.  Open tournaments are held mainly on Sunday's.  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 2-4 times each season.  The locations we  typically travel to but not limited to are, Denver, CO, Southern CA, Reno, NV, Las Vegas, NV, Kansas City 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.