The purpose of these guidelines is to document the tryout process. We hope that by making everyone familiar with the process, you will receive a general understanding of it and we can avoid misunderstandings and doubts concerning fairness.
In order to be eligible to play for a SUMMIT sponsored volleyball team, the individual or parent of the individual must be registered. To complete the registration, click here.
Each player attending the open gym and/or tryouts is required to check in with the coordinator to confirm proper registration. Proper registration and payment are pre-requisites to participation in the tryouts.
All girls are encouraged to attend all open gyms and tryouts, but must attend at least one tryout session to be placed on a team. Every girl that hopes to play on a National team is strongly encouraged to attend all open gyms tryouts. If a girl is prevented from attending, e.g., due to injury or illness, she will be placed on a team at the discretion of the evaluators and SUMMIT Director based on existing knowledge of her ability.
Each player attending an open gym or tryout will be required to check-in with a tryout coordinator prior to entering the gym. Once proper registration has been confirmed, the player will be issued a number. The assigned number will be the player's number for all open gyms and tryouts that they are asked to attend. Throughout the tryouts, players will be identified on the evaluation form by number and not name.
The SUMMIT Director will identify qualified evaluators (those with the experience and expertise necessary to judge volleyball skills). Because scores on an evaluation sheet alone are not sufficient to make team assignments, we may seek input from coaches in previous years.
Evaluators will be situated and players rotated through stations such that all evaluators get a chance to see all of the girls participate in all types of drills and competitions. Player skills will be rated on a numerical scale through various drills, competitive activities, and games.
Each player in attendance will be graded on the following items:
Players may receive written evaluator comments in categories such as:
At the conclusion of the tryouts, all evaluation forms will be collected by the SUMMIT Director. A suitable number number of copies will be made so that each coach has a set corresponding to all players eligible for their team. The SUMMIT Director will retain the original evaluation forms.
- Court Awareness
Team Selection Process
The teams will be formed using the following process:
The following factors will be used to influence a coach's selection:
- Tryout Evaluation Form: 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 skill; it does not provide important details regarding non-skill attributes, nor does it take into consideration a coach's style of play.
- Player Distribution: A quality, competitive team must have players that collectively possess all volleyball skills and attributes. For example, a quality competitive team cannot be comprised 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 passing and receiving.
- Intangible Skills: In addition to the tangible volleyball skills, a coach must also consider intangible elements when finalizing his/her roster. Intangible attributes would include: coachability, competitiveness, performance under pressure, court awareness, and team chemistry.
- Past Performance: Tryout sessions may provide an incomplete display of a player's skills, therefore, input from previous coaches will help fill out the details about a player's abilities. We also need to keep in mind that girl's abilities change from year to year and thus we should not put too much weight on past performance.
Team Size for the 15 - 18 age groups:
- A maximum of 2 teams per age group.
- Players may be cut in order to obtain these limitations.
Team Size for the 12 - 14 age groups:
- There is no limitation to the number of teams per age group.
- Guideline of 9 players per team. Some teams may be higher since players trying out will not be cut.
Players may be invited to “play-up” under the following circumstances:
The SUMMIT board reserves the right to add an external player to a roster if a team encounters unforeseen circumstances such as a player getting injured or quitting the team once the tournament season has begun. This would be done only to minimize the impact on multiple teams.
Teams who have unfortunate circumstances revolving around loss of players either through injury or declining membership will have opportunities to invite players either internally or externally for a secondary or “mini-tryout”. The invitations will be limited to players who can compete at the appropriate level of the team in question and fall under the following criteria.
1) Internal invitation providing the integrity of the team(s) will not be effected.
2) Timing of the invitation occurs in the limbo period between official tryouts and the first tournament of the season.
3) Once the season begins it will obviously be difficult to not disrupt team dynamics by inviting a player to play up and we will do everything possible to prevent this.
4) If it is best for the team AND the player.
If no other options are available and every possible solution has been discussed we will open up a secondary or “mini-tryout” to athletes outside of the club.
1) The player must attend all tryout sessions in order to be evaluated.
2) At each tryout session, the player will be evaluated by the coaching staffs of both teams and the Tryout Director.
3) The player being considered must be evaluated by the Tryout Director as being one of the top two players in their own age group over-all based on the players in attendance at both the regularly scheduled try-out session and the mini-tryout session.
4) The player being considered must be evaluated by the Tryout Director as being one of the top six players over-all in the older age group based on the players in attendance at both the regularly schedule try-out session and the make-up session.
To clarify, this means that the player would likely be a starting member of the National team, not as compared to the top six on the lower Regional team.
1) The player being considered must be accepted onto the team by the coaching staff of the older National team.
2) Provided the player’s parents, coaches and Tryout Director all agree, the player will, at this point, be permitted to play for the team.
3) Note: A player will not be considered for min-tryouts if the player’s birth date is after the cut-off date of August 31st, in following with the USAV guidelines. Players will also not be offered positions on specific teams without first being evaluated and follow through with the above guidelines.
4) If there is no team at the player’s age group (i.e. USAV 12s), a player may try-out and play for the 13s team without having the policy above apply to them.