Tryout Information

Spring Tryouts have concluded!  Thank you to all who attended.  Join us this summer for sand leagues, camps and clinics and this fall for our next AAU team tryout season.
Spring tryouts have passed, but athletes of all ages who are interested in playing this winter should contact 
Mayme


What to Expect at Tryouts

Paperwork

Online Registration will reduce the amount of paperwork you have to fill out on location! If a parent will not be attending tryouts please make sure online registration is filled out. Players NOT REGISTERED ONLINE will need to arrive 60 minutes prior to the posted tryout time and pay $10 more than the normal tryout fee. Online registration link will be posted this fall.

MVA Levels

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 will be available online in August.

Tryout Cost

$45 online payment is taken when you pre-register online. Pre-registration is to be completed by midnight the night before posted tryout time. $55 (cash or check only) will be collected for those who do not pre-register prior to the tryout date and need to register on-site.

What to bring to Tryouts

Water bottle, athletic clothes, tryout payment (for those not registered online) and a motivated athlete.

Tryout Format

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 (located in the locker room) 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.

Post Tryouts

Tryout results and program placement will be posted on website using assigned tryout numbers. Final team rosters are given after placement weeks. A Mandatory Parent/Player Meeting will be held prior to the first practice.

MVA Interesting Facts & Newsworthy Tidbits

iMove: Training is included in tuition, and located at MSA Fieldhouse.

Service: To date, MVA athletes have helped raise almost $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!

In 2016 and 2017 MVA athletes collected $1200 in change and a trailer full of food to donate to Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids. In 2015 athletes raised over $1300 and again collected a trailer full of food! 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!

Connect: MVA is on Facebook (Michigan Volleyball Academy) and Twitter (@mvavolleyball) Check us out!

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!

Tentative Season Information below--See your Master Information Sheets for changes!

Please see below information sheets for specific practice, tournament and cost information for each age group

Tryout Information

All athletes, regardless of level (Regional and Competitive) will tryout with their appropriate age group.

When you check-in at tryouts you will be asked to decide what level(s) you are trying out for. Please be sure to review the information.

MVA Frequently Asked Questions

Quick-facts on the MVA club program levels

  • Competitive: Athletes have the opportunity to be involved in AAU competition with local tournaments and leagues; in the spring - 2 practices per week, all events 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 has and added major regional tournament to the docket; in the spring - 2 practices per week, one minimal travel regional tournament (Detroit) and all other events local; athletes may play winter and/or spring; winter season runs from December-early March, spring season runs from mid-March to early June
  • Elite: The Elite Level offers a more intense travel and practice schedule, and teams travel throughout the Midwest for events. This level is a full-season commitment(tryouts in November annually); 3 practices per week (7th/8th grade) OR 2 practices per week (9th-12th grade), play in the Michiana Power League, regional travel (Lansing, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Detroit), full-season teams – 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 Level teams are a full-season commitment(tryouts in November annually); 3 practices per week, play in the Michiana Power League, regional travel (Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Louisville), and AAU Nationals in Orlando in June, full-season teams – athletes commit to play from December-June

  • General Questions

    How do we determine what age an athlete should play at?
    What age will they be September 1, 2017? The answer is typically what level they should play at, as listed below:

    • 12U – 5th and 6th Grade
    • 13U – 7th Grade
    • 14U – 8th Grade
    • 15U – 9th Grade
    • 16U – 10th Grade
    • 17U – 11th Grade
    • 18U – 12th Grade
    • 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 maymev@michigansportsacademies.com and we can help you determine your specific situation.
    Do we 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 athletes 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 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 athletes to what we believe is the 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 athletes 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 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 make the make-up tryout or the regularly scheduled tryout, please contact Mayme and we will try our best to make arrangements.
    When does practice for the teams begin?
    * Practices will begin the first week of December for the 2017-18 Winter Season.