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A Parent's Guide to Houston Force Tryouts

Finding the Right Fit for Your Athlete


Club volleyball tryouts can be an overwhelming experience for both athletes and their parents. With numerous questions about the club, team levels, training, and commitments, it's important to be prepared before stepping into the gym. At Force, we understand the importance of making an informed decision, and we want to provide you with the necessary information to help you navigate the tryout process successfully.


Preparing for Tryouts:

Before attending tryouts at Force, we recommend having a conversation with your athlete and spouse to discuss expectations and preferences.

  • Consider factors such as:

    • Desired level of play (local, regional, or national)

    • Associated costs

  • Both parents should be present during tryouts for significant family decisions.


Understanding the Tryout Process:

During tryouts, we encourage parents to stay and observe the level of play and gain insights into their daughter's performance. This will help you understand why she may be chosen for a certain team level over another. At the end of tryouts, we will gather the players and offer national, regional, or local team positions to the group.


Commitment and Paperwork:

Once your athlete receives an offer for a team, it's time to make a decision.

  • Upon receiving a team offer, parent and athlete will evaluate the opportunity.

  • Complete commitment paperwork

  • Submit a $500 deposit to secure the position

  • Welcome packet provided before leaving the gym, addressing common questions

  • Expect an email from the director on August 1st with important fall dates and update


Season Details:

The club volleyball season at Force starts in the second week of November and will run through April or May.


For National Teams:

  • Practice 2 times a week

  • Extra position training offered

  • Full commitment to Houston Force, with no missed practices or tournaments

  • Participate in 10+ tournaments, including local and travel events

  • Travel out of state for a National Qualifier (3-day tournament)

  • Travel within the state for an in-state National Qualifier (3-day tournament)

  • Additional 2-3 day travel tournaments may be scheduled

For Regional Teams:

  • Practice 2 times a week

  • Commitment to Force with minimal absences from practices and tournaments

  • Participate in 10 tournaments, with 8 of them being local and 2 within Texas

  • Attend 1 National Qualifier (3-day tournament)

  • Participate in a 2-day in-state travel tournament

For Local Teams:

  • Focus on skill development and knowledge of the game

  • Compete in 8 local tournaments within the Houston area (Woodlands to Dickinson)


Understanding the Costs:

We acknowledge that club volleyball represents a financial investment for every family. At Force, we strive to provide a comprehensive experience within the monthly tuition payment.

  • Monthly tuition payment covers:

    • Training Costs: Coaches' pay, court rental, and equipment

    • Tournament Costs: Entry fees, coaches' pay, and travel expenses for coaches

    • Uniform Package: Includes jersey, spandex, knee pads, socks, practice shirts, tournament shirt, warm-up jacket, warm-up pants, and backpack

  • Monthly payment plans available from August to March, consisting of 8 equal payments

It's important to note that these payments are not a monthly membership fee and are due regardless of how the season concludes.


Conclusion:

We hope this guide has answered any questions you may have had regarding club volleyball tryouts at Force. Making the right decision for your athlete involves considering factors such as team levels, commitments, and costs. By being prepared and informed, you can ensure a smooth and rewarding experience for your athlete. We look forward to welcoming you to our tryouts on June 24th or 25th. Tryout Schedule


June 24:

- 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: 11/12/13's

- 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: 14's

- 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm: 15's


June 25:

- 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: 16's

- 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: 17/18's


We can't wait to see you in the gym!

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