Club volleyball is a highly organized national program for junior boys and girls between the ages of 11-18. The governing body is USA Volleyball (USAV); which establishes the rules, sanctions events and make certain that every club and player meets the requirements for fair and safe competition. Club volleyball is an opportunity for athletes of varying abilities to continue their development past the fall school season. Club volleyball is not associated with any school or college, but is made up of teams that register to play in scheduled USAV tournaments. Volleyball clubs are independent and privately-owned businesses. A club team roster is created by selecting players from the club’s own scheduled tryout. If selected, a player will be offered a spot on the team and will need to sign a contract which commits that player to that club for the season.
Club volleyball has surpassed high school volleyball in terms of college recruiting, training, and level of competition. Since clubs require tryouts, many top club teams are essentially hand-picked "all-star" teams consisting of the best players in the area. However, there are different levels of competition, skill level, and age groups. In any particular age group, there may be two or three teams (maybe more) selected. The best players at the tryouts normally are selected for the club's top team and then the remaining teams are formed from the remaining players. Club volleyball gives you the opportunity to play nearly year round with players of equal talent and trained by experienced coaches. If you want to play volleyball in college, then you should play club. College recruiters have a very limited number of visits to watch a player. A typical club tournament consists of many participating club teams (10-100) and a recruiter can use only one of their visits and watch 100 to upwards of 1,000 potential college prospects. A college recruiter rarely uses a visit to attend a high school match where they can only see 20 players.
The North Texas Region of USAV sets the dates for tryouts that all clubs must honor. Tryouts are usually conducted the last week in September through the first two weeks in October. Tournament play starts in late December and runs through the first of May with a National Tournament being held in June for those teams that qualify. Clubs may participate in as many tournaments as they choose, but most limit the number to around ten per season.
USAV sanctions thousands of clubs/teams across the USA and Puerto Rico. In the North Texas Region, there are over 120 clubs which makes us one of the largest regions in the nation by the number of registered players. Clubs may participate at all age levels from 11U – 18U and could have multiple teams in each age division.
Most likely your player is ready to move forward with a tryout if she has had a few seasons of experience with the YMCA league. If you have questions on this progression, please feel free to ask a Bandits VBC coach or administrator for advice.
No. However, it is important to note that most high school players in our area do play club volleyball. If your middle school and high school have a mature volleyball program, you can be assured that most of the players on the roster will be club players. In fact, many of the school coaches also coach at the club level, so the two programs are connected very closely.
Practices are fast paced, with plenty of exercises and movements. Jumping, running, and “hitting the floor” are all part of volleyball. To be at your best during a game, you must be ready physically and mentally in volleyball. In volleyball, you move to the ball, you don’t wait for the ball to move to you. So yes, it’s a demanding sport.
The North Texas Region website (www.ntrvolleyball.org) is your volleyball encyclopedia for our area. You will need to select the Juniors-Indoor link to find the most up to date information for club programs in our area. We encourage you to visit the Bandits VBC website (www.BanditsVolleyball.com) for up to date information on our club program and event schedules.
We encourage our athletes to play multiple sports. However, with the time and financial commitments necessary for club volleyball, we would like to see athletes dedicate themselves to volleyball as their primary sport during the season. Obviously, the practice schedule and tournament commitments are something you will have to look at very closely in choosing a club. Erratic attendance at practice or tournaments affects the entire team, regardless of an athlete’s individual ability. The other players and coaches have invested a lot of time and money and want to be successful.
Bandits VBC teams will practice at Maypearl and Midlothian ISD schools, as well at the Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center and First Baptist Church-Maypearl. Specific practice times will be determined once teams have been selected. Generally, the Regional and Elite teams will practice two times per week for two hours each, Monday – Friday between 6:00pm – 10:00pm, beginning in December. Prep teams will practice two times per week for two hours beginning in January.
Tournaments are offered every weekend from late December through early May, and each club selects a tournament mix from the master region schedule. The Bandits VBC staff works extremely hard each season to find the right blend of competition, convenience and cost when putting together the tournament schedule. National/Regional/Local teams will play in approximately 8-10 two-day events (three days for national qualifiers). You can expect to spend about 4-6 hours in the gym on a Saturday and Sunday. Start times will be at 8AM or 3PM for both Saturday and Sunday for most tournaments. Local teams will play in 6 one-day/two-day tournaments beginning in January. Prep teams will play in 3-4 one-day tournaments beginning in February.
Our coaches are the most important representatives at Bandits VBC. We interview and assign coaches to teams fitting skill levels with age groups. We invest in our coach’s growth through in-house training and national certification programs.
Each team will have a very involved group of parents that will take on some of the organizational duties. Parents can assist their team as chaperones, photographers, social media liaisons, fundraisers, and participating in team-building activities under the coach’s direction. Our goal is to offload the administrative duties from the coaching staff and allow them to coach while building strong parent friendships with seamless communications. BVC also provides each parent with a conduct policy that clearly explains the Do’s and Don’ts and how to handle any concerns that may arise.
We typically carry 10 players per team, but could extend up to 12 players at times. We work hard during pre-tryouts and tryouts to identify the best fit for the teams. It is important to have a balanced offense and defense on each team. At the preparatory ages, the BVC coaches go to great lengths to ensure every player is developing and is getting equitable play time. At the 12U and older levels, playing time is earned and there are no guarantees with regards to time on the court during the tournaments. As long as the athletes fulfill their commitments, continue to improve in skills and teamwork, playing times should be a non-issue. We expect our coaches to be in constant communication with their athletes in regard to their contribution and role on the team. Playing time is earned and based on ability, attendance, work ethic, position the athlete plays and the level of each tournament.