What to Wear/Bring: Players should wear athletic shoes; t-shirt and spandex/shorts. Do not wear jewelry, including earrings. Bring your own water bottle or Gatorade and a snack.
Onsite Check-in: Depending on the age group and level of participation, check-in could take up to 15 - 20 minutes so ARRIVE EARLY! Each registered player must check in at the tryout site and present the required documents:
1. Player Information Form- 1-copy;
2. 2017 USAV Membership card
3. Proof of age if required
4. Signed copy of the Competitive Team Parental Agreement.
Tryout Numbers: After players have submitted their required documentation they may proceed into the gymnasium to receive their tryout number. The assigned number will be the player’s number for all tryouts they are asked to attend. Throughout tryouts, players will be identified on the evaluation form by number and not name. Tryout numbers are adhesive and stick best to regular cotton t-shirts.
Evaluations: The LRJ Club Director, as well as LRJ coaching staff will serve as evaluators. Evaluators will be assigned specific evaluation duties. Each evaluator will evaluate all players on the same skill for consistency rating.
Coaches will evaluate players on the basic volleyball skills of passing, setting, hitting and serving. Player may be divided into small groups based on their playing position. Additional notes may be made regarding footwork, blocking, digging, receiving, communication, court awareness and leadership during game play sessions.
The evaluation process is an important piece of information to a coach’s decision but not the only piece. The tryout evaluation form provides an independent observers opinion on an individual’s specific volleyball skills. The form does not take into consideration the coach’s style of play or the player’s non-skill attributes, such as coachability; team leadership; or attitude. The tryout evaluation form is a factor but not solely conclusive to a coach’s decision.
A quality, competitive team must have players that collectively possess all volleyball skills and attributes. For example, a quality competitive team cannot be compromised of all servers and hitters. So once a coach has enough servers and hitters, his/her subsequent selection would be more heavily weighted to other skills like setting, passing and receiving.
In addition to the tangible volleyball skills, a coach must also consider Coachability - a player’s acceptance of direction; Team Leadership – acknowledging others, bringing team together; Attitude – confidence, positive and supportive of teammates and Team Chemistry.
Number of Teams:
The number of teams selected and formed will be based on the number of available coaches and the number of interested players within each division. Teams may not be formed in all age divisions.
One of the toughest jobs for any coach is the final decision about which players make the team, and those who do not. The Little Rock Juniors coaching staff strives to make all decisions fairly, without bias, and after extended deliberation and evaluation by all evaluators. The final decision on team selection always falls to the coach selecting their team.
IMPORTANT: Selected Players, or their parents, will either receive an email or be contacted by Coaches at the phone number indicated on the Player Information Form or at the email address provided during the online tryout registration, so please make sure that you provide a number that we are able to contact you at.
Players not selected will be notified by email at the email address provided during tryout registration.
Deadlines for acceptance and notifications: Each player will have 24 hours to “accept” their team assignment. At the end of 24 hours, unaccepted offers will be rescinded and the playing position will be offered to another player.
For ages 16-18 team selections and notifications are expected to be completed no later than Friday, November 4th and uniform fittings are scheduled for Saturday, November, 19th.
For ages 10-15 team selections and notifications are expected to be completed no later than Monday, November 14th and uniform fittings are scheduled for Saturday, November 19th.
Commitments and Initial Payment: As soon as a player commits to their selected team you are directed to log into your Little Rock Juniors account, register for the team program you will be competing in (Competitive or League) and make the initial payment due for club fees to secure your team assignment. Commitment payments are NON-REFUNDABLE.