What are the benefits of playing club volleyball?

Players who are looking to give themselves the best opportunity to be competitive are now training year round.  Some players participate in club in order to prepare for their high school seasons while others play club in the hopes of earning a college scholarship.  Club volleyball provides athletes with structured and disciplined training with the guidance of knowledgeable coaches to help them to become better players.  Training with a club team allows players to gain additional repetitions under the supervision of a highly qualified coach.

What age levels are available for players?

Fortitude strives to provide playing opportunities for players ages 6-18.

Fortitude offers a Champions in Training program for players ages 6-12.  This program introduces athletes to the game and offers them an opportunity to practice 2 times per week with a qualified coach.  There are no tournaments included with the Champions in Training program.

All teams must carry a minimum of 9 players.  Fortitude offers teams for players age 11 and under, 12 and under, 13 and under, 14 and under, 15 and under, 16 and under, 17 and under, and 18 and under.   

What age division am I in?

To determine your age division, please click here AZ Region Age Definitions.

How do I register for tryouts?

All the information on the tryouts tab must be completed and all the necessary paperwork must be brought to tryouts.  See the tryouts tab for detailed information regarding the required paperwork. Pre-registering will make the check in process faster. 

How much does it cost to tryout?

Tryouts cost $25 per player. All athletes must have their USAV membership as well. 

How many players are kept on a team and how are players selected?

There are no tryouts for the Champions in Training program.  For the regional teams Fortitude requires a minimum of 9 players and 10 players for national teams.  We will keep the maximum number of players at 12.  The players are evaluated and selected by a committee of coaches in order to place the athletes on a team that is most suited to their needs.

What player equipment is covered in the cost?

As part of the tuition payments for the 11U-18U teams, the players will receive one pair of spandex, three jerseys, two practice shirts, a jacket, and a backpack for toting everything around. The athletes who participate in the Champions In Training program will receive a Fortitude VBC practice shirt. 

Is playing time guaranteed?

Playing time is at the discretion of each team's coach and is not guaranteed.  All players will have an opportunity to play and prove themselves in practice through game situations, however, Fortitude does not guarantee playing time or that playing time will be equal for all players.

How many practices are there per week and how long is the season?

Each team will practice at least twice a week.  Each coach will set guidelines for their players on the procedures/consequences regarding a missed practice.  The season begins in November and will finish in May unless the team is competing in Festival or Junior Nationals in July. 

Players will have the opportunity for additional strength and conditioning training through BroFit or FAST depending on the team and level. See our training page here. 

In addition, for the 2017-2018 season, we will be offering additional skills training clinics during the season for our athletes to get more specific and focused touches. This training will be led by Bill Bellis

Where are practices held?

Fortitude VBC will be working with the following sites:

Glendale Preparatory Academy: 23276 North 83rd Avenue  Peoria, AZ 85383

Deer Valley Middle School: 21100 North 27th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85027

Desert Sky Middle School: 5130 West Grovers Avenue Glendale, AZ 85308

Highland Lakes School: 19000 North 63rd Avenue  Glendale, AZ 85308

Hillcrest Middle School: 22833 N 71st Ave Glendale, AZ 85310

Victory Lanes (BEACH): 22603 N 43rd Ave Glendale, AZ, 85310

When and where are tournaments?

Region tournaments are generally held on various Saturdays from January until May and are mostly held in the Phoenix area, but may also include Flagstaff or Tucson.  National qualifiers and invitationals usually run 2-3 days from Friday to Monday.  National Qualifiers are held all over the country.  For a complete schedule of USAV sanctioned events, click here AZ Region Schedule.

How many coaches are staffed per team and what are their qualifications?

Each team has a head coach and an assistant coach.  We also have coaches on staff that work with all of our teams and are considered floating assistants.  All of our coaches are required to be IMPACT certified through USA Volleyball.

Which division will our team compete in?  Club, Championship, or Open?

Following tryouts, each team will be assessed on their overall skill level and strength.  Teams will then be placed in the division that will best serve their skill level throughout the season.

For additional information tailored to new volleyball parents as well as information on choosing a club, please click on the link below.

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This material is provided by USA Volleyball and has excellent information for all club volleyball parents.

For any additional questions please email fortitudevbc@gmail.com