Frequently Asked Questions
When is club volleyball season?
Club season starts with tryouts in the beginning of November. After teams are made, practices will start as soon as December, with some teams starting in January. The bulk of the competitive season runs from January through the middle of May. Top teams could continue to play through the end of June, into early July depending on if they qualify for Junior National Championships or another end-of-season tournament.
How many times a week do you practice and where will practices take place?
Teams will practice a minimum of two times per week. Practices will be held at various school gyms throughout the Fresno/Clovis area. The practice time and locations will be released to the teams typically two weeks in advance. Practices are typically two hours and start between 5:00-6:00pm and end between 8:30-9:30pm.
How often are tournaments?
Teams will play an average of two tournaments per month with the majority of tournaments being in Northern California. All of our top 14 and older teams will travel for 1-2 out of state Junior National Qualifier Tournaments. These tournaments are three day tournaments and can qualify teams for the Junior National Championships. Select travel teams will also be going to Power League competitions which are one-day tournaments.
What does it cost to play for Central Cal?
Club dues for the upcoming season vary per team. Each athlete’s club dues cover costs associated with their USA Volleyball membership, tournament entry fees, league entry fees, gym rental fees, coaching stipends, and team equipment. Any fees associated with travel (i.e. transportation, hotels, meals, etc) are not included in the athlete’s club dues.
What can my daughter expect in terms of playing time?
Central Cal Volleyball Club does not offer any guarantee of playing time to our athletes. We are a pay to train club, not a pay to play club. Our purpose is to compete and be successful at the highest levels locally and nationally. While our coaches will do their best to get all team members on the court, our coaches’ priority at tournaments is making decisions that are in the best interest of the team as a whole. Playing time is determined by many factors, including overall skill level, attitude, attendance, respect for coaches and teammates, hustle, and match dynamics. Many coaches will also utilize practice and match statistics to help make playing time decisions. All athletes will have equal opportunity to play, compete, learn, and improve during all practice sessions, assuming their attendance at practices is consistent.
How many players are on a team?
The number of players on the official team roster is determined by the coaching staff of each team, with the goal of carrying between 10-12 players. Rosters with 12 athletes allow for better training opportunities during practice sessions because it allows our teams to play 6 on 6, which is the best way to prepare for competition.
What happens if my daughter doesn’t make a Central Cal team?
Skills can dramatically change year to year. Not making a team this year doesn’t preclude any athlete from trying out for a Central Cal team the following year. Similarly, if an athlete chooses to play for a different club they are welcome to tryout for Central Cal the following year.
Will Central Cal allow an athlete to “play up” an age group?
Yes, but there are a lot of factors to consider before this decision is made. In the off chance a player is approached by a coach about playing up, the athlete and her family will make the final decision in deciding what is the best fit for them.
Can Multi-Sport athletes play club?
Yes. There is a number of multi-sport athletes that play for Central Cal Volleyball Club, especially in our younger groups. However it is very important to communicate to the coaches involved, well in advance, to make sure all preparations are made. Keep in mind it is more difficult to be a multi-sport athlete for Gold/Travel teams because the schedule is more demanding and team success is dependent on all players being at competitions.
Who is responsible for the athletes during tournaments?
Parents are responsible for getting players to and from all practices and competitions. Coaches will oversee athletes during practices and competitions, but are not allowed to transport athletes.