12U – 5th & 6th Grade – November 5th - 10am-1pm
13U – 7th Grade – October 22nd - 10am-1:30pm
14U – 8th Grade – October 22nd - 2:30pm-6pm
15U – 9th Grade – November 5th – 1:30pm-5pm
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.
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 is open!
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 late September.
$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 will be collected for those who do not pre-register prior to the tryout date and need to register on-site.
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 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.
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!
Over the past three seasons (2015-2017) MVA athletes have collected nearly $3500 in change and three trailer 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!
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!
All athletes, regardless of level (National, Elite, 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.
oCompetitive: Athletes have the opportunity to be involved in AAU competition with local tournaments and leagues; 2 practices per week, play in the local Saturday only Power League, all events local, half-season teams – athletes may play winter and/or spring; winter season runs from December-early March, spring season runs from mid-March to early June
oRegional: 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 a regional tournament to the docket; 2 practices per week, play in the local Saturday only Power League, one minimal travel regional tournament (Lansing or Detroit) and all other events local, half-season teams – athletes may play winter and/or spring; winter season runs from December-early March, spring season runs from mid-March to early June
oElite: 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; 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
oNational: 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; 3 practices per week, play in the Michiana Power League, regional travel (Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland), and AAU Nationals in Orlando in June, full-season teams – athletes commit to play from December-June
oHow do you determine what age an athlete should play at?
§What age will they be September 1, 2018? The answer is typically what level they should play at, and correlates 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 email@example.com and we can help you determine your specific situation.
oMy daughter plays 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.
oDo 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 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 J)
oMy 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 make the make-up tryout or the regularly scheduled tryout, please contact Mayme and we will try our best to make arrangements.
oWhen does practice for the teams begin?
§15U-18U Elite/National teams begin practice the week of November 27.
§15U-18U Competitive/Regional teams begin practice December 4.
§13U-14U Elite/National teams begin practice the week of November 27.
§13U-14U Competitive/Regional teams and all 12U teams begin after December 7.
§Please Note – the practice schedule in 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.