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Club Volleyball in Tucson

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Looking for a club volleyball team in Tucson for your child or teen? Tucson has eleven volleyball clubs throughout the metro area and in the surrounding suburbs.

Volleyball clubs offer a wide range of classes, camps, and teams for beginning, intermediate, or advanced players.

GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT CLUB VOLLEYBALL

How many volleyball clubs are there in Tucson?

As far as we know, there are eleven clubs in the Tucson area:

  • Arizona Premier Volleyball (NW Tucson - Boys Only)
  • Arizona Summit Volleyball Club (NW Tucson)
  • AZ Rise (Marana)
  • AZ Wild Volleyball Club (Sahuarita)
  • Club Cactus Volleyball Club (NW Tucson)
  • Club Copper (Vail)
  • Redington Volleyball Club (NE Tucson)
  • Rush Volleyball Club (NW Tucson)
  • Southern Arizona Volleyball Academy (NW Tucson)
  • Starlings (West Tucson)
  • Zona Volleyball Club (East Tucson)

Five of the ten volleyball clubs listed above practice at Sporting Chance Center, near Curtis Park.

What age division will my child or teen be in?

Go to the Arizona Region website and use the age finder to determine USA Volleyball age (which is determined by the athlete's date of birth).

Age divisions are as follows:

  • 18 and Under (18U): born on or after July 1, 2003
  • 17 and Under (17U): born on or after July 1, 2004
  • 16 and Under (16U): born on or after July 1, 2005
  • 15 and Under (15U): born on or after July 1, 2006
  • 14 and Under (14U): born on or after July 1, 2007
  • 13 and Under (13U): born on or after July 1, 2008
  • 12 and Under (12U): born on or after July 1, 2009
  • 8 and Under (8U): born on or after July 1, 2013

In special circumstances, players can play "down" or "up" an age level, but this is generally not recommended. Contact the club you are interested in for more information.

How old does my child need to be to play on a club volleyball team?

It is rare to find 8U club volleyball teams.

12U tends to be the lowest age range offered, although it seems that more clubs are offering 10U clubs in recent years.

Younger children (ages 8 and under) who are interested in playing volleyball can join developmental teams, academies, or clinics.

What are the dates of the club volleyball season in Tucson?

Practices for most club teams begin in December or January and the season runs through April or May. National Travel teams may continue all the way through June or July.

How often do club volleyball teams practice?

Most Tucson-area club volleyball teams practice two or three evenings a week for two to three hours. There are also seven or eight full-day tournaments on weekends. Most of these tournaments are in Phoenix and parents are responsible for transportation for their child, including all associated costs.

Is it possible to be on a club volleyball team that does not involve travel?

Teams in ALL divisions travel to Phoenix (at minimum). There are no club teams that have games/tournaments exclusively in Tucson.

Families who wish to avoid traveling outside of Tucson can consider developmental options through volleyball clubs or other local recreational teams.

What is the average cost to join a club volleyball team in Tucson?

Each volleyball club is different and the cost will depend on the experience of the coaches, the location and appeal of the facility, the frequency of practices, the number of tournaments, and the level of travel.

Most volleyball clubs will require a one time try-out fee of $20-$60. After that, expect to pay approximately $1000-$4000 per child per season. You will usually have the option to pay monthly or quarterly, depending on your preference. You may also be able to receive a small discount if you pay upfront and in full at the beginning of the season.

Some clubs also offer sibling discounts and fundraising opportunities.

Note that more affordable volleyball teams can typically be found through Tucson Parks & Rec, YMCA, NYS, local schools, etc.

What questions should I ask before joining a club volleyball team?

In order to find a club volleyball program that is a strong match, it is important to ask good questions.

Here are questions you may want to ask prospective clubs:

  1. Who is the coach and what are his/her credentials?
  2. What is the average team size? Is there a minimum or maximum number of athletes per team?
  3. What is your policy regarding playing time? Is there a certain % of play time that is guaranteed per player?
  4. How many practices are offered each week?
  5. Do you offer position-specific practices (for setters, liberos, hitters, etc)?
  6. How does the club communicate with parents? (newsletter, texts, calendar, etc)
  7. Will the coach communicate with parents? If so, how often?
  8. How much travel is involved and to which cities/states? Are athletes required to travel or room with their team?
  9. What is your policy regarding coach-to-athlete communication?
  10. What is your policy regarding bad language on and off the court?
  11. What is your policy regarding cell phone use during tournaments?
  12. Do practices tend to end on time?
  13. What makes this club special?

Another way to "try" a volleyball club before committing to the club season is to register your child for a fall, winter, spring, or summer camp or clinic (sometimes called "youth academy" or "developmental clinics").

What is the best volleyball club in Tucson?

Great question! It’s hard to pinpoint just one. Each club has a unique community and focus.

The best way to find a volleyball club in Tucson is to ask friends and family members for feedback about their past experiences.

CLUB VOLLEYBALL TRY-OUTS IN TUCSON

What is the difference between an Open House and a Try-Out?

Most local clubs offer open houses prior to official try-outs. Open Houses are typically held in early November - one to two weeks before tryouts - and each open house typically costs between $5-$20. At an open house, players will do the same thing that they will at the try-outs. They will participate in various drills that involve setting, serving, hitting, and passing. Open Houses allow players and families to "get to know" various clubs and to meet coaches. Additionally, open houses give clubs a better idea of how many players will come to try-outs in various age groups.

Attending an information meeting or open house is NOT required and is not a prerequisite for coming out for try-outs.

You are, however, REQUIRED to become a member of Arizona Region Volleyball before attending any open house or try-out. Membership is $55 and non-refundable. If, for example, you attend an open house or try-out and then decide not to join a club volleyball team, you can not recoup that $55.

What is the try-out process like for club volleyball?

Try-outs are typically held in mid to late November. That being said, the tryout period varies from year to year. For 2021, tryouts for 14s and younger are on Nov 6th. (The Open House Period began on Oct 27th for 14s and younger girls).

Tryouts for 15s and older start after the Girls High School State Championships are over. For 2021, 15 and older tryouts are on Nov 20. (The open House period starts on Nov 9th with a blackout date of Nov 13th).

On the day of tryouts, players are asked to come to the gym on a designated date based on their age group. Club try-outs are structured very much like a practice and typically last from ninety minutes to three hours. Players participate in various drills that involve setting, serving, hitting, and passing. In general, the younger the age division, the more basic instruction the players will receive. Even players who have little or minimal experience may try-out since club teams are developmental in nature.

At the end of the try-out, there is a brief waiting period as final placements are made and then team rosters are posted. Players are expected to commit on-the-spot (same day) and provide a down-payment of a portion of the club fees. If they do not "accept," their spot is eligible to be given to another player.

Unless there are coaching or facility constraints, most players that try-out will be placed on a team. There are typically one to five teams per age division, depending on the club. Players are put on teams based on athletic ability, attitude, skill level, aggressiveness, etc. All clubs have some way of "ranking" their teams - A, B, C or 1, 2, 3 or Silver, Bronze, Gold, etc.

Is there a cost to try-out for club volleyball?

Expect to pay $20-$60 to participate in club volleyball try-outs. There may also be a $5-$20 fee to attend open houses.

Can my child/teen request to be on a friend's team?

Yes. Note, however, that players are placed on teams based on their athletic ability and potential. As such, your child may not end up on the same team as their friend(s). If your child would like to play with a friend, both families should contact the club ahead of time to make the request. If the friends make two different teams, they will both be placed on the lower team.

What should my child wear to a volleyball try-out?

Volleyball players should come dressed in:

  • an athletic t-shirt or jersey
  • athletic shorts, capris, or spandex
  • tennis shoes
  • kneepads

This is the same outfit that players will wear to practice.

Where can I buy volleyball shoes or clothing in Tucson?

While it is possible to find volleyball clothing and shoes at Walmart and Target, coaches may have specific recommendations or requirements related to brand or material. Volleyball clubs often will sell their own apparel also - sometimes at a discounted price, sometimes not.

Your best bet for local athletic purchases is probably Dick's Sporting Goods since they offer a decent selection of sport-specific gear, along with a price-match guarantee.

CLUB VOLLEYBALL FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT TO TRAVEL

Looking for a way for your child to improve their skills without committing to traveling to Phoenix on the weekends? All Tucson volleyball clubs offer programs to help kids and teens develop their skills. These programs are typically referred to as one of the following: developmental clinic, youth academy, youth program, pre-competitive team, etc.

Some clubs may also offer advanced academies that allow for strong growth for teens who have played previously (perhaps even on a club team), but who desire a lesser commitment due to other extracurricular activities or family commitments.

NON-CLUB VOLLEYBALL OPPORTUNITIES

Where can my child play volleyball if club is not an option?

Volleyball camps, classes, clinics, and teams can be found through Tucson Parks & Recreation, National Youth Sports (NYS), and YMCA. While these teams may not offer the same level of coaching, they can be a great option for beginners or for having fun with a group of friends.

***Watch this page for new and updated information about volleyball clubs in Tucson.

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