12U – 5th & 6th Grade – November 5th – Did you miss us? Email Mayme.
13U – 7th Grade – October 22nd - Did you miss us? Email Mayme.
14U – 8th Grade – October 22nd - Did you miss us? Email Mayme.
15U – 9th Grade – November 5th – Did you miss us? Email Mayme.
16U – 10th Grade – November 12th – 10:30am-2pm
17&18U – 11th & 12th Grade – November 12th – 3pm-6:30pm
Registration is open! Click the 'Register Here' button at the top of the page. All complete season information is available in the age group buttons below.
All athletes, regardless of level (National, Elite, Regional and Competitive) will tryout with their appropriate age group.
When you check-in at your tryout, you will be expected to declare the levels you are trying out for. Your player will be placed in the highest level she has selected and is qualified for.
Please review the age group information sheets to determine your options between National, Elite, Regional, and Competitive. Information sheets are available in the age group buttons above or review the program level quick-facts below.
Online registration will reduce the amount of paperwork you have to fill out on location! The $45 payment is taken when you pre-register online. Pre-registration is to be completed by midnight the night before posted tryout time. If a parent will not be attending tryouts, online registration must be completed.
Players not registered online will need to arrive 60 minutes prior to the posted tryout time. They will need to register on-site and the $55 fee will be collected at that time.
Online registration is now open!
Water bottle, athletic clothes, tryout payment (for those not registered online) and a motivated athlete.
Players will check in and confirm birth date, grade, position, and declare level. They will then receive a tryout number and t-shirt.
Athletes will try on MVA volleyball jerseys in order to allow us to order as soon as possible after tryout results are posted.
Athletes will complete both physical testing (jump, agility, speed) and on-court evaluations.
Tryout results and program placement will be posted on the website using assigned tryout numbers. A mandatory parent/player meeting will be held the same week following the program placement announcement. Final team rosters are given after placement weeks.
Competitive: Athletes have the opportunity to be involved in AAU competition through our local tournaments and leagues. Competitive teams have 2 practices per week and play in the Saturday only Power League; all events are local. Athletes may play winter and/or spring. Winter season runs from December-early March, spring season runs from mid-March to early June.
Regional: For our half-season athletes looking to take the competition schedule up a notch. The Regional level offers a schedule similar to that of the Competitive teams, but includes one additional regional tournament. Regional teams have 2 practices per week, play in the Saturday only Power League (all events are local), and one minimal travel 2-day regional tournament (Lansing or Detroit). Athletes may play winter and/or spring. Winter season runs from December-early March, spring season runs from mid-March to early June.
Elite: Our Elite level offers a more intense travel and practice schedule and a full season commitment. Elite teams play in 2-day events and travel throughout the Midwest. Teams have 3 practices per week (7th/8th grade) OR 2 practices per week (9th-12th grade), play in the Michiana Power League, and additional Midwest travel (Lansing, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Detroit). Athletes commit to play from December-June.
National: The highest commitment level of our programs, our National level teams compete in the largest, and most competitive tournaments, in the region and are expected to perform at the highest level. National teams are a full-season commitment. Teams have 3 practices per week, play in the Michiana Power League, additional Midwest travel (Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland), and AAU Nationals in Orlando in June. All events are 2+ days. Athletes commit to play from December-June.
How do you determine what age an athlete should play at?
What age they will be September 1, 2018? The answer is typically what level they should play at, and correlates as listed below:
If an athlete is young for their grade-we typically would like them to play with their grade.
If an athlete is old for their grade-please contact Mayme at email@example.com and we can help you determine your specific situation.
My daughter play another school sport, is that okay?
We allow multi-sport athletes at every level, and school sports are excused absences. We do ask that parents and athletes be mindful of conflicts and work to communicate early to their coach.
Do you make cuts?
We try to place as many athletes as possible, but we are always limited by the number of courts and the number of coaches we have, as we try to put no more than 10 ahtletes per team.
At the 12U level-Any athlete that is not placed in the 12U Competitive or Regional program is recommended for our Youth Academy. The $45 tryout fee is put towards the cost of the Youth Academy.
At the 13U/14U level-We use a combination of athletic testing and skill evaluation to determine the best fit for each program. Position choice is taken into consideration, but we do move ahletes to what we believe is their best fit.
At the 15U-18U level-We use a combination of athletic testing and skill evaluation to determine the best fit for each program. Position choice of the athlete is strongly taken into consideration, but we do move ahletes to what we believe is the best fit. Position placement does influence our ability to make teams (we can't have a team of all middles!).
My daughter can't be there on the scheduled tryout date, what should we do?
There is typically a make-up tryout on the Thursday before each actual tryout. Contact the office and we can get you set up for the make-up. Be sure to still register your athlete with the online registration.
If you cannot attend the make-up tryout or the regularly scheduled tryout, please contact Mayme and we will try out best to make arrangements.
When does practice for the teams begin?
*Please Note-The practice schedule for December will be a bit different in order to better manage evaluations during placement weeks. Those will be finalized and communicated at the parent meeting once tryouts have concluded.
Performance Training: Training is included in an athletes tuition. Training is done through iMove and is located in the MSA Fieldhouse.
Service: To date, MVA athletes have helped raise over $10,000 in change donations and trailers of food donations to local and national charities. Our 2018 charity has not been determined yet, but you can be sure we aim to make a difference in the community!
Over the past three seasons (2015-2017) MVA athletes have collected nearly $5000 in change and three trailers full of food donations for Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids. The girls and their teams have really helped get the word out about childhood hunger! In 2013 MVA raised $1525 towards the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. In 2012 MVA raised $4800 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Tuition help: Savory Cookies and Scrip are available to help you fundraise towards tuition this season! We do offer monthly payment plans at no additional fee.
How to Choose a Volleyball Club: Click the link at left to read an article to help you with what questions you should ask when trying out for a club. We believe an educated consumer is a happy consumer so please take the time to read it over! When looking at club fees, compare Apples to Apples! Coach hotel fees are included in MVA tuition. Parents will not owe MVA more every weekend to house the coach. Be informed and ask questions no matter what club you decide to choose this season. Find your volleyball home!