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Tryout Information

Registration for Tryouts is Open!!

Please note that due to Covid restrictions, and for the safety of all of our families and participants, tryouts will be closed to spectators.  Athletes will be dropped off and picked up at the conclusion. 

Information Sessions

Columbia Volleyball Academy will be holding information sessions on October the 17th and 24th . The October 17th session will be held virtually (link to come). The October 24th session will be in person and will run from 1-3pm in the Oella room at the Roger Carter Community Center. It is a great opportunity to learn all about Club Volleyball and to learn more about our plans for the season. This session is  for both new families as well as those who have been with us before, as we always have new announcements and information.  No need to RSVP or register,  just attend and bring your questions. 


Please scroll down to see the 4 steps that must be completed in order to successfully register for tryouts.

 

 

Tryout Information

Tryouts will be held at Gary J. Arthur Community Center on November 1st only. 

11/1

8:30am-10:30am -  16U

10:30am-12:30pm- 12U and 13U

1pm-3pm-  15U

3pm-5pm-17U

5pm-7pm- 14U

7pm-8:30pm- 18U

See below for information about registration!


The 4 Steps For CVA Tryout Registration

Please follow these 4 steps in order to attend tryouts with The Columbia Volleyball Academy and be considered for one of our teams.

1. Determine your daughter’s correct age classification based on her birth date using the CHRVA Age Classification Chart (2 page PDF please read both pages).

  • 18U Division/Seniors: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2002 or Players who were born on or after July 1, 2001 and are a high school student during some part of the current academic year
  • 17U Division/Juniors: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2003
  • 16U Division/Sophomores: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2004
  • 15U Division/Freshman: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2005
  • 14U Division/8th Grade: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2006
  • 13U Division/7th Grade: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2007
  • 12U Division/6th Grade: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2008
  • 11U Division/5th Grade: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2009

2. Register your child with the Chesapeake Region Volleyball Association (CHRVA). 

Remember to print out a copy of your USA Volleyball Membership Card and bring to tryouts.  To do this:

  • Login to the SportsEngine site
  • Click on "Household" and then click on the player's card
  • Take a screenshot and then print a copy

  More information on CHRVA registration can be found below.

3. Complete the Columbia Volleyball Academy tryout registration form by Clicking Here  and paying the Non-refundable registration fee.  This is not the same fee as your CHRVA membership. This fee pays for our tryout costs such as court time, etc.  Your registration is not considered complete unless you fill out the form and pay the tryout registration fee. The Registration Fee is $55.00 (plus processing fee) if you register before October the 20th.  After October the 20th the fee will increase to $60.00 (plus processing fee).

4. Complete a USAV Medical Release form and bring it with you. 

Note:  You must attend our tryout session to be considered for a CVA team.


CHRVA Registration Information

All players must be registered with USA Volleyball through the CHRVA region to be eligible to participate in tryouts. This is a Chesapeake Region requirement.

To participate in tryouts, you are able to choose either the Junior Membership (Regular Junior Girls) or the Limited Membership-Junior Tryout 10 days ( limited membership valid ONLY during the tryout season must upgrade to full membership if affiliating with a team):

Junior Memberships (Regular Junior Girls)
The membership cost is $55. Please complete the registration steps. You will know when you are done when a CHRVA card or membership confirmation number is generated.

Remember to print out a copy of your USA Volleyball Membership Card and bring to tryouts.  To do this:

  • Login to the SportsEngine site
  • Click on "Household" and then click on the player's card
  • Take a screenshot and then print a copy

IMPORTANT: If you do not make a team there is a CHRVA refund policy.  The refund amount is based on when the refund is requested and reduced by a CHRVA $5 administrative fee.  Refunds will be disbursed January 1, 2021 through April 1, 2021, no exceptions. Email the CHRVA registrar to initiate a reimbursement (include player name, birth date, and membership number in the email).

There is no refund for the 10 day tryout membership.

 

Click Here to Register with CHRVA

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: My daughter wants to try out for more than one age group, do I have to pay twice or register more than once?
A: Register and pay once, however make sure you tell the check-in team what your intentions are so they are able to make a note on the evaluation sheet.

Q: Can my daughter “play up” in age group?
A: Yes, we will allow players to play up in an age group, especially if they are trying to play with their school age, i.e. a Sophomore who has a late birthday and is technically 15U but wants to play 16U. But also understand that our tryouts are very competitive, with up to 80-100 players trying out for each age group so in some instances playing your technical age may be a better fit. Again, make sure you tell the check-in team what your intentions are so they are able to make a note on the evaluation sheet.

Q: I can’t make it to your tryout date, will you have any more tryouts?
A: We will have supplemental tryouts dates if needed, however there is no guarantee that positions will be available after the tryout for each age group.

Q: Will you make offers at tryouts?
A: Yes, our coaches will make offers in writing at tryouts, and these offers are valid during the open tryout period, meaning we cannot offer another player your spot until you have given us a “yes” or “no” to the offer.

Q: If I don’t receive an offer at tryouts, does that mean I didn’t make it?
A: ABSOLUTELY NOT!  It can take us several days to evaluate all of the players and get offers out, so please be patient with us. In some instances we will have offers out and have to wait to hear back from a player before offering that spot to someone else.

Q: Will I be notified if I DON’T make a team?
A: Unfortunately we just don’t have the manpower to notify all of the players who have attended our tryouts. In some instances there are more than 80-100 players for a certain age group. It can take 4-5 days to work through our list of prospective players so please be patient. We will keep our website updated as teams are filled and if we will hold additional supplemental tryouts.

Q: Can I get my money back if I don’t make a team?
A: Your CVA Tryout fee is not refundable as we have to pay for court rental and our coaches' time. However, you are able to request a partial refund of your CHRVA full season registration if you do not receive an offer to play or choose not to play club volleyball this season. 

Q: What time should I arrive before tryouts and what should I bring with me?
A: Because of the number of players who are trying out, it’s recommended to be at tryouts 15 minutes before the scheduled time. Players can get ready, stretch, warm-up, etc. while their parents check them in with our team.  A water bottle or some type of sports drink is highly recommended. To speed up check-in, please make sure you bring:

  • Copy of your CHRVA membership card
  • A completed USAV Medical Release Form (PDF)