The ELITE Program (ages: U12 – U17)
Teams: 1-3 Elite teams in each age group (depending on athletes’ skill level & athleticism within the age group)
Players per team: 9-11 players on each team (goal is 10 to make practices competitive yet not too many to limit playtime)
Practices: 2 x per week; 2 hours on court and 1 hour of strength & conditioning/sports psychology/character training
Base Cost: $1,700 for the season (November 27th – April 2017)
*12’s & 13’s ELITE base cost will be $1,450 (Practices will be 2 x week for 2.5 hours).
Tournaments: 5 AAU Tournaments + 1 Junior National Qualifier (JNQ)
Uniforms: 2 Jerseys, 1 Spandex, Warm ups (top & bottom), bag, 2 practice t’s
Travel Cost: $275 per JNQ (this fee does not cover players travel or hotel – this is to cover the tournament fee and coaches travel and accommodations).
Team Names: Colossus, Rogue, Mystique
*Recommended for players who desire to play collegiate or high school varsity volleyball*
These teams are regionally competitive and operate according to the rules of performance-based playing time. The “Performance-Based” coaching guideline requires that players be fully committed to attending all practices and tournaments while adhering to all team and club rules. The athletes’ performance and attitude on and off the court will determine their play time in tournaments. The evaluation of player performance for the determination of playing time, as well as team strategy decisions, is entirely up to the discretion of the coaching staff. These guidelines are used to keep teams nationally competitive and to achieve team goals. Coaches will provide a fair and impartial environment for each player to earn playing time. Coaches will not discuss playing time as it relates to other players, and will not discuss strategy and techniques with any parent or player. Players must be committed to attending ALL practices, ALL 5 Power League tournaments, and ALL out of state tournaments that have been decided by the team at the parent meeting.
Each elite team will be required to travel to at least one National Tournament/Qualifier. Teams may decide to travel to more than they’re required, however, it must be decided at the beginning of the year and done by a unanimous vote. Elite Teams will be attending 1 of the following tournaments:
- Colorado Crossroads (Denver, CO) - Stay and Play
- Las Vegas Classic (Las Vegas, NV) - 17’s & 18’s Only
- Southern California Qualifier (Las Vegas, NV)
- Far Westerns National Qualifier (Reno, NV)
Teams will be finalized for the Elite Teams right after the tryout. Players trying out for Elite Teams who do not make an Elite Team can be placed on a Comp or Club Team. Team practices will begin on November 27th.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What if I don’t make an Elite Team?
You will be placed on a Comp or Club team, depending on skill, athleticism, and commitment.
- I am not sure if I should try out for the Elite Program because I don’t know where I compare competitively.
Try out anyways! There is no harm in trying out and trying to make the most competitive team possible.
- I want to play on an Elite Team but I don’t want to travel.
Unfortunately, ELITE TEAMS are required to travel to at least one out of state tournament. Thus, you will be placed on a comp team to accommodate your needs.
- Why do we have to travel?
By competing against different clubs from different states, it exposes athletes to an entirely new level of volleyball which helps them to develop faster and compete at higher, more competitive levels.
- When would we practice?
Either a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday AND one Friday night a month for Friday Night Lights.