What is Club Volleyball?
Club volleyball is an organized, nationwide, competitive volleyball network designed to provide training and playing opportunities for pre-college athletes. Because of the length of the season, club volleyball provides extensive practices which allows for thousands of extra “reps” that ensure improvement in skill and competition. Many club volleyball programs throughout the country serve niches which range from a low commitment to a very highly competitive level, and everything in between. Almost all club volleyball programs associate with one or more governing organizations (USA Volleyball, AAU, JVA, etc) in order to sanction their competition.
What is Spiked City DC’s Mission?
It is our mission to not only provide athletes with a premier volleyball program that focuses on the technical and fundamental training needed to become elite volleyball players, but to also emphasize the intangible skills necessary to have positive impacts on their teams and in their schools and communities.
Can I tryout for more than one team?
Yes. You may tryout for multiple teams. Each tryout must be registered and paid for separately.
What age group do I tryout for?
18 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2002 OR Players who were born on or after July 1, 2001 and a high school student in the twelfth (12th) grade or below during some part of the current academic year
17 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2003
Girls 17 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2002 (18 years or younger) who shall neither have completed nor are in a grade higher than the eleventh grade (11th) during the current academic year will be allowed to participate at the USA Junior National Championships on 17 and under teams. This age waiver is still subject to frozen roster rules. (This age waiver is based on recruiting concerns for girls in the 11th grade who would otherwise be required to participate in girls 18’s qualifiers and the Girls 18’s GJNC.)
16 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2004
15 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2005
14 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2006
13 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2007
12 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2008
11 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2009
10 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2010
9 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2011
8 and Under Division: Players who were born on or after July 1, 2012
Are athletes required to play in the age‐level specified by the USAV eligibility standards?
While student‐athletes may not play at a lower age level than their eligibility, they may be able to play at an older age level. Spiked City DC takes very seriously keeping student‐athletes at their age level, however, we will consider peer group issues and advanced skills when making final team placements.
Can I watch my child tryout?
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, parents are NOT allowed to observe tryouts this season.
Does Spiked City DC support the multi sport athlete?
Yes. We understand the importance of a well-rounded athlete and how participation in one sport can have a tremendously positive effect on the outcome of another. However, missing multiple practices due to practices or other commitments is not encouraged as it ultimately affects team chemistry and success.
What are the costs and what will it cover?
Current season fees for teams can be found above.
When and where do teams practice?
A list of current season practice locations is listed on our website. Exact practice times and locations will be provided by each team coach after tryouts.
The following locations will host our practices:
The Athletic Republic
6417 Marlboro Pike
District Heights, MD 20747
Does SCDC have a playing time philosophy?
For the youngest age group (13/14U), we do employ the philosophy that everyone receives playing time. Please note that playing time may not be equitable, however, everyone in this particular age group will receive playing time in every tournament. For ages 15 and up, playing time will be determined by the coaches. Coaches will make decisions that are best for the entire team. These decisions may not always be in alignment with what individual parents think.
Will my child have more than one coach?
Yes, every team will either have a head coach and an assistant coach or two associate head coaches.
Do teams practice together and/or compete against one another?
Typically, no. There may be instances (due to inclement weather or facilities conflicts) that teams may practice together in order to avoid cancelling a practice. More reps equal better players!
How many teams will SCDC field this year?
Due to the uncertainty of turnout during this pandemic, we do not know exactly how many teams we will have this season.
How many players will be on each team?
The majority of teams will have 15 players. There is the possibility that 2 practice players will practice with each team as well.
What is a practice player?
A practice player is a player that shows a commitment to the game and development, but may not be ready to compete at her respective age level. Practice players may attend all workouts and practices but will not compete in tournaments.
How often do teams practice?
Teams will practice 2 times per week with an additional strength and conditioning day.
What tournaments will SCDC teams play in?
There are two basic types of tournaments, regional and travel. Regional tournaments can occur in the Chesapeake Region (Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, DC) and are against other Chesapeake region teams. Travel tournaments are events located primarily outside of the Chesapeake Region and are against a broader field of competition, including teams from other regions. Travel tournaments are typically multi-day tournaments and may require an athlete to miss school. Ages 15U and older will compete in both regional and travel tournaments. 13U and 14U will remain local.
How do travel tournaments work?
Each player will be responsible for getting themselves to the tournament at the time set by the coach. Hotel arrangements for all team will be made by the club. Players are required to stay with their team during the tournament. Travel to and from the tournament is the responsibility of the player and family.