Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Truth about College Volleyball Scholarships

College Volleyball Scholarships:  The Straight Scoop

Why do you want your son/daughter to play volleyball?  The answer is kids who play volleyball are: Smart, athletic, good looking, great kids from great families!  That is the attraction of the sport.  Not an athletic scholarship.  You want your kids to be around these kids 2-4 times a week.  If you want to play at the next level, below is some general advice. 

You will choose your college based on these 4 factors and usually in this order: 
A. Cost of education
B. Athletics
C. Academics
D. Extra Curricular

If you are not an athlete,  take out the athletics. 

One of the first thing's things colleges/universities look at on your application is your SAT/ACT score.  Take a SAT/ACT preparatory class to raise your test score.    

Four ways for money:  Athletic scholarship, academic aid, financial need based aid and of course you can always pay for your daughter and son's education. 

1.  Volleyball Athletic Scholarship:  If you want a volleyball scholarship, you have to play club volleyball.  About 90% of the women and men NCAA volleyball players have played in the USAV junior club system.  The other 10% come from overseas.  Maybe more, maybe less.  Best results are when you play on a "Traveling Team" for your club.  These club teams play in what we call JO Qualifiers or similar tournaments.  The list of JO Qualifier tournaments can be found here:  http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Events/Indoor/Girls/2015-Girls-Junior-National-Qualifiers   Why do you want to play in these tournaments?  That is where the coaches are.  You will see more collegiate coaches watching "Open" players than the "National"  or "American" divisions.  Here is the big secret about recruiting:  If you are good, the coaches will find you.  Period.  They are very good at this.  It is their job.  You do not need to spend a lot of money on a club in order to be seen.   If you go to a JO Qualifier, make sure you go to the USAV's High Performance tryout the night before/after the tournament starts.  The coaches are there.  They will see you.  Be aware of the omnipresent "Combine/Recruiting" events.  Some are good, some are bad.  Here is another secret players and parents need to warm up to:  Coaches can watch you play for 30-60 seconds and they know whether or not they should keep watching.  I often tell the story of when Jeff Stork and I watched 129 boys play King of The Court at a HP tryout in Orange County.  We were asked to find the 30 best players.  We both scanned the floors for 25 minutes and we each came back and threw down a sheet of paper.  We missed each other's list by 1 name!!  It is that quick and accurate.  Any college coach can do the same. 

 Should you make a DVD/Tape?  Should you get a recruiting service?  Again, college coaches are very good at finding talented players.  Have your club director help you.  He/she is getting weekly e-mails with request from college coaches.  A good director is going to forward you this information.  The most popular way to contact coaches is to send them a short 3-5 minute YouTube video.  Send this YouTube video along with a short honest bio to no less than 100 coaches.  Coaches  get between 15-60 of these videos a week.  The first thing they are going to look at is how high you touch then your SAT score. 

What positions are the most recruited?  Since the game is won and lost at the pins (antennas) the most sought after recruits are opposites and outside hitters followed by setters and then middle blockers.  Liberos and defensive specialist will be recruited in 6-packs.  The wining libero or DS might get a scholarship their junior year.  Be aware of programs that offer something in the future.  College coaches are for the most part an honest group, but their job is dependent on winning and if somebody else better comes along, a decision will be made. 

There are about 300 DI women's programs that offer volleyball.  About 300 DII women's programs that offer volleyball and about 300 DIII that offer volleyball.  Figure an average of about 10 scholarships per DI program about 6 scholarships for the DII and no athletic scholarships for DIII programs.  Junior colleges offer athletic scholarships as well as NAIA programs.  Add it all up for the girls and there about/around/maybe 4500 scholarships.  Add it up for the men and there are about/around/maybe 100 scholarships. 

2. Academic Aid:  Did you follow my advice and take a SAT/ACT preparatory class?  Do you have a high GPA?  The good news is colleges and universities recruit good students a lot more than they recruit good athletes.  They will give you money if you apply for the right scholarships.  The best thing to do is to visit each school's web site and to look at the process for obtaining an academic scholarship .  Work with your high school counselor.   If you can go to the school and make an appointment with the admissions to ask questions about scholarships, so much the better.  Keep on top of it.  Words of wisdom:  If the school is going to give you money, you need to maintain a certain GPA.  If your GPA falls below a certain threshold, they will warn you, them pull your academic scholarship. 

3. Financial Need Based Aid:  This is what I did my last year at USC.  You can go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to register for student financial need based aid.  Once you register (they track you through your SS#) they will want to see two years of your parents income taxes, bank statements, IRA and other financial account statements, equity in real estate etc.....They compute this and will send you a letter in early April telling you that you have been accepted into the school with three types of aid:  Grants, Work Study and Loans.  Grants are what you want.  It is free money.  Loans you have to pay back.  Work study is how the universities and colleges fill their labor needs.  Two thoughts of advice:  The first is universities will front load these packages with grants the first two years with the last two being more loans.  That is why students graduate with so much in student debt.  Secondly, you must apply for these grants every year.  There are deadlines for turning current financial information back into FAFSA.  Make sure you meet those deadlines or you will lose all of your financial need base aid. 

There are Three parts to being an Athlete:  Athletic ability, The ability to change and the ability to positively influence those around them.  Let's look at  these individually.

*Spotting athletic ability in sports is the easiest part of a coach's job.  In football, what is the first question they ask about a football player?  "What is his 40?"  In men's and women's swimming, they ask:  "What is your 100 free?"  In crew, they ask:  "What is your ERG score?"  In the sport of volleyball we ask: "What do you touch.?"  As a very general barometer If you touch 9'6" you will probably play at the next level.  If you touch 9'8" you are going to probably play at the next level, but not where you think.  If you touch 10' or above, you could not hide from the college coaches if you tried.  If you touch 10'4" or better you are already on the radar of USC, UCLA, Stanford, Nebraska, Washington, Penn State, Texas et al......If you touch 9 and above, you are looking at a D11, D111 or a NAIA school.  Boys, you need to be able to touch about 11'3" to get the attention of coaches. 

You will know when you are seriously being recruited when one of four things happen:  The college coach invites you on an un-official or official visit, or the college coaches asks to see your official or unofficial transcripts and test scores.  Everything else is parental fluff:  The phone calls, the letters, e-mails.  Fluff, fluff and more fluff.  Understand how colleges recruit. Coaches will look at between 100 and 400 players a year.  On an average year, they  will bring in 3-4 new players.  You need to expand your possibilities and look at many colleges. Do not narrow your choice.  You will be disappointed.

* The second part to being an athlete is the ability to change.  It is the wholly grail of volleyball, athletics and life.  Common situation:  You just got beat in a drill.  Do you have the ability to compete?  Can you change physically, technically and mentally to beat your teammates?  Can you be beaten by others?  Do you beat yourself?  It is my estimation that only 2%-4% of the junior population are natural learners and have the aptitude to get better each day they play.  Oldest sports cliché: "Get better each Day!!"  Hardest thing to do as an athlete. The ability to change has one more name in today's society:  Leaders. 
*  The ability to make others around you better is the third part of being an athlete.  I will give you two examples:  Barry Bonds, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens.  Great athletes.  Hall of fame talent.  But they did not make the players around them better.  As opposed to the greatest athlete that has graced us in the last 50 years:  Magic Johnson.  All Magic did was make the players around him better.  You East Coast homers can vote for your very own Larry Bird as another athlete who would make this list.  Tim Duncan is my latest addition.  Making players better can be a result of your personality, your play or your display of work ethic.  In that very rare case,  players will possess all three.   

Collegiate Club Volleyball If the coaches are not beating a path to your door or wearing out your e-mail inbox?  Think about  club volleyball at a major university.  Everybody wants a college scholarship, but it is quid pro quo.  You give them your time and talent, they give you money.  Trust me when I tell you it is an even exchange.  Club volleyball at the university or collegiate level is made for the students who want to stay involved with the sport, but do not want to wake up at 6am and do weights.  They don't want to spend 3 days on the road.  They don't want to feel so tired after practice, they cannot keep their eyes open.  Club volleyball is one of the fastest growing parts of the sport for both men and women.  Check into the Rec Centers at your college and see if they offer club volleyball.  Typically, club teams train once or twice a week.  They have tournaments once a month.  And, they have a season ending national tournament! 

Junior Colleges   I love junior/community colleges!  I am a product of a junior college.  I still go to junior colleges to take courses on subjects that interest me.  My daughter goes to junior college--not because she could not get into a 4 year school.  There are 3 major reasons I like junior colleges: 
1.  They save you a lot of money! (this is an understatement!) 
2.  Great teachers!  ( I hate to bag on my teachers at USC, but my CC teachers were great!)
3.  Students with tough majors can take GE courses and transfer (hopefully!) that class into a four year program.  They are not competing  against the curve!

College Reality  Here is a scary statistic:  Nationwide, 30% of freshmen do not return to the same academic institution for their sophomore year.  20% of sophomores do not return for their junior year.  The numbers are going to be different for private institutions, but it is an eye opening experience for many students who come into a college thinking it is going to be easy.  Why do students drop out of college?  Grades?  Money?  Too much social life?  Problems with roommates?  Health issues?  Maybe a combination of these things?  Going to college is the greatest experience of your life.  But it is not for everybody.  Learning how to compete in a volleyball match is a walk in the park compared to the level of competition in a collegiate classroom.  You need to learn how to take studying seriously......for the simple reason is there are quite a few students in your classroom that do take studying seriously.  If you are like 80% of all college students, you are going to have a "crisis" your first year or so of college.  Your success in college is going to be determined by how well you handle this issue.  Talk to college counselors.  Talk to your teachers.  Talk to your parents.  Don't let the problem manifest in you giving up hopes of a college education.   You will meet lifelong friends in college.  You will receive a great education in college.  You will learn more about yourself and the way of life than at any other time in your life. 

Enjoy college!!! 

Pat Powers
Olympic Gold Medalist

VBClinics.com 2015 Schedule

2015 VBClinics.com Schedule.  

(Key: The letter "E" after camp dates = Evening (After 5:00 PM)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Dates for 2014 Volleyball Camps 

 Apr 19-20 Phoenix spring Volleyball Camp $ 145 Kingdom Courts

 May 3-4, Chicago, IL Volleyball Camp $ 145 Northside College Prep
May 10-11, Tampa, FL Volleyball Camp $ 140 Tampa Prep School

May 24-25, Fairfield, CA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Rodriguez High School

Jun 7-8, Boston, MA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Massasoit Community College

Jun 19-20, Nashville, TN Volleyball camp $ 145 Battle Ground Academy
Jun 21-22, Queens, NY Volleyball Camp $ 150 St. Johns University

 Jun 23-24, Atlanta, GA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Atlanta Extreme VBC

 Jun 26-27, Pittsburgh, PA Volleyball Camp $ 140 Greentree SportsPlex

Jun 28-29, Cincinnati, OH Volleyball Camp $ 145 Sports Plus
Jun 30-7/1, Quad Cities, IL Volleyball Camp $ 145 Black Hawk College

 Jul 2-3, Milwaukee, WI Volleyball Camp $ 145, Milwaukee County Sports Complex

 Jul 5-6, Sterling, VA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Dulles SportsPlex

 Jul 7-8, St Louis, MO Volleyball Camp $ 145 Parkway West High School

 Jul 9-10, Evansville, IN Volleyball Camp $ 145 Evansville Basketball Academy

Jul 12-13, Dallas, TX Volleyball Camp $ 145 Volleyball Institute of Plano

Jul 14-15, San Antonio, TX Volleyball Camp $ 145 Factory of Champions
 Jul 17-18, Kansas City, MO $ 145 Parkville Athletic Center

 Jul 19-20, Denver, CO Volleyball Camp $ 145 303 Volleyball Club

Jul 21-22 Austin, TX Volleyball Camp $ 145 Austin Rec Center

 Jul 24-25, Houston, TX Volleyball Camp $ 145 FAST Complex

 Jul 26-27, Phoenix, AZ Volleyball Camp $ 145 Kingdom Courts

Aug 2-3, San Francisco, CA Volleyball Camp $ 145 The Foundry

Aug 4-5, Seattle, WA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Kent Commons

Aug 7-8, San Diego, CA Volleyball Camp $ 145 La Jolla Country Day

Aug 9-10, Anaheim, CA Volleyball Camp $ 145 American Sports Center

 Nov 1-2, Sterling, VA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Dulles Sportsplex

 Nov 7-8, (Evening) Minneapolis, MN Volleyball Camp $ 140 Ralia Sports Center
Nov 22-23, Hatboro, PA Volleyball Camp $ 145 Kelly Bolish Gym Volleyball Camp

Dec 6-7, New York, NY Volleyball Camp $ 150 St, Johns University

Dec 13-14, San Antonio, TX Volleyball Camp $ 145 Factory of Champions

Sunday, February 10, 2013

2013 VBClinics.com Schedule

Apr 27-28 Phoenix Volleyball Camps Phoenix spring, AZ $145 http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=87 Chicago Volleyball Camps May 4-5 Chicago, IL $ 145 Northside College Prep http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=45 Tampa Volleyball Camp May 11-12 Tampa, FL $140 Tampa Prep School http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=51 Fairfield Volleyball Camp May 25-26 Fairfield, CA $145 Rodriguez High School http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=71 Boston Volleyball Camps Jun 8-9 Boston, MA $145 Massasoit Community College http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=49 Atlanta Volleyball Camps Jun 15-16 Atlanta , GA $140 Roswell High School http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=79 Easely Volleyball Camp Jun 17-18 Easley, SC $140 JB Red Owens Sports Complex http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=90 Nashville Volleyball Camps Jun 19-20 E Nashville, TN $145 Battle Ground Academy http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=72 New York Volleyball Camps Jun 22-23 Queens, NY $150 St. Johns University http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=69 Moline Volleyball Camp Jun 24-25 Quad Cities, IL $145 Black Hawk College http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=52 Milwaukee Volleyball Camps Jun 26-27 Milwaukee, WI $ 145 Milwaukee County Sports Complex http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=96 Cincinnati Volleyball Camps Jun 29-30 Cincinnati, OH $145 Sports Plus http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=46 Sterling Volleyball Camps Jul 1-2 Sterling, VA $145 Dulles SportsPlex http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=54 Hatboro Volleyball Camp Jul 6-7 Hatboro, PA $145 Kelly Bolish Gym http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=95 St. Louis Volleyball Camps Jul 8-9 St Louis, MO $145 Parkway West High School http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=50 San Antonio Volleyball Camps Jul 11-12 San Antonio, TX $145 Factory of Champions http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=56 Dallas Volleyball Camps Jul 13-14 Dallas, TX $145 Volleyball Institute of Plano http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=70 Houston Volleyball Camps Jul 15-16 Houston, TX $145 FAST Complex http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=85 Kansas City Volleyball Camp Jul 18-19 Kansas City, MO $145 Parkville Athletic Center http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=57 Denver Volleyball Camp Jul 20-21 Denver, CO $145 Front Range Volleyball Club http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=58 San Diego Volleyball Camps Jul 23-25 San Diego, CA $145 Encinitas YMCA http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=60 Phoenix Volleyball Camp Jul 27-28 Phoenix, AZ $145 Kingdom Courts http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=59 Las Vegas Volleyball Camp Jul 30-31 Las Vegas, NV $145 Chuck Minker Gym http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=92 San Francisco Volleyball Camps Aug 3-4 San Francisco, CA $145 The Foundry http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=61 Seattle Volleyball Camps Aug 5-6 Seattle, WA $145 Kent Commons https://webreg.kentwa.gov/Activities/ActivitiesCourseDetails.asp?aid=1923&cid=47726&dflag=?lid=62 Portland Volleyball Camps Aug 7-8 Portland, OR $140 The Hoop http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=63 Orange County Volleyball Camps Aug 10-11 Anaheim, CA $145 American Sports Center http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=64 Sterling Volleyball Camps Oct 26-27 Sterling (fall), VA $145 TBD http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=65 Cincinnati Volleyball Camps Nov 1-2, Cincinnati, OH NEW! $145 Sports Plus http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=93 Minneapolis Volleyball Camp Nov 8-9 Minneapolis, MN $140 High Performance Academy http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=66 Hatboro Volleyball Camps Nov 23-24, Hatboro, PA $145 Kelly Bolish gym http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=67 Chicago Volleyball Camps Dec 6-7 Chicago, IL $145 Top Flight Volleyball Club http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=91 San Antonio Volleyball Camps Dec 14-15 San Antonio, TX NEW! $145 Factory of Champions http://www.vbclinics.com/register.asp?lid=94

Monday, December 5, 2011

Top 35 All Time US Volleyball Players

Top 35 for the US. Here they are:

I made the list. But Clay Stanley is behind me? Clay Stanley is the best opposite the US has ever seen. He is better than myself, Steve Timmons, Bob Samuleson, Brian Ivie et al.....He is simply the best the US has ever had at the position!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Letter (and help) from one of my adults at a volleyball camp

Hi Pat -

Thank you for coming to Minnesota for the November 12-13 clinic. It was GREAT! I am most grateful for the review of how to get topspin on my hits. I will be working on the four-step progression (which I was happy to see on your website too). I am also going to work on my peripheral vision. It was shocking for me to realize how unskilled I am at seeing the blockers while I am setting!

I am also happy to have more volleyball-specific shoulder exercises to add to my physical therapy routine, especially the one that should help me hit better.

I wanted to make a suggestion to you. You might consider promoting the use of Thera-Band Exercise Bands instead of the 3/16-inch tubing. The advantage of the bands over the tubing is that you can purchase different colored bands representing different amounts of resistance. Here is a link to the web site which explains the different bands available:


I use the red, green, and blue bands for my exercises. The problem with the 3/16-inch tubing is that there is too much resistance. People will either do fewer reps or - worse - do the exercises incorrectly. The muscles in the rotator cuff are so small that doing the exercises with even a small amount of resistance is enough of a workout. You don't need tons of resistance. I couldn't do the PNF touchdown exercise with your tubing, but I can do it with my red Thera-Band.

I also wanted to tell you about my Bodyblade. I love it for making my little muscles (that would not otherwise be challenged) work! Here's its website as well as an article comparing the use of the Bodyblade with Thera-Bands. (The bottom line of the article is that the Bodyblade might be better for rehab than it is for strengthening to begin with.)



Thank you for all you do for volleyball players and for the sport of volleyball!

- Annie Muske (the only adult woman at the Minnesota clinic!)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Club Volleyball 101

Julie Kaiser is a respected local club coaches here in San Diego. She took the time to write a very informative piece on Club Volleyball. It is my privilege to pass this on from one of her newsletters. Thanks Julie!!

Trying to find the best “fit” in a club team or program can be a challenge and emotionally draining for the athlete, parent, and even the club coach and administrator. You start the hunting process, but: Where do you start? What should you be looking for? How do you decide what’s best for you? What if I make the wrong decision?
There is a lot of muddy water to wade through. But if you approach this 2-3 week selection process informed and with focus, the stress can be far less taxing on everyone.
Club Tryout Selection
Prioritize your options for tryouts. Do NOT attend a tryout if you have no intention of playing for that club. You’re wasting everyone’s time and energy, including your own. To find the club team best suited for your needs, rank the priorities listed below. See what club best meets your top 3 priorities:
Convenience of location
Price of programs offered
Team level of play
Coach’s knowledge, education, experience, and reputation
Your anticipated play time (carrying 3 setters on a team is not a good sign if you’re a setter)

Do your research. Draw up a comparison sheet listing your top 3 priorities and rank each club on their potential to meet your needs. If price is a problem, speak with the club director and see what alternatives they have to offer. Most clubs DO offer a ‘work for dues’ or other programs to help you meet your financial commitment.
At tryouts, attend a minimum of 2. Some clubs offer free tryouts. Go, if you feel compelled. Then plan to tryout at 2 more. More than 3 tryouts and you’re probably wasting your efforts.
Red Flag Warnings
If you are attending a tryout, be aware of these tactics that coaches or parents might use to influence your decision:
􀂄The ‘other’ coach isn’t any good. They can’t help you improve
􀂄Your last club coach didn’t do his or her job
􀂄Don’t tryout there; they’ve already picked their team
􀂄We can get you a scholarship for college
􀂄Pressure to commit before the final tryout
􀂄Join now or we’ll give your spot away
If you think you missed out as a middle school aged player, think again! Almost every club in the area has positions to fill on at least one team. Maybe it’s you!

At Tryouts
There may be 10 to 100 others athletes involved. If you’re new or don’t know the coaches, is it smart to wear something noticeable? You bet! I find the funky cat print or neon green and black spandex very distracting. Your high school t-shirt will also help evaluators remember you beyond your assigned number. Tie-dye and bright or unique tops do help to get you looked at. I personally consider it disrespectful to wear another club’s t-shirt to a tryout. It also puts your true availability to play for that club at question.
Be noisy and energetic, but not obnoxious. Play hard and be aggressive, but avoid running into walls or going after balls that are way out of your zone. There is comfort in finding a friend to tryout with or talking with one of the coaches you ‘kinda’ know. Remember, Mom and Dad are usually right, so if they say go for it, GO!
Keep in mind you aren’t the only one being evaluated. You are an evaluator yourself. Are the coaches friendly? Do you feel welcome? Are the drills somewhat organized? Could you see yourself playing here? Remember YOU are the client. The club only provides the service.
Making Your Selection
Club with facility vs. club without facility
Everyone endures schedule changes and adjustments. Clubs who have their own facility can be more convenient for travel consistency plus offer other amenities, but they’re usually also a basic warehouse with minimal climate control: hot in the summer and doggone cold in the winter. Self contained (school) gyms can offer more climate control. The pros and cons do not clearly point to a recommendation in regard to practice location selection for most.
Anxiety, Disappointment, Tears, and Settling In
Not making the team: You may not make the team you “want”. If that’s the case, you should have your back up plan ready. And water polo is NOT the back up plan. The team YOU want to join may not be a good fit for you or the team. That’s most likely why you did not get selected. Accept the decision as best you can and force yourself to move on. Denial, hating the club and coach, feeling like a failure, and wallowing in self-pity are all part of the process in being rejected. I know from first hand experience. But only YOU can decide where your passion lies, and only YOU can choose to go beyond your sad emotions and continue the volleyball career path that fits you.
For the rest of us: Within the first 2 weeks of tryouts, you will be given the opportunity to join a team. Some clubs even offer on the first day. If the club or team of your dreams invites you to join, and you know your coach and team mates, then go ahead and commit. However, for the 99% of the rest of you, I highly recommend completing as many tryouts as possible. If you’re offered a position on a team, and want to wait and see what another club’s offer might be, just say so. Don’t be bullied into a commitment. If your tryout pool had more than 50 participants, your offer to join a team will come later. Good clubs want to be fair and do not rush into setting teams until at least half way through tryouts. You’re paying for an evaluation and the coaches work to rank players according to their level of play AND position. So if you had a bad day, you do get another chance (or 3) to be seen.
Making the decision: So you have your 2 options. Go back to page 1 of this document and look at what your priorities are. Which of these teams best meet your needs? In the end, if you truly are struggling between your options, which coach makes you feel most comfortable? Not in a warm and fuzzy sort of way, but projects confidence, appears to confront conflicts as opposed to ignoring them? Which team seems to be most excited and ready to go? I guarantee you one of those teams “feels right”. Once you know your decision, make your commitment and notify the other clubs that you have decided to go elsewhere. It’s important to realize that once you turn down a club team, it immediately opens an opportunity for another player who’s waiting for their invitation. The process needs to be as quick and immediate as possible. Do not delay notification!
In the end, there will be uncontrollable situations that we all have to work with and endure or tolerate. Good news is that we learn from these experiences and try to invent ways to avoid train wrecks. Tryouts are as much a lesson about life as the sport of volleyball.
OMG! I’m on the wrong team!
Before opting to change club teams, be sure you understand the paperwork you signed and the commitment you made originally. You may be obligated to pay part or all fees to your original club. You also need to weigh the impact your departure will have on the team you are leaving.
Above all else, be sure and pay off your club debt. If Club A tells Club B you have an outstanding balance, chances are really good Club B will see you as a financial liability and insist you straighten out your matters with Club A before they will sign you onto their program. Clubs incur expense. Athlete fees pay for these expenses. Leaving a club in debt is not an option.
Good luck and know it’ll all be behind you soon!

Julie Kasier