Frequently Asked Questions
What levels of competition do you offer?
For the spring we will offer local teams for ages 12-16 (Capital goes up to 18) and regional teams for ages 15-16. For our entire 6-7 month season we also offer National, Regional, and Local teams through FaR Out for our West Michigan participants. We will offer Regional and Local teams through Capital for our Lansing area participants.
National is our highest level of commitment. Participants play 25-28 dates with regional travel to Chicago, Cleveland, and Louisville. They train individually and as a team three times a week with practices starting at the beginning of December.
Regional is for our participants who still want good exposure to high levels of competition and potential college coaches, but not as many play dates. Teams play 18-20 dates with regional travel to Cincinnati, Detroit, and Indianapolis. There is both team and individual training 2-3 times a week. Athletes are committed from the start of practice in December through the beginning of June.
Local is our level that participants can choose to play either in the winter season (December-early March) or spring season (mid March-early June). Team compete in the West Michigan and Lansing areas for 6-8 dates and practice twice a week.
What age level do I play?
The best way to answer this question is by asking what age you will be on September 1, 2017. Here's a breakdown of the age divisions:
||On or after September 1, 2004
||On or after September 1, 2003
||On or after September 1, 2002
||On or after September 1, 2001
||On or after September 1, 2000
||On or after September 1, 1999
||On or after September 1, 1998
We can do grade waivers for 8th grade and below if you're birthdate is on June 1 or later of the same year, but we cannot do grade waivers for 9th grade and above. If you have specific questions on your age group, don't hesitate to contact us.
What if I can't attend my tryout date?
Please make every effort to attend the first tryout date in your area, but if you are unable to you can attend the make-up. Please still complete the online registration so we know to expect you.
Will my daughter make a team if she participates in tryouts?
Our goal is to place every athlete who tries out for our team, but we just cannot guarantee that for everyone. In order to ensure that all of our teams have a high quality product, we will not offer a product that is not to the standard of FaR Out/Capital. We do not feel that putting teams together to just fill spots is a positive experience for the player, parents or the club. Often times team placements come down to positions and we cannot make teams out of just setters and defensive specialists.
For any U12 player who is not placed, it would be our recommendation for them to participate in our youth academy
. Your $50 tryout fee can be applied toward your next session with the youth academy.
How many players are placed on a team?
The amount of players for each team will be set during the tryout process and will be determined based on the make-up of each individual team. On average we like to keep the number close to 9 or 10, so we can reduce playing time issues.
Are we able to request people to be on a team with?
Unfortunately, we are not able to take requests of this nature. We have to consider a number of factors when we create teams and we cannot guarantee these requests.
How many teams will you have?
We will have as many teams in each age group as long as we feel it is a viable team.
When do practices begin and when do we find out our practice schedule?
Spring teams will begin practice after March 20. We will work to get teams at least 2 practices together before spring break. We do not practice during spring break. We will resume our normal schedule after vacation.
Where are practices held?
Our practice sites are Davenport University, East Kentwood HS, Valleywood MS, Pinewood MS, Explorer Elementary and Legacy Christian MS
Is playing time guaranteed?
Equal playing time is not guaranteed at any level. Every level guarantees an equal opportunity to improve and earn playing time. You are being offered a spot on the team; not a starting position or any particular amount of playing time. We guarantee you training and instruction in practice and the opportunity to earn playing time and/or a starting position. We DO NOT GUARANTEE ANY AMOUT OF PLAYING TIME TO ANYONE UNDER ANY CIRCUSTANCES. Playing time is earned by performance in practice.
Can the multi-sport athlete play club volleyball?
Yes, many of our student-athletes participate in more than one sport, especially in our younger age groups. Naturally, as the teams advance to a higher level of competition, we see less of the multi-sport athlete. Our national team athletes are only allowed to choose one additional activity outside of club volleyball. This could be basketball, track, or theater. The most important thing that a multi-sport athlete has to do is communicate with her coach regarding her other sport.
When do we get tournament information?
Tournament dates and locations will be available at our season information meetings. Please remember all we can give you is dates at this point. Specific playing waves and match times are not available until much closer to tournament dates.
How much does it cost to play?
Club fees for our different levels will be available at our season information meetings. Here's a great resource with most information on the cost of playing club volleyball
Are payment plans available?
Yes, but there are additional fees if you decide to use the payment plan. The first payment is due the first week of practice and then we try to stagger the next two payments every 5-8 weeks.
Are hotel fees included in the club fees?
Yes. Fees for coaches' travel is included in our club fees. You would just need to take care of your own personal travel costs.
What additional fees should we expect?
If you did not play with FaR Out last year you will need to purchase a backpack and pullover for $50. You will also be responsible for your AAU Membership
($15) once you have been placed on a team.
Is there any financial assistance available?
Yes! We do a cookie sale twice a year where you are able to sell cookie dough. Half of what you sell goes toward your club fees. We also participate in SCRIP. It’s a program where you buy gift cards and a percentage goes toward your club fees. You can learn more on our Fundraising page
. If you have a special financial need, please contact the director in your area.
Who should I contact if I have questions?
If you have questions about our national teams, please contact Joe Steenhuysen at email@example.com. If you have questions about the FaR Out program, please contact Megan Lenhart at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about the Capital program, please contact Allison Cironi at email@example.com.