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Season Information & Tryouts

ABOUT OUR CLUB

FaR Out Volleyball Club originally began as Kentwood Volleyball Club in the mid 1980’s.  Its purpose was to help young players in Kentwood Public Schools have opportunities to become better volleyball players.  The club continued to grow and eventually teamed with Forest Hills Central High School in 2000 to provide the same great opportunities to more players.  This is how the name FaR Out developed . . . FALCONS and RANGERS.  

FaR Out has continued to grow in national prominence.  The club first received national recognition when the 2005 17 National team finished 2nd in their division at the Junior Olympic Championships.  The 2006 17 National team followed that with a 5th place finish at the same tournament.  In 2007, four teams qualified for the Junior Olympic Championships and the 16-1 team won the 16 National championship! 

In 2008, FaR Out was a charter member of the Junior Volleyball Directors Association.  Seven teams attended their national tournament in Louisville, KY.  The 16-1 team finished 2nd in the 16 Club division, while the 14-1 team finished 3rd in the 14 Club division.  Now known as the JVA, the organization continues to promote quality growth for junior volleyball and hosts several great tournaments throughout the season with the JVA World Championships being their highlight event.

In 2017, FaR Out was once again competing independently on the National level and saw huge success at the AAU National Championships in Orlando, Florida. The club sent 4 teams to Orlando and all placed in the top 5 in their respective divisions! 15 Black and 16 Black brought home National Championships while 18 Black claimed a bronze medal finish. 

In 2018, FaR Out returned to the national spotlight, bringing home 3 trophies! 13 Black took 3rd in 13 Club, 15 Black took 2nd in 15 Premier, and 18 Black took 3rd in 18 Open. FaR Out received 8 All American awards across their 7 teams who attended the AAU National Championships!

At the regional and local level FaR Out also saw great success by claiming 5 MJVBA State Championships and 22 total teams reaching their respective gold brackets!

Our Mission Statement: “We are committed to teaching the game of volleyball and training our participants in a positive, competitive, and family-oriented environment with coaches who are well-educated, passionate about the sport and will lead with high integrity.”

2017-2018 Spring Tryout Dates


TEAM PLACEMENTS

If you tried out for a FaR Out team, here's what happens next. 

  • We plan to post teams by mid-week. We will post by tryout numbers on our home page (www.faroutvolleyball.com), but you will also receive an email if you make a team. 
  • Please refer to the Payment Plan spreadsheet on the website for more information on amounts and due dates.
  • The next step would be to complete your AAU registration if you are new to FaR Out. Go to www.aausports.org and be sure to use our club code: WYY3CC.
  • You can start the cookie fundraiser once you have been placed on a team. 
    • Cookie orders and money will be due to us by November 19th at the parent kickoff meeting (no exceptions!). You can turn these into your coaches at that meeting on the 19th.
    • Cookies will need to be picked up  at Valleywood Middle school (no exceptions!). Exact date and times will be posted on our website and emailed to those who submit orders.
    • Checks for cookies should be made out to FaR Out VBC and you should turn in the amount for all the cookies you sell. Then we will be able to go in the website and add a discount to your payment plan once we know the amount you sold.
  • Practice schedules will be posted on the website along with team placements. We plan to start practices the week of Nov. 26th. No practices will take place December 25-Jan 1.

What Should we Expect During the Tryout Process?

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. Players will receive their tryout t-shirt and begin their tryout. Parents will be asked to attend a brief meeting in the cafeteria at the start of the tryout. Information will be handed out to players following their tryout with details on the steps necessary after the tryout. The tryout will be in two time blocks and it is expected that the athletes attend both time blocks on their tryout day.

Tryout Cost
A $50 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

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).  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, 2019.  Here's a breakdown of the age divisions:

Age Group Grade Birthdate
U12 6th On or after September 1, 2006
U13 7th On or after September 1, 2005
U14 8th On or after September 1, 2004
U15 9th On or after September 1, 2003
U16 10th On or after September 1, 2002
U17 11th On or after September 1, 2001
U18 12th On or after September 1, 2000

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/Blue Power. 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 10.

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?
Winter teams will begin practice the week of November 26th. We will work to get teams at least 2 practices together before Christmas break. We do not practice during Christmas break, Dec. 23th-Jan 1st. We will resume our normal schedule after vacation.

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 AMOUT 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 is due the first week of practice  (Fri, Dec 1) and then the next 2 payments on Jan 5th  and Feb 2nd.

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 - $40. 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 volrox@sbcglobal.net. If you have questions about the FaR Out program, please contact Cameron Rowland at faroutvbc@gmail.com. If you have questions about the Capital program, please contact Allison Cironi at capitalcironi@gmail.com.  And questions about Blue Power can be directed to Cameron Rowland at faroutvbc@gmail.com