Club Tryouts

Please Review the Below chart to determine your athlete’s USAV Junior Player Age Definition. 

WHAT WE ARE EVALUATING

The staff at Desoto Legacy has decades of experience evaluating talent and finding the right mix of athletes. The process we use is tried and proven. 

The following are some of the main attributes we are looking for:

1      Talent and Skill, we are a competitive club with a Legacy of Winning, we are looking for the highest levels of raw skills we can when we are evaluating players.

2      Attitude, without the right attitude a player cannot reach their full potential. Players with bad attitudes struggle within the DLV system. Are are a high performance low drama program. Our staff is unwilling to put an individual before a team. 

3      Fit, Volleyball is unique in the sense that at the older ages players become very specialized, back row players , front row players, Liberos and Setters. Our staff  takes into consideration the players positions when evaluating a group of athletes. That means that sometimes you may have a group of very highly skilled players that may be able to play on the same team. 

 

TRYOUT RULES 

USAV/State Tryout Rules You May not Be Aware of:

1.    Player From the Same School, at the High School ages, some States have rules the address the amount of players from one school can play on the same club team. These rules vary from state to state and can be found online at each states High School Athletic Commission Website. 

2.    Tryout Dates, there are rules in place about when tryouts can be held. TN and AR prohibit players who are still playing from attending and organized tryouts. It is the players responsibility to understand the rules of the State they play in. 

 

TRYOUT PROCESS

  1. Tryouts are conducted by age. DLV makes every effort to keep same age athletes on the same court during the tryout.
  2. Tryouts last 2-3 hours.
  3. DLV conducts the tryout with at least 3 evaluators present. The evaluators are trained to give a non-biased opinion of the players skills and traits.
  4. Once the Tryouts have concluded the prospective Head Coach or that age group, Club Director, Master Coach and Evaluators meet and go over the prospective candidates. Teams are usually assembled during that meeting.
  5. Tryout Results are posted via the website by level of team and roster number. The Blue level teams are posted first and need to be filled prior to the next level. 
  6. The Candidates have 24hr from the time of the posting of results to commit to the team. DLV realizes this is a big decision and it may be difficult to decide within 24hrs. DLV in no way is trying to influence what the decision is, DLV owes it to the rest of the players and the club to get team commitments as early as possible to ensure that we are able to offer spots to as many athletes as possible.
  7.  As teams are formed the roster number are replaced by the names. This is to ensure that other clubs know that you are committed. No other Delta Region Club is authorized to offer an athlete a spot if they are aware that you have already committed to a Delta Region Club.  

TRYOUT DAY DO'S

  • Arrive early
  • Bring Your Medical Release
  • Bring Water Bottle and Knee Pads
  • Bring Proof of your 2018-2019 USAV Membership
  • Be prepared to work
  • Tryouts are rigorous and designed to push the players outside of their comfort zone both physically and mentally.
  • Parents are invited to stay and observe
  • Following tryouts, DLV teams will be posted on the site by tryout number only.
  • Players may also be notified by their respective coaches.
  • If you are selected to a team you will be required to commit to that team in writing and financially within 24hrs of notification, failure to do so may result in the player losing their spot on that particular team.

10 Thing Not to Do at Tryouts

1. Don’t give your setter a hard time. Got blocked? Hit out? Shake it off and move on without placing blame.

2. Don’t bring your cell phone into the gym. Coaches don’t want to see you texting when you should be concentrating on volleyball.

3. Don’t form cliques. Be sure to rotate who your partner is for drills and invite new people into your group.

4. Don’t ever quit on a ball, even if you know it’s unlikely that you’ll get to it. Even in pepper! Coaches want players who give their all on every ball.

5. Don’t talk when the coach is talking. It’s disrespectful and sends a bad message to the coach.

6. Don’t do anything halfway. Lazy footwork on free balls, not covering the hitter, walking to shag balls, etc. Give your all whenever you’re in the gym.

7. Don’t pay attention to your parents on the sidelines. No conversations or gestures. Coaches want to focus on the player, not the parent.

8. Don’t carry a mistake with you into the next play. A coach can tell by your body language if you’re not over being blocked on the previous point.

9. Don’t be resistant to stepping into another position, even if it’s not the one you’re trying out for. Coaches want players who can adjust and are willing to be versatile if that’s what’s needed to make a drill work or help the team.

10. Don’t give off a negative vibe. Look like you’re having fun playing the game. Smile, be upbeat, support your teammates, and enjoy yourself. Coaches like players who bring positive energy to the court.

Bonus: Don’t show up for a tryout wearing a t-shirt from a rival school or club!I

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