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If you tried out for a FaR Out team, here's what happens next.
Before the Tryout
Online registration is essential for a smooth tryout process. This will be available very soon. Online registration should be completed 24 hours prior to the first tryout for your age group. If you are unable to do this, we will have computers available on site at the tryout. This will significantly slow down your check in process on the day of the tryout, though.
Day of the Tryout
You should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of your tryout time. This will allow to you to check in, verify your information, and try on product samples for uniforms. New players will receive their tryout t-shirt and begin their tryout. Returning winter players, please remember to wear your winter pink tryout t-shirt. Information will be handed out to players following their tryout with details on the steps necessary after the tryout.
A $55 tryout fee is collected when you register for tryouts. This is non-refundable and does not go toward your club dues for the season.
After the Tryout
Once all evaluations for an age group have been completed, tryout results will be posted on our website. You will also receive an email notifying you of your team placement. You will be directed back to the website to confirm your placement and arrange payment for the season.
What levels of competition do you offer?
For the winter we will offer local teams for ages 12-16 (Capital goes up to 18) and regional teams for ages 12-18. 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 and Florida for the AAU National Tournament. They train individually and as a team three times a week with practices starting the week of Nov. 26th.
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). Teams 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, 2019. Here's a breakdown of the age divisions:
|U12||6th||On or after September 1, 2007|
|U13||7th||On or after September 1, 2006|
|U14||8th||On or after September 1, 2005|
|U15||9th||On or after September 1, 2004|
|U16||10th||On or after September 1, 2003|
|U17||11th||On or after September 1, 2002|
|U18||12th||On or after September 1, 2001|
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?
You must contact Cameron at email@example.com to let us know. We will do our best to place you based on your winter teams experience. There are no make up tryouts. Please 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/FaR Out North. 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 $55 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 10-12.
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 being the week of March 16th and we will try and work in 3-4 practices for our newly formed spring teams prior to spring break. We will not practice the week of spring break (Apr 6-10) and will resume practices on April 13th.
Where are practices held?
Our practice sites are East Kentwood HS, East Kentwood Freshman Campus, Valleywood MS, Pinewood MS, Explorer Elementary, Meadowlawn 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 AMOUNT OF PLAYING TIME TO ANYONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. 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 (deposit) is due the first week of practice (Fri. Mar 13) and then the next 3 payments on April 10, May 1, and May 22 .
Are coaches travel expenses 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 - $40. You will also be responsible for your AAU Membership ($16) 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. $8 of every box 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about the FaR Out program, please contact, Cameron Rowland, at email@example.com. For fundraising questions, please contact, Roxane Steenhuysen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.