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Tryouts & Season Information

Registration:

Click the registration link to the right to register!

 

NEW THIS YEAR:

All athletes will need to complete their AAU registration PRIOR to this year's tryouts. This can be done HERE.

Use club code: WYDF55

Be sure to enter and double check your birth date 

AAU Registration Cost: $14

Print off confirmation and bring to tryouts

 

Check out the AAU Registration How-To Guide to the right if you are having a hard time registering.


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16U-18U Tryouts

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Season Information


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.
  • You can start the cookie fundraiser once you have been placed on a team. 
    • Cookie orders and money are due Friday, March 26th.
    • FaR Out Cookie orders picked up date TBD. 
    • 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.

What Should we Expect During the Tryout Process?

Before the Tryout
Online registration is essential for a smooth tryout process. Online registration should be completed 24 hours prior to the first tryout for your age group. 

NEW THIS YEAR:

All athletes will need to complete their AAU registration PRIOR to this year's tryouts. This can be done at: https://play.aausports.org/joinaau/multimembershipapplication.aspx 

- Use club code: WYDF55

- Be sure to enter and double check your birth date 

- AAU Registration Cost: $14

- Print off confirmation and bring to tryouts.


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 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. 


Tryout Cost
A $65 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 (3 month) teams for ages 12-18 and regional and national (6 month) teams for ages 12-18. 

National is our highest level and is for athletes looking for a high level of exposure to competition and college coaches. Teams play in 11-14 tournaments and/or training weekends with other highly competitive clubs from around the country. Practices are 3 times a week with 2 team practices and 1 individual skills practice. Athletes are committed from the end of November through mid to late June when AAU Nationals concludes. 

Regional is for our participants who want good exposure to high levels of competition and potential college coaches. Teams play 9-10 tournaments with regional travel to Louisville, Detroit, and Indiana. 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).  You can play 2 local seasons back to back.  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 July 1, 2021.  Here's a breakdown of the age divisions:

Age Group Grade Birthdate
U12 6th On or after July 1, 2008
U13 7th On or after July 1, 2007
U14 8th On or after July 1, 2006
U15 9th On or after July 1, 2005
U16 10th On or after July 1, 2004
U17 11th On or after July 1, 2003
U18 12th On or after July 1, 2002 or a 12th grader born on or after July 1, 2001

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 teams, 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 $65 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 the number will be close to 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 and space permits for efficient, effective and productive practices.

When do practices begin and when do we find out our practice schedule?
Spring teams being the week of March 22nd. We will be off April 1st-April 11 for Spring Break. All practices will be Monday and Friday, time will be listed with you team. 

Where are practices held?
Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) and various Kentwood Public Schools.


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. 

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 for $40. 


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 the FaR Out program, please contact Cameron Rowland at cameron@faroutvolleyball.com.