FAQs

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Club Volleyball

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Club volleyball is for juniors in the Austin-area 9 to 18 years of age.  Club volleyball allows players of varying abilities to develop their volleyball skills through training and live competition. Players must attend a tryout and be selected to play for a team based upon skill, athletic ability, attitude, and potential. Roots Volleyball is a competitive club volleyball program with two locations (The Treehouse and Hill Country Indoor) and competes in the USAV Lone Star Region.

At Roots Volleyball we are committed to providing a safe environment, positive culture, and fun experience for all our players and their families. New parents typically weigh price and proximity high when choosing a club to join; however, after the first season they realize that culture, experience, and quality are the most important.  We also have an experienced staff committed to proving the best environment for our players to play and reach their goals. Roots Volleyball teams have a head coach and assistant coach (except local teams) and we are committed to providing our coaches with training, tools, and support to ensure every team's success. We also have two Recruiting Coordinators available at no additional charge for our athletes wanting to play at the next level.

We have two full-time Recruiting Coordinators on staff for our players 15U-18U to assist with the entire recruiting process.  Roots Volleyball offers recruiting seminars, player one-on-one meetings, assistance with email communications with college coaches, access to highlight reel creation, and assistance through the University Athlete platform.  We are committed to finding the right home for each of our players who wish to play at the next level. Please see our Recruiting Coordinators' bios and contact information HERE.

Club volleyball season for regional teams begins at the end of November and runs through the middle of April or first week in May (depending on age group and team level). National teams attending USAV or AAU Girls’ Junior Nationals will follow the same schedule but then take a two-week break in May (following Lone Star Regionals).  They will continue their season through the end of June or first week of July (depending on age group). There are no mandatory practices during Christmas break, Spring Break, or the post-season break.

The rule of thumb is how old will your athlete be between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

That is the age group in which she should be trying out. Roots Volleyball also recommends players play with their grade for recruiting purposes if they are eligible to play for two age groups (i.e. It is recommended a 13U player in 8th grade plays 14U with her grade). Please reference USAV’s age chart:

2021-2022 Season Age Definitions 

18 and Under: Players who were born on or after July 1st, 2003 or are high school students in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during the current academic year and are 19 years of age or younger (born on or after July 1, 2002).
17 and Under: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2004
16 and Under: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2005
15 and Under: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2006
14 and Under: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2007
13 and Under: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2008
12 and Under: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2009
11 and Under: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2010
10 and Under: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2011

Fees/Payments

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11s Regional and 11s-18s Local — $2000

12s-14s Regional — $3200

15s-17s Regional — $3750

13s National — $4000

14s-17s National — $5000

18s National — $4500

Season fees include uniforms (shoes, socks, knee pads, spandex, sweatshirt, backpack, bagtag, jerseys), 2 practices a week (1 for 11U, and a 3rd position training practice for 14U-17U National), coaches’ salaries and travel, tournament fees, facility use, equipment, basic recruiting package (15U-18U), and USAV and/or AAU membership. Fees do not include travel-related expenses (hotel/air/ground) or any food.

Roots Volleyball is committed to be a home for all players who wish to play (and make a team) regardless of financial status. If the cost of club volleyball is a prohibiting factor for participation, we have a work program combined with our financial aid application.  Please email Lindsay Rosenthal at lindsay@rootsvb.org to request a copy of our financial aid form.

Tournaments

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Schedules for the 2021-2022 season have not been sanctioned or finalized by USAV or the Lone Star Region. Final schedules should be confirmed and available to teams in mid-October. Once schedules are finalized, you will receive an email for Roots admin and be able to view your team's schedule by accessing your team page.

If you are unable to travel, you have the option of sending them with another family attending the same tournament or putting them on the same flight as your coach. Coaches will make sure to get players from the airplane to the hotel and from the hotel to the airplane in the absence of parents. Coaches are not responsible for any players at the hotel or during their down/free time. Please make sure to notify your coach and administrator if you need a flight travel companion for your daughter.

All teams attending any in-state or out-of-state National Qualifiers will miss at least one day of school to participate (travel and or play). All Roots Volleyball teams (except local) attend the Lone Star Classic National Qualifier (Dallas, Texas) in April.

Issues

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Roots Volleyball believes playtime is important to each players’ overall growth. Players need to be able to apply the skills and fundamentals learned in practice to live match situations. We work hard with our coaches to make sure we are finding as much quality playing time as possible for each player.

Players’ season fees go towards time and instruction by qualified, experienced coaches. Fees do not go towards playtime in tournaments. Playing time is earned by being at practice, working hard to improve, and executing the skills.  Equal playing time is NOT guaranteed.

Coaches are advised to give everyone an opportunity to contribute their individual skills and abilities to the team during pool play matches. When teams advance past pool play, teams will tighten the line-up and play players who will put the team in the best position to be successful. Playing time amounts for all players is at the coaches’ discretion and may not be equal for all players.

We understand parents or players may not agree with all coaching decisions throughout the season and have questions. If an issue occurs, the first step is to have the player communicate with her coaches. If this does not resolve the issue, the second step is to set up a meeting with the coaches, player, and parent. The final step is to set up a meeting with a director, coaches, player, and parents. There will not be any meetings without the player present. There will not be any meetings with a director until steps one and two have been completed.

All players, parents, and coaches must adhere to a 48-hour rule: You must wait 48 hours until after tournament play has completed before emailing or calling in regard to playtime. Parents are strictly forbidden from approaching coaches before, during, or immediately after tournament play with playtime issues.

Uniforms

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If you are missing equipment or have damaged equipment, you need to contact Heather Anderson at heather@rootsvb.org. Any gear that is lost or needs to be replaced during the season, will be an additional charge for the player.

Roots Volleyball players will receive 2 practice shirts, 2 jerseys (1 for local teams), 1 sweatshirt, 2 pairs of spandex, 2 pairs of socks, 1 pair of shoes, 1 back pack, and 1 bag tag. Players are required to bring all issued gear with them to practice and tournaments. Players must only wear Roots Volleyball issued gear at tournaments.